J. Edwin Brainard

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J. Edwin Brainard
60th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
GovernorJohn H. Trumbull
Preceded byJohn H. Trumbull
Succeeded byErnest E. Rogers
Personal details
John Edwin Brainard[1]

August 27, 1857[2]
Meriden, Connecticut
DiedSeptember 8, 1942(1942-09-08) (aged 85)[3]
Branford, Connecticut
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lizzie C. Bartholomew Brainard
ChildrenHalstead Brainard

Norman Brainard

Spencer Brainard
Occupationsalesman politician

John Edwin Brainard (August 27, 1857 – September 8, 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 in 1857 in Meriden, Connecticut, the son of Dr. Edwin W. Brainard and Madilena S. Smith Brainard. When he was 5, his family moved to nearby 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.[4]


In 1880, Brainard moved to Meriden and was employed by the Meriden Malleable Iron Company until 1891. He resigned 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.[4]

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.[5]


Brainard died in 1942. He was buried at the Branford Center Cemetery.


  1. ^ 1880 United States Federal Census
  2. ^ 1900 United States Federal Census
  3. ^ "J. Edwin Brainard – Ex-Lieutenant Governor". New York Daily News. Associated Press. September 9, 1942. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "J. Edwin Brainard". Commemorative biographical record of New Haven county, Connecticut. pp. 131–132. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  5. ^ "J. Edwin Brainard". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 15 January 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John H. Trumbull
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Ernest E. Rogers