Anthony Ellmaker ROBERTS, Congress, PA (1803-1885)


ROBERTS, Anthony Ellmaker, (grandfather of Robert Grey Bushong), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Barneston Station, Chester County, Pa., on October 29, 1803; received a limited schooling; engaged in mercantile pursuits in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pa., 1816-1839; moved to Lancaster, Pa., in 1839; sheriff of Lancaster County 1839-1842; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress; was appointed United States marshall for the eastern district of Pennsylvania on May 16, 1850, and served until March 29, 1853; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859); was not a candidate for renomination in 1858; was active in organization of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania; engaged in operating his real estate holdings in Lancaster and was executor for various estates; died in Lancaster, Pa., on January 23, 1885; interment in the Lancaster Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present