William N. Roach

William Nathaniel Roach (September 25, 1840 – September 7, 1902) was a United States senator from North Dakota.

William Roach
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United States Senator
from North Dakota
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1899
Preceded byLyman R. Casey
Succeeded byPorter J. McCumber
Personal details
William Nathaniel Roach

(1840-09-25)September 25, 1840
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedSeptember 7, 1902(1902-09-07) (aged 61)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationGeorgetown University


Miss Roach, daughter of William N. Roach

Born in Washington, D.C., he attended the public schools, Gonzaga College High School and Georgetown University. He was a clerk in the quartermaster's department during the Civil War. He moved to Dakota Territory in 1879 and settled in Larimore; he was interested in mail contracts for several years and was a member of the Territorial House of Representatives in 1885.

Roach was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor at the first State election in 1889 and again in 1891. He was elected to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1893, to March 4, 1899; he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection and discontinued active business pursuits and lived in retirement in Washington, D.C. He died in New York City on September 7, 1902; interment was in the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "William N. Roach (id: R000290)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 19, 2008.
Party political offices
First Democratic nominee for Governor of North Dakota
1889, 1890
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. Senator (Class 1) from North Dakota
Served alongside: Henry C. Hansbrough
Succeeded by