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Sol Bloom

(1870 - 1939)

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 on January 30, 1923, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect Samuel Marx; reelected to the Sixty-ninth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1923, until his death in Washington, D.C., 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; interment in Mount Eden Cemetery, Westchester Hills, N.Y.

Sources: Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress