James M. Robinson (politician)

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James M. Robinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byJacob D. Leighty
Succeeded byNewton W. Gilbert
Personal details
James McClellan Robinson

(1861-05-31)May 31, 1861
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 1942(1942-01-16) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeLindenwood Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic

James McClellan Robinson (May 31, 1861 – January 16, 1942) was an American lawyer and politician who served four terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1897 to 1905.


Born on a farm near Fort Wayne, Indiana, Robinson attended the public schools. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He served as prosecuting attorney for the thirty-eighth judicial circuit of Indiana 1886–1890. He resumed the practice of law.


Robinson was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1905).[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress.

Later career and death

He continued the practice of law in Fort Wayne, Indiana, until 1908. He moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1911.

He died in Los Angeles, January 16, 1942. He was interred in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana.


  1. ^ "S. Doc. 58-1 - Fifty-eighth Congress. (Extraordinary session -- beginning November 9, 1903.) Official Congressional Directory for the use of the United States Congress. Compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing by A.J. Halford. Special edition. Corrections made to November 5, 1903". GovInfo.gov. U.S. Government Printing Office. 9 November 1903. p. 30. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1905
Succeeded by