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Henry Roberts (governor)

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


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Early lifeedit

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 Record1 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 School2 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 Carolina3


Roberts died of respiratory failure on May 1, 1929, age 76 years, 99 days He ia interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut4 He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution5


  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 readingedit

  • 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 linksedit

  • Henry Roberts at Find a Grave
  • NNDB Soylent Communications
  • National Governors Association
  • The Political Graveyard

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

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