George I. Bloom (1898-1991) was born in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1922. He served as secretary to Republican Governor Edward M. Martin, 1943-1946; chief of staff to United States Senator Edward M. Martin, 1946-1956; chairman of the Republican State Committee, 1956-1963; secretary of the Commonwealth, 1963-1965; and chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, 1965-1975. A member of the American Bar Association, Bloom was admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts and the federal courts, and also served as solicitor for West Brownsville, Burgettstown, and McDonald, Pennsylvania. The collection documents Bloom’s political career, and includes certificates appointing him to various offices, resolutions honoring him from state and local organizations including the state senate and the Pennsylvania Council for Republicans, and letters from politicians thanking him for his assistance to their electoral campaigns. Also found in the collection are several photographs taken at different awards ceremonies at which African Americans were present.

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