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CROSSER, Robert, a Representative from Ohio; born in Holytown, Lanarkshire, Scotland, June 7, 1874; immigrated to the United States in 1881 with his parents and settled in Cleveland, Ohio; moved to Salineville, Ohio, the same year and attended the public schools; was graduated from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, in 1897; studied law at Columbia University in New York City and was graduated from Cincinnati Law School in 1901; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio; taught law at Baldwin-Wallace Law School in 1904 and 1905; member of the State house of representatives in 1911 and 1912; member of the fourth constitutional convention in 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third, Sixty-fourth, and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1919); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Commerce (Sixty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1918 and for election in 1920; elected to the Sixty-eighth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923-January 3, 1955); chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1954; resided in Bethesda, Md., until his death there on June 3, 1957; interment in Highland Park Cemetery, Warrensville, Ohio.

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External Research Collections

Ohio Historical Society

Columbus, OH
Papers: 1901-1954, 35 cubic feet. The papers of Robert Crosser contain speeches, law case files, legislative and election material, news clippings, and other papers, reflecting Crosser's student days, law career, and his role in the New Deal, World War II, and Democratic politics.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Crosser, Robert. A tribute to Gen. Isaac R. Sherwood of Ohio: Speech of Hon. Robert Crosser of Ohio in the House of Representatives, Tuesday, March 3, 1925. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1925.

Tribe, Henry Franklin. "Disciple of 'Progress and Poverty': Robert Crosser and Twentieth Century Reform." Ph.D. diss., Bowling Green State University, 1990.

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