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Arthur R. Robinson correspondence

 Collection — Folder: S1620
Identifier: S1620

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed, signed letters from Arthur R. Robinson in Washington, D. C. ranging from 1926/09/20 to 1933/08/31 regarding copies of his speech and regrets for not being able to attend a sesquicentennial celebration.


  • 1926/09/20-1933/08/31


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Arthur Raymond Robinson was born in Pickerington, Fairfield County, Ohio, on March 12, 1881 to John F. and Catherine Beard Robinson; he was the youngest of four sons, including Jacob E., John A. and William. He married Frieda Almers Elfers on Dec. 27, 1901, with whom he had three children; Arthur R., Willard E. and Catharine. He was graduated from the Ohio Northern University at Ada, OH in 1901, the Indiana Law School at Indianapolis, IN in 1910, and the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois., in 1913. He was admitted to the bar in 1910 and practiced law in Indianapolis. Arthur was a member of the Indiana State senate from 1914-1918 and was the Republican floor leader during the entire period. During the First World War, he served in the army as a first lieutenant, captain, and major, serving in France in the Army of Occupation.

He served as judge of Marion County Superior Court from 1921-1922 and resumed the practice of law in Indianapolis in 1922. He was appointed on October 20, 1925, as a Republican to the United States Senate and was subsequently elected on November 2, 1926, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel M. Ralston. He was reelected in 1928 and served from October 20, 1925, to January 3, 1935, serving as chairman of the Committee on Pensions (Seventieth through Seventy-second Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934. He continued to practice law in Indianapolis until his death there on March 17, 1961. He was buried in Washington Park Cemetery East, Indianapolis.

"Robinson, Arthur R. 1920 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/09/02.

"Robinson, Arthur Raymond". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2015/09/02.

"Robinson, Arthur Raymond". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/09/02.

"Robinson, Arthur Raymond". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2015/09/02.

"Robinson, J. F.". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/09/02.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed during November 2014 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/02 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.