During his term as president, Roye negotiated a loan with Great Britian without the consent of the Liberian Legislature. Countrymen objected to the terms of the loan and revolted, banishing Roye from office, even going so far as to have him arrested.
Roye was called to stand trial before the nation's supreme court. Before the trial, he managed to escape in a native canoe. He tried to reach an English steamer anchored off shore and drowned.
Edward Roye died a political criminal in Africa and forgotten by his native country.