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