- John Edward Robinson (Methodist bishop)
John Edward Robinson (
12 February 1849- 16 February 1922[cite book |last=Lutzweiler |first=James |title=Missionary Review of the World |volume=45 |year=1922 |publisher= Funk & Wagnalls|page=330 |quote=BISHOP John Edward Robinson, ... of the MethodistEpiscopal Church, died in Bangalore February 16th, aged seventy-three.] ) was a Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1904.
Birth and family
John was born in
Gort, County Galway, Ireland(28 miles north of Limerick). His parentage was English, the son of James and Jane Robinson. John was fatherless at the age of six. He came to the U.S.A.in 1865. He married Retta Terry on 15 November 1876. They had the following children: Ruth E., Helen E., John F., Bessie E., Flora L. and Muriel E.
John was converted to the
Christianfaith while a teacher of boys at the 104th St. Methodist Churchin New York City. He graduated from Drew Theological Seminaryin 1874. He also received a D.D.degree from Albion Collegein 1902.
Ordained ministry and missionary service
Rev. Robinson went to
Indiain 1874 as a Missionary. His appointments were as follows: Hyderabad (1874-77), Bangalore(1877-80), and Rangoon, Burma (1880-86). He then became the Presiding Elder of the BurmaDistrict (1884-86). He was appointed to Simla in 1886, but then again as a Presiding Elder, this time of the BombayDistrict (1887-96). He was Presiding Elder then of the AsansolDistrict (1896-00) and the CalcuttaDistrict (1900-04).
Rev. Robinson also served as the Editor of the "Burmah Evangelist" (1884-87) and of the "Indian Witness" (1896-1904).
The Rev. Dr. John Edward Robinson was elected the Missionary Bishop for
Southern Asiain 1904. In his theology, Bishop Robinson was considered "liberal evangelical." [http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/encyc10/Page_61.html "The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge," Vol. X, p. 61.] ]
* Apostolic Succession Refuted, Rangoon, 1884.
* The Rise and Progress of Methodism, 1899.
* "Robinson, John Edward" in The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Samuel Macauley Jackson, D.D., LL.D., Editor-in-Chief, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1954, Vol. X, p. 61. [http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/encyc10/Page_61.html]
* "ROBINSON, Rev. Bishop John Edward, D.D." in Who's Who in American Methodism, Carl F. Price, Compiler and Editor, New York: E.B. Treat & Co., 1916, p. 186.
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