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Harrison Ray Anderson Harrison Ray Anderson (1893-1979) — also known as Harrison R. Anderson — of Ellsworth, Ellsworth County, Kan.; Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Manhattan, Riley County, Kan., January 24, 1893. Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 1928-61; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1944 ; offered prayer, Republican National Convention, 1952, 1956. Presbyterian. Died in Santa Barbara County, Calif., October 18, 1979 (age 86 years, 267 days). Interment at Highland Cemetery, Junction City, Kan.
  Relatives: Son of John Byers Anderson (1865-1946) and Josephine (Ferguson) Anderson (1865-1943); married, May 29, 1917, to Margaret Blanchard (1893-1975).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Wilmington (N.C.) Morning Sun, February 27, 1950
  Elihu Anthony (1818-1905) — of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, Calif. Born in Greenfield, Saratoga County, N.Y., November 30, 1818. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Methodist minister; member of California state assembly 6th District, 1880-81. Methodist. Came overland to California in 1847. First postmaster of Santa Cruz; started the first foundry there; built the first wharf; founded the first Protestant church. Died in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, Calif., August 15, 1905 (age 86 years, 258 days). Interment at Santa Cruz Memorial Park, Santa Cruz, Calif.
  William S. Banowsky (b. 1936) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Abilene, Taylor County, Tex., March 4, 1936. Republican. Minister; president, Pepperdine University, 1968-78; president, University of Oklahoma, 1978-85; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972; member of Republican National Committee from California, 1972-73; Presidential Elector for California, 1972. Church of Christ. Still living as of 2000.
Charles E. Bentley Charles Eugene Bentley (1841-1905) — also known as Charles E. Bentley — of Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa; Butler County, Neb.; Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Warners, Onondaga County, N.Y., April 30, 1841. Baptist minister; Nebraska Prohibition state chair, 1895-96; National candidate for President of the United States, 1896. Baptist. Died, from a heart attack, in a lodging house at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 4, 1905 (age 63 years, 280 days). Interment at Blue Valley Cemetery, Surprise, Neb.
  Relatives: Married 1863 to Persis Orilla Freeman.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Family photo
  Karl Morgan Block — of San Francisco, Calif. Republican. Bishop; offered prayer, Republican National Convention, 1956. Episcopalian. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Silas Walter Bond (1864-1939) — also known as Silas W. Bond — of Houghton, Allegany County, N.Y.; Miltonvale, Cloud County, Kan.; Wheaton, DuPage County, Ill.; Santa Paula, Ventura County, Calif. Born in Nora, Jo Daviess County, Ill., January 13, 1864. Minister; professor, Houghton Seminary, Houghton, N.Y.; Prohibition candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 37th District, 1904; president, Miltonvale Wesleyan College, Miltonvale, Kan.; Prohibition candidate for Governor of Kansas, 1914; Prohibition candidate for Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1924. Wesleyan Methodist. Died in Santa Paula, Ventura County, Calif., December 3, 1939 (age 75 years, 324 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Williams Bond (1835-1933) and Matilda (Shaw) Bond (1842-1908); married, August 11, 1896, to Harriet 'Hattie' West (1863-1928); married, November 26, 1931, to Jessie LaVinia Ward (1866-1943).
  Maurice Dawkins — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Democrat. Minister; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964. Still living as of 1964.
  Hugh Aloysius Donohoe (1905-1987) — also known as Hugh A. Donohoe — of San Francisco, Calif.; Stockton, San Joaquin County, Calif.; Fresno, Fresno County, Calif. Born in San Francisco, Calif., June 28, 1905. Republican. Catholic priest; offered prayer, Republican National Convention, 1956 ; auxiliary bishop of San Francisco, 1947-62; bishop of Stockton, 1962-69; bishop of Fresno, 1969-80. Catholic. Died in Fresno, Fresno County, Calif., October 26, 1987 (age 82 years, 120 days). Interment at St. Peters Cemetery, Fresno, Calif.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Wiley S. Drake, Sr. (b. 1943) — also known as Wiley Drake — of Buena Park, Orange County, Calif. Born in Magnolia, Columbia County, Ark., November 23, 1943. Minister; American Independent candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2008. Southern Baptist. Still living as of 2008.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Henry Durant (1802-1875) — of Byfield, Newbury, Essex County, Mass.; Oakland, Alameda County, Calif. Born in Acton, Middlesex County, Mass., June 18, 1802. Pastor; founder, College of California; first president, University of California, 1870-72; mayor of Oakland, Calif., 1873-75; died in office 1875. Congregationalist. Died in Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., January 22, 1875 (age 72 years, 218 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
  Relatives: Married 1833 to Mary E. Buffett.
