The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Politicians in Insurance in Iowa

  Roy Armstrong (1900-1987) — of Flandreau, Moody County, S.Dak. Born in Moville, Woodbury County, Iowa, December 12, 1900. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; member of South Dakota state house of representatives 17th District, 1953-60; secretary, Farmer's Mutual Fire & Lightning Insurance Company. Died in Moody County, S.Dak., May 7, 1987 (age 86 years, 146 days). Interment at Union Cemetery, Flandreau, S.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Marion Armstrong and Josephine (Buckholtz) Armstrong; married, December 31, 1923, to Mabel Gothier.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Louis J. Baerthel (1866-1931) — also known as "Daddy" — of Casper, Natrona County, Wyo. Born in Illinois, July 24, 1866. Real estate and insurance business; mayor of Casper, Wyo., 1928-29; defeated, 1929. Died, following a heart attack, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 20, 1931 (age 64 years, 211 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Julius E. Baerthel and Catherine (Loess) Baerthel; married to Barbara M. Apperle.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Knight Boardman (b. 1915) — also known as William K. Boardman — of Ketchikan, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska. Born in Iowa, 1915. Republican. Insurance business; member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 1st District, 1953-54; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska Territory, 1956; member of Alaska state house of representatives, 1961-70; Speaker of the Alaska State House of Representatives, 1967-68. Methodist. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Benjamin Alfred Brigadier (b. 1882) — also known as B. A. Brigadier — of New Hampton, Chickasaw County, Iowa. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 1, 1882. Republican. Insurance agent; member of Iowa Republican State Central Committee, 1930-32; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1936. Congregationalist. Member, Rotary; Lions; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Brigadier and Cecelia Brigadier; married, May 29, 1933, to Florence M. Muller.
  Beryl Franklin Carroll (1860-1939) — also known as Beryl F. Carroll — of Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Davis County, Iowa, March 15, 1860. Republican. School teacher; livestock dealer; newspaper editor; candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa; candidate for Iowa state house of representatives, 1893; member of Iowa state senate, 1895-98; postmaster; Iowa state auditor, 1903-09; Governor of Iowa, 1909-13; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1912; organizer and president, Provident Life Insurance Company. Methodist. Died, from coronary thrombosis, in Kentucky Baptist Hospital, Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., December 16, 1939 (age 79 years, 276 days). Interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Bloomfield, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Willys Carroll and Christina (Wright) Carroll; married, June 15, 1886, to Sarah Jennie Dodson.
  See also National Governors Association biography
  Ira Cook (1821-1902) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Union Center, Broome County, N.Y., October 6, 1821. Republican. Surveyor; banker; insurance and real estate business; mayor of Des Moines, Iowa, 1861. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, March 11, 1902 (age 80 years, 156 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Ira Cook (1780-1845) and Rachel (Faxon) Cook; married, April 25, 1854, to Mary C. Owens.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Ron J. Corbett Ron J. Corbett (b. 1960) — of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. Born in Erie, Erie County, Pa., October 12, 1960. Republican. Insurance agent; co-founder of Peppy's Ice Cream, operator of trucks selling ice cream in Eastern Iowa; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1987-99; resigned 1999; Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1995-99; president, Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, 1999-2005; vice-president, CRST trucking company, from 2005; mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2010-. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: City of Cedar Rapids
  Charles W. Dempster (c.1879-1941) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, about 1879. Republican. Lawyer; member of Montana state house of representatives, 1901-02; Supreme Secretary of the Fraternal Brotherhood, an insurance union; on February 1, 1917, when he was ousted by the brotherhood's Supreme Council on grounds of insubordination, he drew a revolver and held the council at bay for ten minutes; after being disarmed by a private detective, he was arrested for disturbing the peace; candidate for California state senate 31st District, 1920; member of California state assembly, 1931-34 (57th District 1931-32, 61st District 1933-34); candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1932, 1933 (primary). Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Odd Fellows; Eagles. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., July 20, 1941 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Grace Warner.
  Edward Albert Dow (b. 1879) — also known as Edward A. Dow — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb. Born in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, April 20, 1879. Railway timekeeper; real estate and insurance business; U.S. Consul in St. Stephen, 1915-17; Fort William, 1917; Port Arthur, 1917; Ciudad Juarez, 1917-20; Algiers, 1920-24; Rotterdam, 1924-28; Frankfort, 1928-30; U.S. Consul General in St. John's, 1930-33; Santiago, 1933-38. Catholic. Member, Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Noble Dow and Nora Gertrude Dow; married, October 6, 1909, to Rose C. Rush.
  Olaf K. Fjetland (1893-1969) — also known as O. K. Fjetland — of Lemmon, Perkins County, S.Dak.; Iron River, Iron County, Mich.; Gladstone, Delta County, Mich. Born in Ellsworth, Hamilton County, Iowa, March 26, 1893. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; insurance agent; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1924; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1928, 1932. Norwegian ancestry. Died in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.M., October 6, 1969 (age 76 years, 194 days). Interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.M.
  Relatives: Son of Ingeborg (Skeie) Fjetland and Knut Fjetland.
  Daniel Smith Glidden (b. 1844) — also known as Daniel S. Glidden — of Montour, Tama County, Iowa; Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.Dak. Born in Clarendon, Orleans County, N.Y., February 24, 1844. Democrat. Boot and shoe business; insurance business; treasurer, Dakota Territory Democratic Party. Member, Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Josephine Martin.
  James Mountain Inhofe (b. 1934) — also known as James M. Inhofe; Jim Inhofe — of Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, November 17, 1934. Republican. President, Quaker Life Insurance Company; member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1967-69; member of Oklahoma state senate, 1969-77; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1972; candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, 1974; mayor of Tulsa, Okla., 1978-84; U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 1st District, 1987-94; defeated, 1976; resigned 1994; U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1994-. Presbyterian. Still living as of 2021.
