Robinson, Joseph Taylor
- Jeannie M. Whayne
Robinson, Joseph Taylor (26 August 1872–14 July 1937), general assemblyman, congressman, governor of Arkansas, and senator, was born on a farm near Lonoke, Arkansas, the son of James Madison Robinson, a physician and Baptist minister, and Matilda Jane Swaim. With almost no formal schooling, Robinson passed the Arkansas teacher’s examination in 1889 and began teaching in rural schools near Lonoke. He later attended the Industrial University of Arkansas (now the University of Arkansas) at Fayetteville for two years, returned to Lonoke, and studied law with Judge Thomas C. Trimble. He attended the University of Virginia School of Law and received his law degree in 1895. By 1897 he had formed a law practice with Judge Trimble. In 1896 he married Ewilda Gertrude Miller; they had no children....