  The Hotel Durant (built 1928; renamed 2017 as Graduate Berkeley), in Berkeley, California, was named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Henry Durant (built 1943 at Sausalito, California; scrapped 1963) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Buell Gordon Gallagher (1904-1978) — also known as Buell G. Gallagher — of Berkeley, Alameda County, Calif.; Granite Springs, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Rankin, Vermilion County, Ill., February 4, 1904. Democrat. Ordained minister; college professor; president, Talladega College, 1933-43; candidate for U.S. Representative from California 7th District, 1948. Congregationalist. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Sigma Rho. Died in August, 1978 (age 74 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Elmer David Gallagher and Elma Maryel (Poole) Gallagher; married, September 1, 1927, to June Lucille Sampson.
  George Richmond Grose (1869-1953) — also known as George R. Grose — of Leicester, Worcester County, Mass.; Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Newton, Middlesex County, Mass.; Lynn, Essex County, Mass.; Baltimore, Md.; Greencastle, Putnam County, Ind.; Peiping (Beijing), China; Altadena, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Nicholas County, W.Va., July 14, 1869. Democrat. Pastor; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1912 ; president, DePauw University, 1912-1924; missionary bishop in China, 1924-29; religious editor, Pasadena Star-News. Methodist. Died in Altadena, Los Angeles County, Calif., May 6, 1953 (age 83 years, 296 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Dixon Grose and Mary Estaline (Harrah) Grose; married, June 28, 1894, to Lucy Dickerson.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Job Harriman (1861-1925) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Clinton County, Ind., January 15, 1861. Socialist. Minister; lawyer; Socialist Labor candidate for Governor of California, 1898; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1900; candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1911, 1913; member of Socialist National Committee from California, 1911; delegate to Socialist National Convention from California, 1912. Christian; later Agnostic. Founder, in 1914, of the Llano de Rio utopian community in Antelope Valley, Calif. (relocated to Louisiana in 1918). Died, from tuberculosis, in Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County, Calif., October 26, 1925 (age 64 years, 284 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Mary Theodosia Gray.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Isaac Smith Kalloch (1832-1887) — also known as Isaac S. Kalloch — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Rockland, Knox County, Maine, July 10, 1832. Pastor; mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1879-81. Baptist. Indicted for adultery, in East Cambridge, Mass., 1857; tried, but the jury was unable to agree on a verdict. Shot and wounded, on August 23, 1879, by newspaper editor Charles DeYoung. A few months later, before DeYoung was to be tried for the shooting, Kalloch's son, I. M. Kalloch, shot and killed DeYoung in his office. Died, of diabetes, in Whatcom (now part of Bellingham), Whatcom County, Wash., December 9, 1887 (age 55 years, 152 days). Interment at Bayview Cemetery, Bellingham, Wash.
  Cross-reference: M. H. de Young
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Willard de Lsamater Kingsbury (b. 1868) — also known as Willard Kingsbury — Born in San Pablo, Contra Costa County, Calif., December 18, 1868. School teacher and principal; missionary; U.S. Consular Agent in Yokkaichi, 1909-16. Burial location unknown.
  Ira Landrith (1865-1941) — of Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn.; Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Winona Lake, Kosciusko County, Ind.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Milford, Ellis County, Tex., March 23, 1865. Presbyterian minister; president, Belmont College, Nashville, 1904-12; president, Ward-Belmont College, 1913-15; Prohibition candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1916; president, Intercollegiate Prohibition Association, 1920-27; president, National Temperance Council, 1928-31. Presbyterian. Member, Anti-Saloon League. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., October 11, 1941 (age 76 years, 202 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Martin Luther Landrith and Mary M. (Groves) Landrith; married, January 21, 1891, to Harriet C. Grannis.
  Daniel Lapin (b. 1947) — of California; Mercer Island, King County, Wash. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, January 1, 1947. Republican. Naturalized U.S. citizen; rabbi; author; radio show host; offered prayer, Republican National Convention, 1996. Jewish. Still living as of 2021.
