Second Son of Sir John B. Robinson; born in Toronto. Educated at Upper Canada Collage; appointed aide-de-camp to Sir Frances Bond Head; saw active service during the Rebellion of 1837. Studied law and called to the bar of Upper Canada 1844. Served as alderman in Toronto for six years; elected mayor 1857. Elected to the assembly for one of the divisons of Toronto 1858 president of the Council in the Macdonald-Cartier administration, 1862. Elected to the House of Commmons for Algoma 1872 and for Toronto West 1878 Lieutenant-governor of Ontario 1880-1887.
Tiré de Burpee, Lawrence J., Encyclopedia of Canadian History, Makers of Canada Series, vol 12, 1927.