GEORGE HUMPHREYS ROBERTSON -
1854-1919 born and died in Hawaiian Islands
Second son of George Morison and Sarah Humphreys Robertson (of Huntly,
Scotland), he differed from his older brother in that he was much more
interested in business. He was spoken of as the "business head" of the
Robertson clan in Hawaii.
Born in a small cottage at the corner of Merchant and Alakea Streets, when
that area was a residential part of old Honolulu. He attended Punahou
School, and even as a small boy started as a part-time employee of C.
Brewer & Co., a firm with which he remained for almost 60 years. He
advanced in employment until he became vice president and manager. C.
Brewer & Co. were sugar factors and commission agents, the oldest American
business institution west of the Rocky Mountains, established in 1826.
George married Caroline Hawea Boyd, member of a part-Hawaiian family
prominent during the period of the Hawaiian monarchy. Theirs was a rich
family life and George was a devoted and indulgent parent to four
daughters and one son.