Party affiliation: Republican
Began trade as can maker at 16, in firm of Richardson & Robbins, of which father was head. Upon the death of Mr. Robbins, 1876, became member of firm, and head of same on death of father, 1894.
Served as president Dover Gaslight Company, Delaware Fire Insurance Company, Diamond State Telephone Сompany Candidate for government of Delaware, 1890. Elected United States senator, for term 1907-1913.