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William Frank Brunner was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Woodhaven, Queens, he attended the public schools, Far Rockaway High School at Far Rockawaymarker and Packard Commercial School at New York City. He moved to Rockaway Park, Queensmarker in 1901, engaged in the general insurance and real-estate business, and served in the United States Navy as a yeoman first class from 1917 to 1919. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1922 to 1928 and was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first and to the three succeeding Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1929 until his resignation on September 27, 1935, having been elected sheriff of Queens County. He served as sheriff from 1935 until his resignation in 1936 and was president of the board of aldermen of New York City from 1936 to 1938.

Brunner resumed the insurance and real-estate business, and was Queens County commissioner of borough works from July 1 to December 31, 1941. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in 1942 and for election on the American Labor Party ticket to the Seventy-eighth Congress. He was president of Rockaway Beach Hospital (later named Peninsula General Hospital) from 1946 to 1965; in 1965 he died in Far Rockaway. Interment was in St. John's Cemeterymarker, Middle Village.

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