Member Biography

Walter Brooks Roberts 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1879-1880       50 Republican
1881-1882       50 Republican

COUNTIES: Crawford  


05/15/1823 - 07/30/1889

Doctor Walter Brooke Roberts (R50) Crawford County 1879-1882

Early Life: 

Doctor Walter Brooke Roberts, born, May 15, 1823 Moreau, Saratoga County, New York; son of Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus Roberts and Deborah Brownell Roberts; Glen Falls Academy; dentist; artificial teeth manufacturer; organized, New York College of Dentistry; editor, New York Dental Journal; president, Roberts Petroleum Torpedo Company, 1866-1889; elected, common council, city of New York, 1867-1868; president, Buffalo and Titusville Railroad Company; organized, Roberts and Company, banking company; elected, mayor, Titusville, 1873-1876; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1877-1878 terms; not a candidate for reelection, 1879; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1879-1882; married, Emily Wealthy Titus Roberts, 1858, son, Erastus Titus Roberts; died, July 30, 1889, Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; interment, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, mayor, Titusville, 1873-1876. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1877-1878; not a candidate for reelection, 1879. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 21st district, Crawford County, 1879-1882; committee assignments, Finance, Mines and Mining, Military Affairs, New Counties and County Seats.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, common council, city of New York, 1867-1868. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "R""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1881) Smull, W.P., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 674, 680-682, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 647-648.

Dr Walter Brooks Roberts (1823-1889) - Find a Grave Memorial