Born: November 7, 1813, Hartford, Connecticut.
Died: May 23, 1883, at his home in Hartford, Connecticut.
Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.
Robins was the son of minister Gurdon Caulkins Robins, Sr., and Julia Savage, and brother of Henry Ephraim Robins, president of Colby College, Waterville, Maine (1873–82). He married twice, to Mary Jane Redfield (1849) and Harriet Williams.
The greater part of Robins’ life was spent in the book trade.
During the American civil war, he reached the rank of lieutenant and was a quartermaster in the 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.
He was captured during the war, and his imprisonment is said to have shortened his life.
After the war, he served as city clerk in Hartford, Connecticut, for five years.
If you know where to get a good photo of Robins (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?