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BACON, Robert Low

BACON, Robert Low
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1884–1938

Biography

BACON, Robert Low, a Representative from New York; born in Jamaica Plains, Boston, Mass., July 23, 1884; attended the public schools; was graduated from Harvard University in 1907 and from its law school in 1910; was an employee of the United States Treasury Department in 1910 and 1911; moved to Old Westbury, N.Y., in 1911 and engaged in the banking business in New York City 1911-1922; delegate to several State conventions; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1920; attended the business men's training camp at Plattsburg in 1915; served on the Texas border with the New York National Guard in 1916; during the First World War served with the United States military forces from April 24, 1917, to January 2, 1919, attaining the rank of major; awarded the Distinguished Service Medal; commissioned in the United States Officers' Reserve Corps with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1919; promoted to colonel in January 1923 and served until his death; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1923, until his death at Lake Success, Long Island, N.Y., en route from a visit to New York City, September 12, 1938; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

Georgetown University Library

Washington, DC
Papers: 1915-1938, 91.5 linear feet. The Robert Low Bacon Papers provide a detailed look at the New Deal's "loyal opposition," documenting his career as a Republican member of the House of Representatives from 1923 until his death in 1938. Robert Bacon represented an affluent New York State district and made a reputation as a consistent and determined opponent of the policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Papers: ca. 1920-1976, 35 linear feet. Mrs. Bacon's papers cover the entire range of her activities as a world traveler, a leader of Washington society, a political activist, and the wife of Republican Congressman Robert Low Bacon. Of particular interest are the detailed records documenting Mrs. Bacon's role as one of Washington's foremost hostesses, and especially as one with political and social influence.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the Marie M. Meloney Papers, 1891-1943, approximately 5,000 items. Correspondents include Robert Low Bacon. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1925, 1 letter. Memorandum of Robert Low Bacon, 1925.
Papers: In the George B. Cortelyou Papers, ca. 1871-1948, approximately 17,000 items. Correspondents include Robert Bacon. A finding aid is available in the library.

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Library

New York, NY
Papers: Register of pedigree (1925?). Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Robert Low Bacon, late a representative from New York. Seventy-sixth Congress, first session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1939.

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Sixth International Conference of American States, Habana [sic], Republic of Cuba. Hearings before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, Seventieth Congress, first session, on H.J. Res. 220, a resolution tendering the thanks of the American people and the Congress of the United States to the Honorable Charles Evans Hughes, Chairman of the Delegation of the United States of America to the Sixth International Conference of American States. March 27, 1928. Statement of Hon. Robert L. Bacon, a Representative in Congress from the State of New York. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1928.

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