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Beale-Blaine-Edwards family of Chester, Pennsylvania

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This specific family group is a subset of the much larger Three Thousand Related Politicians group. An individual may be listed with more than one subset.

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  Samuel Edwards (1785-1850) — of Chester, Delaware County, Pa. Born in Chester Township, Delaware County, Pa., March 12, 1785. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1814-16; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1819-27 (1st District 1819-21, 2nd District 1821-23, 4th District 1823-27). Died in Chester, Delaware County, Pa., November 21, 1850 (age 65 years, 254 days). Interment at Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester, Pa.
  Relatives: Father of Mary Edwards (1827-1902; who married Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1822-1893)).
  Political family: Beale-Blaine-Edwards family of Chester, Pennsylvania (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1822-1893) — Born in Washington, D.C., February 4, 1822. Surveyor; explorer; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; led the experiment to use camels in the U.S. Army; during the Mexican War, made six trips between Washington, D.C. and the Pacific coast, relaying military information; thought to be the courier who brought news to Washington of the discovery of gold in California; Superintendent of Indian Affairs for California and Nevada, 1853-56; U.S. Minister to Austria-Hungary, 1876-77. Died in Washington, D.C., April 22, 1893 (age 71 years, 77 days). Interment at Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of George Dixon Beale (1792-1835) and Emily (Truxton) Beale (1798-1885); married 1849 to Mary Edwards (1827-1902; daughter of Samuel Edwards); father of Truxtun Beale (1856-1936).
  Political families: Beale-Blaine-Edwards family of Chester, Pennsylvania; Dewey-Blaine-Coit-Huntington family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville, California, is named for him.  — Beale Street, in San Francisco, California, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
James G. Blaine James Gillespie Blaine (1830-1893) — also known as James G. Blaine; "The Plumed Knight"; "Belshazzar Blaine"; "Magnetic Man" — of Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine. Born in West Brownsville, Washington County, Pa., January 31, 1830. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1856 (Honorary Secretary); member of Maine state house of representatives, 1859-62; Speaker of the Maine State House of Representatives, 1861-62; U.S. Representative from Maine 3rd District, 1863-76; Speaker of the U.S. House, 1869-75; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1876, 1880; U.S. Senator from Maine, 1876-81; U.S. Secretary of State, 1881, 1889-92; candidate for President of the United States, 1884. Congregationalist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died in Washington, D.C., January 27, 1893 (age 62 years, 362 days). Original interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.; reinterment in 1920 at Blaine Memorial Park, Augusta, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Ephraim Lyon Blaine (1796-1850) and Maria Louise (Gillespie) Blaine (1801-1871); married, June 30, 1850, to Harriet Stanwood (1827-1903); father of Harriet Blaine (1871-1958; who married Truxtun Beale); nephew of Ellen Blaine (who married John Hoge Ewing (1796-1887)); grandfather of James Gillespie Blaine III.
  Political family: Dewey-Blaine-Coit-Huntington family of Connecticut (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Robert G. Ingersoll
  Blaine counties in Idaho, Mont., Neb. and Okla. are named for him.
  Mount Blaine, in Park County, Colorado, is named for him.  — The city of Blaine, Washington, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS James G. Blaine (built 1942 at South Portland, Maine; scrapped 1969) was named for him.
  Politician named for him: J. B. McLaughlin
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about James G. Blaine: Mark Wahlgren Summers, Rum, Romanism, & Rebellion : The Making of a President, 1884 — Edward P. Crapol, James G. Blaine : Architect of Empire — Richard B. Cheney & Lynne V. Cheney, Kings Of The Hill : How Nine Powerful Men Changed The Course of American History
  Image source: William C. Roberts, Leading Orators (1884)
  Truxtun Beale (1856-1936) — of San Francisco, Calif.; Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Md. Born in San Francisco, Calif., March 6, 1856. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Minister to Persia, 1891-92; Greece, 1892-93; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1912; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1920. Died near Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Md., June 2, 1936 (age 80 years, 88 days). Interment at Bruton Parish Churchyard, Williamsburg, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1822-1893) and Mary (Edwards) Beale (1827-1902); married, April 30, 1894, to Harriet 'Hattie' Blaine (1871-1958; daughter of James Gillespie Blaine); married, April 23, 1903, to Marie Oge (1880-1956).
  Political family: Beale-Blaine-Edwards family of Chester, Pennsylvania (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Truxtun Avenue and Beale Avenue, in Bakersfield, California, are named for him.  — Beale Park, in Bakersfield, California, is named for him.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
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