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Christian Politicians in the District of Columbia

  William Augustus Ayres (1867-1952) — also known as William A. Ayres — of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan. Born in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Ill., April 19, 1867. Democrat. Lawyer; Sedgwick County Prosecuting Attorney, 1907-12; U.S. Representative from Kansas, 1915-21, 1923-34 (8th District 1915-21, 1923-33, 5th District 1933-34); defeated, 1920; resigned 1934; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1924 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee); member, Federal Trade Commission, 1934-52; died in office 1952; chair, Federal Trade Commission, 1937, 1942, 1946. Christian. German ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows. Died in Washington, D.C., February 17, 1952 (age 84 years, 304 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita, Kan.
  Relatives: Son of William Warren Ayres and Katharine (Drumm) Ayres; married, December 30, 1896, to Dula Pease.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Philip Allen Bennett (1881-1942) — also known as Philip A. Bennett; Phil A. Bennett — of Buffalo, Dallas County, Mo.; Springfield, Greene County, Mo. Born near Buffalo, Dallas County, Mo., March 5, 1881. Republican. Newspaper publisher; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1912; member of Missouri state senate 19th District, 1921-24; U.S. Representative from Missouri 6th District, 1941-42; defeated, 1922 (16th District), 1932 (at-large), 1938 (6th District); died in office 1942; Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1925-29; candidate for Governor of Missouri, 1928. Christian. Member, Odd Fellows; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Died in Washington, D.C., December 7, 1942 (age 61 years, 277 days). Interment at Hazelwood Cemetery, Springfield, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Marion F. Bennett and Mary (O'Bannon) Bennett; married, May 16, 1912, to Bertha Tinsley; father of Marion Tinsley Bennett.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Ben Cravens (1872-1939) — also known as William B. Cravens; Ben Cravens — of Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Ark. Born in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Ark., January 17, 1872. Democrat. Lawyer; cotton grower; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1907-13, 1933-39; died in office 1939. Christian. Died in Washington, D.C., January 13, 1939 (age 66 years, 361 days). Interment at Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Ark.
  Relatives: Son of William Murphy Cravens and Mary Eloise (Rutherford) Cravens; married, December 19, 1895, to Carolyn Dyal; father of William Fadjo Cravens; cousin *** of Jordan Edgar Cravens.
  Political family: Cravens family of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Clyde Taylor Ellis (1908-1980) — also known as Clyde T. Ellis — of Bentonville, Benton County, Ark. Born near Garfield, Benton County, Ark., December 21, 1908. Democrat. Superintendent of schools; lawyer; member of Arkansas state house of representatives, 1933-35; member of Arkansas state senate, 1935-39; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 3rd District, 1939-43; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1940; candidate for U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1942; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Christian. Member, American Bar Association; Tau Kappa Alpha; Blue Key; Freemasons. Died in Washington, D.C., February 9, 1980 (age 71 years, 50 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Cecil Oscar Ellis and Minerva Jane (Taylor) Ellis; married, December 20, 1931, to Izella Baker.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Ken Lucas (b. 1933) — of Florence, Boone County, Ky.; Union, Boone County, Ky. Born in Kenton County, Ky., August 22, 1933. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1999-2005; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 2000, 2004. Christian. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Adam Smith (b. 1965) — of Tacoma, Pierce County, Wash. Born in Washington, D.C., June 15, 1965. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Washington state senate, 1991-96; U.S. Representative from Washington 9th District, 1997-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2000, 2004, 2008. Christian. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Maxine Waters (b. 1938) — also known as Maxine Moore Carr — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in St. Louis, Mo., August 15, 1938. Democrat. School teacher; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; member of California state assembly 48th District, 1977-90; U.S. Representative from California, 1991-2019 (29th District 1991-93, 35th District 1993-2013, 43rd District 2013-19); member of Democratic National Committee from California, 2004-08. Female. Christian. African ancestry. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Married to Sidney Williams.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Critical books about Maxine Waters: Bernard Goldberg, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37)
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