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Preceded by  James Wolfenden
Name  Charles Gerlach
Preceded by  Oliver W. Frey
Role  U.S. representative

Succeeded by  J. Roland Kinzer
Party  Republican Party
Political party  Republican
Resigned  May 5, 1947
Charles L. Gerlach
Succeeded by  Franklin H. Lichtenwalter
Born  September 14, 1895 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1895-09-14)
Died  May 5, 1947, Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

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

Biography

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

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.

References

Charles L. Gerlach Wikipedia


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