In the author’s handwriting: "To my former student Tom Mathews with the cordial regards of the author Howard Robinson."
Howard Robinson (1885-1977), historian, teacher, author, and academic administrator, was born in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, on July 17, 1885 to James and Adele M. Chapman Bostwick. On September 25, 1906, he married Elizabeth Peavey and had three children, Madeline Winifred (dec.), Hester Adele, and Arthur Howard (b. 1915). A 1908 A.B. degree graduate from Hamline University, in 1911 he received an A.M. in History from Columbia University and a B.D. from Union Theological Seminary. Intended for the ministry, Robinson lost his faith in divinity school and so decided to become a historian. After completing his Ph.D. in History at Columbia University in 1916, Robinson taught church history at Wesleyan Theological Seminary (Montreal, Canada) before returning to Minnesota to teach history at Carleton College (1916-1924). In 1924, he accepted a position at Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, as Professor of History and Acting Dean, then later Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (1930-35). He joined the faculty of Ohio State University in 1935, and two years later, Robinson came to Oberlin College as a professor of British History; in his final year of service Robinson served as Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1948-49).