James Luther Robinson, Sr.

Photo of James Luther Robinson, Sr. James Luther Robinson, Raytown High School, Class of 1910

James Luther Robinson, Sr. ( aka “Lute”) is the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame’s earliest graduate, finishing in 1910. He later graduated from William Jewell College in 1915.

Already an entrepreneur, Lute earned his way through school by selling pots and pans. Upon arriving back to Raytown after the war, he went to work for the Ford Motor company. He later established Robinson Raytown Ford Motor Company and started 30 years of successful business.

For 26 years, he was a School Board member of the Consolidated School District #2, he served as president for 20 of those years. During his tenure, the Robinson Elementary School (for which he donated the land) was named after him. He also served three terms as a Missouri State Representative.

His granddaughter said “My grandfather relished the opportunities he had to make a difference for the community he loved, to do good work for the good of all and to lift others up.”

Robinson, his wife Anna, all three of their children and all ten of their grandchildren attended Raytown schools. Robinson was 80 years old when he died on May 22, in 1974.