James C. Shannon

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James Coughlin Shannon (* 21st July 1896 in Bridgeport , Connecticut ; †  6. March 1980 ) was an American politician of the Republican Party .

During the First World War , Shannon served as a fighter pilot in the US Army . After his Bachelor Accounts at the Georgetown University in 1918, he studied law at the Law School in Yale . He obtained his Bachelor of Laws in 1921. As a result, he worked from 1923 as a prosecutor in his hometown of Bridgeport. From 1931 to 1935 he served as a judge at the Bridgeport Juvenile Court . From 1939 to 1948 he was an attorney for the AFL State Trade Union.

Shannon became politically active in 1947 when he became lieutenant governor of Connecticut. James L. McConaughy , then governor , died on March 7, 1948, so Shannon rose to office on the same day. That year he was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia . During his tenure, a law was passed to increase pension payments. He also succeeded in implementing reform measures in state legislation. Despite these political successes, he was denied re-election: he was defeated by the Democrat Chester Bowles by less than 2,700 votes, whereupon he left office on January 5, 1949.

After serving as governor, Shannon returned to the legal field. From 1953 to 1966 he was a Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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