Robert L. Bacon

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Robert Low Bacon
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1923 – September 12, 1938
Preceded byFrederick C. Hicks
Succeeded byLeonard W. Hall
Personal details
Born(1884-07-23)July 23, 1884
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedSeptember 12, 1938(1938-09-12) (aged 54)
Lake Success, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Virginia Murray Bacon
ParentsRobert Bacon
Alma materHarvard University
Harvard Law School
ProfessionPolitician, Banker, Lawyer, Military Officer
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
U.S. Officers’ Reserve Corps
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsU.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal

Robert Low Bacon (July 23, 1884 – September 12, 1938) was an American politician, a banker, Lieutenant Colonel, and congressman from New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, the son of Martha Waldron Cowdin and future Secretary of State Robert Bacon, he received a common school education as a child. He went on to graduate from Harvard University in 1907 and from Harvard Law School in 1910.

He became engaged to Cecilia May in 1911, but they never married.[1] He married Virginia Murray on April 14, 1913.[2]


After graduation, Bacon was employed at the United States Treasury Department, where he worked until 1911.[3] He moved to Old Westbury, New York to engage in banking in New York City.

Bacon attended the business men’s training camp at Plattsburg in 1915, and served on the Texas border with the New York National Guard in 1916 at the Texas border.[3] During World War I, he served with the Field Artillery, United States Army from April 24, 1917, to January 2, 1919.[3] He attained the rank of major and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Commissioned in the United States Officers’ Reserve Corps with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1919, he was promoted to colonel in January 1923 and served until his death.[4]

A delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois in 1920, Bacon was then elected a Republican to the sixty-eighth congress in 1922 and served from March 4, 1923 until his death on September 12, 1938,[5] while still continuing his military career in the Officers' Reserve Corps during his years in the House of Representatives.[6]

Personal life and family[edit]

Bacon's brother, Gaspar G. Bacon was the President of the Massachusetts Senate from 1929–32 and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1933-1935. His nephew was the actor Gaspar G. Bacon, Jr. better known as David Bacon.


Bacon died of a heart attack at the State Police barracks in Lake Success, New York while on his way home from a speaking engagement in New York City on September 12, 1938 (age 54 years, 51 days). He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Robert L. Bacon, Jr., To Wed. Miss Cecilia May to be Bride of Son of Ambassador to France" (PDF). New York Times. February 25, 1911. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  2. ^ "Robert L. Bacon To Wed. Ex-Ambassador's Eldest Son to Marry Miss Virginia Murray" (PDF). New York Times. February 21, 1913. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  3. ^ a b c Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 22 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  4. ^ "Robert L. Bacon". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Robert L. Bacon". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Robert L. Bacon". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Robert L. Bacon". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 July 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick C. Hicks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1923 – September 12, 1938
Succeeded by
Leonard W. Hall