Sol Bloom (March 9, 1870 – March 7, 1949) was a song-writer and Congressman from New York who began his career as a sheet music publisher in Chicago. He served fourteen terms in the House of Representatives from the West Side of Manhattan, from 1923 until his death in 1949.
Bloom was the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1939 to 1947 and again in 1949, an important period in the history of American foreign policy.
In the run-up to the Second World War, he took charge of high-priority foreign-policy legislation for Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration, including authorization for Lend Lease of funds and equipment to the allies before the United States entered the war. He participated in the creation of the United Nations, the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.
Bloom is featured in Jim Mackin’s Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan’s Upper West Side (Empire State Editions, 2020), one of the hundreds of extraordinary upper west siders profiled in the book.
Photo: Sol Bloom.