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Benjamin Robinson

A prominent ranch and stockman of Lander, Fremont County, Wyoming is the subject of this sketch. A native of the state of Tennessee, Mr. Robinson was born near the city of Knoxville, on august 6, 1840 and is the son of Richard and Mary (McMillan) Robinson, both natives of Tennessee where his father followed the occupation of contracting and teaming and passed away in 1850 leaving a family of four children, whom Benjamin of this review was the eldest. Being thus orphaned and left without means of support, he was obliged to leave school at the early age of ten years and was actively engaged in farming during the years immediately antecedent to the Civil War. He then enlisted in Co. F, third Tennessee Infantry, C. S. A. and participated in many engagements during the war; among others the desperate battles of Bull Run and siege of Vicksburg. During the greater portion of the time he was in the service he acted as a scout and was seven different times made a Federal prisoner but each time made his escape. At the close of the war he removed his residence to Texas, where he continued to make his home until 1883, where he removed to Wyoming and took up the place where he now resides. Here he engaged in ranching and stock raising in which he has met with success being now the owner of one of the finest and best improved ranches in that section of the state. He grows large quantities of alfalfa and handles the best grades of cattle. By the energy close attention to business and tireless industry he has built up a successful business and is counted among the prosperous citizens and substantial property owners of Fremont County. In October 1866 in the state of Georgia Mr. Robinson was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Hobbes a native of the state of Tennessee and the daughter of Thomas and Jane Hobbes, prominent citizens of that state. To their union have been born seven children, Laura, now the wife of Charles Mortimer, residing in the state of Oregon; C. Barto, also residing in Oregon; Ollie, the wife of William Slain of Fremont County, Wyoming, Oscar, Cora, James, Ora. Mrs. Robinson, who was a woman of fine character and devoted wife and mother, passed away from earth in 1897, being buried at Lander, Wyoming. Mr. Robinson is one of the representative men of Fremont County and is held in high esteem by all classes.

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