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French ancestry Politicians in California

  Prudent Beaudry (1818-1893) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Quebec, 1818. Mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1874-76. French Canadian ancestry. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., October 6, 1893 (age about 75 years). Interment at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec.
  Relatives: Brother of Jean-Louis Beaudry (1809-1886; mayor of Montreal).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Toussaint Bernard (1893-1983) — of Minnesota. Born in Bastia, Corsica, March 6, 1893. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 8th District, 1937-39. French ancestry. Died in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., August 6, 1983 (age 90 years, 153 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Horace Boies Horace Boies (1827-1923) — of Hamburg, Erie County, N.Y.; Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa; Palermo Township, Grundy County, Iowa; Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Aurora, Erie County, N.Y., December 7, 1827. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Erie County 3rd District, 1857; Governor of Iowa, 1890-94; defeated, 1893; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1892; candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 3rd District, 1902. French and English ancestry. Died in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 4, 1923 (age 95 years, 118 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Heber Boies (1795-1873) and Ester 'Hattie' (Henshaw) Boies (1798-1852); married, May 10, 1848, to Adella King (died 1855); married 1858 to Versalia M. Barber; father of Herbert B. Boies; second cousin twice removed of David Henshaw; third cousin once removed of Amos Gustine (1789-1844) and Andrew Isbell Henshaw; third cousin twice removed of Charles Pennell Crosby.
  Political family: Henshaw-Torrey family of Claiborne, Alabama.
  Cross-reference: Frederick W. Hossfeld
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, October 1902
  Clinton Peyre Ferry (1836-1909) — also known as Clinton P. Ferry; "The Duke of Tacoma" — of Tacoma, Pierce County, Wash. Born in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., May 24, 1836. Consular Agent for France in Tacoma, Wash., 1898-1901. French ancestry. Died in San Diego, San Diego County, Calif., July 31, 1909 (age 73 years, 68 days). Interment at Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, Wash.
  Relatives: Son of Caroline (Bourie) Ferry and Lucien Peyre Ferry; nephew of Elisha Peyre Ferry (1825-1895).
  Political family: Ferry family of Seattle, Washington.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
John C. Fremont John Charles Frémont (1813-1890) — also known as "The Pathfinder"; "The Champion of Freedom" — Born in Savannah, Chatham County, Ga., January 21, 1813. Republican. Explorer; Military Governor of California, 1847; arrested for mutiny, 1847; court-martialed; found guilty of mutiny, disobedience, and conduct prejudicial to order; penalty remitted by Pres. James K. Polk; U.S. Senator from California, 1850-51; candidate for President of the United States, 1856; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; Governor of Arizona Territory, 1878-81; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1888. Episcopalian. French ancestry. Died, of peritonitis, in a hotel room at New York, New York County, N.Y., July 13, 1890 (age 77 years, 173 days). Original interment at Trinity Cemetery, Manhattan, N.Y.; reinterment in 1891 at Rockland Cemetery, Nyack, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Jean Charles Frémont and Ann Whiting (Pryor) Frémont; married, October 19, 1841, to Jessie Benton (daughter of Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858)).
  Political families: Benton family; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell-Henry family of Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Selah Hill
  Fremont County, Colo., Fremont County, Idaho, Fremont County, Iowa and Fremont County, Wyo. are named for him.
  Fremont Peak, in Monterey County and San Benito County, California, is named for him.  — Fremont Peak, in Coconino County, Arizona, is named for him.  — The city of Fremont, California, is named for him.  — The city of Fremont, Ohio, is named for him.  — The city of Fremont, Nebraska, is named for him.
  Politician named for him: John F. Hill
  Campaign slogan (1856): "Free Soil, Free Men, Fremont."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by John C. Fremont: Memoirs of My Life and Times
  Books about John C. Fremont: Tom Chaffin, Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire — David Roberts, A Newer World : Kit Carson, John C. Fremont and the Claiming of the American West — Andrew Rolle, John Charles Fremont: Character As Destiny
  Image source: Life and Work of James G. Blaine (1893)
  Auguste Fusenot (1851-1907) — of San Francisco, Calif.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in France, February, 1851. Naturalized U.S. citizen; dry goods merchant; bank director; Consular Agent for France in Los Angeles, Calif., 1898-1907. French ancestry. Died, from heart failure, during stomach surgery, in Paris, France, May 27, 1907 (age 56 years, 0 days). Interment at Père la Chaise Cemetery, Paris, France.
  Van Heflin (1910-1971) — also known as Emmett Evan Heflin, Jr. — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Walters, Cotton County, Okla., December 13, 1910. Democrat. Actor; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1948. Irish and French ancestry. Member, Phi Delta Theta. Suffered a heart attack while swimming, and died six weeks later, in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., July 23, 1971 (age 60 years, 222 days). Cremated; ashes scattered in North Pacific Ocean.
  Relatives: Son of Emmett Evan Heflin (1879-1941) and Fanny Bleecker (Shippey) Heflin; married, May 16, 1942, to Frances E. Neal.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Damien Marchessault (1818-1868) — also known as Damien Marchesseau — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, April 1, 1818. Democrat. Mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1859-60, 1861-65, 1867. French Canadian ancestry. Died, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in the Council Room of Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 20, 1868 (age 49 years, 294 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Joseph Mascarel (1816-1899) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Marseille, France, 1816. Republican. Mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1865-66. French ancestry. Died in 1899 (age about 83 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
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