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Horace Seely-Brown


Gender: Male

Date of Death: April 1982

Birth Place: Kensington, MD

Death Place: Boca Raton, FL

Horace Seely-Brown


Horace Seely-Brown Jr., a former United States Representative from eastern Connecticut for six terms beginning in 1947, died Friday in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had a winter residence. Mr. Seely-Brown, who also lived in Pomfret Center, Conn., was 73 years old.

Mr. Seely-Brown, a Republican, resigned his House seat in 1963 when he won his party’s nomination for the United States Senate. He was defeated in the general election by Abraham A. Ribicoff.

Mr. Seely-Brown was a longtime fruit farmer, and after leaving Congress, he operated Seely-Brown Orchards in Pomfret Center, which specialized in apples and peaches.

He was born in Kensington, Md., and graduated from Hamilton College with a bachelor of science degree. He also did graduate work at Yale University. He served in the Navy during World War II as an air operations officer. From 1937 to 1943, he headed the science department and taught biology at the Pomfret School, a preparatory school.

As a Representative, he served on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, the Banking and Currency Committee and the House Select Committee on Small Business. He had special interest in legislative proposals to give tax assistance and other relief to small businesses and sponsored a number of bills to benefit veterans. Mr. Seely-Brown’s district included New London, Norwich and Willimantic.

Mr. Seely-Brown’s career in Congress was interrupted twice. In 1948, he was defeated by Chase G. Woodhouse, and in 1958 he lost to former Gov. Chester B. Bowles. Both times he won the seat back in the next election.

He also held a number of state positions. He served as a member of the Connecticut Constitutional Convention and was on the board of the Connecticut Agriculture Experimental Station.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; two daughters, Rosalie Parker of Coral Gables, Fla., and Constance McClellan of Pomfret Center, and a son, Horace 3d of Riverwoods, Ill.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 3:3O P.M. at the Pomfret School chapel.

Published in The New York Times, (NY) – April 11, 1982

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