From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Robinson, William H.

(born: 1876) 

William H. Robinson, from Paris, KY, invented the Robinson Mechanical Book, a crank operated dictionary that spelled and defined words. William and is wife, Elizabeth G. Robinson, were school teachers at the Paris Colored School [source: 1910 U.S. Census]. The couple had a son named Adelphus L. Robinson, and the family lived on 14th Street. In 1920, the family lived in Newtown [source: 1920 U.S. Census]. All of the family members were born in Kentucky. For more see p. 17 of The Negro Year Book (1925); and see Mechanical Book, Patent #US1090502A, Applied for April 12, 1913 and Granted March 17, 1914.

Kentucky County & Region

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Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Claysville and Other Neighborhoods (Paris, KY)
NKAA Source: Negro year book: an annual encyclopedia of the Negro (annual)
NKAA Source: African American Schools in Paris and Bourbon County, KY

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“Robinson, William H.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 1, 2020,

Last modified: 2018-10-07 17:56:33