After serving Connecticut's third district in the United States House of Representatives, this Democratic Party politician became a United States Senator from Connecticut.
After working as a journalist and subsequently serving in the United States Navy during World War I, he entered politics as the Mayor of Meriden, Connecticut.
A high school in Meriden was named in his honor.
A native of New Haven County, Connecticut, he grew up in a Roman Catholic family.
He and fellow Democrat Elizabeth Etsy both became United States Representatives from Connecticut.