PHILBIN, Philip Joseph, (1898 - 1972)


Oil on canvas, Emily Burling Waite, 1972, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

PHILBIN, Philip Joseph, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Clinton, Worcester County, Mass., May 29, 1898; attended the public and high schools; during the First World War served as a seaman in the United States Navy 1917-1919; was graduated from Harvard University in 1920 and from Columbia University Law School, New York City, in 1924; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Boston, Mass., and later in Clinton, Mass.; also engaged in the realty and fuel businesses and in agricultural pursuits; secretary, campaign manager, and personal representative at intervals for Senator David I. Walsh 1921-1940; special counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Education and Labor 1934-1936; referee in the United States Department of Labor in 1936 and 1937; member of the advisory board of the Massachusetts Unemployment Compensation Commission 1937-1940; in 1935 became chairman of the town of Clinton Finance Committee; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1971); chairman, Committee on Armed Services (Ninety-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress; died at his home, Philcrest Farms, Bolton, Mass., June 14, 1972; interment in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster, Mass.