Asher ROBBINS, Congress, RI (1761-1845)

Senate Years of Service:
Adams; Anti-Jacksonian; Whig

ROBBINS, Asher, a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Wethersfield, Conn., October 26, 1761; graduated from Yale College in 1782; tutor in Rhode Island College (now Brown University) 1782-1790; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1792 and began practice in Providence, R.I.; moved to Newport in 1795; appointed United States district attorney in 1812; member, State assembly 1818-1825; elected as Adams (later Anti-Jacksonian and then Whig) to the United States Senate in 1825 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James De Wolf; reelected in 1827 and 1833 and served from October 31, 1825, to March 3, 1839; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Twenty-second Congress); member, State assembly 1840-1841; postmaster of Newport, Newport County, R.I., from 1841 until his death in that city on February 25, 1845; interment in Burial Ground Common.


Robbins, Asher, and Tristam Burges. A Statement of Some Leading Principles and Measures Adopted by General Jackson, in His Administration of the National Government. Providence: William Marshall & Co., 1832.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present