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Submitted by Elizabeth Burns, Aug 2002

Arizona, The Youngest State, 1913 pg 697

Professor H.Q. Robertson enjoys the distinction of having been connected longer than any other man with educational interests in the state of Arizona.  He is now superintendent of the schools of Benson. He was born in 1866 at Woodland California and is a son of the late Judge P.C. and Elizabeth (Tebbs) Robertson, the former a native of Illinois and a lineal descendant of General James Robertson, while the latter was a native of Missouri.  They made their way to California in 1853, and the father became prominent in public affairs, where he was a member of the legislature.  On January 1, 1881, he located at Globe Arizona, where he established himself in the livery business, but later took a farm on the Upper Salt River. He was elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Gila County and in 1886 was elected to the Territorial Council.

H.Q. Robertson was educated in the public schools, and attended the Normal School at Tempe from which he graduated in 1882 with the second class to go out from that institution.  He has now taught school for the past twenty seven years.  He began teaching in the country schools in the early days and later acted as principal of the Tempe and Globe schools, being also City School Superintendent and Deputy County Superintendent.  He was a member of the Territorial Board of Education four years and later served two years on the State Board of Examiners.  In 1908 he went to Mesa where he remained until 1914, when he removed to Benson and became Superintendent of Schools there.

Professor Robertson married May 23, 1889 to Miss Katie Brown, who was born in Mississippi and with her father came to Arizona in 1887.  They are the parents of six children: Lillian, wife of Wesley R. Hughes of Globe and the mother of two daughters; Dorris, well known teacher in the schools of Mesa and Benson and recently became the wife of C.M. Pomeroy of Mesa; Orick and Allen, students at the Flagstaff Normal and Henry and H.Q. Jr. who are at home.

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