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Frederick Reimold Lehlbach was an American lawyer and politician. As a Republican, Lehlbach served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 10th congressional district from 1915 to 1933 and as the representative from New Jersey's 12th congressional district from 1933 to 1937. Lehlbach was also the nephew of Herman Lehlbach, a former U.S. Representative from New Jersey's 6th congressional district who served from 1885 to 1891.

Background

Lehlbach was born in New York City on January 31, 1876, and lived there until he was eight years old. At that point, he moved with his parents to Newark, New Jersey.

Education

He graduated from Yale University in Connecticut in 1897, and then went on to attend New York Law School.

Career

He was admitted to the bar in February 1899 and he started his law practice in Newark. He served on the city's Board of Education from 1900 to 1903, and then served in the State House of Assembly until 1905. Lehlbach then served as the clerk of the state board of equalization of taxes from April 3, 1905, until his resignation on April 14, 1908, when he was appointed to the position of assistant prosecutor of Essex County. Lehlbach continued to serve as the assistant prosecutor until April 6, 1913, when he resigned in order to restart the practice of law.

Lehlbach ran as a candidate from the Republican Party in the 1914 United States House election. He defeated the incumbent Democrat Edward W. Townsend, capturing 47.5% of the vote, in contrast to Townsend's 42.4%. After soundly defeating his opponent in the 1916 House election, he faced a tough election in 1918. He did manage to win the election with a slim 2.2% majority, in a close race with Democrat Dallas Flannagan.

In the 66th United States Congress through 68th United States Congress, Lehlbach served as the chairman of the Committee on Reform in the Civil Service. In 1924, Lehlbach was a delegate at the Republican National Convention.He later served as chairman for the Committee on Civil Service in the 69th United States Congress through 71st United States Congress. After serving 18 years as the representative of the 10th district, Lehlbach was moved to New Jersey's 12th congressional district. In the 1936 House election, Lehlbach was up for re-election against Democrat Frank W. Towey, Jr. In a heated battle, Lehlbach lost his election bid by capturing 49.6% of the vote in comparison to Towey's 49.9%.

After losing the election, Lehlbach went back to practicing law in Washington, D.C., and continued to do so until his death there at the age of 61 on August 4, 1937. He was later buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Newark.

Politics

Lehlbach ran as a candidate from the Republican Party in the 1914 United States House election. He defeated the incumbent Democrat Edward W. Townsend, capturing 47.5% of the vote, in contrast to Townsend's 42.4%. After soundly defeating his opponent in the 1916 House election, he faced a tough election in 1918. He did manage to win the election with a slim 2.2% majority, in a close race with Democrat Dallas Flannagan.

Membership

Member Newark Board of Education, 1900-1903. Member General Assembly, New Jersey, 1903, 04, 05. Member 64th to 72d Congresses (1915-1933), 10th New Jersey District, and 73d and 74th Congresses (1933-1937), 12th New Jersey District.

  • Member of Masons; Elks.

Connections

Spouse Frances E. Martin, June 10, 1908, Newark, N.

father:
Paul Frederick

mother:
Anna Marie