Biography of Amos Roberts
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Roberts, Amos, was born at Glens Falls, Warren county, N. Y., in 1843, and received a common school education, after which he commenced to learn the mysteries of printing with Hiram M. Harris of the Glens Falls Republican, a rank Democratic paper, and finished his trade in the job and composing rooms of the Atlas and Argus, now Albany Argus, at Albany, N. Y., and after spending a number of years at work at his trade in nearly all the large cities in the United States, soon after the civil war, he purchased of E. N. Johnson a half interest in the Addison Advertiser, and run a Republican paper and did a successful business up to the Greeley campaign, when he went for Greeley and got left." Soon after he sold the establishment to G. H. Hollis, who immediately turned it into a rank Democratic sheet, and after drifting around for a short time he purchased a half interest in the Cortland County Democrat, published at Cortland, N. Y., and there in partnership with Daniel S. Lamont, now secretary of war in President Cleveland's cabinet, he did a successful business for a short time, uutil Lamont was appointed private secretary to Governor Tilden, when they sold out, and Mr. Roberts purchased a half interest in the Waverly Enterprise, located at Waverly, N. Y., which was soon after consumed by fire He then, in company with his old partner, E. M. Johnson, who was then chief clerk in the New York State Assembly, established the Cobleskill Herald, a ninecolumn Republican paper, at Cobleskill, Schoharie county, N. Y., where the Democrats had more majority than the Republicans had votes, and did a fair business for three years, when they sold out, and Mr. Roberts purchased the Addison Advertiser, and again enlarged it to a nine column paper, and associated the principles of the G. O. P., where it still exists.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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