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Labor Unions
Politician members in the District of Columbia

  Morton Bahr (1926-2019) — of Port Washington, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y.; Washington, D.C. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., July 18, 1926. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1976, 1980, 1984; president, Communication Workers of America, 1985-2005; president, Jewish Labor Committee, 1999-2001; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1996, 2000, 2004; member of Democratic National Committee from District of Columbia, 2004. Jewish. Died, from pancreatic cancer, in Washington, D.C., July 30, 2019 (age 93 years, 12 days). Cremated.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul Jacob Bailey (1905-1994) — also known as Paul J. Bailey — of Leonardtown, St. Mary's County, Md. Born in Washington, D.C., October 30, 1905. Republican. Musician; lawyer; farmer; theater owner; member of Maryland Republican State Central Committee, 1935-39; member of Maryland state senate, 1946-67; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1956. Member, Sigma Nu Phi. Died November 30, 1994 (age 89 years, 31 days). Interment at All Faith Episcopal Church Cemetery, Mechanicsville, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Henry Bailey and Lillian (Alwine) Bailey; married to Verna (Putnam) Virts.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Mahlon Barnes (1866-1934) — also known as J. Mahlon Barnes — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Washington, D.C. Born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., June 22, 1866. Socialist. Cigar maker; Socialist Labor candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1898; delegate to Socialist National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912. Member, Knights of Labor. Died, from a stroke, in Washington, D.C., February 22, 1934 (age 67 years, 245 days). Cremated.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Jeffery Cohelan (1914-1999) — of Berkeley, Alameda County, Calif. Born in San Francisco, Calif., June 24, 1914. Democrat. Secretary-treasurer, Local 302, Milk Drivers and Dairy Employees union, 1942-58; U.S. Representative from California 7th District, 1959-71; defeated in primary, 1970; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960, 1964. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Moose; Eagles; Teamsters Union; Americans for Democratic Action. Died, of Parkinson's disease and cancer, in Washington, D.C., February 15, 1999 (age 84 years, 236 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Debra DeLee (b. 1948) — of Washington, D.C. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., 1948. Democrat. School teacher; lobbyist; Chairman of Democratic National Committee, 1994-95; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1996, 2000; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2004, 2008; president, Americans for Peace Now. Female. Jewish. Member, National Education Association. Still living as of 2008.
  See also Wikipedia article
  John David Dingell (1894-1955) — also known as John D. Dingell — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 2, 1894. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1933-55; died in office 1955; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1952; member, Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, 1953-55. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; International Typographical Union. Died at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C., September 19, 1955 (age 61 years, 229 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Adam Dingell and Mary (Knapp) Dingell; married, April 27, 1925, to Grace Blossom Bigler; father of John David Dingell Jr.; grandfather of Christopher D. Dingell.
  Political family: Dingell family of Detroit, Michigan.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Ballotpedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Nuckles Doak (1882-1933) — also known as William N. Doak — of Roanoke, Va.; Washington, D.C.; McLean, Fairfax County, Va. Born in Rural Retreat, Wythe County, Va., December 12, 1882. Republican. Vice-president, Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, 1916-28; delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1916 (alternate), 1932; candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 6th District, 1920; candidate for U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1924; U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1930-33. Methodist. Member, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen; Freemasons; Shriners. Died of heart disease, in McLean, Fairfax County, Va., October 23, 1933 (age 50 years, 315 days). Entombed at Black Lick Cemetery, Near Rural Retreat, Wythe County, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Canaro Draton Doak and Elizabeth (Dutton) Doak; married, October 15, 1908, to Emma M. Doak.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Martin Patrick Durkin (1894-1955) — Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., March 18, 1894. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1953. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus. Died in Washington, D.C., November 13, 1955 (age 61 years, 240 days). Burial location unknown.
  John Edward Fogarty (1913-1967) — also known as John E. Fogarty — of Harmony, Glocester, Providence County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., March 23, 1913. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 2nd District, 1941-44, 1945-67; died in office 1967; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1948, 1952, 1960, 1964. Died in Washington, D.C., January 10, 1967 (age 53 years, 293 days). Interment at St. Ann's Cemetery, Cranston, R.I.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Samuel Gompers (1850-1924) — Born in London, England, January 27, 1850. Democrat. Cigar maker; Founder and president, American Federation of Labor; candidate for delegate to New York state constitutional convention at-large, 1914. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons. Died in San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex., December 13, 1924 (age 74 years, 321 days). Interment at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; memorial monument at Gompers Square, Washington, D.C.; statue at Gompers Park, Chicago, Ill.
