If Linda McMahon is elected to the U.S. senate, she won’t be the first Senator McMahon from Connecticut. Very few people can remember voting for the first one because the youngest voters who could have cast their ballots for him are now 84.
Democrat Brien McMahon represented our state in the Senate from 1945 until his death in 1952. The unusual spelling of his name comes from his middle name “O’Brien.” His first name was James.
According to an article in the Norwalk Hour, McMahon was on such a “meteoric rise” in Washington, that “John F. Kennedy remarked McMahon would be the first Catholic president.” Two buildings bear his name: Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, and a federal building in Bridgeport.
Here is more on McMahon from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brien_McMahon