Roy G. Fitzgerald

Roy Gerald Fitzgerald ( born August 25, 1875 in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, † November 16, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1921 and 1931 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1890, Roy Fitzgerald came with his parents to Dayton, Ohio. He attended the public schools of his respective home. After a subsequent law studies and his 1896 was admitted to a lawyer, he began working in Dayton in this profession. During World War II he was 1917-1919 captain of an infantry unit of the U.S. Army. He was used in the European theater of war. In 1928 he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel member of the reserve. Politically, he joined the Republican Party. Between 1927 and 1930 he participated as a delegate to several conferences of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, held in Paris, Berlin, Geneva and London.

In the congressional elections of 1920, Fitzgerald was the third electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrats Warren Gard on March 4, 1921. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1931 five legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events of the world economic crisis since 1929. From 1923 to 1925 Fitzgerald was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Department of Commerce; 1927-1931 he headed the Committee on Revision of the Laws. He campaigned for child labor laws. Since he was interested in flying from his youth, he called for the establishment of the United States Air Force. However, this took place only in 1947.

In 1930, Roy Fitzgerald was not re-elected. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. He was also sporting a name, among others, as a mountaineer. Already in 1925 he climbed Mount Rainier in Washington State. Four years later, he swam across the Bosphorus in bad weather in 30 minutes. Over 50 years he was a director of the Merchants National Bank & Trust Company in Dayton. In addition, he served for 22 years as president of the Montgomery County Historical Society. Roy Fitzgerald died on November 16, 1962 in Dayton, where he was also buried. He was a member of a Masonic Lodge since 1902.