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William Nathaniel ROACH

(1840-1902)
Senate Years of Service:
1893-1899
Party:
Democrat

ROACH, William Nathaniel, a Senator from North Dakota; born in Washington, D.C., September 25, 1840; attended the public schools, Gonzaga College, and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; clerk in the quartermaster’s department during the Civil War; moved to Dakota Territory in 1879 and settled in Larimore; interested in mail contracts for several years; member, Territorial house of representatives 1885; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor at the first State election in 1889 and again in 1891; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1899; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; discontinued active business pursuits and lived in retirement in Washington, D.C.; died in New York City on September 7, 1902; interment in the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Bibliography

Schlup, Leonard. “William N. Roach: North Dakota Isolationist and Gilded Age Senator.” North Dakota History 57 (Fall 1990): 2-11.

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

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