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Robert Townsend

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Robert Townsend in-universe 5

Basic Information
Status: Alive
Age: 25
Date of birth: November 25, 1753
Nationality: United States of America flag 13 stars American
Affiliation: Culper Ring
Family Information
Father: Samuel Townsend
Portrayal
Played by: Nick Westrate
Seasons: 2, 3, 4
First appearance: "Hard Boiled"
Appears in: 1 series, 3 seasons, 11 episodes
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Robert Townsend is a member of the Culper Ring.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Robert Townsend was born to Samuel Townsend. He ran his family's inn, as an adult. He was recruited into the Culper Ring by Abraham Woodhull, when the latter stayed in his establishment.

Culper Ring serviceEdit

Robert was an extremely important member of the spy ring. Among his contributions was the discovery of the informant, Reverend Worthington.

Characters metEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

Robert Townsend was portrayed by Nick Westrate in Seasons 2, 3 and 4 of Turn: Washington's Spies.

AppearancesEdit

DescriptionEdit

Season 2Edit

"Secretive and reserved, Robert Townsend is best summed up in the words of historian Alexander Rose: “A man of parts and halves in a time of wholes and absolutes. Half-Quaker, half-Episcopalian, part secular, part devout, an American who refused to fire a musket for his country, a Loyalist who struggled against the British.” The proprietor of a boarding house in British-controlled New York, Townsend has survived by living under the radar, using his considerable wits not only as a weapon to disarm others, but also to keep his true feelings hidden. He quickly recognizes Abe as another who keeps his nature under wraps, and opts not to turn him over to the British when he uncovers evidence of his spying. Seeing Townsend as the missing New York-based piece in the Culper Ring, Abe tries to recruit him, but struggles to overcome Townsend’s ingrained mistrust of others and fear of taking action."
Official description

Season 3Edit

"Secretive and reserved, Robert Townsend is best summed up in the words of historian Alexander Rose: "A man of parts and halves in a time of wholes and absolutes. Half-Quaker, half-Episcopalian, part secular, part devout, an American who refused to fire a musket for his country, a Loyalist who struggled against the British." The proprietor of a boarding house in British-controlled New York, Townsend has survived by living under the radar, using his considerable wits not only as a weapon to disarm others, but also to keep his true feelings hidden. He quickly recognizes Abe as another who keeps his nature under wraps, and opts not to turn him over to the British when he uncovers evidence of his spying. Seeing Townsend as the missing New York-based piece in the Culper Ring, Abe tries to recruit him, but struggles to overcome Townsend's ingrained mistrust of others and fear of taking action. Season Three finds Townsend now a partner in Rivington's Corner, a coffeehouse that is the gathering place of the the British officer class."
Official description

Season 4Edit

"Secretive and reserved, Robert Townsend is best summed up in the words of historian Alexander Rose: "A man of parts and halves in a time of wholes and absolutes. Half-Quaker, half-Episcopalian, part secular, part devout, an American who refused to fire a musket for his country, a Loyalist who struggled against the British." Townsend has survived by living under the radar, using his considerable wits not only as a weapon to disarm others, but to keep his true feelings hidden. He recognized Abe as another keeping his nature under wraps, and opted not to turn him over to the British when he uncovered evidence of his spying. Seeing Townsend as the missing New York-based piece in the Culper Ring, Abe recruited him, eventually overcoming Townsend's ingrained mistrust of others and fear of taking action. Season 3 found Townsend now a partner in Rivington's Corner, a coffeehouse that was the gathering place of the British officer class. Between the scraps of intelligence he overheard from his customers or gleaned from his talkative partner Rivington, Townsend averted a crippling attack on the American camp. In the fourth season, Benedict Arnold's roundup of suspected spies comes perilously close to nabbing Townsend, who has to lay low."
Official description

Links and referencesEdit

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