Donald C. Bruce

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Donald C. Bruce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1965
Preceded byJoseph W. Barr
Succeeded byAndrew Jacobs Jr.
Personal details
Donald Cogley Bruce

(1921-04-27)April 27, 1921
Troutville, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 31, 1969(1969-08-31) (aged 48)
Round Hill, Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Alma materMuskingum College
Occupationradio executive

Donald Cogley Bruce (April 27, 1921 – August 31, 1969) was an American broadcaster and politician who served two terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1961 to 1965. He was a founder of the American Conservative Union.


Born in Troutville, Pennsylvania, Bruce graduated from high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He was employed in the radio broadcasting industry for twenty years, serving as program director, business manager, and general manager.


In 1960 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from Indiana, serving two terms before being defeated in the 1964 senatorial primary.[1]

American Conservative Union

Following the landslide defeat of U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater in the November presidential election, Bruce joined with other conservatives to discuss responses to the seeming liberal triumph represented by Lyndon Johnson's reelection. This led to a subsequent meeting in December at which the nascent organization was named the American Conservative Union. Bruce was elected as the ACU's first chairman, a position he held until October of the following year.

He also established Bruce Enterprises, a management and political consulting firm.

Death and burial

Bruce died of a heart attack on August 31, 1969[2] in Round Hill, Virginia and is buried nearby.

See also


  1. ^ "Donald C. Bruce Finding Aid" (PDF). Indiana State Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Division. 2015-07-31. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  2. ^ The New York Times; New York, N.Y.; September 2, 1969. "Obituaries: Donald C. Bruce, 48, Ex-Representative" (Associated Press).

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by