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Charles Lewis Gerlach (September 14, 1895 – May 5, 1947) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Charles L. Gerlach
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1945 – May 5, 1947
Preceded byJames Wolfenden
Succeeded byFranklin H. Lichtenwalter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1945
Preceded byOliver W. Frey
Succeeded byJ. Roland Kinzer
Personal details
Born(1895-09-14)September 14, 1895
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 5, 1947(1947-05-05) (aged 51)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican


Charles Lewis Gerlach was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1914. He was the organizer, and later president, of a fuel and heating supply company. He was a Republican State committeeman in 1936 and 1937. He was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1938 to the 76th Congress and served until his 1947 death in Allentown.

A confidential 1943 analysis of the House Foreign Affairs Committee by Isaiah Berlin for the British Foreign Office described Gerlach as[1]

A newcomer to the committee. A rugged Isolationist before Pearl Harbour, who voted only for purely defensive measures, such as conscription and arming of United States ships. Though he opposed the original Lend-Lease, he favoured its continuation, but would be difficult to say exactly where he stands on the larger questions of post-war American policy.

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  1. ^ Hachey, Thomas E. (Winter 1973–1974). "American Profiles on Capitol Hill: A Confidential Study for the British Foreign Office in 1943" (PDF). Wisconsin Magazine of History. 57 (2): 141–153. JSTOR 4634869. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-21.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Oliver W. Frey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
J. Roland Kinzer
Preceded by
James Wolfenden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Franklin H. Lichtenwalter