  Samuel Gompers High School (built 1930, closed about 2012), in Bronx, New York, was named for him.  — Gompers School (also known as Eastern High School), Baltimore, Maryland, was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Theodore Leonard Irving (1898-1962) — also known as Leonard Irving — of Independence, Jackson County, Mo. Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., March 24, 1898. Democrat. Railroad work; theater manager; hotel manager; construction worker; president and business agent, Local 264, Construction and General Laborers Union; U.S. Representative from Missouri 4th District, 1949-53; defeated, 1952. Congregationalist. Member, Eagles. Died in Washington, D.C., March 8, 1962 (age 63 years, 349 days). Interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.
  Relatives: Married 1918 to Effie A. Bjornstad.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Dale Edward Kildee (b. 1929) — also known as Dale E. Kildee — of Flint, Genesee County, Mich. Born in Flint, Genesee County, Mich., September 16, 1929. Democrat. School teacher; member of Michigan state house of representatives 81st District, 1965-74; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; member of Michigan state senate 29th District, 1975-77; resigned 1977; U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1977-2013 (7th District 1977-93, 9th District 1993-2003, 5th District 2003-13). Catholic. Member, Optimist Club; Knights of Columbus; American Federation of Teachers; Urban League; Phi Delta Kappa; Elks. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married 1965 to Gayle Heyn; uncle of Daniel T. Kildee.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  John Andrew Martin (1868-1939) — also known as John A. Martin — of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo. Born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, April 10, 1868. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Colorado state house of representatives, 1901; U.S. Representative from Colorado, 1909-13, 1933-39 (2nd District 1909-13, 3rd District 1933-39); died in office 1939. Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; American Legion. Died in Washington, D.C., December 23, 1939 (age 71 years, 257 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Pueblo, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of Hugh Martin and Ellen (Bohan) Martin; married, September 6, 1892, to Rose M. Chitwood.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Aaron Ruby (born c.1960) — of Washington, D.C. Born about 1960. Socialist. Socialist Workers candidate for mayor of Washington, D.C., 1994. Member, United Food and Commercial Workers. Still living as of 1994.
  Harry Richard Sheppard (1885-1969) — also known as Harry R. Sheppard — of Yucaipa, San Bernardino County, Calif. Born in Mobile, Mobile County, Ala., January 10, 1885. Democrat. Railroad worker; beverage business; U.S. Representative from California, 1937-65 (19th District 1937-43, 21st District 1943-53, 27th District 1953-63, 33rd District 1963-65); delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1940, 1944, 1956, 1960. Member, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Died of pneumonia at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., April 28, 1969 (age 84 years, 108 days). Interment at National Memorial Park, Near Falls Church, Fairfax County, Va.
  Relatives: Married, May 24, 1933, to Mary O'Keefe Olson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Herbert John Spiro (b. 1924) — also known as Herbert Spiro — of Washington, D.C.; Texas. Born in Hamburg, Germany, September 7, 1924. Republican. Naturalized U.S. citizen; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; university professor; U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon, 1975; Equatorial Guinea, 1975; Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 10th District, 1992, 1994 (primary); candidate for U.S. Senator from Texas, 1993. Member, American Association of University Professors; Phi Beta Kappa. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Albert John Spiro and Marianne (Stiefel) Spiro; married, June 7, 1958, to Elizabeth Anna Petersen.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  James Castle Turner (c.1917-1996) — also known as J. C. Turner; "Mr. Labor" — of Washington, D.C. Born in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Tex., about 1917. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1952 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1956, 1960, 1964. Member, Urban League. President of the International Union of Operating Engineers, 1975-85. Died, after a series of strokes, in Day Shore Convalescent Center, North Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Fla., April 13, 1996 (age about 79 years). Burial location unknown.
  George Leon Paul Weaver (1912-1995) — also known as George L. P. Weaver — of Washington, D.C. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., May 8, 1912. Democrat. Railroad worker; director, civil rights committee, CIO; executive secretary, civil rights committee, AFL-CIO, 1955-58; assistant to the president, International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers; U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for International Affairs, 1961-69; special assistant to the Director-General, International Labor Organization; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1960, 1964. African ancestry. Died, from complications of emphysema and asthma, in George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., July 14, 1995 (age 83 years, 67 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George J. Weaver and Josephine (Snell) Weaver; married, September 7, 1941, to Mary F. Sullivan.
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