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Charles Armington Robins

Birthdate: (86)
Death: 1970 (86)
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Husband of Marguerite Sherman Granberry

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About C. A. Robins, Governor


Charles Armington Robins (December 8, 1884 – September 20, 1970) was a physician and the 22nd Governor of Idaho.

Early years

Robins was born in Defiance, Shelby County, Iowa. He graduated in 1907 from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and taught high school in Missouri, Colorado, Montana, and Mississippi. He entered medical school in 1913 at Rush Medical College of the University of Chicago, working various night jobs to put himself through, and earned his M.D. in 1917.


During World War I, Robins entered the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army in August 1918 as a first lieutenant. He ended his military service on December 16, 1918, Given free transportation by the Great Northern Railway to look at two towns that needed physicians, he left Chicago the following week. He arrived in St. Maries, Idaho on Christmas Eve and chose it over Three Forks, Montana, and stayed for 28 years, until elected governor. For a generation, Robins delivered nearly every baby in Benewah County.

Robins was a member of the state senate from 1939 to 1945. He ran for governor in 1946, and was the first in Idaho to be elected to a four-year term; all previous governors had been elected to two-year terms. He handily defeated the incumbent, Arnold Williams, who gained the office when the previous governor, Charles Gossett, resigned after ten months so Williams could appoint him to the vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.

Idaho Gubernatorial Elections: Results 1946

1946 Arnold Williams (inc.) 79,131 43.6% C. A. Robins 102,233 56.4%

Williams was elected as lieutenant governor in 1944, and became governor in 1945.

The new four-year term disallowed self-succession (re-election) until 1958, so Robins and his Republican successor in 1950, Len Jordan, served single four-year terms and retired from office.

Robins was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1948 while in office as governor. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1950, but was defeated in the primary by Herman Welker. After he left the governor's office in 1951, Robins moved his residence from St. Maries to Lewiston and became the medical director of the north Idaho district of the Medical Service Bureau, known today as Regence Blue Shield.


Robins died at age 85 in Lewiston on September 20, 1970, and is interred at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. He was a member of the American Legion, the American Medical Association, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and Freemasons.


He married Marguerite Sherman Granberry on July 8, 1919, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi; she died in 1938 and they had no children. He married Patricia Simpson of St. Maries, one of his nurses, in November 1939 and they had three daughters: Patricia, Paula, and Rebecca.

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C. A. Robins, Governor's Timeline

Age 86