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Coal, Ice, and Fuel Dealer Politicians in Connecticut

  Frederick Allen Beckwith (1865-1952) — also known as Fred A. Beckwith — of Niantic, East Lyme, New London County, Conn. Born in Connecticut, January 7, 1865. Republican. Coal and wood yard; livery business; first selectman of East Lyme, Connecticut, 1901-07, 1909, 1911-19, 1921-27; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from East Lyme, 1907-08, 1927-30, 1939-42; defeated, 1930; member of Connecticut state senate, 1925-26. Died in New London, New London County, Conn., March 24, 1952 (age 87 years, 77 days). Interment at East Lyme Cemetery, Flanders, East Lyme, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of John Tyler Beckwith (1838-1919) and Annie T. (Beckwith) Beckwith (1841-1912); married, January 25, 1894, to Marion Standard Mott (1867-1960).
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  John F. Chesebrough (b. 1848) — of Stonington, New London County, Conn. Born in Connecticut, July, 1848. Ice dealer; Prohibition candidate for Connecticut state house of representatives from Stonington, 1902, 1908. Burial location unknown.
  George T. Clark (born c.1860) — of Beacon Falls, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Bethany, New Haven County, Conn., about 1860. Republican. Farmer; ice dealer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Beacon Falls, 1907-08, 1915-18. Burial location unknown.
  Kenneth Frank Cramer (1894-1954) — also known as Kenneth F. Cramer — of Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Gloversville, Fulton County, N.Y., October 3, 1894. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; coal business; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Wethersfield, 1929-32; member of Connecticut state senate, 1933-37; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1936; general in the U.S. Army during World War II. Member, American Legion; Purple Heart; Sons of the American Revolution; Society of the War of 1812; Sons of Union Veterans; Phi Beta Kappa; Freemasons; Shriners; Rotary. Died, from a heart attack, while hunting, in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, February 20, 1954 (age 59 years, 140 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Henry Cramer and Stella Sophia (Brown) Cramer; married, January 3, 1920, to Ruth Rose Fuller.
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  Charles Nelson Daniels (1849-1916) — also known as Charles N. Daniels — of Willimantic, Windham County, Conn. Born in Barre, Monroe County, N.Y., July 2, 1849. Republican. Coal and lumber dealer; postmaster at Willimantic, Conn., 1890-94; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1900; member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1901; U.S. Consul in Sheffield, as of 1905-09; Sherbrooke, 1914-16; Connecticut state auditor, 1908. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Died in Southbridge, Worcester County, Mass., December 17, 1916 (age 67 years, 168 days). Interment at Old Willimantic Cemetery, Windham, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Nelson Fitch Daniels and Alenda (Clark) Daniels; married to Susie E. Howard Little.
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  John H. Ferris (born c.1844) — of South Norwalk (now part of Norwalk), Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Darien, Fairfield County, Conn., about 1844. Republican. Coal dealer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1887, 1889; member of Connecticut state senate 13th District, 1893-96. Burial location unknown.
  William W. Gates (born c.1857) — of Moodus, East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., about 1857. Republican. Grain and ice dealer; first selectman of East Haddam, Connecticut, 1904-11, 1919-20; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from East Haddam, 1923-24. Burial location unknown.
  George Harrison Hall (1854-1921) — also known as George H. Hall — of Bristol, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Bristol, Hartford County, Conn., November 26, 1854. Republican. Coal and firewood merchant; fire chief; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Bristol, 1895-98; member of Connecticut state senate 5th District, 1907-08. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias. Died September 10, 1921 (age 66 years, 288 days). Interment at West Cemetery, Bristol, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Dickerman Hall (1824-1904) and Laura Amanda (Hall) Hall (1828-1897); married, March 19, 1873, to Jessie A. Wooding (1856-1935); father of Lawson Wooding Hall; third cousin once removed of James Samuel Wadsworth; third cousin thrice removed of Jonathan Brace, Joshua Coit, Augustus Seymour Porter, Samuel Lathrop (1772-1846) and Peter Buell Porter; fourth cousin of Eli Coe Birdsey (1799-1843), Charles Frederick Wadsworth, James Wolcott Wadsworth and Arthur Eugene Parmelee; fourth cousin once removed of Morris Woodruff, Eli Coe Birdsey (1843-1929) and James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr..
  Political families: Conger-Hungerford family; Porter-Kelsey family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
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  William E. Hanmer (1879-1966) — of Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn., October 7, 1879. Republican. Retail fuel business; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Wethersfield, 1941-44; member of Connecticut state senate 4th District, 1945-46. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Exchange Club. Died in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn., January 5, 1966 (age 86 years, 90 days). Interment at Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Henry Hanmer (1839-1884) and Clara Elizabeth (Way) Hanmer (1842-1932); brother of Alfred Welles Hanmer and Charles H. Hanmer, Jr. (1869-1953); married to Flora E. Fancher (1874-1963).
