C. Wesley Roberts

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Charles Wesley Roberts (December 14, 1902 – April 9, 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 (née Needham) and Francis Henry "Frank" Roberts.[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 McCoy of The Kansas City Star won a Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for local reporting for a series of articles that drove Roberts to resign his RNC chairmanship.[2] 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.[3]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Arthur E. Summerfield
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Succeeded by
Leonard W. Hall


  1. Charles Patrick "Pat" Roberts, at rootsweb, an ancestry.com community
  2. 1954 Winners, Awards, The Pulitzer Prizes website
  3. "Republicans: Storm in Kansas". Time Magazine. March 30, 1953. Retrieved 2009-03-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>