Christopher Dodd

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Christopher Dodd, (b. 1944), US Democratic candidate for President in 2008

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Christopher Dodd

Christopher John Dodd was born 27 May 1944 in Willimantic, Windham County, Connecticut, the son of Thomas Joseph Dodd and Grace Mary Murphy. His father Tom was also a United States Senator from Connecticut. Chris Dodd graduated from Georgetown Prepatory School in Potomac, Maryland in 1962, from Providence College in Rhode Island in 1966, from the University of Louisville, Kentucky School of Law in 1972. He was in the US Army from 1969 to 1975. In July 1970 he married Susan Mooney, they divorced Oct 1982. He is a US Senator from Connecticut first elected in 1981. In June 1999 he married Jackie Marie Clegg. He lives in East Haddam when Congress is not in session. He has two daughters: Grace (b 2002) and Christina Dodd (b 2005).

He ran on the Democratic ticket for the US Presidential Election of 2008. His Democratic challengers were: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and Mike Gravel.

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Thomas Joseph Dodd

Thomas Joseph Dodd was born 15 May 1907 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, the son of Thomas Joseph Dodd and his wife Abigail Margaret O'Sullivan. He graduated from Providence College, Rhode Island and received a law degree from Yale University. On 19 May 1934 he married Grace Murphy of Westerly, Rhode Island. They had six children.

He was US Representative from Connecticut 1953-57 and US Senator from Connecticut 1959-71. Thomas J Dodd died in Old Lyme, Connecticut 24 May 1971.

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  • 1930 Census of West Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut showing : "Thomas J Dodd, 60, married first at 32, born CT/Ireland/Ireland, Realtor; Catherine 27, CT, Teacher; Helen 26, CT, Teacher; Thomas J 22 CT; Margaret 21 CT; Mary E 19 CT". Living next door is his apparent brother-in-law Timothy O'Sullivan, 50, born in the "Irish Free State".
  • The name Thomas Dodd appears in the The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, Connecticut) over 200 times, here are a few selections:
    • Article one 16 Sep 1947 : "Three possibilities for the Democratic nomination for Governor, Thomas J Dodd, Chester Bowles and former Gov Wilbert Snow, will speak Thursday night at Hotel Bond...."
    • Article two 26 Apr 1951 : "...Mr Goldfine's attorney for the purchase, Thomas J Dodd of Hartford — a chief prosecutor at the Nurenburg trials — said today...."
    • Article three 28 Nov 1956 : "In a speech earlier, Congressman Thomas J Dodd, a member of the House Foreign Affairs committee, pledged his support in the coming session of Congress in procuring arms for Israel and a mutual security pact between the United States and that country."
  • New York Times, 27 May 1971 (obituary), "1,000 at West Hartford Rites for Ex-Senator Thomas Dodd"

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Grace Mary Murphy

Grace Mary Murphy was born 9 Nov 1907. On 19 May 1934 she married Thomas Joseph Dodd of Connecticut, when she is called "of Westerly, Rhode Island". They had six children. She died Jan 1973 while a resident of Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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  • Social Security Death Index showing "Grace Dodd, born 9 Nov 1907, died Jan 1973, issued by DC (1968), last residence Old Lyme, New London, Connecticut"

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Thomas Joseph Dodd

Thomas Joseph Dodd was born about 1870 in Connecticut. He married Connecticut-native Abigail Margaret O'Sullivan, about 1902 and probably in Connecticut. In 1907 the family lived at Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Abigail may have died before the 1930 census as she does not appear with her family that year.

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  • 1930 Census of West Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut showing : "Thomas J Dodd, 60, married first at 32, born CT/Ireland/Ireland, Realtor; Catherine 27, CT, Teacher; Helen 26, CT, Teacher; Thomas J 22 CT; Margaret 21 CT; Mary E 19 CT". Living next door is his apparent brother-in-law Timothy O'Sullivan, 50, born in the "Irish Free State".

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Abigail Margaret O'Sullivan

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