BLOOM, Sol, a Representative from New York; born in Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill., March 9, 1870; moved with his parents to San Francisco, Calif., in 1873; attended the public schools; engaged in the newspaper, theatrical, and music-publishing businesses; superintendent of construction of the Midway Plaisance at the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893; moved to New York City in 1903 and engaged in the real estate and construction business; captain in the New York Naval Reserve in 1917; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative-elect Samuel Marx, and reelected to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 30, 1923-March 7, 1949); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Seventy-sixth through Seventy-ninth Congresses and Eighty-first Congress), Special Committee on Chamber Improvements (Eighty-first Congress); director of the United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission; director general of the United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission; chairman of the Committee on Celebration of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the United States Supreme Court; director and United States Commissioner, New York World’s Fair, in 1939; died on March 7, 1949, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Mount Eden Cemetery, Westchester Hills, N.Y.
BibliographyBloom Sol. The Autobiography of Sol Bloom. New York: Putnam’s, 1948.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present