ROBERTSON, William Henry (1823-1898)

ROBERTSON, WILLIAM HENRY, a Representative from New York; born in Bedford, N.Y., October 10, 1823; attended the common schools and Bedford Union Academy, at Bedford; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1847 and commenced practice at White Plains, N.Y.; member of the State assembly in 1849 and 1850; served in the State senate in 1854 and 1855; judge of Westchester County, N.Y., 1855-1867; inspector of the Seventh Brigade New York State Militia 1860-1866; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for renomination; unsuccessful candidate for the gubernatorial nomination in 1872 and 1879; again a member of the State senate 1872-1881 and president pro tempore 1874-1881; collector of the port of New York 1881-1885; again a member of the State senate in 1888 and 1889; died in Katonah, N.Y., December 6, 1898; interment in Union Cemetery, Bedford, N.Y.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: December 1, 1866. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.

  • Nevins, A. "A Forgotten Hero of Westchester." Westchester County Historical Society Bulletin 16 (1940): 1-14.