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Baker-Dirksen family of Huntsville and Alcoa, Tennessee

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Alf M. Landon Alfred Mossman Landon (1887-1987) — also known as Alf M. Landon — of Independence, Montgomery County, Kan.; Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in West Middlesex, Mercer County, Pa., September 9, 1887. Republican. Oil producer; Governor of Kansas, 1933-37; candidate for President of the United States, 1936; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1940 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1944, 1948. Methodist. English and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; Phi Gamma Delta; Phi Delta Phi. Died in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., October 12, 1987 (age 100 years, 33 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Kan.
  Relatives: Son of Anne (Mossman) Landon (1855-1914) and John Manuel Landon (1856-1938); married, January 9, 1915, to Margaret Euphemia Fleming (1889-1918); married, January 15, 1930, to Theo Cobb (1898-1996); father of Nancy Josephine Landon (who married Howard Henry Baker Jr. (1925-2014)).
  Political family: Baker-Dirksen family of Huntsville and Alcoa, Tennessee.
  Cross-reference: Frederick Andrew Seaton
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by Alfred M. Landon: America at the Crossroads
  Books about Alfred M. Landon: Donald R. McCoy, Landon of Kansas
  Image source: Official Report of the 21st Republican National Convention (1936)
Everett M. Dirksen Everett McKinley Dirksen (1896-1969) — also known as Everett M. Dirksen; "The Wizard of Ooze" — of Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill. Born in Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill., January 4, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; merchant; U.S. Representative from Illinois 16th District, 1933-49; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1940 (alternate), 1948, 1952 (speaker), 1956 (speaker), 1960 (member, Credentials Committee), 1964 (delegation chair), 1968 (delegation chair); U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1951-69; died in office 1969. Christian Reformed. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners; Eagles; Elks; Moose; American Bar Association; Odd Fellows; Izaak Walton League. Died, of lung cancer, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., September 7, 1969 (age 73 years, 246 days). Interment at Glendale Memorial Gardens, Pekin, Ill.
  Relatives: Father of Joy Dirksen (who married Howard Henry Baker Jr. (1925-2014)).
  Political family: Baker-Dirksen family of Huntsville and Alcoa, Tennessee.
  Cross-reference: Harold E. Rainville
  The Dirksen Senate Office Building (opened 1958), in Washington, D.C., is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books about Everett Dirksen: Byron C. Hulsey, Everett Dirksen and His Presidents: How a Senate Giant Shaped American Politics
  Image source: U.S. postage stamp (1981)
  Irene Bailey Baker (1901-1994) — also known as Edith Irene Bailey — of Tennessee. Born in Sevierville, Sevier County, Tenn., November 17, 1901. Republican. U.S. Representative from Tennessee 2nd District, 1964-65. Female. Died in Loudon County, Tenn., April 2, 1994 (age 92 years, 136 days). Interment at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Alcoa, Tenn.
  Relatives: Married, September 15, 1935, to Howard Henry Baker (1902-1964); step-mother of Howard Henry Baker Jr..
  Political family: Baker-Dirksen family of Huntsville and Alcoa, Tennessee.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Howard Henry Baker (1902-1964) — also known as Howard H. Baker — of Huntsville, Scott County, Tenn. Born in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky., January 12, 1902. Republican. Lawyer; newspaper publisher; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1929-30; candidate for Governor of Tennessee, 1938; delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1940, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 (delegation chair); candidate for U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1940; board chairman, First National Bank of Oneida; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 2nd District, 1951-64; died in office 1964. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Order of the Coif; Sigma Nu; Phi Alpha Delta; Phi Kappa Phi; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks. Died, following a heart attack, at Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital, Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., January 7, 1964 (age 61 years, 360 days). Interment at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Alcoa, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of James Frances Baker and Helen (Keen) Baker; married, September 15, 1935, to Edith Irene Bailey (1901-1994); father of Howard Henry Baker Jr..
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Howard Henry Baker Jr. (1925-2014) — also known as Howard H. Baker — of Huntsville, Scott County, Tenn. Born in Huntsville, Scott County, Tenn., November 15, 1925. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1967-85; defeated, 1964; delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1972; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1980; White House Chief of Staff, 1987-88; Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 2000; U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 2001-05. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Delta Phi; Pi Kappa Phi. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984. Died in Huntsville, Scott County, Tenn., June 26, 2014 (age 88 years, 223 days). Interment at Mossop Cemetery, Huntsville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Step-son of Irene Bailey Baker; son of Dora (Ladd) Baker and Howard Henry Baker (1902-1964); married, December 22, 1951, to Joy Dirksen (died 1993; daughter of Everett McKinley Dirksen); married, December 7, 1996, to Nancy Landon Kassebaum (daughter of Alfred Mossman Landon).
  Political family: Baker-Dirksen family of Huntsville and Alcoa, Tennessee.
  Cross-reference: Victor Ashe
  Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, in Knoxville, Tennessee, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nancy Landon Kassebaum (b. 1932) — also known as Nancy Josephine Landon; Nancy Kassebaum Baker — of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan. Born in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., July 29, 1932. Republican. U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1978-97; appointed 1978. Female. Episcopalian. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Daughter of Alfred Mossman Landon (1887-1987) and Theo Landon; married, June 8, 1955, to John Philip Kassebaum; married, December 7, 1996, to Howard Henry Baker Jr..
  Political family: Baker-Dirksen family of Huntsville and Alcoa, Tennessee.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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