William J. Browning

William John Browning (* April 11, 1850 in Camden, New Jersey, † March 24, 1920 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1911 and 1920 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Browning attended the Friends' School and then worked in a haberdashery shop. He became a member of the Education Committee of his hometown of Camden and the local city council. Between 1889 and 1894 he served as postmaster in Camden. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. From 1895 to 1911 he was Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives an administrative employee at the Congress.

After the death of Mr Henry C. Loudenslager Browning was chosen due to the election for the first seat of New Jersey as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he took up his new mandate on November 7, 1911. After three re- elections he could remain until his death in Congress. In 1913 was the 16th, and ratified the 17th Amendment. 1919 was followed by the 18th amendment to the Constitution. In Browning's time as a congressman and the First World War fell. William Browning died on March 24, 1920 on Capitol Hill in Washington. He was buried in his hometown of Camden.