Collection Dates: 1905 --
.5 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials
held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: June 2003
Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1979 by Frank R. Thornton.
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
This collection is open for research.
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Thomas John Bright Robinson (1868
-- 1958) moved from Wisconsin to Iowa with his parents when he was only two
years old. They settled in Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa. He attended public
schools and Hampton High School. He was involved in agricultural pursuits
for awhile before entering the banking business. Robinson was president of
the Citizens National Bank of Hampton from 1907 to 1923. He also took part
in community affairs, he was a member of both the city council and the board
of education. He was also active in the Methodist Church and was a delegate
to many conferences here and abroad.
Robinson was elected as a
Republican to the state senate and served from 1913 to 1917. He was also a
delegate to numerous Republican state conventions. During World War I, Robinson
was the chairman of Franklin County's war activities. In 1923, he was elected to
the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a five term Congressman, losing his
bid for re-election in 1932. Robinson was in the real estate and investment
business from 1933 until his death in 1958.
Scope and Contents
The papers of Thomas J.B. Robinson are comprised of 163 items dating from 1905 to 1957. Arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence this small collection includes subject files, speeches, and correspondence. The subject files include materials concerning his 1928 political campaign, a record book from the Citizens National Bank of Hampton dating 1905 -- 1918, and a file regarding the Methodist Episcopal Church in Iowa. Correspondents include Guy M. Gillette, Hugh C. Gruwell, and William F. Kopp.
Campaign literature, 1928
The Citizens National Bank of Hampton, Iowa, record book, 1905 -- 1918
Correspondence, 1926 -- 1957, including letters from Guy Mark Gillette, Hugh Clifton Gruwell, and William Frederick Kopp
Methodist Episcopal Church in Iowa, 1905 -- 1957, subject file
Speeches, 1918 -- 1933