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German ancestry Politicians in California

  Otto Phillipp Max Adae (1840-1907) — also known as Otto M. Adae — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; San Diego, San Diego County, Calif. Born in Möckmühl, Germany, September 26, 1840. Consul for Austria-Hungary in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1873-77. German ancestry. Took his own life by drowning in San Diego Bay, August 8, 1907 (age 66 years, 316 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Johann Mattheaus Adae (1814-1899) and Marie Friederika Luis (Schwarz) Adae (1817-1859); brother of Carl Adolphus Gottlieb Adae; nephew of Carl Friedrich Adae (1815-1868).
  Political family: Adae family of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward Arnold (1890-1956) — also known as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider — of Encino, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 18, 1890. Republican. Actor; appeared in more than 150 movies, most during 1932-56; president, Screen Actors Guild, 1940-42; candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1944. German ancestry. Member, Screen Actors Guild. Died, from a cerebral hemorrhage, in Encino, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 26, 1956 (age 66 years, 68 days). Interment at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, San Fernando, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Carl Schneider and Elizabeth (Ohse) Schneider; married 1917 to Harriet Marshall (divorced 1927); married 1929 to Olive Emerson (divorced 1948); married 1951 to Cleo McLain.
  Epitaph: "He is not dead - He is just away."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Maximilian Joseph Baehr (1858-1934) — also known as Max J. Baehr — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.; Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Zweibrücken, Bavaria, Germany, August 2, 1858. Republican. Candidate for Nebraska state house of representatives, 1889; U.S. Consul in Kehl, 1898-99; Magdeburg, 1900-02; Cienfuegos, 1902-14; Berne, 1914-15. German ancestry. Died in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., May 7, 1934 (age 75 years, 278 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Blasius Baehr (1822-1884) and Josefine (Forstmair) Baehr (1830-1902); married, February 17, 1885, to Marie A. Zeminek (c.1862-1934).
Max Bedacht Max Bedacht (1883-1972) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; San Francisco, Calif.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Munich (München), Germany, October 13, 1883. Communist. Barber; president, Swiss National Barbers' Union, 1907; Workers candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1928; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1930 (19th District), 1936 (14th District); candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1934; national secretary, International Workers Order; expelled from the Communist Party in 1948 over factional differences. German ancestry. Died July 4, 1972 (age 88 years, 265 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Marxists Internet Archive
  Henry Nicholas Bolander (1831-1897) — also known as Henry N. Bolander — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Schlüchtern, Hesse, Germany, February 22, 1831. Republican. California superintendent of public instruction, 1871-75. Lutheran; later Episcopalian. German ancestry. Member, Odd Fellows. State Botanist for California Geological Survey, 1864-67; discovered many plant species. Died in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., August 28, 1897 (age 66 years, 187 days). Interment at Greenwood Hills Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
  Angela Marie Buchanan (b. 1948) — also known as Bay Buchanan — Born in Washington, D.C., December 23, 1948. Republican. Treasurer for Ronald Reagan's presidential campaigns, 1976-84; treasurer of the United States, 1981-83; television commentator; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1988; candidate in primary for California state treasurer, 1990. Female. Catholic; later Mormon. Irish, English, and German ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Daughter of William Baldwin Buchanan (1905-1988) and Catherine Elizabeth (Crum) Buchanan (1911-1995); sister of Patrick Joseph Buchanan (1938-); married 1982 to William Jackson (divorced).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  John Eric Ensign (b. 1958) — also known as John E. Ensign — of Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev. Born in Roseville, Placer County, Calif., March 25, 1958. Republican. Veterinarian; hotel and casino manager; U.S. Representative from Nevada 1st District, 1995-99; U.S. Senator from Nevada, 2001-; defeated, 1998; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 2008. Pentecostal. Italian, German, and Filipino ancestry. In June 2009, he admitted to an extramarital affair with Cindy Hampton, a member of his campaign staff and the wife of his Senate aide Doug Hampton. In an unsuccessful attempt to keep the Hamptons quiet about the affair, he gave them $96,000 (an illegally undisclosed severance payment) through his parents. He also used his influence to set up Jeff Hampton as a lobbyist, in violation of laws restricting lobbying by former congressional aides. A grand jury investigation is in progress. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Adoptive son of Michael S. Ensign; son of Sharon Lee Cipriani.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Ulysses Simon Fitzpatrick (1887-1938) — also known as Ulysses S. Fitzpatrick — of Spokane, Spokane County, Wash. Born in Orange, Orange County, Calif., September 2, 1887. Lawyer; U.S. Vice Consul in San Jose, 1916-19. Manx and German ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died in California, January 12, 1938 (age 50 years, 132 days). Interment at Santa Ana Cemetery, Santa Ana, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Emelia (Yanke) Fitzpatrick (1853-1933) and Arthur Fitzpatrick; married, July 2, 1917, to Olga Fern Moser (1890-1981).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — BillionGraves burial record
Otto G. Foelker Otto Godfrey Foelker (1875-1943) — also known as Otto G. Foelker — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Mainz, Germany, December 29, 1875. Republican. Baker; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 5th District, 1905-06; member of New York state senate 4th District, 1907-08; U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1908-11. German ancestry. Member, Royal Arcanum. Died in Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., January 18, 1943 (age 67 years, 20 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: New York Red Book 1907
  George Willems Frisby (1890-1974) — also known as George W. Frisby — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., June 12, 1890. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1936. English and German ancestry. Died in Los Angeles County, Calif., October 18, 1974 (age 84 years, 128 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Frisby and Louise (Willems) Frisby.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Clarence F. Graebner Clarence F. Graebner (1899-1967) — of Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich. Born in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich., October 13, 1899. Republican. Insurance business; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Saginaw County 1st District, 1947-54; member of Michigan state senate 22nd District, 1955-62. Lutheran. German ancestry. Died in Torrance, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 23, 1967 (age 67 years, 133 days). Entombed at Oakwood Memorial Mausoleum, Saginaw, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Henry J. P. Graebner (1865-1957) and Caroline (Friedlein) Graebner (1866-1950); married, June 7, 1922, to Marguerite Smith (1898-1991); father of Clarence F. Graebner.