  See also Wikipedia article — Encyclopedia of American Loons
George R. Lunn George Richard Lunn (1873-1948) — also known as George R. Lunn — of Schenectady, Schenectady County, N.Y. Born near Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa, June 23, 1873. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; Presbyterian minister; mayor of Schenectady, N.Y., 1912-13, 1916-17, 1920-22; U.S. Representative from New York 30th District, 1917-19; defeated, 1912 (Socialist), 1918 (Democratic); delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920, 1924 (alternate), 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940 (alternate); candidate in Democratic primary for U.S. Senator from New York, 1920; Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1923-24; defeated (Democratic), 1924. Presbyterian. Member, United Spanish War Veterans. Died in Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego County, Calif., November 27, 1948 (age 75 years, 157 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Martin A. Lunn and Mattie (Bratton) Lunn; married, May 7, 1901, to Mabel Healy.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: New York Red Book 1924
  Albert Joseph McCartney (1878-1965) — of Sharon, Mercer County, Pa.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Washington, D.C. Born in Logan County, Ohio, July 3, 1878. Republican. Minister; pastor, Covenant-First Presbyterian Church (later National Presbyterian Church), 1930-50; offered prayer, Republican National Convention, 1936, 1940; commander, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps, during World War II. Presbyterian. Scottish ancestry. Died, in George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., August 20, 1965 (age 87 years, 48 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of John Leopold McCartney (1828-1911) and Catherine (Robertson) McCartney (1838-1922); married, June 29, 1915, to Mary (Hamilton) Graham (1878-1973).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Selah Merrill (1837-1909) — of Andover, Essex County, Mass. Born in Canton Center, Canton, Hartford County, Conn., May 2, 1837. Clergyman; author; archaeologist; U.S. Consul in Jerusalem, 1882-86, 1891-1905. Congregationalist. Died in Alameda County, Calif., January 22, 1909 (age 71 years, 265 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Merrill (1801-1852) and Lydia (Richards) Merrill; married, April 29, 1875, to Adelaide Brewster Taylor (1845-1929); first cousin once removed of Greene Carrier Bronson; first cousin thrice removed of Aaron Kellogg; second cousin once removed of John Russell Kellogg; second cousin twice removed of Hezekiah Case; second cousin thrice removed of Noah Phelps; third cousin once removed of Parmenio Adams, George Smith Catlin, Francis William Kellogg and Edward Russell Kellogg; third cousin twice removed of Jason Kellogg, Jonathan Brace, Augustus Pettibone, Charles Kellogg (1773-1842), Orsamus Cook Merrill, Elisha Phelps, Timothy Merrill, Rufus Pettibone, Amos Pettibone and Daniel Fiske Kellogg; fourth cousin of Asahel Pierson Case, Hiram Bidwell Case and Arthur Tappan Kellogg; fourth cousin once removed of Thomas Kimberly Brace, Luther Walter Badger, Silas Dewey Kellogg, Chester Ashley, Daniel Kellogg, Theodore Davenport, Alvan Kellogg, Alvah Nash, Day Otis Kellogg, Dwight Kellogg, William Alfred Buckingham, Norman A. Phelps, Albert Gallatin Kellogg, Ensign Hosmer Kellogg, John Smith Phelps, Farrand Fassett Merrill (1814-1859), Augustus Herman Pettibone, Charles Kellogg (1839-1903), Nelson Platt Wheeler, William Egbert Wheeler, Joseph Wells Holcomb and William Lucius Case.
  Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Leon Douglas Ralph (1932-2007) — also known as Leon D. Ralph — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Richmond, Va., August 20, 1932. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict; administrative assistant to California House Speaker Jess Unruh; member of California state assembly, 1967-76; defeated, 1988; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1968, 1972; minister. African Methodist Episcopal; later Church of God. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; NAACP. Died, in Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 6, 2007 (age 74 years, 170 days). Interment at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Arthur Ralph and Leanna (Woodard) Ralph; married, September 27, 1951, to Martha Ann Morgan; married to Ruth Banda.
  Craig X. Rubin — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Pastor; candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 2009. Still living as of 2009.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Eunice Noda Sato (b. 1921) — also known as Eunice N. Sato; Eunice Noda — of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Livingston, Merced County, Calif., June 8, 1921. Republican. School teacher; missionary; candidate in primary for California state senate 31st District, 1979; mayor of Long Beach, Calif., 1980-82; candidate for U.S. Representative from California 31st District, 1990. Female. Methodist. Japanese ancestry. Still living as of 2009.
