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Beta Theta Pi
Politician members in Iowa

  Walter Lincoln Anderson (1868-1959) — also known as Walter L. Anderson — of Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa; Hot Springs, Fall River County, S.Dak.; Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa, February 19, 1868. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1916; delegate to Nebraska state constitutional convention, 1919-20; member of Nebraska state house of representatives, 1921-22; Speaker of the Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1922; candidate for U.S. Representative from Nebraska 1st District, 1922. Member, Beta Theta Pi; United Spanish War Veterans; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Kiwanis; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Knights Templar; Elks. Died in 1959 (age about 91 years). Interment at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Raney Anderson and Sarah Jane (Woods) Anderson; married, October 29, 1902, to Helen Marie Nance.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jay Norwood Darling (1876-1962) — also known as Jay N. Darling; "Ding" — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Norwood, Charlevoix County, Mich., October 21, 1876. Republican. Cartoonist; received the Pulitzer Prize for his political cartoons in 1924 and 1943; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1932; founder and first president, National Wildlife Federation; head of the U.S. Biological Survey (which later became the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), 1934-35; obtained millions of acres for wildlife refuges. Member, Beta Theta Pi. Died January 12, 1962 (age 85 years, 83 days). Interment at Logan Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Marcellus Warner Darling and Clara (Woolson) Darling; married, September 19, 1911, to Genevieve Pendleton.
  The J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida, is named for him.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Howard Gates (1865-1927) — of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.Dak. Born in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, October 26, 1865. Republican. Lawyer; judge of South Dakota state supreme court 2nd District, 1913-27; died in office 1927. Episcopalian. Member, Beta Theta Pi; Phi Delta Phi; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks; Sons of the American Revolution; Society of Colonial Wars; American Bar Association; Kiwanis. Died November 8, 1927 (age 62 years, 13 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Cook Gates and Adelia (St. John) Gates; married, November 13, 1899, to Mary Edna Carter.
Dick Haney Dick Haney (b. 1852) — of Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa; Plankinton, Aurora County, Dakota Territory (now S.Dak.); Mitchell, Davison County, S.Dak.; Huron, Beadle County, S.Dak. Born in Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa, November 10, 1852. Republican. Lawyer; circuit judge in South Dakota, 1889-96; judge of South Dakota state supreme court 2nd District, 1896-1913; member of South Dakota state senate 21st District, 1925-26. Member, Freemasons; Beta Theta Pi; Woodmen. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Haney and Fanny (Hemmingway) Haney; married, January 22, 1876, to Roxie W. Doe; married, September 14, 1909, to Florence May Tredway.
  Image source: South Dakota Legislative Manual, 1903
  Emlin McClain (1851-1915) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa; Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. Born in Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio, November 25, 1851. Republican. Lawyer; private secretary to U.S. Sen. George G. Wright, 1875-77; law professor; justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1901-12; chief justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1906-12. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Beta Theta Pi; Phi Delta Phi; American Bar Association. Died suddenly, of apoplexy, in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa, May 25, 1915 (age 63 years, 181 days). Interment at Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of William McClain; married, February 19, 1879, to Ellen Griffiths.
  Milton Remley (b. 1844) — of Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa; Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. Born in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, Va. (now W.Va.), October 12, 1844. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1888; candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa; Iowa state attorney general, 1895-1901. Baptist. Member, Beta Theta Pi. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. James Remley and Jane C. (Alderson) Remley; married, September 6, 1869, to Josephine Dennis.
  Orville Taylor (1885-1969) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, September 8, 1885. Republican. Lawyer; major in the U.S. Army during World War I; candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1936; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; American Legion; Beta Theta Pi; Freemasons. Died in 1969 (age about 83 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Orville J. Taylor and Eleanor Sarah (Harris) Taylor; married, January 19, 1924, to Catherine E. Apperson.
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