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James C. Shannon

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James Coughlin Shannon July 21, 1896 – March 6, 1980 was an American politician and the 77th Governor of Connecticut


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links


Shannon was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on July 21, 1896 son of Henry E Shannon and Ellen Coughlin Shannon He completed his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1918 He then completed his LLB degree from Yale Law School in 1921 He married Helen M McMurray on April 15, 1925 The couple had two sons, John H, and James C Jr; as well as one daughter, Helen Clair Richards1


Shannon became Bridgeport's prosecuting attorney in 1923 He held that position for nine years He was on the bench of the Bridgeport City and Juvenile Courts from 1931 to 1935 He was the attorney for the Connecticut Federation of Labor from 1939 to 1948 In 1948 he was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut2 As a member of the US Navy Reserve, he served as an aviator in the US Navy Air Force during World War I3

Shannon served as the 69th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1947 to 1948 James L McConaughy, the Governor of Connecticut at the time, died on March 7, 1948 Shannon became the governor on the same day During his term, legislation was constituted that raised old-age pension benefits He was also successful in securing the appropriate legislation regarding housing reform measures He was unsuccessful in his re-election bid in 1949 He left office on January 5, 19494

After leaving office, Shannon was on the bench of the Connecticut Superior Court from 1953 to 1965 He was a member of Republican National Committee from Connecticut in 1952 He also was an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1965 to 1966


Shannon died in Fairfield on March 6, 1980, aged 83 He is interred in Oaklawn Cemetery, Fairfield, Connecticut


  1. ^ "James C Shannon" NNDB Soylent Communications Retrieved 21 December 2012 
  2. ^ "James C Shannon" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 20 December 2012 
  3. ^ "James C Shannon" National Governors Association Retrieved 21 December 2012 
  4. ^ "James C Shannon" National Governors Association Retrieved 21 December 2012 

Further readingedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2

External linksedit

  • James C Shannon at Find a Grave
  • The Political Graveyard
  • NNDB Soylent Communications
  • National Governors Association

Political offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Robert E Parsons
Preceded by
James L McConaughy
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Chester Bowles

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