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in chronological order

  Henry Vroman Borst (1857-1925) — also known as Henry V. Borst — of Amsterdam, Montgomery County, N.Y. Born in Cobleskill, Schoharie County, N.Y., July 4, 1857. Democrat. Justice of New York Supreme Court 4th District, 1913-25; appointed 1913; resigned 1925. Methodist. Suffered a heart attack while speaking at a dinner, in the parish house of St. Casimir's Church, Amsterdam, N.Y., and died soon after, in Memorial Hospital, Albany, Albany County, N.Y., November 25, 1925 (age 68 years, 144 days). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Borst and Susan (Vrooman) Borst; married to Alida Yerdon (1858-1917) and Daisy Snook (1886-1957).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Gardner Murray (1857-1929) — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala.; Baltimore, Md.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Lonaconing, Allegany County, Md., August 31, 1857. Democrat. Episcopal priest; Bishop of Maryland, 1911-29; Presiding Bishop of the United States, 1926-29; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1912. Methodist; later Episcopalian. Scottish ancestry. Died, of a stroke, during a session of the House of Bishops, in St. James Church, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J., October 3, 1929 (age 72 years, 33 days). Interment at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, Md.
  Relatives: Son of James Murray (1830-1878) and Ann (Kirkwood) Murray (1830-1888); married, October 13, 1881, to Harriet May 'Hattie' Sprague (1860-1884; drowned in steamboat accident); married, December 4, 1889, to Clara Alice Hunsicker (1864-1937).
  Lawrence Gresser (1851-1935) — also known as Lorenz Gresser; "Honest Larry" — of Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in Bavaria, Germany, January 1, 1851. Shoe manufacturer; borough president of Queens, New York, 1908-11; removed 1911; removed from office as borough president by Gov. John A. Dix, for neglect of duty in failing to prevent corruption among his subordinates. Died, in the rectory of the Church of the Holy Family, Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 30, 1935 (age 84 years, 29 days). Interment at St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Johann Gresser (1821-1874) and Phillipina (Bingert) Gresser (1827-1882); married 1869 to Margaret Beck (died 1901); married 1904 to Kathryn Beechinor; father of Lawrence Thomas Gresser; grandfather of Lawrence T. Gresser, Jr. (1912?-?).
  Political family: Gresser family of New York.
  James Berg (c.1876-1944) — of Mt. Vernon, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., about 1876. Republican. Minister; mayor of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., 1928-31; defeated, 1913; resigned 1931; executive secretary, Westchester Sanitary Commission, 1931-39. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; Order of United American Mechanics; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died, from a heart attack, during services at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mt. Vernon, Westchester County, N.Y., March 19, 1944 (age about 68 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1904 to Adeline Brommer.
  James Boyd Utt (1899-1970) — also known as James B. Utt — of Santa Ana, Orange County, Calif. Born in Tustin, Orange County, Calif., March 11, 1899. Republican. Appraiser; lawyer; member of California state assembly, 1933-36; U.S. Representative from California, 1953-70 (28th District 1953-63, 35th District 1963-70); died in office 1970; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956. Presbyterian. Member, Knights of Pythias; Elks; Izaak Walton League; Lions; Native Sons of the Golden West; Freemasons; Shriners. Suffered a heart attack during religious services at a church in Washington, D.C., and died soon after at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., March 1, 1970 (age 70 years, 355 days). Interment at Santa Ana Cemetery, Santa Ana, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Edward Utt and Mary M. (Sheldon) Utt; married, May 7, 1921, to Charlene Elizabeth Drips.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Brown Stansbury (1923-1985) — also known as William B. Stansbury — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Corydon, Harrison County, Ind., March 18, 1923. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; chair of Jefferson County Democratic Party, 1968-76; mayor of Louisville, Ky., 1977-81; in 1978, during a firemen's strike, he left the city, saying that he was going to a conference in Atlanta; instead, he went to New Orleans for a tryst with his administrative assistant; the scandal led to an effort to impeach him; soon after, a city official pleaded guilty to extorting $16,000 from local businessmen; when questioned by a federal grand jury as to whether this money came to his campaign or to him personally, Stansbury refused to answer, claiming the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Member, Delta Upsilon; American Bar Association. While crossing Bardstown Road to enter St. Francis of Assisi Church, he was hit by a car, and died soon after, in Humana Hospital-University, Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., April 4, 1985 (age 62 years, 17 days); His mother was killed in the same accident, and his wife was injured. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of James Bernard Stansbury and Alliene (Brown) Stansbury; married 1983 to Mary Ellen Farmer.
  William B. Stansbury Park (established 1900, received current name 1985), in Louisville, Kentucky, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Mike O'Callaghan (1929-2004) — also known as Donal Neil O'Callaghan — of Henderson, Clark County, Nev. Born in La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wis., September 10, 1929. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; hit by a mortar round and lost his lower left leg; legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Howard W. Cannon; Governor of Nevada, 1971-79; executive editor, Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Catholic. Suffered a heart attack at St. Viator Catholic Church, and died soon after in a hospital, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev., March 5, 2004 (age 74 years, 177 days). Interment at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Nev.
  The Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge (opened 2010), over the Colorado River between Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada, was partly named for him.
  See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jennifer Lauren Gale (1960-2008) — also known as Jennifer L. Gale — of Austin, Travis County, Tex.; Dallas, Dallas County, Tex. Born in Madison, Dane County, Wis., 1960. Democrat. Candidate for mayor of Austin, Tex., 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 10th District, 2002; candidate for mayor of Dallas, Tex., 2007. Female. Transgender. Found dead outside First English Lutheran Church, Austin, Travis County, Tex., December 17, 2008 (age about 48 years). Cremated.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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