  Political family: Graebner family of Saginaw, Michigan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
  Eric Hass (1905-1980) — of Oregon; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb., 1905. Socialist. Advertising business; Socialist Labor candidate for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1936; editor of The Weekly People, 1938-68; Industrial Government candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1944; candidate for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1949 (Industrial Government), 1957 (Socialist Labor), 1961 (Socialist Labor), 1965 (Socialist Labor); candidate for Governor of New York, 1950 (Industrial Government), 1958 (Socialist Labor), 1962 (Socialist Labor); Socialist Labor candidate for President of the United States, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964; librarian. German and Danish ancestry. Resigned or expelled from the Socialist Labor Party, 1969. Died, from a heart attack, in Community Hospital, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Calif., October 2, 1980 (age about 75 years). Burial location unknown.
  Walter Emil Hettman (1886-1971) — also known as Walter E. Hettman — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Norwalk, Monroe County, Wis., February 24, 1886. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932; Honorary Consul for Estonia in San Francisco, Calif., 1935. German ancestry. Died in California, September 30, 1971 (age 85 years, 218 days). Interment at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Christian Hettman (1846-1907) and Mary Ann (Sour) Hettman (1851-1918); married, April 28, 1921, to Anna Doyle (1894-1980).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Janet Leigh (1927-2004) — also known as Jeanette Helen Morrison — Born in Merced, Merced County, Calif., July 6, 1927. Democrat. Actress; honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1960. Female. Danish, Scotch-Irish, and German ancestry. Died, from a heart attack while also suffering from vasculitis, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., October 3, 2004 (age 77 years, 89 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Westwood, Los Angeles, Calif.
  Relatives: Daughter of Frederick Robert Morrison and Helen Lita (Westergaard) Morrison; married, August 1, 1942, to John Kenneth Carlisle (annulled 1942); married, October 5, 1945, to Stanley Reames (divorced 1949); married, June 4, 1951, to Tony Curtis (1925-2010); married, September 15, 1962, to Robert Brandt.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Pat Nixon (1912-1993) — also known as Thelma Catherine Ryan; "Starlight" — of California. Born in Ely, White Pine County, Nev., March 16, 1912. Republican. School teacher; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1972. Female. Protestant. Irish and German ancestry. Died, from lung cancer, in Park Ridge, Bergen County, N.J., June 22, 1993 (age 81 years, 98 days). Interment at Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, Calif.
  Relatives: Daughter of William M. Ryan, Sr. and Katherine (Halberstadt) Ryan; married, June 21, 1940, to Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994).
  Political families: Eisenhower-Nixon family; Carroll-Hanson family of Maryland (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  The Patricia Nixon Elementary School (opened 1973; now Nixon Academy), in Cerritos, California, is named for her.  — Pat Nixon Park (established 1969), in Cerritos, California, is named for her.
  Epitaph: "Even when people can't speak your language, they can tell if you have love in your heart."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Genevieve Nutto (1902-1993) — also known as Genevieve Heffernan — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Laguna Hills, Orange County, Calif. Born in New Albany, Floyd County, Ind., October 23, 1902. Republican. Stenographer; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1950. Female. Irish and German ancestry. Died in Laguna Hills, Orange County, Calif., May 2, 1993 (age 90 years, 191 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of James Heffernan and Anna M. Heffernan.
  Edgar Anthony Riedinger (1896-1970) — also known as Edgar Riedinger — of St. Louis, Mo.; Sylmar, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Missouri, June 23, 1896. Republican. Garage owner; sales manager, motor truck company; member of Missouri state house of representatives from St. Louis City 1st District, 1925-26. German ancestry. Died in Los Angeles County, Calif., November 8, 1970 (age 74 years, 138 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Reidinger and Mary (Anthis) Reidinger; married to Martha Lenora Walkenhorst (1904-1992).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul Schrade (b. 1924) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Newhall (now part of Santa Clarita), Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, N.Y., December 17, 1924. Democrat. Aerospace manufacturing worker; president, United Auto Workers local representing workers at North American Aviation; later, western regional director, United Auto Workers; early supporter of Cesar Chavez's efforts to unionize farm workers; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1968, 1972; supported and worked for Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign, and on June 5, 1968, when Kennedy was shot, Schrade was one of five others who were also shot and wounded. German ancestry. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of Florence Anna (Keil) Schrade and William Theodore Schrade (1900-1986); nephew of Henry Gottlieb Schrade (1897-1953).
