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Herbert Seely BIGELOW

(1870-1951)

BIGELOW, Herbert Seely, a Representative from Ohio; born in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Ind., January 4, 1870; attended the public schools, and Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; was graduated from Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1894; moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied in Lane Theological Seminary; ordained as a Congregational minister in 1895 and became pastor of the Vine Street Congregational Church in Cincinnati, Ohio; delegate to the fourth constitutional convention of Ohio in 1912, serving as president; member of the State house of representatives in 1913 and 1914; served in the Cincinnati City Council 1936; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; member of the city council in 1940 and 1941; resumed his duties as pastor of the Vine Street Congregational Church (Peoples Church), Cincinnati, Ohio, where he died November 11, 1951; remains were cremated and the ashes scattered over his farm near Forestville, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Bibliography

Beaver, Daniel R. A Buckeye Crusader: A Sketch of the Political Career of Herbert Seely Bigelow, Preacher, Prophet, Politician. Cincinnati, Ohio: Privately printed, 1957.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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