Judge Elijah Robinson was born in Lincoln County,
Missouri, February 9, 1860. Like most other well-known lawyers,
he spent his boyhood on a farm and attended district school. His
later education was gained at Watson Seminary, which he left in
1869. He studied law at Troy, Mo., and was admitted to the bar
in 1870, practicing first at Bowling Green and then at Louisiana, Mo.
It was in 1889 that he left the latter place
to come to Kansas City. In that year the firm of McDougal &
Robinson was formed, the partnership continuing until July,
1891. Since then Judge Robinson has been associated with Stuart
January 1, 1891, he became attorney for the
Missouri Pacific Railroad at Kansas City.
He was married to Miss Lelia Harris at
Bowling Green, Missouri, in October, 1876, and has one son, Harris
Robinson, a graduate of Princeton, now in his father's law office.
Before coming to Kansas City, Judge Robinson
figured extensively in politics. He was appointed County
Attorney of Pike County in February, 1871, was elected Prosecuting
Attorney in November, 1872, re-elected in 1874 and then was elected
Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit, serving six years, from 1880 to
1886. He was a member of the Democratic State Central Committee
from 1874 to 1876. Since July, 1891, Judge Robinson has been
attorney for the National Bank of Commerce, and stands in the front
rank of corporation lawyers in the State.