The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Politicians in the Printing and Publishing Business in the District of Columbia
other than newspapers

  Frank Aldrich (b. 1850) — of Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Pierpont, Ashtabula County, Ohio, March 17, 1850. Republican. Newspaper editor; book publisher; manager and electrician for the Hansen Battery Light and Power Company, Washington, D.C., 1889-90; quartermaster-general of the District of Columbia National Guard, 1890-92; invented in 1893 and patented a railroad car seal which became widely used; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1899-1900. Burial location unknown.
  Howard Aldridge Coffin (1877-1956) — also known as Howard A. Coffin — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Middleboro, Plymouth County, Mass., June 11, 1877. Republican. Sales representative, Ginn & Company book publishers, 1901-11; controller, Warren Motor Car Company, 1911-13; regional manager, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, 1913-18; secretary, Detroit Pressed Steel Company, 1918-21; assistant to president, Cadillac Motor Car Company, 1921-25; vice-president, later president, White Star Oil Refining Company, 1925-33; division manager, Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, 1933; U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1947-49; defeated, 1944, 1948. Baptist. Member, Rotary. Died in Washington, D.C., February 28, 1956 (age 78 years, 262 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of George Henry Coffin and Jane Clifford (Guild) Coffin; married, October 4, 1904, to Abbie Sweetland Ghodey.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Harry Alexander McBride (1887-1961) — also known as Harry A. McBride — of Pontiac, Oakland County, Mich. Born in Flint, Genesee County, Mich., October 14, 1887. Manager of printing and advertising for a hotel, 1905-08; U.S. Consular Agent in Bilbao, 1909-10; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul General in Barcelona, 1910-11; Zurich, 1911-13; Boma, 1913-14; U.S. Vice Consul in Boma, 1915-16; London, 1916-17; Malaga, 1923-29; U.S. Consul in London, 1917-18; Warsaw, 1919-20; Acting General Receiver of Customs and Financial Advisor for Liberia, 1918-19. Died in 1961 (age about 73 years). Interment at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Alexander McBride and Frances Ellen (Tyler) McBride; married 1915 to Ruth K. Quine; father of Robert Henry McBride.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  David Batcheller Mellish (1831-1874) — also known as David B. Mellish — of New York. Born in Oxford, Worcester County, Mass., January 2, 1831. Republican. Printer; school teacher; newspaper reporter; appraiser; U.S. Representative from New York 9th District, 1873-74; died in office 1874. Died in Washington, D.C., May 23, 1874 (age 43 years, 141 days). Interment at Hillside Cemetery, Auburn, Mass.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Caleb Cushing Norvell (1813-1891) — also known as Caleb C. Norvell — of Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. Born in Green County, Ky., April 24, 1813. Republican. Newspaper editor; printer; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1870. Died in Washington, D.C., February 3, 1891 (age 77 years, 285 days). Interment at Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, Staten Island, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Lipscomb Norvell and Mary (Hendrick) Norvell; brother of John Norvell; married, June 27, 1833, to Catherine Mary Carroll (daughter of William Carroll; sister of William Henry Carroll (1810-1868); aunt of William Henry Carroll (1842-1915)); married, March 4, 1844, to Ann Jannette Gordon; uncle of Henry Laurence Norvell, Dallas Norvell and Emily Virginia Norvell (who married Henry Nelson Walker); third cousin twice removed of Ernest Campbell Norvell.
  Political family: Conway-Norvell-Johnson-Carroll family.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Oliver A. Quayle Jr. (b. 1894) — of Washington, D.C. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., March 6, 1894. Democrat. President, Quayle & Son, bank note engravers; Treasurer of Democratic National Committee, 1937-41; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1944. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Oliver A. Quayle and Belle K. (Blampied) Quayle; married, June 20, 1915, to Signa Norstrand.
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The Political Graveyard

The Political Graveyard is a web site about U.S. political history and cemeteries. Founded in 1996, it is the Internet's most comprehensive free source for American political biography, listing 320,919 politicians, living and dead.
  The coverage of this site includes (1) the President, Vice President, members of Congress, elected state and territorial officeholders in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories; and the chief elected official, typically the mayor, of qualifying municipalities; (2) candidates at election, including primaries, for any of the above; (3) all federal judges and all state appellate judges; (4) certain federal officials, including the federal cabinet, diplomatic chiefs of mission, consuls, U.S. district attorneys, collectors of customs and internal revenue, members of major federal commissions; and political appointee (pre-1969) postmasters of qualifying communities; (5) state and national political party officials, including delegates, alternate delegates, and other participants in national party nominating conventions; (6) Americans who served as "honorary" consuls for other nations before 1950. Note: municipalities or communities "qualify", for Political Graveyard purposes, if they have at least half a million person-years of history, inclusive of predecessor, successor, and merged entities.  
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