March 31, 1829, Bennington, Vermont.
February 1, 1899, New York City.
Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Vermont.
Charles was the son of General Henry Robinson (1778–1854) and Martha P. Haynes (1800–1857).
He was educated at Williams College, studied theology for a year at Union Seminary in New York City, and finished his course at Princeton, New Jersey. He received his DD degree from Hamilton College in 1867, and an LLD degree from Lafayette in 1885.
He was ordained to the ministry April 19, 1855, and became pastor of the Park Presbyterian Church in Troy, New York. In 1860, he was called to the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York, where he stayed until 1868. At that time he became minister of the American Chapel in Paris, France. Returning to America in 1870, he became pastor at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He stayed there 17 years, resigning in 1887 go to into literary work.
He became editor of The Christian Weekly in 1877, and of Every Thursday in 1890. He then returned to pastoral work at the Thirteenth Street Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he remained until 1892, when he moved to the New York Presbyterian Church.
His works include: