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William F. Brunner, Congressman from New York

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


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 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

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