The town of Ada was founded by fur trader Rix Robinson in 1821 when Robinson bought the town’s French-Canadian trading post from Madame Madeline LaFramboise on behalf of the American Fur Company (Ada Historical Society). This early settlement was named after Ada Smith, the daughter of the town’s first postmaster (Dillenback & Leavitt).
After its founding, Robinson enjoyed a long and successful life in Ada. Some of his accomplishments include serving as Supervisor for the Township of Kent, Supervisor of Ada Township, Associated Judge of Circuit Courts for Kent county, State Senator, State Commissioner of Internal Improvements and a member of the State Constitutional Convention. Following his political career, Robinson resided in Ada until his death.