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Manuscript Group 433
GEORGE I. BLOOM COLLECTION
1916-1988
20 cubic feet


Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, 1965-1975, George I. Bloom (1898-1991) was born in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1920 and 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; prior to his appointment as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. 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. He was Chairman of the Republican State Committee, 1956-1963; President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and Chairman of NARUC's ad hoc Committee on Congressional Legislation. The American Technion Institute endowed the George I. Bloom Chair of Food Technology in Israel's Technion Institute in Haifa in 1966.

The Collection documents Bloom's political career and includes certificates appointing him to various offices, resolutions from state and local civic organizations honoring Bloom, including the State Senate and the Pennsylvania Council of Republicans, and letters from politicians thanking him for his assistance to their electoral campaigns. Correspondents include Presidents Dwight D, Eisenhower and Gerald R. Ford, and Pennsylvania Governor William W. Scranton. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs showing Bloom posing with such politicians or celebrities as Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush; Pennsylvania Governors Edward Martin, William Scranton, Raymond Shafer, Milton Shapp, and Richard Thornburgh; United States Senators Hugh Scott and John Heinz; Penn State football coach Joe Paterno; and boxer Joe Lewis.





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