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Roberts, Charles R.

CHARLES R. ROBERTS, historical writer; son of Moses and Alice S. (Rhoads) Roberts, was born in Allentown, but spent him boyhood in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Providence, R. I., and Boston, Mass. He was educated in the public schools of East Weymouth, Mass., and Allentown, graduating from the high school in 1892. Keenly interested in history, literature and languages, he continued these studies privately while engaged in various business pursuits. In 1895 he was on the staff of the Providence (R. I.) Telegram, and the following year was engaged in the wholesale house of the Callender, McAuslan & Troup Co., at Providence. In 1896 he returned to Allentown and became interested in politics; was clerk of common council from 1902 to 1904; secretary of the Republican city committee ; and successfully conducted the literary end of the mayoralty campaign of 1902, and of the judicial campaign of 1903. Shortly afterward he became and still is connected with the United States Postal Department. In 1903 he organized the Lehigh County Historical Society, and has been its secretary ever since. He is the author of "The History of Egypt Reformed Church," "Historic Homes in Lehigh County," and translator of the records of the Egypt Reformed Church, 1734-1834, and published in the Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series. His most important work thus far has been that of editor-in-chief of the splendid three-volume "History of Lehigh County." Mr. Roberts is a prominent Mason, being a member of Greenleaf Lodge; Allen R. A. Chapter; Allen Council, R. and S. M.; Allen Commandery, K. T.; Rajah Temple. He is also a member of Constantine Lodge, I. O. O. F., and is identified with the following historical organizations : Pennsylvania Society, Sons of the Revolution; Pennsylvania German Society; Historical Society of Pennsylvania ; and is the president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies.

Men of Allentown by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917.


 

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