The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Post Office Politicians in the District of Columbia

  Paul Case Aiken (1910-1974) — also known as Paul C. Aiken — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Macksville, Stafford County, Kan.; Arlington, Arlington County, Va.; Washington, D.C. Born in Macksville, Stafford County, Kan., July 24, 1910. Democrat. Lawyer; business executive; Assistant U.S. Postmaster General, 1947-50; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1948; candidate for U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1950. Member, Order of the Coif; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Phi Epsilon. Died, from multiple myeloma, in Washington, D.C., May 25, 1974 (age 63 years, 305 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Emmett Aiken and Florence Eva (Case) Aiken; married, August 20, 1933, to Camilla Lindsay.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Farrington Aldrich (1853-1925) — also known as William F. Aldrich — of Aldrich, Shelby County, Ala. Born in Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y., March 11, 1853. Republican. Civil engineer; mining business; manufacturer; postmaster; U.S. Representative from Alabama 4th District, 1896-97, 1898-99, 1900-01; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1900, 1904. Died in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., October 30, 1925 (age 72 years, 233 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of William F. Aldrich and Louisa Maria (Klapp) Aldrich; brother of Truman Heminway Aldrich; married, April 16, 1889, to Josephine Cables; married, July 15, 1920, to Fannie Spire; second great-grandfather of William Jackson Edwards.
  Political family: Aldrich family of Birmingham, Alabama.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Miller Baer (1886-1970) — of North Dakota. Born in Black Creek, Outagamie County, Wis., March 29, 1886. Civil engineer; farmer; cartoonist; postmaster; U.S. Representative from North Dakota 1st District, 1917-21; defeated (Non-Partisan League), 1920. Congregationalist. Died in Washington, D.C., February 18, 1970 (age 83 years, 326 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Md.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Robert Bryarly Gordon (1855-1923) — also known as Robert B. Gordon — of St. Marys, Auglaize County, Ohio. Born in St. Marys, Auglaize County, Ohio, August 6, 1855. Democrat. Postmaster; flour and grain business; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1896; U.S. Representative from Ohio 4th District, 1899-1903; Sergeant-at-Arms, U.S. House of Representatives, 1913-19. Died in Washington, D.C., January 3, 1923 (age 67 years, 150 days). Interment at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys, Ohio.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Harry Edward Hull (1864-1938) — also known as Harry E. Hull — of Williamsburg, Iowa County, Iowa. Born near Belvidere, Allegany County, N.Y., March 12, 1864. Republican. Grain business; mayor of Williamsburg, Iowa, 1889-1901; postmaster; president, Williamsburg Telephone Company; U.S. Representative from Iowa 2nd District, 1915-25. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died in Washington, D.C., January 16, 1938 (age 73 years, 310 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Henry D. Hull and Isabel (Renwick) Hull; married, June 3, 1891, to Mary Louise Harris.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) — also known as "Honest Abe"; "Old Abe"; "The Rail-Splitter"; "The Illinois Baboon" — of New Salem, Menard County, Ill.; Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill. Born in a log cabin, Hardin County (part now in Larue County), Ky., February 12, 1809. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Black Hawk War; postmaster; lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1834-41; U.S. Representative from Illinois 7th District, 1847-49; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1856; candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1858; President of the United States, 1861-65; died in office 1865; His election as president in 1860 precipitated the Civil War; determined to preserve the Union, he led the North to victory on the battlefield, freed the slaves in the conquered states, and in doing this, redefined American nationhood. He was. English ancestry. Elected in 1900 to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Shot by the assassin John Wilkes Booth, during a play at Ford's Theater, in Washington, D.C., April 14, 1865; died at Peterson's Boarding House, across the street, the following day, April 15, 1865 (age 56 years, 62 days). Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.; memorial monument at National Mall, Washington, D.C.; statue erected 1868 at Judiciary Park, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy (Hanks) Lincoln; married, November 4, 1842, to Mary Ann Todd (sister-in-law of Ninian Wirt Edwards; half-sister-in-law of Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson and Benjamin Hardin Helm; half-sister of Emilie Pariet Todd; aunt of Martha Dee Todd; grandniece of David Rittenhouse Porter); father of Robert Todd Lincoln; second cousin four times removed of Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee and Arthur Lee; third cousin twice removed of Levi Lincoln; third cousin thrice removed of Thomas Sim Lee, Henry Lee, Charles Lee, Edmund Jennings Lee and Zachary Taylor; fourth cousin once removed of Levi Lincoln Jr. and Enoch Lincoln.
