Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

Leonard Bronner, Jr.

New York

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Leonard Bronner, Deirdre's Book of Animals
(Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1960)

Bill Bronner was a New York lawyer whose principal avocation was fishing. The Bronner family once drove 19 days cross-country to Alaska so they could have 3 days in Alaska.

Bronner was born in 1902, son of Leonard and Ida (Koehler) Bronner. He was educated at the Horace Mann School for Boys and received his A.B. degree from Dartmouth where he was the class poet and on the staff of the Dartmouth humor publication, the Jack-0-Lantern, along with his friend, Ted Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Bronner received his LL.B. degree from Columbia Law School in 1926. He served in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York from 1927 to 1931 where one of his colleagues was Thomas Dewey. Bronner ran (unsuccessfully) for the New York State Assembly on the Fusion ticket headed by Fiorello LaGuardia, a Republican running as an independent for New York City Mayor. Bronner's father, Leonard, Sr., was also a Columbia Law graduate. [Source: The Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Poets: The Who's Who of American Poets 59 (New York: Avon House, 1938) and William Bronner, Leonard Bronner's son.] [Online Social Security indicates that Bronner was born June 26, 1902, and that his last residence was Woodbury, New York. He died in August, 1968, a date of death confirmed by Bronner's grandson, Gregory R. Bronner (personal communication to James R. Elkins, November 25, 2009). Additional biographical information has been provided by Bronner's son, William Bronner, a Columbia Law graduate who also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the SDNY. (Personal communication, November 29, 2009)]


Leonard Bronner, Deirdre's Book of Animals (Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1960)