Algernon B Roberts
Born August 12, 1875, son of George B. Roberts, President of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Died in Nordhoff, California, attempting to recuperate from illness, in office, January 6, 1909.
FROM SENATE MEMORIAM: Algernon Brooke Roberts was born on August twelfth, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five, at Pencoyd Farm, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. His preliminary education was received at the Episcopal Academy, of Philadelphia, from whence he entered Princeton University, graduating in one thousand eight hundred and ninety-six. He then became a student of law in the University of Pennsylvania, upon his graduation was admitted to the bar in one thousand eight hundred and ninety-nine, and for five years prior to his death was a member of the law firm of Duane, Morris, Heckscher and Roberts, of the city of Philadelphia. Upon his admission to the bar he entered actively in Republican politics in Montgomery County. In one thousand nine hundred he was elected a commissioner of Lower Merion township, and, in the same year Presidential elector-at-large. In one thousand nine hundred and one he was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and in the following year was elected president of Lower Merion township. In the same year he was elected to the Senate, and was re-elected in November, one thousand nine hundred and six. He died in Southern California on January sixth, one thousand nine hundred and nine. As president of the board of commissioners he proved himself to be an efficient administrator, and under him Weahhy township enjoyed nearly a model government. It became the best paved township in the State and obtained an almost perfect sewerage system. This system was constructed at less than the estimated cost and by his efficient management was able to greatly reduce the cost of operation. Capable and honest, his conduct of affairs in his township has left a high standard for his successors to maintain. Opposed to him in his county were many powerful interests, and his leadership was only held by untiring energy and unusual political sagacity. In the Senate his career is well known to my hearers. He was the author of the Corrupt Practices Act and was the foremost authority upon the law of townships. In his conduct in the Senate he was independent, and was never afraid to vote against his party upon important measures which he believed were not for the best interests of the State.
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