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Robert Homer Mollohan (September 18, 1909 – August 3, 1999) was a former member of the United States House of Representatives. A Democrat from West Virginia, Mollohan was succeeded in Congress by his son, Alan.

Bob Mollohan
Robert H. Mollohan.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
Succeeded byAlan Mollohan
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1957
Preceded byRobert L. Ramsay
Succeeded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
Personal details
BornSeptember 18, 1909
Grantsville, West Virginia
DiedAugust 3, 1999(1999-08-03) (aged 89)
Fairmont, West Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materGlenville State College
Shepherd University
Occupationtax collector

Mollohan was born in Grantsville, West Virginia. He attended Glenville State College, graduating with an accounting degree. After finishing his education, Mollohan was hired by the city of Parkersburg, West Virginia as a tax collector. In 1935, he was promoted to the rank of chief of the miscellaneous tax division. In 1939, the city reassigned Mollohan's duties, making him the local director of the Works Progress Administration. In 1940, he briefly worked for the Census Bureau.

For eight years, beginning in 1941, Mollohan was director of the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys at Pruntytown. He left this position in 1949 to become a clerk for the U.S. Senate. He made a name for himself in Washington, and he rode the momentum to an election victory that earned him a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 1st District of West Virginia in 1953. After just two terms in Congress, however, Mollohan decided to run for Governor of West Virginia. He lost the election to Cecil Underwood. In 1958, Mollohan decided to run for his old seat, now held by future Governor Arch Moore, Jr., a Republican, but Mollohan was defeated. He temporarily retired from politics and set up an insurance agency.

In 1968, Mollohan made another run at Congress after Moore decided to run for governor. Despite his long absence from Congress, Mollohan was victorious. While in the House for a second time, Mollohan served on the Armed Services Committee and became famous for his ability to gain large sums for local 'pork barrel' projects[citation needed]. Mollohan retired from the House in 1983, after grooming[citation needed] his son, Alan, as his replacement; his son held the seat until his primary defeat in 2010.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Bob Mollohan (id: M000845)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert L. Ramsay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1957
Succeeded by
Arch A. Moore, Jr.
Preceded by
Arch A. Moore, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1983
Succeeded by
Alan Mollohan