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Henry Roberts (June 22, 1853 - May 1, 1929) was an American politician and the 61st Governor of Connecticut.


Early life

Roberts was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 22, 1853. He studied at Yale University and graduated in 1878. He then studied one year at Columbia University and in 1879, he was awarded a law degree from Yale Law School. After completing his education, he practiced law for many years. He also served as the President of the Hartford Woven Wire Mattress Company, his father's manufacturing business, from 1886 to 1907. He was also involved in several 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 State Senate from 1901 to 1902. He became lieutenant governor of Connecticut in 1903. He held that position till 1905. He 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 systematized the operation of automobiles. He left office on January 9, 1907.

Later life

After leaving office, Roberts 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. He died on May 1, 1929, aged 75, and was interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut.[1]



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

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