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Frederick M. Roberts


Picture of Frederick M. Roberts
CA State Assembly
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1918 Republican AD-74 2261 Win
11-02-1920 Republican AD-74 3720 Win
11-07-1922 Republican AD-74 2770 Win
11-04-1924 Republican AD-74 2974 Win
11-02-1926 Republican AD-74 2398 Win
11-06-1928 Republican AD-74 3651 Win
11-04-1930 Republican AD-62 10025 Win
11-08-1932 Republican AD-62 11686 Win
11-06-1934 Republican AD-62 9674 Loss
11-03-1936 Republican AD-62 7912 Loss
11-05-1946 Republican CD-14 44914 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Frederick Madison Roberts
Born: September 14, 1879 in Chillicothe, Ohio
Married: Pearl Hinds
Children: Patricia and Gloria
Family: Great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson (confirmed by DNA testing in 1998)
University: University of Southern California (Pre-law)
Died: July 19, 1952 in Los Angeles, CA

1910-1912: Deputy Assessor, El Paso County [Colorado]
1912-1948: Editor, New Age
1940: Alternate Delegate, Republican National Convention
1944: Alternate Delegate, Republican National Convention
1948: Alternate Delegate, Republican National Convention
1952: Primary Candidate for CD-26 (Lost)

  • NOTABLE HISTORY: The first African American California legislator.
  • Since 2017, the California Legislative Black Caucus has offered the Frederick M. Roberts College Scholarship to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.
  • Roberts lost the 1952 Primary (in a contest that included both former Lt. Governor Ellis Patterson and incumbent Congressman Sam Yorty on June 3rd and died about six weeks later.

Source: California Blue Book (1928)
"Roberts Files Papers for 26th Congress" Evening Vanguard, Volume 28, Number 238, 26 March 1952