11 Facts About Andrew Roth


Andrew Roth was a biographer and journalist known for his compilation of Parliamentary Profiles, a directory of biographies of British Members of Parliament, a small sample of which is available online in The Guardian.

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Andrew Roth first gained prominence when arrested in 1945 as one of six suspects in the Amerasia spy case.

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Andrew Roth scoured Hansard, gossip columns, vote papers and committee reports to compile his profiles of the personnel of the British Parliament and assessed their character traits, history, opinions and psychological drives.

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Andrew Roth was born to Hungarian parents in New York City and attended City College of New York, Columbia University, the University of Michigan and Harvard University.

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Andrew Roth was the son of orthodox Jews; fifty of his relatives were murdered in the Holocaust.

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Andrew Roth was a journalist and foreign correspondent in twenty countries before settling in the United Kingdom in 1950.

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Andrew Roth was political correspondent for the Manchester Evening News from 1972 to 1984, contributed to the New Statesman from 1984 to 1997 and was an obituarist and contributor to The Guardian from 1996.

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Andrew Roth contributed five articles to the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Andrew Roth was best known for this publication, which The Daily Telegraph called a "Westminster institution".

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Andrew Roth continued updating this publication to 2010, and it with its research documents and notes, including about half a million press cuttings, is archived at the Bishopsgate Institute.

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Andrew Roth was survived by his third wife, Antoinette Putnam, a son, Neil, a daughter, Terry, and three grandchildren.

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