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Albert Elmer Austin (November 15, 1877 – January 26, 1942) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1939 to 1941 and member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1917 to 1919 and from 1921 to 1923. He was the stepfather of Clare Boothe Luce.

Albert Elmer Austin
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byAlfred N. Phillips
Succeeded byLe Roy D. Downs
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
1917–1919
In office
1921–1923
Personal details
Born(1877-11-15)November 15, 1877
Medway, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJanuary 26, 1942(1942-01-26) (aged 64)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality USA
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Anne Tyrell Christy Austin
Anne Clara Snyder Austin
Lillian V. Lounsbury Austin
Alma materAmherst College
Jefferson Medical College
Occupationphysician

BiographyEdit

Born in Medway, Massachusetts, Austin attended the public schools and graduated from Amherst College in 1899 and served as member of the faculty of Attleboro High School (Massachusetts) from 1899 to 1900. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1905. He was married to Anne Tyrell Christy and they divorced in 1916.

During the First World War, Austin served as regimental surgeon in the Two Hundred and Fourteenth Engineers, Fourteenth (Wolverine) Division from 1918 to 1919.[1] He was married on May 17, 1919, to Anne Clara Snyder who was killed in automobile-train accident in Miami, Florida in 1938. She was the mother of Clare Boothe Luce. He married Lillian V. Lounsbury on September 3, 1939.[2]

Austin was a practicing physician in Old Greenwich, Connecticut from 1907 to 1939. He also engaged in banking in Old Greenwich, Connecticut from 1926 to 1942.[3]

Austin was a very active member of Acacia Lodge No. 85 of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on October 31, 1916.[4] He became the worshipful master of the lodge in 1919 and served in such capacity with great achievement and distinction for five years. He lead the successful efforts in raising the necessary funds for a permanent masonic temple building in town. For five years he raised the money necessary to purchase the land from Oliver D. Mead's old homestead which is where Havemeyer Place meets Milbank Avenue. Austin was the first to turn the sod on the Mead lot and the building still stands proudly at 28 Havemeyer Place (though the lodge no longer meets there having sold it many decades ago). [5] Austin also served as the first District Deputy of the First Masonic District of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the State of Connecticut. He was also a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite bodies. In 1939, in recognition for all his efforts for Masonry, public health and in the National Government he was conferred the 33rd degree.[6]

Austin served as member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1917 to 1919; and from 1921 to 1923.[7] He was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress and served from January 3, 1939, to January 3, 1941.[8] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress.

DeathEdit

Austin continued his former professional pursuits until he was in Greenwich, Connecticut on January 26, 1942, aged 64 years, 72 days. He is interred at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York.[9] He was a member of the American Medical Association. Learning of Austin's death, the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the State of Connecticut wrote a resolution in their proceedings for that year to honor Albert E. Austin. It ended with the following words, "His death brought to an end a busy life spent for the betterment of his fellowman."

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Albert E. Austin (id: A000339)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-02-28
  • "Albert E. Austin". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  • The Political Graveyard
  • Govtrack US Congress


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Albert E. Austin". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Akbert E. Austin". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Albert E. Austin". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ Hubbard, Frederick A. (1926). History of Masonry in Greenwich, Connecticut 1763-1926 (1st ed.). Stamford, CT: The Gillespie Brothers, Inc. pp. 140, 144, 158, 166.
  5. ^ Hubbard, Frederick A. (1926). History of Masonry in Greenwich, Connecticut 1763-1926 (1st ed.). Stamford, CT: The Gillespie Brothers, Inc. pp. 140, 144, 158, 166.
  6. ^ Hubbard, Frederick A. (1926). History of Masonry in Greenwich, Connecticut 1763-1926 (1st ed.). Stamford, CT: The Gillespie Brothers, Inc. pp. 140, 144, 158, 166.
  7. ^ "Albert E. Austion". Find A Grave. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Albert E. Austin". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Albert E. Austin". Find A Grave. Retrieved 1 January 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alfred N. Phillips
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th congressional district

1939 – 1941
Succeeded by
Le Roy D. Downs