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John Anthony DANAHER

(1899-1990)
Senate Years of Service:
1939-1945
Party:
Republican

DANAHER, John Anthony, a Senator from Connecticut; born in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn., January 9, 1899; attended the local schools; during the First World War served in the Student’s Army Training Corps at Yale College and in the Officers’ Reserve Corps; graduated from Yale College in 1920; studied law at Yale Law School; admitted to the bar in 1922 and commenced practice in Hartford, Conn.; assistant United States attorney for the district of Connecticut 1922-1934; secretary of State of Connecticut 1933-1935; member of the State Board of Finance and Control 1933-1935; elected as a Republican in 1938 to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1939, to January 3, 1945; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944; resumed the practice of law in Hartford, Conn., and Washington, D.C.; appointed a circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, by President Dwight Eisenhower and took the oath of office November 20, 1953; assumed senior status in 1969 and served on a part-time basis in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit until his retirement in 1980; was a resident of West Hartford, Conn., until his death, September 22, 1990; interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meriden, Conn.

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

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