  Relatives: Son of Perry D. Inhofe and Blanche (Mountain) Inhofe.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Frank Darr Jackson (1854-1938) — also known as Frank D. Jackson — of Iowa. Born in Arcade, Wyoming County, N.Y., January 26, 1854. Secretary of state of Iowa, 1885-91; Governor of Iowa, 1894-96; insurance executive. Died in Redlands, San Bernardino County, Calif., November 16, 1938 (age 84 years, 294 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also National Governors Association biography
  Roger William Jepsen (b. 1928) — also known as Roger Jepsen — of Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Born in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa, December 23, 1928. Republican. Insurance business; member of Iowa state senate, 1967-69; Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 1969-72; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1972; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1979-85; defeated, 1984. Lutheran. Member, Izaak Walton League; Farm Bureau; Shriners; Reserve Officers Association. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Robert Edward Kersting (b. 1916) — also known as Robert Kersting — of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa, August 26, 1916. Democrat. Lawyer; test pilot and executive, Howard Aircraft Co.; president, Red Rock Ranches and Arizona Aviation Co.; secretary, treasurer, director, Savage Industries, Inc., Sun States Land and Development Co.; director, general counsel, Insurance Corporation of America; president, general counsel, Yavapai Hotels Corp.; director, Prescott Utilities Corp.; member of Arizona Democratic State Central Committee, 1951-70; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1956 (alternate), 1960. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Gamma Delta; Phi Delta Phi; Moose; Fraternal Order of Police. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Augustus Henry Kersting and Eva (Schaub) Kersting; married, February 29, 1968, to Fracine Bassett.
  Charles Merritt McFatridge (1871-1949) — of Moravia, Appanoose County, Iowa. Born in Monroe County, Iowa, August 14, 1871. Real estate and insurance business; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1937. Member, Freemasons. Died, of cerebral thrombosis, in Moravia, Appanoose County, Iowa, January 1, 1949 (age 77 years, 140 days). Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Moravia, Iowa.
  Benjamin Baker Merrill (1871-1951) — also known as Benjamin B. Merrill — of Hockanum, East Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Frankville, Winneshiek County, Iowa, July 20, 1871. Republican. Insurance business; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from East Hartford, 1925-28; defeated, 1942. Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., January 2, 1951 (age 79 years, 166 days). Interment at Hillside Cemetery, East Hartford, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of George D. Merrill and Nancy Pulsifer (Treat) Merrill; married to Mary Catherine Gehan; fourth great-grandnephew of Robert Treat; second cousin thrice removed of Aaron Kellogg; third cousin of Arthur Edwards Bidwell; third cousin twice removed of John Taintor, Roger Taintor, Solomon Taintor, Orsamus Cook Merrill and Timothy Merrill; third cousin thrice removed of Robert Treat Paine; fourth cousin once removed of Greene Carrier Bronson, John Russell Kellogg, John Adams Taintor, Eliphalet Adams Bulkeley, George Smith Catlin, Francis William Kellogg, Henry G. Taintor, Farrand Fassett Merrill, Delos Fall and Herbert Dudley Witherell.
  Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; DuPont family of Wilmington, Delaware (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward Edwin Miller (1880-1946) — also known as Edward E. Miller — of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Ill. Born in Creston, Union County, Iowa, July 22, 1880. Republican. Real estate and insurance business; private secretary to U.S. Rep. William A. Rodenberg; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912; Illinois state treasurer, 1921-23; U.S. Representative from Illinois 22nd District, 1923-25. Died in St. Louis, Mo., August 1, 1946 (age 66 years, 10 days). Interment at St. Clair Memorial Park Cemetery, East St. Louis, Ill.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Richard J. Norpel Sr. (1918-2007) — of Bellevue, Jackson County, Iowa. Born in Bellevue, Jackson County, Iowa, June 24, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; grocer; hotelier; insurance and real estate business; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1971-72; member of Iowa state senate, 1975-76. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Knights of Columbus. Died May 24, 2007 (age 88 years, 334 days). Interment at Bellevue Catholic Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.
  Relatives: Step-son of Herman Pogeman; son of Charles Norpel and Laura (Meier) Norpel; married, February 23, 1943, to Janaan Lewis.
  William N. Plymat Sr. (d. 1993) — of Iowa. Republican. Insurance business; candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 5th District, 1970; member of Iowa state senate, 1973-76. Died in 1993. Burial location unknown.
  John George Regan (b. 1872) — also known as John G. Regan — of Adel, Dallas County, Iowa. Born in Platte County, Neb., June 3, 1872. Democrat. School teacher; insurance and real estate business; abstractor; lawyer; mayor of Adel, Iowa, 1920-24, 1928-30; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1936, 1940. Member, Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Dennis Regan and Margaret (Holland) Regan; married, January 1, 1908, to Norma Frost; married, September 14, 1915, to Agnes C. Carrig.
  Rudolph Rohlfs (1856-1926) — of Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Born in Iowa, February, 1856. Republican. Insurance agent; button manufacturer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1912. Lutheran. German ancestry. Died April 8, 1926 (age 70 years, 0 days). Interment at Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of M. J. Rohlfs and Eliza (Rohde) Rohlfs.
  Harold Joseph Teachout (1892-1975) — also known as Harold Teachout — of Farragut, Fremont County, Iowa; Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, April 24, 1892. Democrat. Farmer; insurance agent; candidate for Iowa state senate, 1938; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1940, 1952. Methodist. Member, Farm Bureau; Rotary. Died in 1975 (age about 83 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Abram E. Teachout and Amelia E. (Kuntz) Teachout; married, April 5, 1916, to Vera V. Vickers.
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