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:

  1. For Me to Live Is Christ
  2. For Thy Rich, Thy Free Redemption
  3. Heav’nly Father, Grant Us Grace
  4. Isles of the South, Your Redemption Is Nearing
    • Lands Long Benighted
  5. Savior! I Follow On
  6. Tell Me, My Savior