Charles A. Buckley

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Charles A. Buckley
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Chair of the Committee on Public Works
In office
January 3, 1951-January 3, 1953
 – January 3, 1955-January 3, 1965
Chair of the House Committee on Pensions
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1947
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1965
Preceded by Frank A. Oliver
Succeeded by Jonathan Bingham
Constituency 23rd district (1963–1965)
24th district (1953–1963)
25th district (1945–1953)
23rd district (1935–1945)
New York City Chamberlain
In office
1929–1933
New York City Board of Alderman
In office
1918–1923
Personal details
Born (1890-06-23)June 23, 1890
New York City, New York
Died January 22, 1967 (1967-01-23) (aged 76)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Children Eileen, Charles Jr.
Occupation contractor, builder

Charles Anthony Buckley (June 23, 1890 – January 22, 1967) was a Democratic Party politician from The Bronx, New York. An Irish-American,[1] he served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Bronx County Democratic Party and a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Biography[edit]

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, and a son, Charles Anthony Buckley Jr. He died in New York City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guthman, Edwin O. (1971). We Band of Brothers. New York, NY: Harper & Row. p. 139. 

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U.S. 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