C. Wesley Roberts


C. Wesley Roberts

Charles Wesley Roberts (December 14, 1902 – 1976) was a Kansas businessman who was Chairman of the Republican National Committee for four months in 1953 under Dwight D. Eisenhower.

C. Wesley Roberts (or Wes Roberts) was born in Oskaloosa, Kansas, where he died, to Daisy Marian Needham and Francis (“Frank”) Henry Roberts. [ [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/senators/roberts.htm 1 ] ] The Roberts family has published the smalltown weekly "Oskaloosa Independent" for more than a century.

He was the father of U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.

Alvin Scott of "The Kansas City Star" won a Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for local reporting for a series of articles that drove Roberts to resign. [http://www.pulitzer.org/cgi-bin/year.pl?1954] Roberts was accused of collecting a $10,000 commission on the sale of a hospital to the State of Kansas which the state already owned.

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