  Political families: Lincoln-Lee family; Walker-Helm-Lincoln-Brown family of Kentucky; Edwards-Cook family (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Clement Claiborne Clay, Jr. — Isham N. Haynie — William M. Stone — John Pitcher — Stephen Miller — John T. Stuart — William H. Seward — Henry L. Burnett — Judah P. Benjamin — Robert Toombs — Richard Taylor Jacob — George W. Jones — James Adams — John G. Nicolay — Edward Everett — Stephen T. Logan — Francis P. Blair — John Hay — Henry Reed Rathbone — James A. Ekin — Frederick W. Seward — John H. Surratt — John H. Surratt, Jr. — James Shields — Emily T. Helm — John A. Campbell — John Merryman — Barnes Compton
  Lincoln counties in Ark., Colo., Idaho, Kan., La., Minn., Miss., Mont., Neb., Nev., N.M., Okla., Ore., Wash., W.Va., Wis. and Wyo. are named for him.
  The city of Lincoln, Nebraska, is named for him.  — Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate, Tennessee, is named for him.  — Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, Missouri, is named for him.  — Lincoln University, near Oxford, Pennsylvania, is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: Abraham L. KeisterAbraham L. TuckerAbraham L. BrickAbraham L. KelloggAbraham Lincoln BernsteinA. Lincoln ReileyA. L. HelmickAbraham L. SuttonA. Lincoln AckerAbraham L. OsgoodAbraham L. WitmerAbraham L. PhillipsAbraham L. PaytonA. L. AuthA. Lincoln MooreA. Lincoln NiditchAbraham L. RubensteinAbraham L. Davis, Jr.Abraham L. FreedmanA. L. MarovitzLincoln GordonAbraham L. BannerAbraham Lincoln Tosti
  Coins and currency: His portrait has appeared on the U.S. penny (one cent coin) since 1909, and on the $5 bill since 1913. From the 1860s until 1927, his portrait also appeared on U.S. notes and certificates of various denominations from $1 to $500.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Abraham Lincoln: David Herbert Donald, Lincoln — George Anastaplo, Abraham Lincoln : A Constitutional Biography — G. S. Boritt, ed., The Lincoln Enigma : The Changing Faces of an American Icon — Albert J. Beveridge, Abraham Lincoln 1809-1858 — Geoffrey Perret, Lincoln's War : The Untold Story of America's Greatest President as Commander in Chief — David Herbert Donald, We Are Lincoln Men : Abraham Lincoln and His Friends — Edward Steers, Jr., Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln — Mario Cuomo, Why Lincoln Matters : Today More Than Ever — Michael W. Kauffman, American Brutus : John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies — Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln — Joshua Wolf Shenk, Lincoln's Melancholy : How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness — John Channing Briggs, Lincoln's Speeches Reconsidered — Ronald C. White, Jr., The Eloquent President : A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words — Harold Holzer, Lincoln at Cooper Union : The Speech That Made Abraham Linco ln President — Michael Lind, What Lincoln Believed : The Values and Convictions of America's Greatest President — Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln — Michael Burlingame, ed., Abraham Lincoln: The Observations of John G. Nicolay and John Hay — Thomas J. Craughwell, Stealing Lincoln's Body — Roy Morris, Jr., The Long Pursuit: Abraham Lincoln's Thirty-Year Struggle with Stephen Douglas for the Heart and Soul of America — John Stauffer, Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln — Karen Judson, Abraham Lincoln (for young readers) — Maira Kalman, Looking at Lincoln (for young readers)
  Critical books about Abraham Lincoln: Thomas J. DiLorenzo, The Real Lincoln : A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War
  Fiction about Abraham Lincoln: Gore Vidal, Lincoln: A Novel
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
  Grant M. Morse (1854-1922) — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Michigan, October, 1854. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1896; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1899; state fish and game warden; postmaster. Died in Washington, D.C., June 25, 1922 (age 67 years, 0 days). Interment at Portland Cemetery, Portland, Mich.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Edmund Nash (1844-1913) — of Washington, St. Landry Parish, La. Born in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, La., May 23, 1844. Republican. Bricklayer; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 6th District, 1875-77; postmaster. African ancestry. Died in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., June 21, 1913 (age 69 years, 29 days). Interment at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, New Orleans, La.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Carl C. Van_Dyke Carl Chester Van Dyke (1881-1919) — also known as Carl C. Van Dyke — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn. Born in Alexandria, Douglas County, Minn., February 18, 1881. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; school teacher; railway mail clerk; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 4th District, 1915-19; died in office 1919. Episcopalian. Member, United Spanish War Veterans. Died in Washington, D.C., May 20, 1919 (age 38 years, 91 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Maplewood, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Chester B. Van Dyke and Bertha (Solum) Van Dyke; married to Myrtle Lampman.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Minnesota Legislative Manual 1917
  Edwin Willits (1830-1896) — of Monroe, Monroe County, Mich. Born in Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., April 24, 1830. Republican. Lawyer; newspaper editor; Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney, 1860-62; member of Michigan state board of education, 1861-72; postmaster; member of Michigan state constitutional commission 2nd District, 1873; U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1877-83. Presbyterian. Died in Washington, D.C., October 22, 1896 (age 66 years, 181 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Monroe, Mich.
  Relatives: Married to Jane Ingersoll.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
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