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Louis Jefferson Brann (July 6, 1876 – February 3, 1948) was an American lawyer and political figure. He was the 56th Governor of Maine.

Louis Jefferson Brann
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From 1982's Historic Lewiston: Its Government
56th Governor of Maine
In office
January 4, 1933 – January 6, 1937
Preceded byWilliam T. Gardiner
Succeeded byLewis O. Barrows
Mayor of Lewiston, Maine
In office
1922-1924[1]
Preceded byWilliam H. Newell
Succeeded byRobert J. Wiseman
In office
1915-1916[1]
Preceded byRobert J. Wiseman
Succeeded byCharles P. Lemaire
Register of Probate for Androscoggin County, Maine
In office
1909–1913
Preceded byFred O. Watson[2]
Succeeded byJames W. Murray[3]
Personal details
Born(1876-07-06)July 6, 1876
Madison, Maine
DiedFebruary 3, 1948(1948-02-03) (aged 71)
Falmouth, Maine
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Maine
ProfessionAttorney

Early lifeEdit

Brann was born in Madison, Maine to Charles M. Brann and Nancy Lancaster Brann.[4] He attended schools in Gardiner, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1898, after which he studied law.[4] He was admitted to the bar in 1902 and began a practice in Lewiston. In the late 1920s he formed Brann & Isaacson with Peter A. Isaacson, a law firm which is still in existence (2010).

On March 8, 1902 Brann married Martha "Mattie" Cobb.[5] They were the parents of four children -- Donald L., Marjorie, Dorothy L., and Nancy E.[6]

Brann participated widely in local and state government: he was the Androscoggin County Register of Probate (1909-1913);[7] a municipal judge (1913-1915);[7] mayor of Lewiston (1915-1917 and 1922-1925);[7] member of the Maine House of Representatives (1919-1920);[7] and delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Maine (1924, 1936, 1940 and 1944).[7] He also served a term as chairman of the Maine Democratic Party.[7]

Governor of MaineEdit

Brann ran successfully for Governor of Maine in 1932,[7] and was also successful in his re-election bid in 1934.[7] During his administration, a constitutional amendment was sanctioned that secured two million dollars in state bonds for emergency relief during the Great Depression.[7] As part of an initiative to promote Maine tourism and economic development, Brann entertained many celebrities at Blaine House;[8] the "Maine Summer Visitors Day" program he started brought notables to Maine including Boston Braves President Emil Fuchs, authors Gladys Hasty Carroll, Kenneth Roberts and Ben Ames Williams, and singer Rudy Vallee.[8]

Later yearsEdit

Brann ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1936.[7] He also ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1938.[7] Brann ran unsuccessfully ran for the other Maine Senate seat in 1940.[7] In 1942, he was also an unsuccessful candidate for Maine's 1st District seat in the United States House of Representatives.[8]

Brann was a member of the Church of Christ, Scientist,[9] and held membership in Beta Theta Pi,[4] and the Knights of Pythias,[4] Elks,[4] National Grange[9], and Lions Club.[10]

Brann died in Lewiston on February 3, 1948.[7] He was buried at Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston.[7]

ReferencesEdit

SourcesEdit

BooksEdit

  • Fellowship Forum (1935). Who's Who In Our American Government. The Fellowship Forum: Washington, DC.
  • Kirk, geneva; Barrows, gridley (1982). Historic Lewiston: Its Government. Auburn, ME: Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute.
  • Maine Executive Department (1907). Register of the Executive Department of the State of Maine. Augusta, ME: Kennebec Journal Print.
  • Maine Executive Department (1914). Public Documents of the State of Maine for the Year 1912. II. Waterville, ME: Sentinel Publishing Company.
  • Marquis, A. N. (1938). Who's Who In New England. 3. A. N. Marquis: Chicago, IL.
  • White, James T. (1949). The National Cyclopedia of American Biography. J. T. White: Chicago, IL. p. 269.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Tudor Gardiner
Governor of Maine
1933–1937
Succeeded by
Lewis O. Barrows