Rev. William H. Robinson was born a slave in 1848 in North Carolina, and was freed during the Civil War. Robinson then became educated and worked in different jobs across the country. In 1877 he converted to Methodism and became a minister and speaker. No published biographical articles exist for him, leaving his autobiography as the only source for information about his life. From Log Cabin to the Pulpit; or, Fifteen Years in Slavery (1913) follows Robinson from his birth to the height of his ministry in the 1890s.