J. Edwin Brainard
|J. Edwin Brainard|
|60th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut|
|Governor||John H. Trumbull|
|Preceded by||John H. Trumbull|
|Succeeded by||Ernest E. Rogers|
|Died||September 9, 1942|
|Spouse(s)||Lizzie C. Bartholomew Brainard|
J. Edwin Brainard (c. 1860 – September 9, 1942) was an American politician who was the 60th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1925 to 1929. He previously served as President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate.
Brainard was born around 1860 in Meriden, Connecticut son of Dr. Edwin W Brainard and Madaline S. Smith Brainard. When he was five, his family moved to Branford where he attended the public schools and graduated from high school. He studied medicine with his father, but his studies stopped with the death of his father, who was struck and killed by a train while driving to answer a sick call. He married Lizzie C. Bartholomew and they had three sons, Halsted, Norman, and Spencer.
In 1880, Brainard moved to Meriden and was employed by the Meriden Malleable Iron Company until 1891. He resignen to go into the bicycle business on Church street, Brainard and Wilcox, which continued until 1817 when he sold out to his partner and took a position with the firm of Ives, Uphani and Rand until 1898, when he was appointed street superintendent. Elected as a member from Branford of the Connecticut House Of Representatives, he served in that office from 1919 to 1920.
Brainard was elected as a Republican Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut and served from 1925 to 1929. He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1928.
Brainard died on September 9, 1942. Burial location unknown.