Edward Lewis (Bob) BARTLETT, Congress, AK (1904-1968)

Senate Years of Service:

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.


Dictionary of American Biography; Naske, Claus M. Edward Lewis “Bob” Bartlett of Alaska: A Life in Politics. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1979.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present