Roberts, John S.

Born: 1808-11-19 Washington County, Pennsylvania

Died: 1878-08-24 Pike County, Illinois


Roberts came to Illinois in 1836. He settled in Shawneetown first and then moved to Springfield. In 1839, Roberts succeeded William Carpenter as postmaster of Springfield, Illinois. He was in office for only a short time. Roberts founded the Illinois Republican with George R. Weber and edited it until the paper merged with the State Register in 1839. Roberts moved to Pike County, Illinois, in 1849. He bought The Pike County Sentinel in April 1849 and changed the name to The Pike County Union. He sold the paper to M. H. Abbott in 1851. Roberts was supervisor of Martinsburg Township from 1854 to 1856 and again from 1859 to 1864. He was clerk of the legislature for several sessions, and in 1868 he was appointed collector of Internal Revenue for the district. Roberts served as justice of the peace from 1869 until his death.

History of Pike County, Illinois (Chicago: Chas. C. Chapman, 1880), 311-13, 891-893; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 572; Pike County Democrat (Pittsfield, Illinois), 29 August 1878, 3:5; Franklin W. Scott, "Newspapers and Periodicals of Illinois, 1814-1879" (PhD diss., University of Illinois, 1910), 322.