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John Davis Lodge

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John Davis Lodge October 20, 1903 – October 29, 1985, was an American actor turned politician12 He was the 79th Governor of Connecticut from 1951 to 1955, and US Ambassador to Spain, Argentina, and Switzerland As an actor, he was often credited simply as John Lodge


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Acting
    • 22 Military
    • 23 Political
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Selected filmography
  • 5 Published works
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early lifeedit

Lodge was born in Washington, DC His father was George Cabot Lodge, a poet, through whom he was a grandson of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, great-great grandson of Senator Elijah H Mills, and great-great-great-grandson of Senator George Cabot Through his mother, Mathilda Elizabeth Frelinghuysen Davis, he was a great-great grandson of Senator John Davis He had two siblings: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr, also a politician, and Helena Lodge de Streel, a baroness34 He married actress Francesca Braggiotti 1902–1998

Lodge attended the Evans School for Boys in Mesa, Arizona, Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts, Ecole de Droit, Paris, France, and St Albans School, Washington, DC In 1925, he graduated from Harvard College, where he was a member of the Fox Club In 1929, he graduated from Harvard Law School In 1932, he was admitted to the New York bar and commenced practice in New York City



During the 1930s and after a brief career as a lawyer Lodge worked as an actor on screen and stage, appearing in starring roles in several notable productions, including some major Hollywood pictures

Lodge was affiliated with the motion-picture industry and the theater from 1933 to 1942, appearing in movies such as Little Women and The Little Colonel in which he played Shirley Temple's father He was Marlene Dietrich's co-star in The Scarlet Empress Lodge appeared in several European-made films, in France and the United Kingdom, playing Bulldog Drummond in the 1937 film Bulldog Drummond at Bay A fluent French speaker, he performed his roles in French in Maurice Tourneur's Koenigsmark 1935 and in Max Ophüls's De Mayerling à Sarajevo, in which he played the part of Archduke Franz Ferdinand 1940 In 1941, after returning to the United States, he appeared in several Broadway stage productions, including Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine5


He served with the United States Navy as a lieutenant and lieutenant commander August 1942 to January 1946 and was a liaison officer between the French and American fleets He was decorated with the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor and with the Croix de Guerre with palm by General Charles de Gaulle After the war he engaged in research work in economics He retired from the United States Navy Reserve in 1966 with the rank of Captain


He was elected as a Republican from Connecticut's 4th congressional district to the 80th and 81st Congresses, serving from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1951 He was not a candidate for renomination in 1950 He was elected Governor of Connecticut, serving from January 1951 to January 1955 and was unsuccessful for reelection in 1954 He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Connecticut in 1952 and 1960

Local legend is that the proximate cause of Lodge's defeat in 1954 to Abraham Ribicoff was disenchantment on the part of Fairfield County Republicans with the disruption caused by the construction of the Connecticut Turnpike Ironically, the highway is now named after the former Governor6

Lodge then served as United States Ambassador to Spain from January 1955 until January 1961 He was National president, Junior Achievement, Inc, 1963–1964 He was an unsuccessful candidate for US Senator from Connecticut in 1964 He was chairman, Committee Foreign Policy Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania, 1964–1969; delegate and assistant floor leader, Connecticut Constitutional Convention, in 1965; United States Ambassador to Argentina, 1969 to 1974; United States Ambassador to Switzerland, 1983

Personal lifeedit

He was married July 6, 1929, to actress and ballet dancer, Francesca Braggiotti; both of them appearing in the 1938 film Tonight at Eleven They had two daughters, Lily and Beatrice Lily Lodge is the Director of the Actors Conservatory He was a resident of Westport, Connecticut until his death in New York City He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery7 Two months after his death, the Connecticut Turnpike was renamed the Gov John Davis Lodge Turnpike in his honor

Selected filmographyedit

  • The Woman Accused 1933
  • Little Women 1933
  • The Scarlet Empress 1934
  • The Little Colonel 1935
  • Koenigsmark 1935
  • The Tenth Man 1936
  • Ourselves Alone 1936
  • Sensation 1936
  • Bulldog Drummond at Bay 1937
  • Premiere 1938
  • Queer Cargo 1938
  • Bank Holiday 1938
  • Lightning Conductor 1938
  • Just like a Woman 1939
  • Sarajevo 1940

Published worksedit

  • Lodge, John Davis 1962 "The Iberian Peninsula and Western Europe" Journal of International Affairs 16 N1: 77–78 JSTOR 24363099 


  1. ^ "John Lodge" 
  2. ^ "John Lodge - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie" AllMovie 
  3. ^ "LODGE, John Davis, 1903–1985" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved July 29, 2011 
  4. ^ "Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr Photographs II" The Massachusetts Historical Society MHS Retrieved December 24, 2011 
  5. ^ Watch on the Rhine at the Internet Broadway Database
  6. ^ "Providence Journal: I-95 in Fairfield" uncredited blog entry WestportNowcom Westportnow Media, Inc April 23, 2003 Retrieved February 10, 2007 
  7. ^ Patterson, Michael Robert "John Davis Lodge, Captain, United States Navy & Member of Congress" wwwarlingtoncemeterynet 
  • United States Congress "John Davis Lodge id: L000395" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • The Political Graveyard

External linksedit

  • John Lodge on IMDb
  • 37047 John Lodge at the Internet Broadway Database
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clare B Luce
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Albert P Morano
Political offices
Preceded by
Chester Bowles
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Abraham A Ribicoff
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
James Clement Dunn
United States Ambassador to Spain
Succeeded by
Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle
Preceded by
Carter L Burgess
United States Ambassador to Argentina
July 23, 1969 – November 10, 1973
Succeeded by
Robert C Hill
Preceded by
Faith Ryan Whittlesey
United States Ambassador to Switzerland
Succeeded by
Faith Ryan Whittlesey
Party political offices
Preceded by
William A Purtell
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Connecticut
Class 1

Succeeded by
Lowell Weicker

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