About Robert Low Bacon
Robert Low Bacon (July 23, 1884 – September 12, 1938) was a banker, Lieutenant Colonel, and congressman from New York.
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. Bacon went on to graduate from Harvard University in 1907 and from Harvard Law School in 1910. That same year, he was employed at the United States Treasury Department, where he worked until, in 1911, he moved to Old Westbury, New York to engage in banking in New York City. In 1916, he worked with the New York National Guard at the Texas border. Bacon then went to fight in World War I where he attained the rank of major and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. In 1919, he was commissioned to the United States Officers’ Reserve Corps with a promotion to lieutenant colonel and later to colonel in 1923. Bacon was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois in 1920. He was elected a Republican to the sixty-eighth congress in 1922 and served from 1923 until his death in 1938 though still continuing his military career in the Officers' Reserve Corps during his years in the House of Representatives.
He was a co-sponsor of the Davis–Bacon Act, a federal law that establishes the requirement for paying the local prevailing wages on public works projects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis-Bacon_Act
He 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. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
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.