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Robinson intended to study towards a medical degree but decided to major in American Studies.
During his college days, Robinson began to seriously consider the ordained ministry and said it almost immediately felt right.
Robinson's parents were poor tenant farmers who worked in the tobacco fields as sharecroppers.
The family used an outhouse, drew water from a cistern, and did laundry in a cast-iron tub over an open flame.
And I don't regret having been married to Boo, either, even if there had not been children.
It's just a part of my journey, and why would I possibly regret that?
Robinson became Canon to the Ordinary in 1988, the executive assistant to the then bishop of New Hampshire, Douglas Theuner.
Robinson remained in this job for the next seventeen years until he was elected bishop. Ella actively helped her father with public relations at the General Convention in 2003.
After his election, many theologically conservative Episcopalians in the United States abandoned the Episcopal Church, formed the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and aligned themselves with bishops outside the Episcopal Church in the United States, a process called the Anglican realignment. In 2010 Robinson announced his intention to retire in 2013, at 65.Just a week before the General Convention, Robinson had been with his daughter Jamee and held his four-hour-old first granddaughter.Robinson was elected bishop by the New Hampshire diocese on June 7, 2003, at St. Thirty-nine clergy votes and 83 lay votes were the threshold necessary to elect a bishop in the Diocese of New Hampshire at that time.Robinson studied for a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal General Theological Seminary in New York City.While doing an intern year as a chaplain at the University of Vermont, he began dating his future wife, Isabella "Boo" Martin.