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BLOOM, Sol, a Representative from New York; born in Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill., March 9, 1870; moved with his parents to San Francisco, Calif., in 1873; attended the public schools; engaged in the newspaper, theatrical, and music-publishing businesses; superintendent of construction of the Midway Plaisance at the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893; moved to New York City in 1903 and engaged in the real estate and construction business; captain in the New York Naval Reserve in 1917; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative-elect Samuel Marx, and reelected to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 30, 1923-March 7, 1949); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Seventy-sixth through Seventy-ninth Congresses and Eighty-first Congress), Special Committee on Chamber Improvements (Eighty-first Congress); director of the United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission; director general of the United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission; chairman of the Committee on Celebration of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the United States Supreme Court; director and United States Commissioner, New York World's Fair, in 1939; died on March 7, 1949, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Mount Eden Cemetery, Westchester Hills, N.Y.

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

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External Research Collections

New York Public Library

New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1898-1949, 61.5 linear feet. The collection consists of Sol Bloom's public papers as a Member of Congress including case files, special bills, armed services academies files, and general correspondence; and personal miscellaneous papers. The bulk of the papers are case files containing correspondence with constituents seeking aid in the solution of problems requiring the intervention of a department or agency of the federal government. Some case files concern Jews and refugees in Europe and elsewhere who sought permission to emigrate to the United States before, during and after World War II. General correspondence is mainly ceremonial although some relates to public affairs and to matters pending before Congress. Also, a draft of The Autobiography of Sol Bloom, 1949; scrapbooks of clippings, 1898-1903; and photograph and other memorabilia.
Papers: In the New York World's Fair 1939-1940 Records, ca. 1935-1945, 1239 linear feet. Other authors include Sol Bloom. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the William B. Bankhead Papers, ca. 1875-1952, 33 cubic feet. Other authors include Sol Bloom. Series descriptions and a container listing are available in the repository.

American Jewish Archives

Cincinnati, OH
Papers: 1942, 1 item. A letter from Nicholas Murray Butler to William F. Bleakley written on March 16, 1942. In the letter, Butler writes about the redrawing of congressional districts and Congressman Sol Bloom.

American Jewish Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1927-1945, 0.25 cubic foot. The papers of Sol Bloom contain correspondence between him and Edward Coleman, librarian of the American Jewish Historical Society, regarding the George Washington Bicentennial celebration, and questions about American Jewish history (1933-1938). The collection also contains an invitation to attend President Coolidge's address on the Washington Bicentennial (1927), and Sol Bloom's certificate of nomination as alternate representative to the first session of the United Nations General Assembly, signed by Harry Truman (1945). A photograph of Sol Bloom is included in the collection, as well as originals of two political cartoons in which he is pictured.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the John Clement Fitzpatrick Papers, 1927-1941, 9.6 linear feet. Correspondents include Sol Bloom. A finding aid is available in the library.

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Simon T. Michelet and Family Papers, 1879, 1908-1943, 1.25 cubic feet. Other authors include Sol Bloom. An inventory is available in the repository.

Northwestern University Archives
University Library

Evanston, IL
Papers: In the Kenneth W. Colegrove Papers, 1912-1954, 29.5 cubic feet. Other authors include Sol Bloom. An inventory is available in the repository.

University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1907-1931, 2 items. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1907-1931.

The Western Reserve Historical Society

Cleveland, OH
Papers: In the George Washington Bicentennial Committee (Cleveland, Ohio) Records, 1932, 1 linear foot. Other authors include Sol Bloom.

Yeshiva University Archives

New York, NY
Papers: In the Vaad Hatzala (New York, N.Y.) Records, ca. 1940-1963, 27 linear feet. Subjects include Sol Bloom.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bloom, Sol. The Autobiography of Sol Bloom. New York: Putnam's, 1948.

------. "Boyhood in San Francisco." In Autobiographies of American Jews, compiled by Harold Uriel Ribalow, pp. 16-25. Philadelphia: Jewish Publishing, 1965.

------. Date of George Washington's birth. [Washington: N.p., 1933].

------. Dr. Carlos J. Finlay; extension of remarks in the House of Representatives, October 28, 1943. Havana: [Ministry of Health and Social Assistance], 1959.

------. George Washington, the President; triumphant journey as President-elect; first term of the first President. 1789-1939. Issued by the United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission. Washington: [Government Printing Office, 1939].

------. One with God is a Majority. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1947].

------. Our Heritage; George Washington and the Establishment of the American Union. With a biographical sketch by Ira E. Bennett. Constitution. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1944].

------. Radio Addresses. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1931.

------. Selected George Washington Bicentennial Addresses Delivered by Honorable Sol Bloom ... United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission. Washington. [Washington: N.p., 1932].

------. The Story of the Constitution. Washington, D.C.: United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission, 1937. Reprint, with a new foreword by Daniel J. Elazar. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1986.

------. The Treaty-making Power: Fourteen Points Showing Why the Treaty-making Power Should be Shared by the House of Representatives. [Washington, D.C.?: N.p., 1944?]

------. United States in 1937. Washington, D.C.: N.p., 1937.

------. Washington the Business Man. Washington, D.C.: United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission, 1931.

------. Yugoslavia and Her Struggle. Twenty-third Anniversary of the Founding of Yugoslavia and the Union of Yugoslav Peoples. [Washington?: N.p., 1942?]

United States. The Constitution of the United States of America with Amendments and the Declaration of Independence; Preceded by an Address by Sol Bloom Made on September 17, 1936, and Followed by "Constitutional Misconceptions". Washington: Published by the United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission, [1936].

United States. 81st Cong., lst sess., 1949. House. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Sol Bloom, Late a Representative from New York. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1950.

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