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Robert Low Bacon
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1923 – September 12, 1938 (death)
Preceded by Frederick C. Hicks
Succeeded by Leonard W. Hall
Personal details
Born (1884-07-23)July 23, 1884
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died September 12, 1938(1938-09-12) (aged 54)
Lake Success, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Virginia Murray Bacon
Alma mater Harvard University

Harvard Law School

Profession Politician, Banker, Lawyer, Military Officer
Religion Episcopalian
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Major
Battles/wars World War I
Awards 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.


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 married Virginia Murray on April 14, 1913.


After graduation, Bacon 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. 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. During the World War I he served with the United States military forces from April 24, 1917, to January 2, 1919. 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.[1] 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 eptember 12, 1938,[2] while still continuing his military career in the Officers' Reserve Corps during his years in the House of Representatives.[3]


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.[4] 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.

See also

  • Davis-Bacon Act


  1. "Robert L. Bacon". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. "Robert L. Bacon". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  3. "Robert L. Bacon". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. "Robert L. Bacon". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 

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United States 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

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