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Orange County FLGenWeb: Biographies: Thomas Pickett Robinson

Source: "History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical," Volume 2, Harry Gardner Cutler, Lewis publishing Company, 1923, Florida.

Thomas Pickett Robinson

Thomas Pickett Robinson has been a resident of Florida nearly half a century, and for over twenty years has been the leading representative of the photographic profession at Orlando.

He was born at Grahamton, Kentucky, December 24, 1870, son of Richard Goldsborough and Laura Pickett (Thomas) Robinson. His father was born near Louisville, Kentucky, and his mother near Jackson, Mississippi. They were married in Mississippi in 1867, then lived in Kentucky until 1872. _ For several years resided at Holfj' Springs, Mississippi, and in 1876, came to Florida, homesteading a tract of land in the vicinity of Zellwood in Orange County. His family had their home in the Zellwood community for over twenty years. Three children accompanied the parents to Florida, and six more were born in the state, and seven of the nine are still living. Richard G. Robinson was one of the pioneer citrus growers in Orange County, and prospered until the great freeze in the winter of 1895-96, which completely ruined his groves. He was a man of versatile accomplishments, well read in the law, and in 1897 removed to Orlando and engaged in law practice there until his death. He was county solicitor at the time of his death. He and his wife died in the year 1900 within six weeks of each other, he at the age of fiftyseven and she at fifty-two. He served two terms in the Florida Legislature and was county commissioner of Orange County. The name Robinson is still prominent in the legal profession of Orange County, C. B. Robinson, son of the late Richard G., being one of the prominent attorneys of Orlando.

Thomas Pickett Robinson was six years of age when he came to Florida. He ┬╗rew to manhood at the old homestead near Zellwood, acquired a common school education there, and his mother organized the first school, a private school at Zellwood and taught it for a time without pay. Mr. Robinson for several years was associated with his father in the orange grove business, and beginning 1892 was a merchant at Zellwood for three years. For about a year he was connected with the Singer Sewing Machine Company at Jacksonville, and in 1897 he came to Orlando and became law clerk in his father's office. Early in 1898 he joined the Florida troops and went to Tampa to train for duty in the SpanishAmerican war. On account of physical disability he was rejected from the regular service, but was retained in the Ordnance Department until the close of the war.

In 1899, Mr. Robinson married Miss May S. Field, a native of Newport, Rhode Island. They have one daughter, Miss Laura Cranston.

After his marriage Mr. Robinson followed the prepared plum business for two years, and since 1901 has directed his talents* in the congenial field of photography, and has accomplished some splendid work in this line and has a reputation as one of the best photographers in the state. Mr. Robinson is a Royal Arch Mason, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and he and Mrs. Robinson and their daughter are communicants of the Episcopal Church and members of the Eastern Star.

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