Ralph Owen Brewster ( born February 22, 1888 in Dexter, Penobscot County, Maine, † December 25, 1961 in Brookline, Massachusetts ) was an American politician and from 1925 to 1929 governor of Maine. This State, he also represented in both houses of Congress.
Early years and political rise
Ralph Owen Brewster attended Bowdoin College until 1909. Then he studied until 1913 at the Harvard University law. After qualifying as a lawyer, he worked in a law firm in Portland. Between 1917 and 1918, Brewster was a deputy in the House of Representatives from Maine. He finished his last term but prematurely because he joined during the First World War, the National Guard. He brought it up to the Captain. After his military service, Brewster returned to the political stage. Between 1921 and 1923 he was again a member of the House of Representatives from Vermont; 1923 to 1925 he was in the state Senate. In 1924 he was elected as a candidate of the Republican Party as the new governor of his state.
Governor of Maine
Brewster took up his new post on January 8, 1925. After a re-election in 1926, he could remain in office until January 2, 1929. During his tenure, the motorway network of the state was expanded in the face of increasing traffic. A commission for the further development of the state was founded, and the electrification was driven. In 1925, a joint committee of all the New England states was created. 1928 Brewster applied unsuccessfully to re- nomination by his party.
Likewise unsuccessfully applied to Brewster in 1932 for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1934, he had more success and he was able to spend the years 1935-1941 in this committee in Washington as a delegate of his country. In 1941 he moved to the U.S. Senate, where he remained until 1952. He has at times been chairman of a special committee which dealt with the national defense. During this time he gave himself as a member of a Congress Committee a fight with Howard Hughes, one of the richest men in America, whom he accused of dishonesty in the settlement of defense contracts, but Hughes could not be proved. He used his influence to Brewster's re-election to the Senate in 1952 to prevent. After that Brewster withdrew into retirement, but was a member of several conservative organizations. He is said to be even been close to the Ku Klux Klan, although he always denied it. In 1961, Brewster died of cancer. He was married to Dorothy Foss, with whom he had two children.