Biography of John J. Babka
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN JOSEPH BABKA during the sixteen years he has actively practiced as an attorney at the Cleveland bar has achieved more than ordinary renown as a leader in the democratic party in Cuyahoga County, has performed many official services, and represented the Twenty first Ohio District in Congress for one term.

Mr. Babka was born in Cleveland, March 16, 1884, son of Frank and Mary (Kozelka) Babka. His parents were natives of Czechoslovakia, were married there, and in the early '70s came to America and established their home in Cleveland, where both of them still reside, now in their eightieth year.

John J. Babka was educated in parochial and public schools in Cleveland, also studied under private tutors, and earned part of the money needed for his higher education by working in a shop as a core maker. He studied law, attending the Cleveland Law School of Baldwin Wallace University, and was graduated Bachelor of Laws in 1908. Admitted to the bar the same year, he engaged in general practice and for a number of years has been one of the very busy attorneys of the Cleveland bar. His offices are in the Engineers Building.

Mr. Babka served as special counsel for the attorney general of Ohio, in 1911-12. From 1912 to 1916 he was third assistant prosecuting attorney of Cuyahoga County, and from 1916 to 1919 was first assistant prosecuting attorney. In 1918 he was nominated by the democratic party of the Twenty first Ohio Congressional District as candidate for Congress, and was elected by a majority of over five thousand votes in a normally democratic district. He took his seat in the Sixty sixth Congress in March, 1919, and rendered some effective service in the first Congress elected after the World war. He was again a candidate in 1920, but was defeated in the great republican landslide of that year.

Since leaving Congress he has looked after his extensive private law practice. He is a member of the Democratic Executive Committee of Cuyahoga County. He was one of the organizers and incorporators of the Oul Building and Loan Association of the South End, and is serving as its counsel.

Mr. Babka is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association, is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Moose. He and his family are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. On January 8, 1907, Mr. Babka married Mary H. Kubu, who was born in Cleveland, daughter of James and Catherine (Pent) Kubu. They have two daughters and one son, Virginia A., Hortense M., and John J., Jr.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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