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Labor Unions
Politician members in Connecticut

  Devere Allen (1891-1955) — of Wilton, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., June 24, 1891. Editor for various publications, including The Nation; overseas correspondent for newspapers and magazines; author; Socialist candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1932, 1934; Labor candidate for Governor of Connecticut, 1938, 1940. Member, War Resisters League; League for Industrial Democracy; American Academy of Political and Social Science; American Federation of Teachers; Phi Beta Kappa. Died in a hospital at Westerly, Washington County, R.I., August 27, 1955 (age 64 years, 64 days). Interment at Wheeler Cemetery, North Stonington, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Henry L. Allen and Sarah Elizabeth (Champlin) Allen; married, August 22, 1917, to Marie Hollister.
  See also Wikipedia article
Elmer T. Allison Elmer T. Allison (1883-1982) — of Seattle, King County, Wash.; Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn.; Washington. Born in Houstonia, Pettis County, Mo., December 5, 1883. Communist. Sawmill worker; arrested in Cleveland, 1919, on charges of violating the state's criminal syndicalism law; Workers candidate for New York state senate 14th District, 1926; poet. Member, Industrial Workers of the World. Died in Olympia, Thurston County, Wash., July 18, 1982 (age 98 years, 225 days). Interment at Woodbine Cemetery, Puyallup, Wash.
  Relatives: Son of Nathaniel Allison and Mattie (Johnson) Allison; brother of Hortense Allison (who married Alfred Wagenknecht); married 1908 to Anna Theresa Swanson; married 1922 to Rose Rosen; uncle of Helen Allison Winter (who married Carl Winter).
  Political family: Winter-Wagenknecht family.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Marxists Internet Archive
  Biagio Ciotto (b. 1929) — also known as Billy Ciotto — of Connecticut. Born in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., December 25, 1929. Democrat. Member of Connecticut state senate 9th District, 1995-. Member, American Association of Retired Persons; AFSCME. Still living as of 2002.
  Thomas A. Colapietro — also known as Tom Colapietro — of Terryville, Plymouth, Litchfield County, Conn. Democrat. Member of Connecticut state senate 31st District, 1993-; defeated, 2010. Member, United Auto Workers; American Association of Retired Persons. Still living as of 2010.
  Hyman Costrell (b. 1890) — also known as Jack Robbins — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn.; New York. Born in Kurenitz, Russia (now Belarus), October 19, 1890. Communist. Arrested in 1905 in Russia and jailed three months for demonstrating and distributing circulars against the Czarist government; naturalized U.S. citizen; plumber; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 8th District, 1934. Jewish. Burial location unknown.
  James E. Foley (b. 1893) — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn. Born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., August 22, 1893. Democrat. Printer; member of Connecticut state senate 8th District, 1945-46. Catholic. Member, International Typographical Union; Knights of Columbus; Holy Name Society. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John J. Foley and Mary C. Foley.
  James Patrick Geelan (1901-1982) — also known as James P. Geelan — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn. Born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., August 11, 1901. Democrat. Retail manager; Vice-president, New Haven Central Labor Council; insurance broker; member of Connecticut state senate 8th District, 1939-44; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1945-47; defeated, 1946; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1948, 1956; delegate to Connecticut state constitutional convention 3rd District, 1965. Member, American Arbitration Association; Knights of Columbus; Eagles. Died in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., August 10, 1982 (age 80 years, 364 days). Interment at St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Edward Geelan and Mary Agnes (McDonnell) Geelan; married, October 9, 1933, to Elizabeth Marie Doll.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Alfred Baker Lewis (1897-c.1980) — also known as Alfred B. Lewis — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass.; Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., May 20, 1897. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; lawyer; secretary of Massachusetts Socialist Party, 1924-40; Socialist candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1926, 1928; Socialist candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936; Democratic candidate for Connecticut state house of representatives, 1944; vice-president, later president, Union Casualty insurance company. Episcopalian. Member, NAACP; American Civil Liberties Union; American Federation of Teachers; Americans for Democratic Action. Died about 1980 (age about 83 years). Interment somewhere in Fairfield County, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of John Frederick Lewis and Anne Henrietta Rush (Baker) Lewis; married, November 20, 1924, to Lena Greenspan; married, October 14, 1939, to Eileen B. Lane.
  George Lloyd Murphy (1902-1992) — also known as George L. Murphy — of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., July 4, 1902. Republican. Professional actor and dancer in 1934-52; appeared in films such as For Me And My Gal, Battleground; president, Screen Actors Guild, 1944-46; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1948, 1952 (speaker), 1956, 1960 (alternate); U.S. Senator from California, 1965-71; defeated, 1970. Irish ancestry. Member, Screen Actors Guild. Died, of leukemia, in Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., May 3, 1992 (age 89 years, 304 days). Cremated; ashes scattered.
  Relatives: Married 1927 to Julie Henkel.
  Cross-reference: Dan Lungren
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  William A. Scott (b. 1888) — of Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Worcester, Worcester County, Mass., February 9, 1888. Democrat. Construction supervisor; insulation engineer; president, Hartford Central Labor Union; member of Connecticut state senate 1st District, 1943-46. Member, Eagles. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Peter A. Scott and Elizabeth Scott; married to Mary Glennon.
  Ignatius Augustine Sullivan (1867-1928) — also known as Ignatius A. Sullivan — of Holyoke, Hampden County, Mass.; Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Canton, Norfolk County, Mass., August 20, 1867. Democrat. President, Hartford Central Labor Union; president, Connecticut Federation of Labor; mayor of Hartford, Conn., 1902-04; defeated, 1904; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1904 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization). Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 11, 1928 (age 60 years, 175 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Patrick Sullivan and Catharine Sullivan; married, September 29, 1891, to Sarah A. Clancy.
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