ROBERTS, Robert Whyte, (1784 - 1865)

ROBERTS, Robert Whyte, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Kent County, Del., November 28, 1784; received a liberal education; studied law; was admitted to the bar; shortly after reaching his majority moved to Tennessee, where he was elected a circuit judge; moved to Limestone County, Ala. in 1822, and to Scott County, Miss., in 1826, and settled near Hillsboro; engaged in agricultural pursuits; commenced the practice of law in Hillsboro; circuit judge of Scott County 1830-1838; member of the State house of representatives 1838-1844 and served as speaker in 1842 and 1843; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); resumed the practice of law; also engaged in planting; died on his plantation, “Long Avenue,” near Hillsboro, Miss., January 4, 1865; interment in a private cemetery on the Roberts plantation.