Derby History Quiz
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Patrick Brett O'Sullivan was the son of Derby's first mayor
Dr. Thomas Jefferson
the subject of an earlier quiz. P.B. was born in Derby
on August 11, 1887 and he attended
the public schools before going on to graduate from Yale University in 1908.
He also earned advanced degrees from Georgetown University in 1909, and Yale Law
School in 1913.He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1913 and commenced
practice in Derby. He served as corporation counsel of Derby from 1914
to 1917. Active in local and state politics, he was a delegate
to the Democratic National Convention in 1916. He served in the State
senate and was its minority leader in 1917.
In 1918, during the First
World War, he resigned from the State senate to enlist in the United
States Navy. Following the war, he was elected as a Democrat to
United States House of Representatives for the Sixty-eighth Congress
(March 4, 1923-March 3, 1925). He lost a reelection bid in 1924 and resumed the practice of law
and also became an
associate professor of law at the Yale Law School From 1931-1950 he
served as a judge of the
Connecticut Superior Court. In the years from 1950 to 1957, he was
an associate justice of
Connecticut Supreme Court. He crowned his legal career when he was
named chief justice of the Connecticut Supremet Court in 1957,
serving until August 11 of that year when he reached the mandatory
retirement age. In retirement he continued serving as a State trial referee in New
Haven and was cochairman of the 1965 state Constitutional Convention.
He lived in
Orange, where he died on November 10, 1978. He is buried in St.
Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.
Correct answers were received
from: Mayor Marc J. Garofalo, Ann Searles, Millie from Ansonia, Joan
Driscoll, Tom Chebro, Mary Lou Boroski, Eileen Krugel, John M. Rak,
Ken Dupke, Gene Wajdowicz, Dominick Thomas, David Lenart, Ray Allen,
Markanthony Izzo, and Joseph Pinto.
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