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George L. Lilley George Leavens Lilley (1859-1909) — also known as George L. Lilley — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Oxford, Worcester County, Mass., August 3, 1859. Republican. Meat dealer; real estate business; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Waterbury, 1901-02; U.S. Representative from Connecticut at-large, 1903-09; member of Connecticut Republican State Committee, 1904-09; Governor of Connecticut, 1909; died in office 1909. Member, Union League. Died, in the Connecticut Executive Mansion, Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., April 21, 1909 (age 49 years, 261 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Waterbury, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of John Leavens Lilley and Caroline W. (Adams) Lilley; married, June 17, 1884, to Anna E. H. Steele (1861-1940).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Connecticut Legislative History and Souvenir (1909)
  Warren Jay Terhune (1869-1920) — also known as Warren J. Terhune — of Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J. Born in Midland Park, Bergen County, N.J., May 3, 1869. Served in the U.S. Navy during the Spanish-American War; U.S. Navy commander; Governor of American Samoa; died in office 1920. Three days before he was to face an inquiry into charges against his administration, he shot himself in the heart, in a bathroom of the Executive Mansion, Utulei, American Samoa, November 3, 1920 (age 51 years, 184 days); later, the Navy exonerated him; his accuser, Lieutenant Commander Creed H. Boucher, was courtmartialed and found guilty of fomenting unrest among the Samoans. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Married to Josephine Lee Smith (1868-1955).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Lewis Whitfield (1868-1927) — also known as Henry L. Whitfield — of Mississippi. Born near Brandon, Rankin County, Miss., June 20, 1868. Democrat. Governor of Mississippi, 1924-27; died in office 1927; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1924. Died at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Hinds County, Miss., March 18, 1927 (age 58 years, 271 days). Interment at Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Miss.
  Austin Peay IV (1876-1927) — also known as "The Maker of Modern Tennessee" — of Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tenn. Born in Christian County, Ky., June 1, 1876. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1901-05; Tennessee Democratic state chair, 1905; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1916 (Honorary Vice-President), 1924; Governor of Tennessee, 1923-27; died in office 1927. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Kappa Alpha Order. Died, of a cerebral hemorrhage, at the Governor's Residence, Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., October 2, 1927 (age 51 years, 123 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Austin Peay and Cornelia Frances (Leavell) Peay; married, September 19, 1895, to Sallie Hurst; father of Austin Peay V (1901-1949).
  Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, is named for him.
  Frederick Bennett Balzar (1880-1934) — also known as Frederick B. Balzar; Fred B. Balzar — of Mina, Mineral County, Nev.; Hawthorne, Mineral County, Nev.; Reno, Washoe County, Nev.; Carson City, Nev. Born in Virginia City, Storey County, Nev., June 15, 1880. Republican. Mining business; member of Nevada state house of representatives, 1905; member of Nevada state senate, 1909-17; Mineral County Sheriff and Assessor, 1917-27; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1920 (alternate), 1924 (alternate), 1928 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee), 1932; Nevada Republican state chair, 1924-25; Governor of Nevada, 1927-34; died in office 1934. Christian Scientist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Rotary. Died, in the Governor's Mansion, Carson City, Nev., March 21, 1934 (age 53 years, 279 days). Interment at Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno, Nev.
  Relatives: Son of Serafino Balzar and Minnie (Bennett) Balzar; married, November 11, 1907, to Idelle Edna Sinnamon.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Oscar Kelly Allen (1882-1936) — also known as O. K. Allen — of Louisiana. Born in a log cabin in Winn Parish, La., August 8, 1882. Democrat. School teacher; member of Louisiana state senate, 1920; Governor of Louisiana, 1932-36; died in office 1936. Baptist. Member, Freemasons. Died, from a cerebral hemorrhage, in the Louisiana Governor's mansion, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La., January 28, 1936 (age 53 years, 173 days). Interment at Winnfield Cemetery, Winnfield, La.
  Relatives: Son of Asa Levi Allen and Sophronia (Perkins) Allen; brother of Asa Leonard Allen (1891-1969); married, December 4, 1912, to Florence Scott Love (1894-1938).
  Cross-reference: Richard W. Leche
  The Huey P. Long - O.K. Allen Bridge (opened 1940), which carries U.S. Highway 190 and a rail line over the Mississippi River, between East Baton Rouge Parish and West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, is partly named for him.
  Epitaph: "A friend to man, a follower of God, great builder, courageous leader, humble in life, exalted in death."
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Emile Harley (1880-1942) — also known as J. E. Harley — of Barnwell, Barnwell County, S.C. Born in Williston, Barnwell County, S.C., September 14, 1880. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1905-06, 1927-30; mayor of Barnwell, S.C., 1912-22; law partner of Solomon Blatt, 1917-34; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1928; Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1931-41; Governor of South Carolina, 1941-42; died in office 1942. Died, from throat cancer, in the South Carolina Governor's Mansion, Columbia, Richland County, S.C., February 27, 1942 (age 61 years, 166 days). Interment at Barnwell Baptist Church Cemetery, Barnwell, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Lunsford F. Harley (1842-1911) and Elizabeth (Hummel) Harley (1852-1928); married to Sarah Agnes Richardson (1882-1964).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Lowry Bailey (1888-1946) — also known as Thomas L. Bailey — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born near Maben, Webster County, Miss., January 6, 1888. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Mississippi state house of representatives, 1916-40; Speaker of the Mississippi State House of Representatives, 1924-36; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1924 (member, Credentials Committee), 1928, 1944; Governor of Mississippi, 1944-46; died in office 1946. Methodist. Member, Exchange Club; Kappa Sigma; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons; Shriners. Died in the Governor's Mansion, Jackson, Hinds County, Miss., November 2, 1946 (age 58 years, 300 days). Interment somewhere in Meridian, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Anderson Bean Bailey and Rosa (Powell) Bailey; married, August 23, 1917, to Nellah Massey.
  Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr. (1930-1998) — also known as Lawton Chiles; "Walkin' Lawton" — of Lakeland, Polk County, Fla. Born in Lakeland, Polk County, Fla., April 3, 1930. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives, 1959-67; member of Florida state senate, 1967-71; U.S. Senator from Florida, 1971-89; Governor of Florida, 1991-98; died in office 1998; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996 (delegation chair). Presbyterian. Member, Alpha Tau Omega. Died, of a heart condition, in the Governor's Mansion, Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla., December 12, 1998 (age 68 years, 253 days). Original interment and cenotaph at Roselawn Cemetery, Tallahassee, Fla.; reinterment at a private or family graveyard, Leon County, Fla.
  Relatives: Uncle of Kay Hagan (1953-).
  Lawton Chiles Middle School, in Miami, Florida, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
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