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Herbert Seely Bigelow (January 4, 1870 – November 11, 1951) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Herbert Seely Bigelow
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byWilliam E. Hess
Succeeded byWilliam E. Hess
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Hamilton County district
In office
January 6, 1913 – January 3, 1915
Serving with 9 others
Preceded by9 others
Succeeded by11 others
Personal details
Born(1870-01-04)January 4, 1870
Elkhart, Indiana
DiedNovember 11, 1951(1951-11-11) (aged 81)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materCase Western Reserve University
Lane Theological Seminary
Oberlin College

Born in Elkhart, Indiana, Bigelow attended the public schools, and Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. He was graduated from Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1894. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied at Lane Theological Seminary. Ordained as a Congregational minister in 1895, he became pastor of the Vine Street Congregational Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lost election for Ohio Secretary of State in 1902. He served as delegate to the fourth constitutional convention of Ohio in 1912, serving as president. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1913 and 1914.

According to a news item in the Oct. 30, 1917 Chicago Tribune, "Herbert S. Bigelow, pacifist, Socialist, head of the People's church of Cincinnati, and a member of the People's council ... was horsewhipped near Florence, Ky., ... by a game of men gowned in Ku Klux fashion." According to the treating doctor, Bigelow had been given at least 40 lashes. Bigelow is quoted as saying, "An experience of this kind shakes one's faith in the doctrine of non-resistance. It has converted me, at least temporarily, to the gospel of preparedness."

He served in the Cincinnati City Council 1936.

Bigelow was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress. He served as member of the city council in 1940 and 1941. He resumed his duties as pastor of the Vine Street Congregational Church (Peoples Church), Cincinnati, Ohio, where he died November 11, 1951. He remains were cremated and the ashes scattered over his farm near Forestville, Ohio.


  • United States Congress. "Herbert S. Bigelow (id: B000454)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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