James Arthur Roberts
|Comptroller of New York|
|Governor||Levi P. Morton|
Frank S. Black
|Preceded by||Frank Campbell|
|Succeeded by||William J. Morgan|
|Born||March 8, 1847|
|Died||November 19, 1922 (aged 75)|
New York City
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Minerva (Pineo) Roberts (1871-1883, her death)|
Martha Dresser Roberts (1884-1922, his death)
|Alma mater||Bowdoin College|
University at Buffalo Law School
He was the son of Jeremiah Roberts and Alma Roberts. In 1864, he enlisted as a private in the 7th Maine Battery, and fought at the Siege of Petersburg, and later participated in the campaign ending with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1870. Then he studied law at Buffalo, New York, was admitted to the bar, and practiced there.
He was Secretary of the Depew Improvement Company, Vice President of the Bellevue and Lancaster Railway Company, and Secretary of the Bellevue Land Company. From the time he was admitted to the bar in 1875 until 1894, Roberts practiced law in Buffalo. He was the Buffalo Parks Commissioner from 1891-1893.
He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1879 (Erie Co., 3rd D.) and 1880 (Erie Co., 4th D.). In 1894, he left Buffalo to serve as New York State Comptroller from 1894 to 1898, elected at the New York state election, 1893, and the New York state election, 1895, on the Republican ticket. He was an alternate delegate to the 1900 Republican National Convention.
On June 1, 1871, he married Minnie Pineo (1843-1883). Their daughter Amelia married Frank St. John Sidway.
After Minnie's death in 1883, Roberts married Martha Dresser (1847-1924) in 1884. From 1902 to his death, Roberts lived in New York City.
- Lawrence Kestenbaum. "Index to Politicians: Roberts, J." The Political Graveyard.
- "State Officers Elected" (PDF). New York Times. November 6, 1895.
- Works by James A. Roberts at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about James A. Roberts at Internet Archive
- 1893 Biographical Sketch
- James A. Roberts at Find a Grave
| New York State Comptroller
William J. Morgan