James A. Roberts

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James Arthur Roberts
Comptroller of New York
In office
Preceded by Frank Campbell
Succeeded by William J. Morgan
Personal details
Born (1847-03-08)March 8, 1847
Waterboro, Maine
Died November 19, 1922(1922-11-19) (aged 75)
New York City
Resting place Forest Lawn Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Minerva (Pineo) Roberts (1871-1883, her death)
Martha Dresser Roberts (1884-1922, his death)
Alma mater Bowdoin College
University at Buffalo Law School

James Arthur Roberts (March 8, 1847 in Waterboro, 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.

He was Secretary of the Depew Improvement Company, Vice President of the Bellevue and Lancaster Railway Company, and Secretary of the Bellevue Land Company. From the time he was admitted to the bar in 1875 until 1894, Roberts practiced law in Buffalo. He was the Buffalo Parks Commissioner from 1891-1893.[1]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1879 (Erie Co., 3rd D.) and 1880 (Erie Co., 4th D.). In 1894, he left Buffalo to serve as New York State Comptroller from 1894 to 1898,[1] 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.

Personal life[edit]

On June 1, 1871, he married Minnie Pineo (1843-1883). Their daughter Amelia married Frank St. John Sidway.

After Minnie's death in 1883, Roberts married Martha Dresser (1847-1924) in 1884. From 1902 to his death, Roberts lived in New York City.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Roberts-Sidway-Spaulding Papers, 1850-1936". lib.buffalo.edu. Archival & Manuscript Collections. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 

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