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G. Collier Robbins

George Collier Robbins (September 1, 1823 – c. 1907)[1] served as mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 1860 to 1861.[2] During his early life he lived and worked in various places, including Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and St. Louis, Missouri. He entered the jewelry business in St. Louis. With his wife he began journeying west to California in 1851, reaching the state in April 1852. Later the same year, they moved northward by steamship to Oregon, reaching Portland in October 1852, where they settled.[1] He opened a watch and jewelry store on Front Street, later adding assaying to his business.[1]

G. Collier Robbins
Mayor George Collier Robbins.png
11th Mayor of Portland, Oregon
In office
Preceded byS. J. McCormick
Succeeded byJohn M. Breck
Personal details
Born(1823-09-01)September 1, 1823
ProfessionJeweler, watchmaker

Robbins was elected mayor of Portland in April 1860.[1] His term ended in 1861, and in 1862 he moved to California, and was still living there, in San Diego, in October 1907.[1] He died sometime between then and mid-1908.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Himes, George H. (October 20, 1907). "Pioneer Mayor of Portland, Hale and Hearty; George Collier Robbins Is Leading a Retired Life at San Diego, California". The Sunday Oregonian. Section 2, p. 4.
  2. ^ "Directory of Current and Past Elected Officials". City of Portland, Oregon. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Pioneer Reminiscences of George Collier Robbins, Part IV (Concluded)". Published posthumously in The Pacific Monthly, Vol. 26, issue 1, part 3 (September 1911), pp. 285–292. On the last page, a note written by his son, Frank Robbins, indicates that his final birthday before his death was on September 1, 1907, but does not give the date of death.
Preceded by
S. J. McCormick
Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Succeeded by
John M. Breck