ROACH, William Nathaniel (1840-1902)

ROACH, WILLIAM NATHANIEL, a Senator from North Dakota; born in Washington, D.C., September 25, 1840; attended the public schools, Gonzaga College, and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; clerk in the quartermaster's department during the Civil War; moved to Dakota Territory in 1879 and settled in Larimore; interested in mail contracts for several years; member, Territorial house of representatives 1885; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor at the first State election in 1889 and again in 1891; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1899; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; discontinued active business pursuits and lived in retirement in Washington, D.C.; died in New York City on September 7, 1902; interment in the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

State Historical Society of North Dakota
Bismarck, ND
Papers: Correspondence in J. Dexter Peirce papers, 1795-1945.

  • Schlup, Leonard. "William N. Roach: North Dakota Isolationist and Gilded Age Senator.'' North Dakota History 57 (Fall 1990): 2-11.