The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Branford, Connecticut
including Pine Orchard, Short Beach, Stony Creek
First Selectmen, Wardens, Postmasters

First Selectmen of Branford, 1888-2012 (may be incomplete!)
J. August Blackstone as of 1888 Daniel O'Brien as of 1896 Paul D. Beach as of 1897-99 Michael P. Rice as of 1901-04 James H. Barker as of 1906-07 Sidney V. Osborn as of 1908-10 James E. Palmer as of 1911 Frank E. Beach as of 1914-15 Louis A. Fisk as of 1917 J. Harry Barker as of 1919-21 Sidney V. Osborn as of 1922 William C. Higley as of 1924 H. MacD. Allen as of 1926-27 Gurdon Bradley as of 1937 Clifford J. Collins as of 1947-50 Dominic J. Bontatibus as of 1954-57 Anthony Daros as of 2011-12

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1989 Nov 7: Judy E. Gott (Rep), elected; Gene Bontatibus (Dem), defeated.

    Wardens of Branford, 1896-1957 (may be incomplete!)
    Charles H. Wilford as of 1896-97 Luke Quinn as of 1904 Valdemar T. Hammer as of 1909-10 Gustave A. R. Hamre as of 1911 Valdemar T. Hammer as of 1917-21 Gustave A. R. Hamre as of 1922 Irwin W. Morton as of 1926-30 William C. VanWilgen as of 1937 James Z. Lawrence as of 1947 Edward J. Rice as of 1950-55 Adam J. Bomboliski as of 1956-57

    Postmasters at Branford, 1816-1907 (may be incomplete!)
    Jonathan Barker as of 1816 Philo Hall as of 1885 Henry D. Linsley as of 1887 Henry G. Linsley as of 1901-07

    Pine Orchard

    Postmasters at Pine Orchard, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    Charles W. McLean as of 1901

    Short Beach

    Postmasters at Short Beach, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    Ella J. K. Knowles as of 1901

    Stony Creek

    Postmasters at Stony Creek, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    Maria L. Paine as of 1901

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    Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872
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