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John Joseph Babka (March 16, 1884 – March 22, 1937) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

John J. Babka
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 21st district
In office
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byRobert Crosser
Succeeded byHarry C. Gahn
Personal details
John Joseph Babka

(1884-03-16)March 16, 1884
Cleveland, Ohio
DiedMarch 22, 1937(1937-03-22) (aged 53)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary H. Kubu
Alma materCleveland-Marshall College of Law

Life and careerEdit

Born to Czech immigrants in Cleveland, Ohio,[1] Babka attended the public schools. He was graduated from the Cleveland Law School in 1908. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as special counsel to the attorney general of Ohio in 1911 and 1912. He served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Cuyahoga County 1912-1919.

Babka was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1921). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress. He resumed the practice of law and served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920 and 1932. At the time of his death, Babka was acting as liquidating attorney for the division of savings and loan associations of the department of commerce of Ohio. Babka died at Cleveland, Ohio, March 22, 1937 and was interred in Calvary Cemetery.

Babka married Mary H. Kubu on January 8, 1908.[2]

Babka was a member of the B.P.O.E., Knights of Columbus, and Moose lodges.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Neff, William B, ed. (1921). Bench and Bar of Northern Ohio History and Biography. Cleveland: The Historical Publishing Company. p. 273.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Crosser
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 21st congressional district

Succeeded by
Harry C. Gahn