James A. Roberts

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James A. Roberts (1897)

James Arthur Roberts (March 8, 1847 in Waterboro, York County, Maine – November 19, 1922 in New York City) was an American lawyer and politician.


He was the son of Jeremiah Roberts and Alma Roberts. In 1864, he enlisted as a private in the 7th Maine Battery, and fought at the Siege of Petersburg, and later participated in the campaign ending with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1870. Then he studied law at Buffalo, New York, was admitted to the bar and paracticed there. On June 1, 1871, he married Minnie Pineo. Afterwards he married Martha Dresser.

He was Secretary of the Depew Improvement Company, Vice President of the Bellevue and Lancaster Railway Company, and Secretary of the Bellevue Land Company.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1879 (Erie Co., 3rd D.) and 1880 (Erie Co., 4th D.). He was New York State Comptroller from 1894 to 1898, elected at the New York state election, 1893, and the New York state election, 1895, on the Republican ticket. He was an alternate delegate to the 1900 Republican National Convention.

He was buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Campbell
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
William J. Morgan