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Shelby Saufley Roberts

civil engineer

Shelby Saufley Roberts, American civil engineer.


Roberts, Shelby Saufley was born on April 13, 1874 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Son of Bolin Emery and Margaret K. (Pickens) Roberts.


Bachelor of Arts, Louisville Male High School, 1894. Bachelor of Science, Rose Polytechnic Institute, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1898, C.E., 1907. Bachelor of Laws, Washington College of Law, 1925.


Track apprentice, maintenance department, I.C. R.R., 1898. Location surveys and construction, St. L.,P.&N. R.R., 1898-1899. With L.&N. R.R., 1899, successively as assistant to engineer in charge of construction of terminals at Nashville.

Engineer in charge of improvements at Henderson, Kentucky, Evansville, Indiana, and East St. Louis, Illinois. Engineer in charge maintenance of way, Henderson and St. Louis divisions. Roadmaster main stem, 1st div.

Roadmaster and engineer, Louisville terminals, until 1905. Superintendent building construction for F. C. Brent, Pensacola, Florida, 1905-1906. Assistant engineer construction, I.C. R.R., Chicago, 1906-1908.

Professor railway civil engineering, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 1908-1910. Div. engineer on construction, I.C. R.R., Chicago, 1911-1913. Private practice, general and railway civil engineering, 1913-1918.

Staff officer engineering and senior assistant engineer, United States R.R. Administration, Southern Region, Atlanta, Georgia., 1918-1920. Assistant director bureau of Finance, Interstate Commerce Commission, in charge of the forces handling matters before the bureau in which engineering principles are involved, 1920-1935, chief section of securities, since 1935. Admitted to bar of District of Columbia, 1925, Supreme Court United States, 1930.


  • Author: Track Formulæ. And Tables, 1910.


Married Nell Ackley Richardson, November 26, 1901. Children: Nell Richardson, Shelby Chilton, Sarah Pickens.

Bolin Emery Roberts

Margaret K. (Pickens) Roberts

Nell Ackley Richardson

Nell Richardson Roberts

Shelby Chilton Roberts

Sarah Pickens Roberts