This collection contains correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, memos, news releases, and other information related to Democratic Congressman Kenneth A. Roberts’ (1912-1989; representative from 1951-1965) time in office as a member of the US House of Representatives. The materials relate to a few broad categories: the construction of a hospital located at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama; the construction of Howell Mill Shoals Dam; and concerns brought before the House Subcommittee on Health and Safety, such as working mothers, automobile safety, and refrigerator safety.
Kenneth Allison Roberts was born in Piedmont, Alabama in 1912 where he attended public school and then Samford College in Birmingham. He graduated from the University of Alabama Law School in 1935 and practiced law in Talladega from 1937-1942. He was elected to the Alabama State Senate in 1942, but resigned to join the US Navy, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres until his discharge in 1945. After serving as a US Representative from 1951-1965, he returned to practicing law until his retirement in 1979. He was a resident of Anniston, Alabama until his death in 1989. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Latham, Bethany, "Kenneth A. Roberts Papers: Finding Aid" (2021). Finding Aids. 20.