Charles Roskob Robinson [NRA 2017]

Charles Raskob Robinson

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Born October 17, 1940 and raised in the Brandywine Valley of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Charles Raskob Robinson was exposed at an early age to the art and influence of Howard Pyle, the Weyths and others of the Brandywine School. His bent for marine subjects can be traced to the summers he spent on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and in the waters of the Maine Coast. In high school he saw his share of river life, rowing 2,000 miles down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico and venturing alone 4,500 miles up the Amazon and its tributaries. While attending Haverford, a Quaker college, he learned metal working skills that led to the founding of Colonial Arms Foundry a company that manufactured model operational reproductions of U.S.Naval cannon of the 1812 vintage. Sold across the country through Niemann Marcus, Abercrombie & Fitch and other fine stores, these cannon appear in the permanent collections of the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, PA and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD.

His studies at Haverford College did not include any art but focused on political science and economics. After graduation in 1962, he pursued these subjects on the international front at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. where he earned a MA degree. Unrelated to these studies but rather summer work in a silver mine in northern Canada, he wrote a book, A Nation without Coins, which foretold of the need to replace the nation’s silver coinage. The right place at the right time, this book received front page and editorial coverage nationally, led to his testifying before Congress and eventually involved him in the drafting of legislation that basically changed American coinage for the first time since Alexander Hamilton.




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December 23, 2019

Last updated: January 22, 2023 at 22:57 pm

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