Member Biography

John Kincaid Robison 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1869       21 Republican
1870       21 Republican


07/17/1829 - 06/20/1917

Brevet Brigadier General John Kincaid Robison (R21) Blair, Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry Counties 1869-1870

Early Life: 

Brevet Brigadier General John Kincaid Robison, born July 17, 1829, Milford Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Jane Kincaid Robison; local schools education; engaged, farming; Brevetted Brigadier General, twice wounded, Civil War, 1862-1865; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1869-1870; appointed, Lieutenant Colonel, aide de camp, Pennsylvania Governor James A. Beaver’s staff, 1887-1891; appointed, Factory Inspector, 1895-1899; married, Isabella C. McKennan, (d. 1888); son, James Kenny Robison; married, Rebecca Murray Crawford, 1892;  died, Mifflintown, June 20, 1917. Interment: Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pennsylvania (i)

Early Career:

Mustered in, October 10, 1862, 1st Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry; Lieutenant Colonel, commander 16th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; Robison’s 16th was engaged in a staggering 90 major battles and skirmishes from the defense of Washington to the surrender at Appomattox; Including: Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Bristoe campaign (wounded), Mine Run Campaign, 1863 Shenandoah Valley campaign, assault on Richmond, Yellow Tavern, Haw’s Shop (wounded), sieges of Petersburg and Richmond, Malvern Hill, Charles City Crossroads, Reams Station, Boydton Plank Road and Hatcher’s Run, Dabney’s Mills and Hatcher’s Run, Farmville (wounded, leading a saber charge), Appomattox Court House, and General Robert E. Lee’s surrender. 

Brevetted Brigadier General, United States Volunteers, March 13, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services in the field during the war". 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Blair, Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry Counties, 1869-1870; committee assignments, Agriculture and Domestic Manufacturing, Canals and Inland Navigation, Public Printing and Roads and Bridges. 

Appointed, Lieutenant Colonel, aide de camp, Pennsylvania Governor James A. Beaver’s staff, 1887-1891.

Appointed, Factory Inspector, Pennsylvania Governor Daniel H. Hastings, 1895-1899. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

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Father-in-law, Doctor David Crawford, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Blair, Centre, Huntington, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry Counties, 1871, 22nd district, Centre, Juniata, Mifflin and Huntington Counties, 1872-1873, 31st district, Perry, Juniata and Mifflin Counties 1877-1880. Wife, Rebecca Murray Crawford, daughter, Doctor David Crawford.

David McLean Crawford  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "R""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1870). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 432, 438-440.

John Kincaid Robison (1829-1917) - Find a Grave Memorial