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William F. Brunner

William Frank Brunner (September 15, 1887 – April 23, 1965) was an American politician from New York.

William F. Brunner
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Sheriff of Queens County
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1929 – September 27, 1935
Preceded byJohn J. Kindred
Succeeded byWilliam Bernard Barry
Member of the New York State Assembly from Queens County's 5th district
In office
January 1, 1922 – December 31, 1928
Preceded byRalph Halpern
Succeeded byMaurice A. FitzGerald
Personal details
Born(1887-09-15)September 15, 1887
Woodhaven, Queens, New York
DiedApril 23, 1965(1965-04-23) (aged 77)
Far Rockaway, Queens, New York
Other political
Occupationreal estate, insurance
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1917-1919
RankYeoman First Class Rating Badge YN.jpg


Born in Woodhaven, Queens, he attended the public schools, Far Rockaway High School in Far Rockaway, Queens, and Packard Commercial School in New York City. He moved to Rockaway Park, Queens in 1901, engaged in the insurance and real-estate business, and served in the United States Navy as a yeoman first class from 1917 to 1919.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Queens Co., 5th D.) in 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1928.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first and to the three succeeding Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1929, until his resignation on September 27, 1935, having been elected sheriff of Queens County. He served as sheriff from 1935 until his resignation in 1936 and was president of the Board of Aldermen of New York City from January 1 to December 31, 1937.

Brunner resumed the insurance and real-estate business and was Queens County commissioner of borough works from July 1 to December 31, 1941. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in 1942 and for election on the American Labor Party ticket to the Seventy-eighth Congress. He was president of Rockaway Beach Hospital (later named Peninsula General Hospital, then Peninsula Hospital Center) from 1946 to 1965. He died in Far Rockaway on April 23, 1965. Interment was in St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village.


  • United States Congress. "William F. Brunner (id: B000981)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-03-28
  • William F. Brunner at Find a Grave
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Ralph Halpern
New York State Assembly
Queens County 5th District

Succeeded by
Maurice A. FitzGerald
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. Kindred
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
William B. Barry