VANIK, Charles Albert

VANIK, Charles Albert
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


VANIK, Charles Albert, A Representative from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, April 7, 1913; attended the public schools; graduated from Adelbert College of Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1933; graduated from Western Reserve University Law School in 1936; admitted to the bar in 1936; lawyer, private practice; member of Cleveland City Council in 1938 and 1939; member of the Cleveland state senate, 1940-1942; member of the Cleveland Board of Education in 1941 and 1942; United States Naval Reserve as an ensign in 1942 and served with amphibious forces of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets; released from active duty as a lieutenant in December 1945; appointed a member of the Cleveland Library Board in January 1946; elected judge of Cleveland Municipal Court in 1947 and reelected in 1949 for a six-year term, but resigned in March 1954 to campaign for Congress; served as referee with Ohio Industrial Commission; legal adviser to the Ohio highway director; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1981); not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; died on August 30, 2007, in Jupiter, Fla.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Cleveland State University
The Cleveland Memory Project

Cleveland, OH
Photographs: Dates and amounts unknown. Subjects and images include those of Charles Vanik.

Copley Press, Inc.
J.S. Copley Library

La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1973, 1 page. A letter from Gerald Ford to Charles A. Vanik written on April 16, 1973. In the letter, Gerald Ford asks Congressman Vanik to support a move by the House to authorize funds for the extension of the West Front of the Capitol building. Gerald Ford was Minority Leader of the House at this time.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Archives and Manuscripts

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Papers of John F. Kennedy, Pre-Presidential Papers, Presidential Campaign Files, 1960, 1 folder. This folder contains a telegram, newspaper articles, and correspondence between Senator John F. Kennedy, members of Senator Kennedy?s staff, Ohio Congressman Charles A. Vanik, and various individuals concerning expressions of general support, the political climate of Ohio, Senator Kennedy?s presidential campaign efforts in Ohio, and the state?s delegates to the 1960 Democratic National Convention.

Western Reserve Historical Society

Cleveland, OH
Oral History: In the Frances Payne Bolton oral history interviews, 1989, 0.4 linear foot. Interviewees include Charles A. Vanik.
Papers: In the Ohio Townsend Plan, Inc. Records, 1935-1974, 2.3 linear feet. Correspondents include Charles Vanik.
Photographs: In the Julius Amber photographs, ca. 1930-1975, 0.2 linear foot. Included are photographs of Charles Vanik.
Photographs: In the Carl Stokes photographs, 1968-1971, 2.2 linear feet. Included are photographs of Charles Vanik.
Photographs: In the Harry Stone photographs, 1917-1988, 0.21 linear foot. Included are photographs of Charles Vanik.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Charles A. Vanik, Democratic Representative from Ohio. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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