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
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byWilliam Emerson Barrett (7th)
William Francis Murray (9th)
Succeeded byMichael Francis Phelan (7th)
Alvan T. Fuller (9th)
Constituency7th district (1899–1913)
9th district (1913–17)
Member of the Massachusetts Senate[1]
First Suffolk District[2]
In office
Preceded byJoseph Brewster Maccabe[3]
Member of the Massachusetts
House of Representatives[1]
In office
City of Chelsea
City Council[1]
In office
Personal details
BornNovember 22, 1858
East Madison, Maine
DiedSeptember 27, 1924(1924-09-27) (aged 65)
NationalityUnited States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sara Weeks Roberts
Alma materHighland Military Academy, Boston University Law School

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 Alvan 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.


  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.


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

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. 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