• US Congressman (New York)


Robert Low Bacon was born 23 July 1884 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States to Robert Bacon (1860-1919) and Martha Waldron Cowdin (1860-1940) and died 12 September 1938 in Lake Success, Nassau County, New York, United States of unspecified causes. She married Virginia Murray (1890-1980) 14 April 1913 in New York City, New York. Notable ancestors include Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, England, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden, Belarus, Switzerland.

Robert Low Bacon was an American politician, a banker, Lieutenant Colonel, and congressman from New York.

Born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, the son of Martha Waldron Cowdin and future Secretary of State Robert Bacon, he received a common school education as a child. He went on to graduate from Harvard University in 1907 and from Harvard Law School in 1910.

He became engaged to Cecilia May in 1911, but they never married.[1] He married Virginia Murray on April 14, 1913.


After graduation, Bacon was employed at the United States Treasury Department, where he worked until 1911. He moved to Old Westbury, New York to engage in banking in New York City.

Bacon attended the business men’s training camp at Plattsburg in 1915, and served on the Texas border with the New York National Guard in 1916 at the Texas border. During World War I, he served with the Field Artillery, United States Army from April 24, 1917, to January 2, 1919. He attained the rank of major and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Commissioned in the United States Officers’ Reserve Corps with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1919, he was promoted to colonel in January 1923 and served until his death.

A delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois in 1920, Bacon was then elected a Republican to the sixty-eighth congress in 1922 and served from March 4, 1923 until his death on September 12, 1938,[5] while still continuing his military career in the Officers' Reserve Corps during his years in the House of Representatives.

Personal life and family

Bacon's brother, Gaspar G. Bacon was the President of the Massachusetts Senate from 1929–32 and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1933-1935. His nephew was the actor Gaspar G. Bacon, Jr. better known as David Bacon. Death

Bacon died of a heart attack at the State Police barracks in Lake Success, New York while on his way home from a speaking engagement in New York City on September 12, 1938 (age 54 years, 51 days). He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.


Offspring of Robert Low Bacon and Virginia Murray (1890-1980)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Alexandra m Bacon (1914-1935)
Ivy Bacon (1916-2004)
Martha Bacon (1918-1990)


Offspring of Robert Bacon and Martha Waldron Cowdin (1860-1940)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Robert Low Bacon (1884-1938) 23 July 1884 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 12 September 1938 Lake Success, Nassau County, New York, United States Virginia Murray (1890-1980)

Elliot Cowdin Bacon (1888-1924)
Martha Beatrice Bacon (1890-1967) 4 July 1890 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 15 October 1967 New York, United States George Whitney (1885-1963)

Gaspar Griswold Bacon (1886-1947) 7 March 1886 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 25 December 1947 Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States Priscilla Murray Toland (1888-1965)



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