Charles A. Buckley

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Charles Anthony Buckley (June 23, 1890 – January 22, 1967) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Buckley was born in New York City. He was educated in the public schools, and became involved in the construction and contracting business. He was a member of the board of aldermen of New York City from 1918 until 1923. He was chamberlain of New York City from 1929 until 1933. He was elected to Congress in 1934 and served from January 3, 1935 until January 3, 1965. He was chairman of the House Committee on Pensions in the 78th Congress and 79th Congress and chairman of the Committee on Public Works in the 82nd Congress and from the 84th Congress through the 88th Congress.

In 1953 Buckley succeeded Ed Flynn as the "boss" or Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Bronx County Democratic Party, a post from which he derived at least as much influence as his position on Capitol Hill. Buckley was defeated in the Democratic Primary in 1964 by Jonathan Bingham who ran as a reformer, an event signaling that the decline of machine politics in New York City, first visible in Manhattan, had spread to the Outer Boroughs.

He had a daughter, Eileen Buckley. He had a son, Charles Anthony Buckley Jr. He died in New York City.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank A. Oliver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district

1935–1945
Succeeded by
Walter A. Lynch
Preceded by
Ralph A. Gamble
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

1945–1953
Succeeded by
Paul A. Fino
Preceded by
Isidore Dollinger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th congressional district

1953–1963
Succeeded by
Paul A. Fino
Preceded by
Jacob H. Gilbert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district

1963–1965
Succeeded by
Jonathan B. Bingham