John Hugh Robinett

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 9, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 467-468

JOHN HUGH ROBINETT, D. O., of Huntington, West
Virginia, is one of the leading practitioners of osteopathy
in the state. He was born at Mechanicsburg, Bland County,
Virginia, August 29, 1886, and is a descendant of one of
the early families of the Old Dominion. His father, James
Ward Robinett, was born at Kimberling, Bland County, in
1861, where he was reared and educated. At Point Pleas-
ant, Virginia, he married Sue Jane Hoge, of Wise County,
and began a prosperous career as a farmer and as proprietor
and owner of a saw and flouring mill at that place. On
September 1, 1904, he moved to Athens, West Virginia,
where his wife died May 18, 1921, on the fifty-eighth
anniversary of her birth. Since establishing his residence at
Athens Mr. Robinett has been engaged in the general con-
tracting business. The children of this union in order of
birth are: Lillie Hoge, John H. (of this sketch), Lakie
Estelle, Annie Jane, Sarah Lee, Hazel Ward and Cleo Idell.

Doctor Robinett acquired his early education in the rural
schools of his native county, and after the removal of the
family to Athens, West Virginia, he graduated from the
Concord State Normal School in both the academic and
normal departments in 1908. After his graduation he was
employed as principal of schools at Chattaroy, Mingo
County, and in the year of 1910 he attended the University
of West Virginia at Morgantown. He then entered the
American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, the
original school of its kind. From this school he graduated
as a member of the class of 1914, with the degree of Doctor
of Osteopathy, under Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who founded
the science in. 1874. Prior to his graduation Doctor Robi-
nett had been associated in practice with Dr. B. M. Thomas
at Fort Scott, Kansas. In 1914 he came to Huntington,
where he has built up a large and representative practice
and gained high standing in his profession. He has also
extended his professional education with other schools.
Since establishing his office in Huntington he has graduated
from the School of Orificial Surgery, Des Moines, Iowa,
and during the summer of 1922 he attended a special post-
graduate course in the Electronic Reactions of Abrama,
given by Dr. Albert Abrams, A. M., M. D., LL. D., F. R.
M. S., of San Francisco.

At Huntsville, Missouri, on the 2d of August, 1916,
Doctor Robinett married Miss Margaret Mae Thomas, who
had been a successful teacher in the public schools of Mis-
souri. She is a graduate of the Huntsville High School,
and received her professional training in the State Teachers
College at Kirksville. Mrs. Robinett is a daughter of
William and Elizabeth (Jones) Thomas. Her father, who
is now deceased, was a coal operator at Huntsville, Missouri,
where his widow now resides. Doctor and Mrs. Robinett
have two children: Mary Elizabeth, born October 14,
1917; and Paul Ward, born July 30, 1921.

Doctor Robinett is an influential member of the West
Virginia Osteopathic Society, of which he served two years
as president, and as chairman of the legislative committee
of the same society since 1916. He is a member of the
American Osteopathie Association, and has represented his
state society in the House of Delegates of this association
for two years. He is also a member of the American
Osteopathie Society of Ophthalmology and Oto-Laryn-
gology;; the National League for the Prevention of Spinal
Curvature; the International Society for Lymphatic Re-
search, and the American Association of Orificial Surgeons.

The doctor is a liberal and progressive citizen. He is a
member of the local Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary
Club and Business Men’s Association. He and his wife
are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, where he has served as a member of the board of
stewards, and as president of the Epworth League. In the
Masonic fraternity his affiliations are with Huntington
Lodge No. 53, A. F. and A. M.; Huntington Chapter No. 6,
R. A. M.; Huntington Lodge of Perfection No. 4; Hunting-
ton Chapter, Knights of the Rose Croix No. 4; and West
Virginia Consistory No. 1, A. A. S. R., at Wheeling. He
is also a member of Beni-Kedem Temple of the Mystic
Shrine at Charleston.