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Hugh G. Robinson received his master’s degree in civil engineering from MIT. A high-ranking engineering general in the Army, Robinson was the first black soldier to serve as military aide to a president (Lyndon Johnson) in 1965. 13 years later, he was promoted, and served as a general officer in the Corps of Engineers.

Robinson moved on to become VP of Southland Corporation, where he oversaw the corporation’s construction of a large new office in Dallas, Texas. He served as a chairman, then vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as well as chairman and CEO of a Dallas construction management company that worked in minority business development, as well as affordable housing.

Citation: “Historical Vignette 080 – The Corps of Engineers’ First African American General.” Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,