Herbert Covington Bonner

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Herbert Covington Bonner (16 May 1891 – 7 November 1965) was a Democratic U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1940 and 1965.

Born in Washington, North Carolina, Bonner attended school in Warrenton. He served in the United States Army during World War I, and worked as a salesman, a farmer, and then as secretary to Congressman Lindsay Warren from 1924 to 1940.

Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet

Upon Warren's resignation from Congress in 1940, Bonner was elected simultaneously to complete the unexpired term, and was elected to the 77th Congress for a full term. He served for twelve full terms, from November 5, 1940 until his death on November 7, 1965. During the 79th Congress, he chaired the Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives in Congress, and in the 84th through 89th Congresses, he chaired the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries.

Bonner died in office in 1965 in Washington, DC; he is buried in Washington, N.C. A bridge spanning Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks is named in honor of him and his service to the state of North Carolina.


Preceded by
Lindsay Carter Warren
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district

1940–1965
Succeeded by
Walter B. Jones, Sr.