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Brien McMAHON

(1903-1952)
Senate Years of Service:
1945-1952
Party:
Democrat

McMAHON, Brien, a Senator from Connecticut; born James O’Brien McMahon in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn., October 6, 1903; attended the public schools; graduated from Fordham University, New York City, in 1924 and from the law school of Yale University, New Haven, Conn., in 1927; admitted to the bar the same year, changed his name to Brien McMahon, and commenced practice in Norwalk, Conn.; city judge of Norwalk, Conn., in 1933, but resigned to become special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States 1933-1935; Assistant Attorney General of the United States in charge of the Department of Justice Criminal Division 1935-1939; resumed the practice of his profession in Washington, D.C., and Norwalk, Conn.; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1944; reelected in 1950 and served from January 3, 1945, until his death in Washington, D.C., July 28, 1952; co-chairman, Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses); interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norwalk, Conn.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; U.S. Congress. Memorial Services. 83d Cong., 1st sess., 1953. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1953.

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

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