John J. Babka

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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 by Robert Crosser
Succeeded by Harry C. Gahn
Personal details
Born John Joseph Babka
(1884-03-16)March 16, 1884
Cleveland, Ohio
Died March 22, 1937(1937-03-22) (aged 53)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting place Calvary Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary H. Kubu
Alma mater Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Religion Roman Catholic

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

Life and career

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. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920 and 1932. At the time of his death was acting as liquidating attorney for the division of savings and loan associations of the department of commerce of Ohio. He died at Cleveland, Ohio, March 22, 1937. He 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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United States 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