Delegate, Senator Edward Lewis (Bob) BARTLETT

YEARS 1904-1968
OFFICE Delegate, Senator
STATE Alaska
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 79th (1945-1947), 80th (1947-1949), 81st (1949-1951), 82nd (1951-1953), 83rd (1953-1955), 84th (1955-1957), 85th (1957-1959), 86th (1959-1961), 87th (1961-1963), 88th (1963-1965), 89th (1965-1967), 90th (1967-1969)

Delegate, Senator Edward Lewis (Bob) BARTLETT Biography

BARTLETT, Edward Lewis (Bob), a Delegate from the Territory of Alaska and a Senator from Alaska; born in Seattle, King County, Wash., April 20, 1904; attended the University of Washington 1922-1924, and University of Alaska 1924-1925; reporter, Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner 1925-1933; secretary to Delegate Anthony J. Dimond of Alaska 1933-1934; gold miner in Alaska 1936-1939; chairman of the Unemployment Compensation Commission of Alaska 1937-1939; appointed secretary of Alaska by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 30, 1939, and served until his resignation on February 6, 1944, to become a candidate for Delegate to Congress; member of the Alaska War Council 1942-1944; elected as a Democrat, a Delegate to the Seventy-ninth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1959); was not a candidate for renomination in 1958 having become a candidate for the United States Senate; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on November 25, 1958, and upon the admission of Alaska as a State into the Union on January 3, 1959, drew the two-year term beginning on that day and ending January 3, 1961; reelected in 1960 and again in 1966, and served from January 3, 1959, until his death in Cleveland, Ohio, December 11, 1968; interment in Northern Lights Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

University of Alaska Elmer E. Rasmuson Library Fairbanks, AK Papers: 1938-1970. 334 feet. Personal and congressional papers and correspondence including reports, photographs, audio recordings, memorabilia documenting service as secretary of the Territory of Alaska, and delegate to Congress, and U.S. senator. Finding aid. Additional Papers: Correspondence (1945-1953) in the Anthony Diamond papers, 1904-1953. Finding aid. Restricted. Oral History: Discussed in interviews (1981) with Ernest Bartley, Clifford Cernick, Helen Fischer, Charles Herbert, Joseph Josephson, George Lehleitner, Lee McKinley, Katherine Nordale, Leo O’Brien, George Sundborg, and judge Von Der Heydt. Topics include Bartlett’s campaigns, his involvement in the struggle for statehood, territorial administration, and his senatorial career. Summaries and logs. University of Washington Libraries Manuscripts and University Archives Seattle, WA Papers: Correspondence in William Lewis Paul papers, 1938-1970.


Naske, Claus-M. “Bob Bartlett and the Alaska Mental Health Act.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 71 (January 1980): 31-39. ___. Edward Lewis “Bob” Bartlett of Alaska: A Life in Politics. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1979. U.S. Congress. Memorial Services, Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Edward Lewis Bartlett, Late a Delegate from the Territory of Alaska and a Senator from Alaska. 91st Cong., 1st sess., 1969. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1969.

Edward Lewis (Bob) BARTLETT Committee Assignments

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