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William Frank BRUNNER

(1887-1965)

BRUNNER, William Frank, a Representative from New York; born in Woodhaven, Queens County, N.Y., September 15, 1887; attended the public schools, the high school at Far Rockaway, N.Y., and Packard Commercial School at New York City; moved to Rockaway Park, Queens County, N.Y., in 1901; engaged in the general insurance and real-estate business; served in the United States Navy as a yeoman first class 1917-1919; member of the State assembly 1922-1928; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1929, until his resignation on September 27, 1935, having been elected sheriff of Queens County, N.Y.; served as sheriff from 1935 until his resignation in 1936; president of the board of aldermen of New York City 1936-1938; resumed the insurance and real-estate business; commissioner of borough works, Queens County, N.Y., from July 1, to December 31, 1941; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in 1942 and for election on the American Labor ticket to the Seventy-eighth Congress; president of Rockaway Beach Hospital (later named Peninsula General Hospital) 1946-1965; died in Far Rockaway, N.Y., April 23, 1965; interment in St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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