Biography of Hon. Cornelius Roach
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HON. CORNELIUS ROACH.
Among the prominent politicians and influential citizens of southwest Missouri is Hon. Cornelius Roach, the editor and publisher of the "Jasper County Democrat," which is the leading organ of the party in this portion of the state.

The birth of Mr. Roach was in Jersey county, Illinois. His early life was spent on a farm, and his education was secured in the public schools and later the colleges of St. Louis, at which he graduated in 1881. The succeeding eight years were spent as an instructor in the school room, most of the time as principal of the high school in Jerseyville, Illinois.

After his marriage, in 1889, Mr. Roach moved to Carthage, Missouri, and in June of that year bought the "Jasper County Democrat," which has ever since been one of the most ably edited and most influential papers of the state, giving its talented editor and proprietor prominence in the Southwest Missouri Press Association, the Missouri State Press Association and the National Editorial Association.

Mr. Roach soon became a power in Democratic circles, was made secretary of the county committee, chairman of the congressional committee, and in 1893 he was elected secretary of the Missouri State Senate, reelected in 1895, again in 1897 and still again in 1893 and in 1900. For ten consecutive years he served in this capacity, breaking all records, and displaying the good judgment and discretion which so prominent a position demands. In 1900 Mr. Roach was honored by Governor Stephens with an appointment as a member of the Missouri Pan American Commission.

Mr. Roach is socially prominent also, being a valued member of the fraternal orders K. of P., M. W. of A. and the B. P. O. E., taking an active interest in them all.

From:
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Chiago 1901


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