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Newton Case Brainard (December 26, 1880 – July 16, 1964) was an American banker and historian who served as Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut from 1920 to 1922. He was a member of the Horace Walpole Society, elected in 1946. He was a member of the Acorn Club, elected in 1915.
He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 26, 1880 to Leverett and Mary (Bulkeley) Brainard. Brainard was a lifelong Connecticut resident, graduating from Yale in 1902 and earning a Master of Arts Degree from Trinity College in 1946. Brainard became a life trustee of Trinity College. He married Elsie L. Burks Brainard (1884–1969) in 1934.
In his professional life Brainard was a banker, for 15 years president of the Dime Savings Bank. He also was a director of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company and the Standard Fire Insurance Company.
Brainard was very active in his community and in 1920 he was elected Mayor of Hartford. Later, he served on the Board of Park Commissioners. He was an ardent supporter for the erection of a municipal airport and, as such, Brainard Field was named in honor of him and dedicated in 1921.
Newton Case Brainard became a member of the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) on January 5, 1904. From May 19, 1953 until May 21, 1963, Brainard served as the President of CHS, but continued to be an active member of the Standing Committee and the Society until his death on July 16, 1964. Brainard was also instrumental in saving the Hartford State House and, in part due to his position as Chairman of Hartford’s Fine Arts Commission, oversaw that the building was kept in repair and personally saw to it that the Senate Chamber was refurnished. According to the Society’s Annual Report of 1965, “His interests were varied and many, and his friendship for and generosity to this Society were unparalleled.”
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