  Adolph Bernard Spreckels (1857-1924) — also known as Adolph B. Spreckels — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in San Francisco, Calif., January 5, 1857. Republican. President, Spreckels Sugar Company; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1884; angered by an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, on November 19, 1884, he shot and badly wounded the paper's publisher, M. H. de Young; arrested and charged with attempted murder; pleaded temporary insanity; tried in 1885 and found not guilty; president, San Francisco and San Mateo Electric Railway; vice-president, Western Sugar Company; vice-president, Oceanic Steamship Company. German ancestry. Died, from pneumonia and syphilis, in San Francisco, Calif., June 28, 1924 (age 67 years, 175 days). Entombed at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Claus Spreckels and Anna Christina (Mangels) Spreckels (1830-1910); brother of John Diedrich Spreckels (1853-1926); married to Alma de Bretteville (1881-1968).
  Political family: Spreckels family of San Francisco, California.
  Spreckels Lake, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, is named for him.  — The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, an outdoor performance venue, in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, is named for him and his brother.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Claus Spreckels (1828-1908) — also known as "The Sugar King of Hawaii"; "His Royal Saccharinity" — Born in Lamstedt, Germany, July 9, 1828. Republican. Sugar magnate; Presidential Elector for California, 1872, 1896. German ancestry. Died in San Francisco, Calif., December 26, 1908 (age 80 years, 170 days). Interment at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
  Relatives: Married to Anna Christina Mangels (1830-1910); father of John Diedrich Spreckels and Adolph Bernard Spreckels (1857-1924).
  Political family: Spreckels family of San Francisco, California.
  The community (former company town) of Spreckels, California, is named for him.  — The community (former company town) of Spreckelsville, Hawaii, is named for him.  — Claus-Spreckels-Strasse, a street in Lamstedt, Germany, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Diedrich Spreckels (1853-1926) — also known as John D. Spreckels — of San Francisco, Calif.; Coronado, San Diego County, Calif. Born in Charleston, Charleston District (now Charleston County), S.C., August 16, 1853. Republican. Founder and president, Oceanic Steamship Company; president, Western Sugar Company; owned the Hotel de Coronado, the San Diego Electric Railway, newspapers in San Francisco and San Diego; built the San Diego and Arizona Railway, from San Diego to Calexico; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1896, 1924; member of Republican National Committee from California, 1896. German ancestry. Died in Coronado, San Diego County, Calif., June 7, 1926 (age 72 years, 295 days). Entombed at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Claus Spreckels and Anna Christina (Mangels) Spreckels (1830-1910); brother of Adolph Bernard Spreckels (1857-1924); married 1877 to Lillie C. Siebein (1855-1924).
  Political family: Spreckels family of San Francisco, California.
  The Spreckels Theatre, in San Diego, California, is named for him.  — Spreckels Elementary School, in San Diego, California, is named for him.  — Spreckels Park, in Coronado, California, is named for him.  — The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, an outdoor performance venue, in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, is named for him and his brother.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro (1830-1898) — also known as Adolph Sutro — of San Francisco, Calif.; Virginia City, Storey County, Nev. Born in Germany, April 29, 1830. Cigar and tobacco merchant; promoted and led the construction of the Sutro Tunnel, to drain water from the silver mines of the Comstock Lode in Nevada; real estate investor; mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1895-97. Jewish. German ancestry. Died in San Francisco, Calif., August 8, 1898 (age 68 years, 101 days). Interment at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Emanuel Sutro (1791-1847) and Rosa (Warendorff) Sutro (1803-1883); married 1854 to Leah Harris (1832-1893).
  Mount Sutro, in San Francisco, California, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Adolph Sutro (built 1943, scrapped 1961) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
Samuel Untermyer Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940) — of New York, New York County, N.Y.; Yonkers, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Lynchburg, Va., March 2, 1858. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1932, 1936; candidate for delegate to New York state constitutional convention at-large, 1914; candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1916; delegate to New York state constitutional convention at-large, 1938. Jewish. German ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; American Society for International Law. Died in Palm Springs, Riverside County, Calif., March 16, 1940 (age 82 years, 14 days). Entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Isadore Untermyer and Therese Untermyer; married, August 9, 1880, to Minnie Carl; father of Irwin Untermyer (1886-?); uncle of Laurence Adolph Steinhardt.
  Political family: Untermyer-Steinhardt family of New York City, New York.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Clarence E. Wagner (1896-1979) — of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Antigo, Langlade County, Wis., September 6, 1896. Pharmacist; mayor of Long Beach, Calif., 1938-39, 1942-45. German ancestry. Died in Los Angeles County, Calif., July 26, 1979 (age 82 years, 323 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Katherine (Scharmann) Wagner (1859-1940) and Daniel Wagner (born 1858).
  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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