Congressman Robert L. Bacon

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Robert Low Bacon

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Jamaica Plain Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Lake Success Nassau County New York, USA
Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA Plot: Section 2, Lot 4816
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Bacon, U.S. Secretary of State and Martha Waldron Bacon
Husband of Virginia Murray Bacon
Father of Virginia M. Bacon; Martha Bacon and Alexandra M. Bacon
Brother of Lt. Gov. Gaspar G. Bacon, Sr.; Elliot Cowdin Bacon and Martha Beatrice Whitney
Half brother of Robert "Bunty" Ogden Bacon, Jr.

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About Congressman Robert L. 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.

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. ______________________________________

US Congressman. The son of investment banker US Secretary of State and Ambassador to France Robert Bacon, Robert Low Bacon graduated from Harvard University in 1907 and Harvard Law School in 1910. He then worked for a year at the US Treasury Department, afterwards moving to New York, where he became an investment banker. Active in the National Guard, he served on the Texas border during the 1916 punitive expedition against Mexico. Bacon returned to active duty for World War I, serving in France, attaining the rank of Major and receiving the Distinguished Service Medal. Bacon remained in the Army Reserve after the war, eventually rising to the rank of Colonel. Prominent in Republican politics, Bacon was a Delegate to the 1920 Republican National Convention. In 1922 he was the successful Republican nominee for a seat in the US House of Representatives, serving from March 1923 until his death. After the 1932 election of Franklin Roosevelt, Bacon became a leading opponent in Congress of Roosevelt's New Deal. (bio by: Bill McKern)

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Congressman Robert L. Bacon's Timeline

July 23, 1884
Jamaica Plain Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
September 12, 1938
Age 54
Lake Success Nassau County New York, USA
September 12, 1938
Age 54
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA Plot: Section 2, Lot 4816