Albert Lonsdale Roper
ALBERT LONSDALE ROPER, for three successive terms mayor of Norfolk, and for over twenty years prominent member of the Norfolk bar, is a son of Capt. John Lonsdale and Lydia Roper. The biographical record of his father is published in the sketch after this one.
Albert L. Roper was born at Norfolk, May 16, 1879, was educated in local schools and graduated in law front the University of Virginia in 1902. Since that date he has been engaged in :t steadily growing law practice at Norfolk. In politics he has been a worker for good government and has been identified with the democratic party in municipal and state affairs, supporting the democrats for Congress and the Senate, but in presidential elections has exercised his ballot independently. Mr. Roper from 1914 to 1916 was president of the Common Council of the City of Norfolk, and in 1918 became mayor of the city, and has been reelected, being now in his third term. From 1916 to 1922 be also rendered some notable service as a, member of the State Board of Charities and Correction.
Mr. Roper is a member of several college fraternities, the Loyal Order of Moose, belongs to the Norfolk Country Club, the Princess Anne Country Club, the Westmoreland Club of Richmond, and is active in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. For fourteen years he has been teacher of the Men’s Bible Class, which now has a membership of 7,000.
January 22, 1913, at New York City, Mr. Roper married Miss Georgiana Phillips Parks. Her father is Rev. Leighton Parks, a distinguished clergyman of the Episcopal Church, -who since 1904 has been rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, and is also well known as an author of several books and published sermons and addresses. Mrs. Roper inherits her father’s literary gifts, and under the pen name of George Phillips, is author of a number of short stories and ballads. Mr. and Mrs. Roper have two children, Leighton Parks Roper and Margaret Roper.