Augustus Brandegee

Augustus Brandegee ( born July 15, 1828 in New London, Connecticut, † November 10, 1904 ) was an American politician. Between 1863 and 1867 he represented the third electoral district of the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Augustus Brandegee attended the Union Academy in New London and the Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven. Then he studied until 1851 at Yale College, including the Law Faculty. After his 1851 was admitted as a lawyer, he started with a partner in New London to work in his new profession. Politically, Brandegee joined the Republican Party, founded in 1854. In the years 1854, 1858, 1859 and 1861, he was elected to the House of Representatives from Connecticut; In 1861 he was its president.

During the Civil War Brandegee was a supporter of the Union. When the war began, he traveled through the state of Connecticut, recruited soldiers for the Union Army and held supportive speeches. In the congressional elections of 1862 he was in the third district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he met on March 4, 1863 the successor of Alfred A. Burnham. After a re-election in 1864 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1867 two legislative sessions. There he was at times a member of the Navy and the Military Committee and Chairman of a special committee, the Committee on a post and Military route from New York to Washington. 1866 renounced Augustus Brandegee on another candidacy for Congress.

In 1864 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention at the President Abraham Lincoln was nominated for a second term. In 1866 he took part in the Assembly of the Union supporters in Philadelphia ( Loyalist Convention ). From 1871 to 1873 was Brandegee mayor of New London. In the years 1880 and 1884 he was again a delegate to the Republican National Conventions relevant, on which James A. Garfield, and later James G. Blaine was nominated as the presidential candidate of the party. Unlike Garfield Blaine's candidacy in 1884 was unsuccessful.

In the last 20 years of his life Brandegee again worked as a lawyer. In 1892 he co-founded the law firm Noyes & Brandegee, one of the largest law firms in New London Community. During this time he received from his party offers for other candidates for higher offices of state, which he declined all. Between 1897 and 1898 he was legal advisor to the City of New London in financial matters ( Corporation Counsel ). Augustus Brandegee died on 10 November 1904 in New London and was also buried there. His son Frank (1864-1924) was of 1901-1924 the State of Connecticut in both chambers of Congress.