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Daniel Baugh Brewster

War Hero and United States Senator

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"John Frece's honest, meticulous narrative for the first time shines light on Senator Danny Brewster: a consequential leader whose two decades in public office helped shape the history of both my beloved home state and our entire nation. As his good friend, I am grateful that his story will finally, fully be told."

            – Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Self-Destruction: The rise, fall, and redemption of U.S. Senator Daniel B. Brewster, a critically acclaimed new biography by author John W. Frece, has just been selected by Foreword Indies as a finalist for their Book of the Year Award!

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Senator Daniel Baugh Brewster

Early and Personal Life

Senator Brewster was born in 1923 and grew up in Baltimore County, Maryland. He attended Princeton and Johns Hopkins University and received a law degree from the University of Maryland Law School. He was married three times and had five children and four stepchildren.

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Military Service

Brewster enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II, where he fought in the Battles of Guam and Okinawa. He was wounded seven times in combat and received a Bronze Star, Gold Star, and a Purple Heart for his injuries. He left active duty in 1946 but continued in the Reserves and became a Full Colonel after 30 years.

Political Career

In 1950, Brewster was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, then reelected in 1954. In 1958, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and was reelected in 1960. Brewster was then elected to the United States Senate in 1962. In the Senate, Brewster cosponsored both the Civil

Rights Acts of 1964 and the Voting

Rights Act of 1965. He ran as a stand-in for President Johnson in the 1964 Maryland Democratic Presidential primary.

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The above videos were arranged by Brewster's son Dana from film footage found in Daniel Brewster’s collection and can also be found on Youtube.

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