Henry Roberts (1853 – 1929)

Connecticut’s 44th governor, Henry Roberts was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 22, 1853.  In 1878, he graduated from Yale University.  He studied at Columbia University for one year and in 1879 earned a law degree from Yale Law School.  After practicing law for several years, Roberts entered into his father’s manufacturing business, the Hartford Woven Wire Mattress Company, and served as the company’s president from 1886 to 1907.  He invested in several lucrative business transactions and served as director in various corporations. 

Roberts entered politics in 1897 as alderman of Hartford.  He then served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1899 to 1901, was a member of the Connecticut State Senate from 1901 to 1902, and was lieutenant governor of Connecticut from 1903 to 1905. In 1904, Roberts won the Republican gubernatorial nomination and was elected Governor of Connecticut.

While serving as governor, legislation was passed that banned bakeries from operating below ground level, a bill was launched that systematized the operation of automobiles, the administration fortified the public’s safety from private enterprises and public officials fraudulent practices, and jail sentences were administered for the failure of non‑support of wives.

Roberts’s governorship ended on January 9, 1907.  He returned to his various business interests, served as president of the Hartford Water Board, and was a trustee of the Slater Industrial School in North Carolina. 

Roberts was married to Carrie Elizabeth Smith, and they had three children.  Roberts died on May 1, 1929 at the age of 75.

References:
National Governors Association.  Connecticut Governor Henry Roberts.  Accessed at
http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.29fab9fb4add37305ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=f77a224971c81010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD on February 2, 2011.
Wikipedia.  Henry Roberts (governor). Accessed at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Roberts_(governor) on February 2, 2011.