CARL GEORGE BACHMANN, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
Hon. Carl G. Bachmann, Representative in the National House of Representatives from the First District of West Virginia, has had one of the most remarkable careers in West Virginia public life, and today, in the opinion of all who know him, he stands at the threshold of further honors destined to rank him with the prominent public men of the nation. He is now one of the outstanding young men in the National Legislature, evincing qualities of leadership that have well confirmed the promise manifested in his prior activity as a public official of Wheeling.
Congressman Bachmann began the practice of law in Wheeling in 1915, and in 1917 was appointed assistant prosecuting attorney of Ohio County, W. Va. In 1920 he was elected prosecuting attorney by an enormous majority, serving from January, 1921, to December, 1924. Never in the history of the prosecutor's office has there been a more conscientious or brilliant administration, of which the public was not slow to take notice. As the Republican nominee for Representative from the First District of West Virginia he was given the greatest majority ever given a candidate for Congress in that district. He was reelected in 1926, carrying six of the seven counties.
In the National Legislature, Congressman Bachmann is making himself heard forcibly and intelligently. He is at present a member of the committees on Revision of Laws, Civil Service, Elections, and Enrolled Bills, and is known as a vigorous fighter for what he believes to be valuable and constructive legislature, particularly sound tariff, revenue and law enforcement measures. He introduced the bill in Congress for relief of the survivors of victims of the U. S. Model Airway disaster at Langin Field, and has been actively identified with all movements to advance the status of aviation in the nation. He also fostered the first annual memorial to the Shenandoah heroes, held at Linsly Institute, Wheeling, in 1926.
Congressman Bachmann is a native of Wheeling, born May 14, 1890, son of Charles F. and Sophia Bachmann. He was graduated in 1908 at Linsly Institute; attended Washington and Jefferson College for two years, and graduated at West Virginia University with degrees A.B and L.L.B.
On July 14, 1914, he married Susan Louise Smith, of St. Marys, W. Va. They have three children: Charles F., Gilbert S. and Susan Jane. Congressman Bachmann is a member of the Elks, Knights of Pythias, Dokies, I.O.O.F., I.O.O.F. Encampment, A.O.U.W. and Loyal Order of Moose. He is affiliated with Phi Sigma Kappa college fraternity. While at West Virginia University he was captain (1913) of the varsity football team, and was a member of football and baseball teams both at Washington and Jefferson and at West Virginia.