Frank Bosworth Bosworth Brandegee Edit Profile
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. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1888 and practiced in New London.
A Republican, in 1888 Brandegee served in the Connecticut House of Representatives, and was New London's Corporation Counsel from 1889 to 1893 and 1894 to 1897. 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. Brandegee was a delegate to several state and national Republican conventions, and was chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party's 1904 state convention.
Brandegee resigned from the House to accept election to the , filling the vacancy caused by the death of Orville H. Platt. 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).
Brandegee was President pro tempore during several sessions of the Senate in the Sixty-second Congress (1911 to 1913). 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 at the time indicated that he left his chauffeur a suicide note and $100, with another $100 for two other household servants. He was interred at Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London.