  Political family: Hanmer family of Wethersfield, Connecticut.
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  Eugene W. Latimer (b. 1887) — of South Coventry, Coventry, Tolland County, Conn. Born in Coventry, Tolland County, Conn., July 23, 1887. Republican. Grain and coal dealer; probate judge in Connecticut, 1930; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Coventry, 1937-42; member of Connecticut state senate 35th District, 1943-46. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arch Masons; Knights Templar; Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William C. Latimer and H. A. (Richmond) Latimer.
  A. F. Ludwig — of Tolland, Tolland County, Conn. Democrat. Ice manufacturer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Tolland, 1931-40. Burial location unknown.
  Frank S. Neal (born c.1858) — of Plainville, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Plainville, Hartford County, Conn., about 1858. Republican. Stone and ice business; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Plainville, 1901-02. Burial location unknown.
  Sidney V. Osborn (born c.1857) — of Branford, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Woodbury, Litchfield County, Conn., about 1857. Republican. Grain and coal dealer; first selectman of Branford, Connecticut, 1908-10, 1922; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Branford, 1911-12, 1915-22; defeated, 1912. Burial location unknown.
  Charles M. Smith (born c.1852) — of East Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., about 1852. Republican. Coal dealer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from East Hartford, 1907-08. Burial location unknown.
  Lucien Wells Sperry (1820-1890) — also known as Lucien W. Sperry — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Woodbridge, New Haven County, Conn., March 8, 1820. Coal dealer; insurance agent; mayor of New Haven, Conn., 1866-69; member of Connecticut state senate 4th District, 1869-70. Unable to account for money entrusted to him, and likely to be arrested as an embezzler, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot, in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., June 26, 1890 (age 70 years, 110 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Enoch K. Sperry (1787-1856) and Mary Atlanta (Sperry) Sperry (1795-1864); brother of Nehemiah Day Sperry (1827-1911).
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  Fred Chester Tilden (1877-1943) — also known as Fred C. Tilden — of Willimantic, Windham, Windham County, Conn.; Manchester, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Willimantic, Windham, Windham County, Conn., October 6, 1877. Democrat. Bookkeeper; lumber and coal dealer; candidate for Connecticut state house of representatives from Windham, 1910; purchasing agent. Died in Manchester, Hartford County, Conn., 1943 (age about 65 years). Interment at East Cemetery, Manchester, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Gustavus F. Tilden (1854-1929) and Susan 'Susie' (Randall) Tilden (1854-1925); married to Rachel Atkins (1877-1970); third cousin thrice removed of Stephen Daniel Tilden, Moses Younglove Tilden and Samuel Jones Tilden (1814-1886).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Otis family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
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  Adrian Rowe Wadsworth, Sr. (1855-1941) — also known as Adrian R. Wadsworth — of Farmington, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Farmington, Hartford County, Conn., November 26, 1855. Republican. Farmer; civil engineer; coal and ice dealer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Farmington, 1897-1902, 1921-22, 1925-32; defeated, 1894, 1908, 1914; warden (borough president) of Farmington, Connecticut, 1904-09, 1917; first selectman of Farmington, Connecticut, 1917, 1920-21. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias. Died in Farmington, Hartford County, Conn., May 15, 1941 (age 85 years, 170 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Winthrop Manna Wadsworth (1812-1891) and Lucy Ann (Ward) Wadsworth (1820-1883); married to Charlotte Bishop Steele (1866-1918); father of Adrian Rowe Wadsworth, Jr. (1895-1973); fourth cousin once removed of James Samuel Wadsworth.
  Political family: Wolcott-Wadsworth family of Connecticut and Maryland (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
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  Adrian Rowe Wadsworth, Jr. (1895-1973) — also known as Adrian R. Wadsworth, Jr. — of Farmington, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Farmington, Hartford County, Conn., February 25, 1895. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; farmer; coal and ice dealer; warden (borough president) of Farmington, Connecticut, 1934-38. Died December 20, 1973 (age 78 years, 298 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Adrian Rowe Wadsworth, Sr. (1855-1941) and Charlotte Bishop (Steele) Wadsworth (1866-1918).
  Political family: Wolcott-Wadsworth family of Connecticut and Maryland (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Leland T. Wood — of Manchester, Hartford County, Conn. Republican. Fuel and ice dealer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Manchester, 1941. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
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