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B. K. Roberts, American lawyer, former judge. Bar: Florida 1928. Recipient Distinguished Citizen award Stetson University College Law (2); selected as Great Floridian, 1989, Museum of Florida History.


Roberts, B. K. was born on February 5, 1907 in Sopchoppy, Florida, United States. Son of Thomas and Florida (Morrison) Roberts.


Juris Doctor, University Florida, 1928. Doctor of Laws, University Miami, 1954. Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Florida State University, 1980.


Practiced in, Tallahassee, 1928-1949; justice, Supreme Court of the Florida, 1949-1977; chief justice, Supreme Court of the Florida, 1953-1954, 61-63, 71-72; retired, Supreme Court of the Florida, 1977; of counsel, Ervin, Varn, Jacobs, Odom & Ervin, Tallahassee, Florida, since 1977. Vice-president, director Tallahassee Bank & Trust Company (now Barnett Bank), 1948-1949. Member awards jury Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1962.

Member Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, 1966, 77. Chairman subcommittee on human rights. Chairman Judicial Council Florida, 1962-1977.

Member Executive Committee National Conference Chief Justices, 1966, deputy chairman, 1972-1973.


  • Bar: Florida 1928.


Chairman trustees Florida State University Foundation. Board counselors Florida Presbyterian College Served as lieutenant Commander United States Coast Guard. Served as lieutenant Commander 1942-1945.

Shipping commissioner 1943-1945, Port Jacksonville, Florida. Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member International Bar Association (patron), Inter-American, American Bar Association (United Nations committee, world order under law committee.

Official court representative London meeting 1957), Florida Bar Association (past vice president), Tallahassee Bar Association (past president), American Judicature Society, American Law Institute, Newcomen Society England, American Legion (member national distinguished guests committee), Alpha Kappa Psi, Florida Blue Key, Fla State University Gold Key, Society of Wig and Robe, Phi Alpha Delta, Delta Chi. Clubs: Governor's, Killearn Golf and Country, Hendersonville (North Carolina) Country, Capital City Country (Tallahassee). Lodges: Masons; Shriners.

Elks; Odd Fellows; Kiwanis.


Married Mary Newman, August 20, 1937. Children: Mary Jane, Thomas Frederick.

Thomas Roberts

Florida (Morrison) Roberts

Mary Newman

Thomas Frederick Roberts

Mary Jane Roberts