Edward James Roye (U.S. 1870-1871)

Edward James Roye was born into a prosperous family in Newark, Ohio. His father, John Roye, managed a ferry at Terre Haute, Indiana and acquired considerable land to include Vandalia; a neighboring state of Illinois. The family wealth, allowed Edward to attend Ohio Univ. In 1836, Edward relocated to Terre Haute and established the largest barber shop. In 1846, attracted by the American Colonization Society, Roye immigrated to Liberia and set up business as a merchant.