  Relatives: Daughter of Bunsaku Noda and Sawa (Maeda) Noda; married, December 9, 1950, to Thomas Takashi Sato.
  Juan Pablo Serrano-Nieblas — of Orange, Orange County, Calif. Shaman; candidate for mayor of Orange, Calif., 2004, 2006. Still living as of 2006.
  Gerald Lyman Kenneth Smith (1898-1976) — also known as Gerald L. K. Smith — of Shreveport, Caddo Parish, La.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Ark. Born in Pardeeville, Columbia County, Wis., February 27, 1898. Pastor; orator; political administrator and organizer for Huey P. Long, 1934-35; as a white supremacist, he joined and organized for William Dudley Pelley's Silver Shirts of America, an organization modeled directly on Adolf Hitler's Brownshirts; candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1942 (Republican primary), 1942; founder of the America First party; charged with sedition in 1944, as part of an alleged Nazi conspiracy; tried along with many others, but after seven months, a mistrial was declared; America First candidate for President of the United States, 1944; founder of the Christian Nationalist Crusade; advocated deportation from the U.S. of Jews and African-Americans. Disciples of Christ. Died, of pneumonia, in Glendale, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 15, 1976 (age 78 years, 48 days). Interment at Christ of the Ozarks Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Ark.
  Relatives: Son of Lyman Z. Smith and Sarah Smith; married, June 21, 1922, to Elna (Robe) Sorenson (1898-1981).
  Cross-reference: Charles J. Anderson, Jr. — Lorence E. Asman
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Elbert Stubbs (1881-1937) — also known as Henry E. Stubbs — of Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, Calif. Born in Coleman County, Tex., March 4, 1881. Democrat. Ordained minister; U.S. Representative from California 10th District, 1933-37; died in office 1937. Christian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Eagles; Redmen. Died February 28, 1937 (age 55 years, 361 days). Interment at Santa Maria Cemetery, Santa Maria, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Harrisson Stubbs and Susie (Foreman) Stubbs; married 1905 to Ruby B. Hall.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Walter R. Tucker Jr. (1924-1990) — of Compton, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Oklahoma, August 27, 1924. Dentist; pastor; mayor of Compton, Calif., 1981-90; defeated, 1977; died in office 1990. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Omega Psi Phi. Died, of stomach cancer, October 1, 1990 (age 66 years, 35 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Martha Hinton; father of Walter Rayford Tucker III (born1957).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Walter Rayford Tucker III (b. 1957) — also known as Walter R. Tucker III — of Compton, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Compton, Los Angeles County, Calif., May 28, 1957. Democrat. Lawyer; ordained minister; mayor of Compton, Calif., 1991-92; U.S. Representative from California 37th District, 1993-95; resigned 1995. Baptist. African ancestry. Sentenced in 1996 to 27 months in prison for extortion and tax evasion. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Walter R. Tucker Jr. (1924-1990).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  W. C. Wallace — of Coalinga, Fresno County, Calif. Pastor; mayor of Coalinga, Calif., 1926. Presbyterian. Burial location unknown.
  Carl Washington — of Compton, Los Angeles County, Calif. Democrat. Minister; member of California state assembly, 1996-2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000. African ancestry. Still living as of 2002.
  Claude A. Watson (b. 1885) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Wexford County, Mich., June 26, 1885. Ordained minister; lawyer; Prohibition candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1936; Prohibition candidate for California state attorney general, 1938, 1942, 1946; Prohibition candidate for President of the United States, 1944, 1948. Free Methodist. Member, Kiwanis. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph A. Watson and Emma Jane (Dove) Watson; married, December 27, 1911, to Maude L. Hagar.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Charles William Wendte (1844-1931) — also known as C. W. Wendte — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; Newport, Newport County, R.I.; Oakland, Alameda County, Calif.; Newton, Middlesex County, Mass.; Berkeley, Alameda County, Calif. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., June 11, 1844. Democrat. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; minister; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1880. Unitarian. German ancestry. Injured in a fall, and died two weeks later in Peralta Hospital, Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., September 9, 1931 (age 87 years, 90 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Wendte and Johanna (Ebeling) Wendte; married, April 28, 1896, to Abbie Louise Grant (1857-1936).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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