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Hon. Theodore D. Robb

Hon. Theodore D. Robb, mayor of Lima and president of
The First National Bank of this city, was born June 29, 1843, and is one
of a family of eight children born to the late Hon. Thomas M. and Anna
(Moore) Robb.
The Robb family originated in Scotland but it has been settled on
American soil for many generations. Thomas M. Robb was born in
Washington County, Pennsylvania, October 25, 1812. In 1815 his father
removed to Guernsey County, Ohio, and there Thomas M. Robb was reared
until old enough to learn the printing business. The early part of his
life was spent in newspaper work in various towns in Ohio. As late as
1854 he took upon himself the editing of the Lima Argus and two years
later he acquired control of the People's Press, which he conducted with
marked success until the demands of other duties upon his time caused
him to withdraw from journalistic work. He was admitted to the bar in
1853 and what with legal contests, editorial work and political
leadership, he became one of the noted men of this section of the State.
In 1856 he was elected judge of the Probate Court. In 1873 he was
elected to the State Legislature and continued as useful there as he had
been in other positions of responsibility. His death took place in
1879.
Theodore D. Robb was only a lad in years when he came to Lima with
his parents and the greater part of his education was secured in the
Lima schools. He learned the carpenter trade in young manhood and
followed it some four years and then began the study of the law under
his distinguished father, and then entered the Michigan State University
at Ann Arbor, where he was graduated. He entered into practice with his
father in Lima, the law firm of Robb, Hughes & Robb being formed. In
1874 the retirement of Judge Robb caused the firm name to be changed to
Hughes &Robb, which continued until the election of Judge Hughes to the
bench. Our subject then went into partnership with the late Judge James
Mackenzie, the new firm being in business under the style of Mackenzie &
Robb. This partnership was continued for five years, at the end of which
period Judge Mackenzie retired from the practice of the law. Mr. Robb
practiced alone for one year and then became senior member of the firm
of Robb & Leete, which continued until his election to the probate
bench, in 1894, on the Democratic ticket. During the six years of his
incumbency, Judge Robb distinguished himself as a jurist of great
ability and retired with the respect and admiration of the bench and bar
and the commendation of his fellow citizens.
Mr. Robb is a stanch Democrat and his party has pressed upon him
offices of honor and responsibility. In 1903 he was elected mayor of
Lima and again in 1905, being one of the most popular city executives
Lima has ever had. He was elected in 1903 by a majority of 123; in the
election two years later his majority was 1, 031. He had served as
president of the Board of Trade and is president of the South Side
Building & Loan Association and of The First National Bank.
Mr. Robb was married January 21, 1894, to Mary C. Owens, and they
have two children, viz.: Theodore J., Jr., born June 21, 1895, and Inez
A. They enjoy the comforts of a beautiful home at No. 637 West Market
Street. Fraternally Mr. Robb is a member of Lima Lodge, No. 205, F. &
A. M. ; and Lima Lodge, No. 162, B. P. O. E. His portrait accompanies
this sketch.