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Gerard family of Brooklyn, New York

Note: This is just one of 1,162 family groupings listed on The Political Graveyard web site. These families each have three or more politician members, all linked together by blood, marriage or adoption.

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  James Watson Gerard III (1867-1951) — also known as James W. Gerard — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Geneseo, Livingston County, N.Y., August 25, 1867. Democrat. Lawyer; Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1908-13; U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1913-17; candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1914; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1920; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1944, 1948; Treasurer of Democratic National Committee, 1929-32. Member, Sons of the American Revolution. Died in Southampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., September 6, 1951 (age 84 years, 12 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of James Gerard and Jenny (Angel) Gerard; married to Mary Daly; uncle of Sumner Pell Gerard (1916-2005).
  Political family: Gerard family of Brooklyn, New York.
  Cross-reference: Lithgow Osborne
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
  Charles Henry Coster (1898-1977) — also known as Charles H. Coster — Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., 1898. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Vice Consul in Florence, as of 1926. Member, Freemasons. Died in Florence (Firenze), Italy, April 3, 1977 (age about 78 years). Interment at Allori Cemetery, Firenze, Italy.
  Relatives: Son of C. H. Coster (partner of J.P. Morgan) and Emily (Pell) Coster; married to Vincenza Giuliani; uncle of Sumner Pell Gerard (1916-2005).
  Political family: Gerard family of Brooklyn, New York.
  Sumner Pell Gerard (1916-2005) — also known as Sumner Gerard — of Ennis, Madison County, Mont. Born in Melville, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., July 15, 1916. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; rancher; member of Montana state house of representatives, 1955-60; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1956; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Montana, 1960; member of Montana state senate, 1963-66; U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, 1974-77. Died, in a hospital at Vero Beach, Indian River County, Fla., February 24, 2005 (age 88 years, 224 days). Entombed at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Sumner Gerard (1874-1966) and Helen (Coster) Gerard (1889-1982); married 1944 to Louise Taft Grosvenor (sivorced 1966); married to Teresa Dabrowska (divorced 2004); nephew of James Watson Gerard III (1867-1951) and Charles Henry Coster.
  Political family: Gerard family of Brooklyn, New York.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
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