Horace Seely-Brown Jr. (May 12, 1908 – April 9, 1982) was an American politician and a US Representative from Connecticut.

Horace Seely-Brown Jr.
Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. (Connecticut Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byChase G. Woodhouse
Succeeded byChase G. Woodhouse
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1959
Preceded byChase G. Woodhouse
Succeeded byChester Bowles
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byChester Bowles
Succeeded byWilliam L. St. Onge
Personal details
BornMay 12, 1908 (1908-05-12)
Kensington, Maryland
DiedApril 9, 1982 (1982-04-10) (aged 73)
Boca Raton, Florida
Citizenship United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Rosalie Hicks Seely-Brown
ChildrenHorace Seely-Brown III

Rosalie Seely-Brown Parker

Constance Seely-Brown McClellan
Alma materHamilton College

fruit farmer

Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
RankAir Operations Officer
UnitCarrier Aircraft Service Unit No. 2
Battles/warsWorld War II



Seely-Brown was born in Kensington, Maryland. He attended the public schools of Hoosick, New York and graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York in 1929. He was a student at Yale University in 1929 and 1930. He married Rosalie Hicks and they had two daughters, Rosalie Seely-Brown Parker, and Constance Seelly-Brown McClellan as well as a son, Horace Seely-Brown III.[1]


Seely-Brown was a school teacher in Hoosick from 1930 to 1932 and in New Lebanon, New York, from 1932 to 1934. In 1934, he moved to Pomfret, Connecticut where he taught, coached and served as a Dorm Parent at Pomfret School until 1942. He was a delegate to the Republican state conventions in 1938, 1940, and 1942.

During World War II, Seely-Brown served in the United States Navy as Air Operations Officer, Carrier Aircraft Service Unit No. 2, from February 1943 to January 1946.[2] After the war he engaged in agricultural pursuits.

1962 election poster

Elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress Seely-Brown served from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1949, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress. He was elected to the Eighty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 1951 to January 3, 1959 before becoming an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress. He was elected in 1960 to the Eighty-seventh Congress and served from January 3, 1961 to January 3, 1963.[3] In 1962 he was the Republican candidate for the US Senate seat of retiring Republican Prescott Bush and was defeated in a close race with the Democratic former governor, Abraham Ribicoff, receiving 48% of the vote. After political office, he resumed agricultural pursuits and resided in Pomfret Center, Connecticut.


Seely-Brown died in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, at his winter home, on April 9, 1982 (age 73 years, 332 days). He is interred at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Pomfret Center, Pomfret, Connecticut.[4]


  1. ^ "Horace Seely-Brown Jr". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Horace Seely-Brown Jr". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Horace Seely-Brown Jr". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Horace Seely-Brown Jr". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 July 2013.

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