The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Music and Dance Politicians in Georgia

  Lee Atwater (1951-1991) — also known as Harvey LeRoy Atwater — of Charleston, Charleston County, S.C. Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., February 27, 1951. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1972; Chairman of Republican National Committee, 1989-91. Member, Alpha Tau Omega. Self proclaimed "dirty tricks" political strategist; rhythm and blues guitarist. Died, from brain cancer, in Washington, D.C., March 29, 1991 (age 40 years, 30 days). Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbia, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Harvey Dillard Atwater and Alma 'Toddy' (Page) Atwater; married 1978 to Sally Dunbar.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Lee Atwater: John Brady, Bad Boy : The Life and Politics of Lee Atwater
  Michael Curb (b. 1944) — also known as Mike Curb — of California; Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn. Born in Savannah, Chatham County, Ga., December 24, 1944. Republican. Musician; record company executive; race car owner; member of Republican National Committee from California, 1977; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1979-83; defeated, 1986; candidate for Governor of California, 1982. In 2003, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married to Linda Dunphy.
  The Curb Event Center arena, at Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  James Melton (1904-1961) — of Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Moultrie, Colquitt County, Ga., January 2, 1904. Republican. Professional singer; actor; performed, Republican National Convention, 1952. Died, from lobar pneumonia, in Roosevelt Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., April 21, 1961 (age 57 years, 109 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ocala, Fla.
  Relatives: Married, June 29, 1929, to Marjorie Louise McClure.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Danny O'Neil (1920-2002) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Oak Park, Cook County, Ill.; Haines City, Polk County, Fla. Born in Georgia, December 12, 1920. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; singer; honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1944 ; game show host. Died, from heart failure, in a rehab center at Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., May 20, 2002 (age 81 years, 159 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Brothrton Petree and Nancy Louise (Ruelle) Petree; married to Patricia Geraghty and Geraldine Mae Healy.
  See also Internet Movie Database profile
  Ronald John Thompson (b. 1934) — also known as Ronnie Thompson; "Machine-Gun Ronnie" — of Macon, Bibb County, Ga. Born in Augusta, Richmond County, Ga., July 21, 1934. Republican. Jeweler; country music singer; gospel singer; mayor of Macon, Ga., 1968-75; candidate for U.S. Representative from Georgia, 1972; candidate for Governor of Georgia, 1974. Still living as of 2001.
  Relatives: Son of Remus Warren Thompson and Mattie Lou (Watkins) Thompson.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Kanye Omari West (b. 1977) — also known as Kanye West — Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., June 8, 1977. Rap musician; music producer; The Birthday Party candidate for President of the United States, 2020; Alliance candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2020. African ancestry. Still living as of 2021.
  Relatives: Son of Ray West and Donda C. (Williams) West; married 2014 to Kim Kardashian.
  See also Wikipedia article — Ballotpedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
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