BULKLEY, Robert Johns, (1880 - 1965)

Senate Years of Service: 1930-1939
Party: Democrat

Library of Congress

BULKLEY, Robert Johns, a Representative and a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, October 8, 1880; attended the University School, Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Harvard University in 1902; studied at Harvard Law School; admitted to the bar in 1906 and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1915); during the First World War served as chief of the legal section of the War Industries Board 1917-1918; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on November 4, 1930, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Theodore E. Burton; reelected in 1932 and served from December 1, 1930, to January 3, 1939; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Seventy-third through Seventy-fifth Congresses); engaged in banking; resumed the practice of law; during the Second World War served as a member of the board of appeals in visa cases; died in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 1965; interment in Lakeview Cemetery.


Jenkins, William D. “Robert Bulkley: Progressive Profile.” Ph.D. dissertation, Case Western Reserve, 1969; Stegh, Leslie J. “A Paradox of Prohibition: Election of Robert J. Bulkley as Senator from Ohio, 1930.” Ohio History 83 (Summer 1974): 57-72.