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French ancestry Politicians in Florida

  Wilmot Gibbes de Saussure (1822-1886) — also known as Wilmot G. de Saussure — Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., July 23, 1822. Lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1848-49, 1854-57, 1860-63; Adjutant General of South Carolina, 1862. French Huguenot ancestry. Member, Society of the Cincinnati; Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died in Ocala, Marion County, Fla., February 1, 1886 (age 63 years, 193 days). Interment at Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Henry A. de Saussure and Susan (Boone) de Saussure; married to Martha Gourdin; nephew of William Ford DeSaussure; grandson of Henry William de Saussure; first cousin once removed of Andrew William Burnet (1811-1896); second cousin twice removed of Burnet Rhett Maybank; second cousin thrice removed of Burnet Rhett Maybank, Jr..
  Political family: Lowndes-DeSaussure-Aiken-Maybank family of Charleston, South Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Edmund Dewey (1902-1971) — also known as Thomas E. Dewey — of Pawling, Dutchess County, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Owosso, Shiawassee County, Mich., March 24, 1902. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 1933; New York County District Attorney, 1937-41; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1940; Governor of New York, 1943-55; defeated, 1938; candidate for President of the United States, 1944, 1948; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1952 (speaker), 1956. Episcopalian. English and French ancestry. Member, Freemasons; American Bar Association; Council on Foreign Relations; Farm Bureau; Grange; Phi Mu Alpha; Phi Delta Phi. Died, from a heart attack, in his room at the Seaview Hotel, Bal Harbor, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla., March 16, 1971 (age 68 years, 357 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Pawling Cemetery, Pawling, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of George Martin Dewey and Anne Louise 'Annie' (Thomas) Dewey (1877-1954); married, June 16, 1928, to Frances Eileen Hutt (1903-1970; grandniece of Jefferson Finis Davis); nephew of Edmond Otis Dewey; first cousin four times removed of David Waterman; second cousin thrice removed of Thomas Glasby Waterman; second cousin five times removed of Luther Waterman and Joshua Coit (1758-1798); third cousin thrice removed of John Hall Brockway; fourth cousin once removed of James Gillespie Blaine III.
  Political families: Roosevelt family of New York City, New York; Saltonstall-Davis-Frelinghuysen-Appleton family of Massachusetts; Waterman-Huntington family of Connecticut and New York; Eastman family; Conger-Hungerford family; Chandler-Hale family of Portland, Maine; Abbott family of Salinas, California; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Dewey-Blaine-Coit-Huntington family of Connecticut; Porter-Kelsey family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Herbert Brownell, Jr. — Charles C. Wing — Martin T. Manton — Herman Methfessel
  The Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, which runs through Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, Greene, Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery, Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, Monroe, Genesee, Erie, and Chautauqua counties in New York, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Thomas E. Dewey: Mary M. Stolberg, Fighting Organized Crime : Politics, Justice, and the Legacy of Thomas E. Dewey — Barry K. Beyer, Thomas E. Dewey, 1937-1947 : A Study in Political Leadership — Richard Norton Smith, Thomas E. Dewey and His Times — Scott Farris, Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation — David Pietrusza, 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America
  Antoine Jean Murat (1836-1922) — also known as Antoine J. Murat — of Apalachicola, Franklin County, Fla. Born in Santorini, Greece, January 27, 1836. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; seafood business; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1873-81, 1909; Vice-Consul for Sweden & Norway in Apalachicola, Fla., 1882-1900; Consular Agent for France in Apalachicola, Fla., 1889-1907; Vice-Consul for Uruguay in Apalachicola, Fla., 1895-1900. Catholic. French ancestry. Member, United Confederate Veterans. Died in Apalachicola, Franklin County, Fla., October 13, 1922 (age 86 years, 259 days). Interment at Chestnut Cemetery, Apalachicola, Fla.
  Relatives: Married 1865 to Rebecca Swain (1845-1933).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Elery Nolin (1909-1997) — also known as William E. Nolin — of Claremont, Sullivan County, N.H. Born in Claremont, Sullivan County, N.H., August 25, 1909. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1940. Catholic. French Canadian ancestry. Died in Naples, Collier County, Fla., December 6, 1997 (age 88 years, 103 days). Interment at St. Mary Cemetery, Claremont, N.H.
  Relatives: Son of William Peter Nolin (1875-1942) and Laura (Cushion) Nolin (1883-1962); married 1934 to Hilda Josephine Gauthier (1907-1999).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Barbour Pedigo (1870-1932) — also known as W. B. Pedigo; "Bill Bob" — of Patrick County, Va.; Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va.; Wausau, Marathon County, Wis. Born, in a log cabin, at Elamsville, Patrick County, Va., January 28, 1870. Republican. Lawyer; Patrick County Commonwealth Attorney, 1895-99; candidate in primary for West Virginia state house of delegates, 1906; mayor of Parkersburg, W.Va., 1907-11. Baptist. French ancestry. Died, of tuberculosis, in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Fla., October 23, 1932 (age 62 years, 269 days). Interment at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, Tampa, Fla.
  Joseph Richard Viens (1938-2018) — also known as Joe Viens — of Miramar, Broward County, Fla. Born in Lawrence, Essex County, Mass., August 6, 1938. Mayor of Miramar, Fla., 1979-83; defeated, 1983, 1989. French Canadian ancestry. Died February 21, 2018 (age 79 years, 199 days). Interment at South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of Arsene Viens (1902-1970) and Winefred (Doucette) Viens (1913-1993); married 1963 to Marjorie Ann DiDio (1942-2019).
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