Frank B. Brandegee
|Frank Bosworth Brandegee|
|United States Senator
May 10, 1905 – October 14, 1924
|Preceded by||Orville H. Platt|
|Succeeded by||Hiram Bingham III|
July 8, 1864|
New London, Connecticut
|Died||October 14, 1924
He graduated New London's Bulkeley High School in 1881. He completed his degree at Yale College in 1885, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.:1369 He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1888 and practiced in New London.
He returned to the Connecticut House in 1899, and served as Speaker. He served again as New London's Corporation Counsel from 1901 to 1902, when he resigned because he had been elected to Congress.
Brandegee was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles A. Russell. He was reelected to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses and served from November 4, 1902, until May 10, 1905, when he resigned.
He was reelected in 1908, 1914, and 1920, and served from May 10, 1905 until his death.
A staunch "Old Guard" conservative, Brandegee opposed women's suffrage, America's participation in the League of Nations, and most other measures of the time that were considered liberal or progressive. In 1920 Brandegee was also one of the chief promoters of Warren G. Harding for President.
In the Senate he was Chairman of the following committees: Interoceanic Canals (Sixty-second Congress); Panama (Sixty-second Congress); Pacific Railroads (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses); Library (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses); and Judiciary (Sixty-eighth Congress).
Death and burial
Brandegee never married and had no children.
He committed suicide in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 1924, inhaling fumes from a gas light in a seldom used bathroom on the third floor of his home. According to published accounts, he was in ill health and had lost most of his fortune through bad investments. Press reports indicate that he left his chauffeur a suicide note and $100, with another $100 for two other household servants.
- Yale University, Class of 1885, Quarter-Centenary Record of the Class of 1885, Yale University, 1913, page 119
- "Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1924-1925". Yale University. 1925. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- Norris Galpin Osborn, Men of Mark in Connecticut, Volume 1, 1906, pages 54-57
- United States Senate Historical Office, Pro Tem: Presidents Pro Tempore of the United States Senate Since 1789, 2008, page 84
- Samuel Hart, editor, Encyclopedia of Connecticut Biography, Volume 4, 1917, page 277
- Caryn Hannan, editor, Connecticut Biographical Dictionary, 2008, page 160
- John Tweedy, A History of the Republican National Conventions from 1856 to 1908, 1910, page 265
- William Harrison Taylor, Taylor's Legislative History and Souvenir of Connecticut, 1897, Volume 4, page 206
- New York Times, Connecticut Convention, May 11, 1904
- Connecticut General Assembly, Journal of the Senate of the State of Connecticut, 1905, page 933
- Charles F. Ritter, Jon L. Wakelyn, American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910, 1989, page 72
- Carole Nichols, Votes and More for Women: Suffrage and After in Connecticut, 2013, page 39
- Cecelia Bucki, Bridgeport's Socialist New Deal, 1915-36, 2001, page 215
- Ruth O'Brien, Workers' Paradox: The Republican Origins of New Deal Labor Policy, 1886-1935, 1998, page 227
- Stephen Graubard, The Presidents: The Transformation of the American Presidency from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama, 2009
- Laton McCartney, The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country, 2009, page 24
- Lawrence P. Ardis, Party leaders in Congress, 1789-2002, 2002, page 45
- Robert C. Byrd, Senate, 1789-1989: Historical Statistics, 1789-1992, Volume 4, 1993, page 652
- United Press, The Southeast Missourian, Senator Brandegee Found Dead at Home, October 14, 1924
- Pine Plains Register, Brandegee Dead by Gas, October 15, 1924
- Time Magazine, Political Notes: De Mortuis, January 4, 1926
- Bridgeport Telegram, Brandegee's Death Blamed on Isolation and Financial Loss, October 15, 1924
- St. Petersburg Evening Independent, Financial Losses Cause Senator to Turn on Gas, October 15, 1924
- Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 1998, page 117
- Frank B. Brandegee at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Frank B. Brandegee at Find a Grave
- Frank Brandegee at The Political Graveyard
- U.S. Government Printing Office, Frank B. Brandegee: Memorial Addresses Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives, 1925
|United States House of Representatives|
Charles A. Russell
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd congressional district
Edwin W. Higgins
|United States Senate|
Orville H. Platt
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Connecticut
Served alongside: Morgan Bulkeley, George P. McLean
Hiram Bingham III
William P. Frye
|President pro tempore of the United States Senate
Rotating pro tems
James P. Clarke
|Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Albert B. Cummins