Ernest W. Roberts

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Ernest W. Roberts
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Ernest W. Roberts circa 1908[1]
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917
Preceded by William F. Murray
Succeeded by Alvan T. Fuller
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by William Emerson Barrett
Succeeded by Michael Francis Phelan
Member of the Massachusetts Senate[1]
First Suffolk District[2]
In office
1897–1898
Preceded by Joseph Brewster Maccabe[3]
Member of the Massachusetts
House of Representatives[1]
In office
1894–1896
City of Chelsea
City Council[1]
In office
1887–1888
Personal details
Born November 22, 1858
East Madison, Maine
Died February 27, 1924
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Alma mater Highland Military Academy, Boston University Law School
Profession Attorney

Ernest William Roberts (November 22, 1858 – February 27, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Born in East Madison, Maine, Roberts attended the public schools in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He was graduated from Highland Military Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1877, and from the law school of Boston University. Roberts was admitted to the bar in 1881 and then practiced in Boston. He served as member of the city council of Chelsea in 1887 and 1888. He served as member of the state House of Representatives in 1894 and 1896. He served in the state Senate in 1897 and 1898.

Roberts was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses. He represented the 7th Massachusetts congressional district from March 4, 1899, until March 3, 1913, and, after redistricting, represented the 9th Massachusetts congressional district from March 4, 1913 to March 3, 1917. He was chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Sixty-first Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1916, losing with 16,765 votes to Alvin T. Fuller, another Republican running as an Independent, with 17,079.[4]

Roberts was named a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution December 1913 and reappointed to another term two years later.

After leaving Congress he practiced law in Washington, D.C., until his death on February 27, 1924. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Who's Who in State Politics, 1908, Boston, MA: Practical Politics, 1908, p. 20 
  2. ^ Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1897), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Volume VI, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 118 
  3. ^ Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1896), A Souvenir of Massachusetts legislators, Volume V, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgman, p. 131 
  4. ^ Congressional Directory, 66th Congress, 2nd Session. 1920. p. 46. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Who's who in State Politics, 1908 Practical Politics (1908) p. 20.

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Emerson Barrett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1913
Succeeded by
Michael Francis Phelan
Preceded by
William F. Murray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917
Succeeded by
Alvan T. Fuller