DANAHER, John Anthony (1899-1990)
Senate Years of Service: 1939-1945

DANAHER, JOHN ANTHONY, a Senator from Connecticut; born in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn., January 9, 1899; attended the local schools; during the First World War served in the Student's Army Training Corps at Yale College and in the Officers' Reserve Corps; graduated from Yale College in 1920; studied law at Yale Law School; admitted to the bar in 1922 and commenced practice in Hartford, Conn.; assistant United States attorney for the district of Connecticut 1922-1934; secretary of State of Connecticut 1933-1935; member of the State Board of Finance and Control 1933-1935; elected as a Republican in 1938 to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1939, to January 3, 1945; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944; resumed the practice of law in Hartford, Conn., and Washington, D.C.; appointed a circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, by President Dwight Eisenhower and took the oath of office November 20, 1953; assumed senior status in 1969 and served on a part-time basis in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit until his retirement in 1980; was a resident of West Hartford, Conn., until his death, September 22, 1990; interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meriden, Conn.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: 1968. 58 pages. Topics include early career, Republican party and National Committee, and director of special activities, 1952 campaign. Permission required to cite or quote.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
Abilene, KS
Oral History: 1968. 58 pages. Furnished by Columbia University.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1916-1979 (bulk 1938-1953). 29.5 linear feet. Chiefly senatorial files including political and constituent correspondence, speeches, background material, and copies of legislation. Include documentation of service on Judiciary, Finance, and Banking and Currency committees, and highlight efforts to prevent American involvement in World War II, his study of postwar policy aims, and concerns over domestic liberties during wartime. Additional files relate to service on Republican National Committee and Republican party staff, and to role as campaign adviser to congressmen and Dwight Eisenhower. Scrapbooks document pre-senatorial career.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969; Albert Galloway Keller papers, 1888 1956; Russell Cornell Leffingwell papers, 1883-1979; Edwin Montefiore Borchard papers, 1910-1950; Charles-Edward Amory Winslow papers, 1874-1977 (bulk 1915-1945); George Edward Howard Smith papers, 1917-1962; and Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, Hartford and Connecticut Chapters records, 1939-1944.