Born: May 31, 1825, New­port, Rhode Is­land.

Died: Au­gust 28, 1867, New­port, Rhode Island, of ery­si­pe­las.

Buried: Wor­ces­ter Rur­al Ce­me­te­ry, Wor­ces­ter, Mas­sa­chu­setts.


Robinson was the son of The­oph­il­us Dunn and Eli­za­beth Rob­in­son Pot­ter. He mar­ried twice, to Ma­ria Stille and Ma­ry Stiles.

A Pres­by­ter­ian, Dunn gra­du­at­ed as va­le­dic­tor­ian from Brown Uni­ver­si­ty, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land, in 1843. From 1844–46, he taught French and worked as a lib­ra­ri­an at the uni­ver­si­ty.

He then en­tered the The­ol­og­ic­al Se­mi­na­ry in Prince­ton, New Jer­sey. The Pres­by­te­ry of New Brun­swick li­censed him in Ap­ril 1847, and the Pres­by­te­ry of West-Jer­sey or­dained him No­vem­ber 1, 1848, as pas­tor of the First Pres­by­ter­ian Church of Cam­den, New Jer­sey.

In Ap­ril 1851, he ac­cept­ed the chair of Rhe­to­ric and Eng­lish Li­te­ra­ture at Brown Uni­ver­si­ty. The uni­ver­si­ty gave him a DD de­gree in 1864.

His hymns were main­ly trans­la­tions from La­tin and other sour­ces.



Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Dunn (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),