BULKLEY, Robert Johns

BULKLEY, Robert Johns
Library of Congress
1880–1965

Biography

BULKLEY, Robert Johns, a Representative and a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, October 8, 1880; attended the University School, Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Harvard University in 1902; studied at Harvard Law School; admitted to the bar in 1906 and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1915); during the First World War served as chief of the legal section of the War Industries Board 1917-1918; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on November 4, 1930, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Theodore E. Burton; reelected in 1932 and served from December 1, 1930, to January 3, 1939; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Seventy-third through Seventy-fifth Congresses); engaged in banking; resumed the practice of law; during the Second World War served as a member of the board of appeals in visa cases; died in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 1965; interment in Lakeview Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Correspondence in the Theodore Dreiser papers, 1934. Chiefly letters from members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Western Reserve Historical Society

Cleveland, OH
Papers: 1886-1967. 44 boxes and 5 packages. Includes constituent mail, committee correspondence, college papers, biographical sketches, speeches, reports, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia. Topics include banking and currency, tariff, patents, patronage, pensions, prohibition, New Deal reform measures, and 1952 Democratic convention. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: In Cyrus Eaton papers, 1901-1978; and Ray T. Miller papers, 1906-1966.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bulkley, Robert J. "The Federal Farm-Loan Act." Journal of Political Economy 25 (February 1917): 129-47.

Jenkins, William D., Jr. "Robert Bulkley, Progressive Profile." Ph.D. dissertation, Case Western Reserve University, 1969.

___. "Robert Bulkley: Progressive Profile." Ohio History 88 (Winter 1979): 57-72.

Stegh, Leslie Joseph. "A Paradox of Prohibition: Election of Robert J. Bulkley as Senator from Ohio, 1930." Ohio History 83 (Summer 1974): 170-82.

___. "Wet and Dry Battles in the Cradle State of Prohibition: Robert J. Bulkley and the Repeal of Prohibition in Ohio." Ph.D. dissertation, Kent State University, 1975.

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