Henry Roberts (governor)

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Henry Roberts
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61st Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 4, 1905 – January 9, 1907
Lieutenant Rollin S. Woodruff
Preceded by Abiram Chamberlain
Succeeded by Rollin S. Woodruff
50th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 7, 1903 – January 4, 1905
Governor Abiram Chamberlain
Preceded by Edwin O. Keeler
Succeeded by Rollin S. Woodruff
Member of the Connecticut Senate
In office
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born January 22, 1853
Brooklyn, New York, US
Died May 1, 1929 (aged 76)
Hartford, Connecticut, US
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carrie Elizabeth Smith (1859–1952)
Children 3
Alma mater
Profession lawyer, politician

Henry Roberts (January 22, 1853 – May 1, 1929) was an American politician who was the 61st Governor of Connecticut.

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 22, 1853, son of George Roberts and Elvira Evans Roberts. He studied at Yale University, where he was on the fourth editorial board of The Yale Record.[1] After graduating from Yale in 1878, he studied one year at Columbia University and in 1879, he was awarded a law degree from Yale Law School.[2] On October 5, 1881, he married Carrie Elizabeth Smith and they had three sons.


After completing his education, Roberts practiced law for several years, then entered his father's manufacturing business, the Hartford Woven Wire Mattress Company, and served as company's president from 1886 to 1907. He was also involved in several other business activities.

Roberts became alderman of Hartford, Connecticut in 1897. He became a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1899. He held that position till 1901. He also was a member of the Connecticut Senate from 1901 to 1902. He served as President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate. He became lieutenant governor of Connecticut in 1903. He held that position till 1905.

Winning the 1904 gubernatorial nomination, Roberts was elected, and became the Governor of Connecticut on January 4, 1905. During his term, several legislations were passed. The bakeries were banned from operating below ground level and a bill was launched that regulated the operation of automobiles. Also enacted during Robert's administration was fortification of the public's safety from fraudulent practices, and the non-support of wives was met with jail sentences.

Roberts left office on January 9, 1907, and returned to his several business activities. He served as president of the Hartford Water Board. He was also a trustee of the Slater Industrial School in North Carolina.[3]


Roberts died of respiratory failure on May 1, 1929, (age 76 years, 99 days). He ia interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut.[4] He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution.[5]


  1. ^ "Henry Roberts". The tenth general catalogue of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Bethlehem, PA: The Comenius Press. March, 1888. p. 245.
  2. ^ "Henry Roberts". NNDB Soylent Communications. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Henry Roberts". National Governors Association. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  4. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Hartford County, Conn". Cedar Hill Cemetery. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
  5. ^ "Henry Roberts". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 11 December 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Edwin O. Keeler
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Rollin S. Woodruff
Preceded by
Abiram Chamberlain
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Rollin S. Woodruff