History of  Gallatin County, Part 20


Dr. Samuel B. Robinson

The debt owed by humanity to the skill, patience, sacrifice and talent of the medical profession can never be adequately discharge.  The noble men who belong to its ranks when they take the oath of Hippocrates appreciate the fact that they have entered upon a career which will require of them an immolation of self and a constant dedication to the work of serving their kind.

For sixty years the Robinsons have been honorably known at Warsaw, Ky., in the field of medicine as well as in public affairs of the moment and probably no resident was better or more favorably known here than Dr. Samuel B. Robinson.

This is his native place, he having been born here November 21, 1856 (like Dr. Robert Pierce Thomas, a native born son of Gallatin County) and this was his chosen home throughout a long and busy life.  His parents were Dr. John T. and L. C. Moore Robinson and his parental grandfather Samuel B. Robinson, was the pioneer of the family in Gallatin county.  Dr. Robinson obtained his general education in the public schools of Warsaw and early decided upon a medical career in preparation for which he entered Pulte Medical College, Cincinnati, from which he graduated with his degree in 1881, but for three winters returned and took post graduate courses.

"Dr. Sam" as he was familiarly called, practiced with his father until the latter's death and then continued alone along the same line of high class medical and surgical general practice and was very successful. He was a valuable member of the Gallatin County Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

At Covington, Ky., in 1891, Dr. Robinson was married to Miss Hattie Swope, a daughter of the late Benj. Swope, having once been a large farmer and tobacco dealer in Gallatin County.  He was a member of the Methodist Church South, a steward in the church and a teacher in the Sunday School; a Democrat from inheritance and from conviction.

Dr. Robinson was honored many times by his party in election to  important public offices. the duties of which he performed most efficiently and to forward the best interest of Warsaw.  He was mayor of the city for eight years, a member of the city board of trustees for many years, and Unites States examiner for war risk insurance for Gallatin County. During the period of the World War he was medical examiner for the Gallatin County draft board and patriotically expended the time and means in the furtherance of every movement sanctioned by the government.

Dr. Robinson was a member of the Tadmor Lodge No. 108 F. & A. M.,  Warsaw, and Warsaw Chapter, R. A. M. and of Council Junior Order U. A. M.  In addition to his profession his was a successful farmer.  He always encouraged home enterprises and worked for the betterment of his hometown.  He departed this life October 11, 1921.  The remains were deposited in the local cemetery which lies in the heart of the Ohio River valley.


November, 1929, from the Gallatin County News