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Politicians in Mining in Illinois

  Samuel Shaw Arentz (1879-1934) — also known as Samuel S. Arentz; Ulysses Arentz — of Simpson, Lyon County, Nev. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 8, 1879. Republican. Surveyor; engineer; mining superintendent; chief engineer for several Western railroads; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from Nevada at-large, 1921-23, 1925-33; defeated, 1932; candidate for U.S. Senator from Nevada, 1922; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1928 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1932. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died in Reno, Washoe County, Nev., June 17, 1934 (age 55 years, 160 days). Interment at Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno, Nev.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Charles Arentz and Mary M. (Shaw) Arentz; married, October 11, 1910, to Harriet Keep; father of Samuel Shaw Arentz (1913-1994).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Martin Brachall Bailey (b. 1858) — also known as M. B. Bailey — of Danville, Vermilion County, Ill. Born in Indianola, Vermilion County, Ill., 1858. Farmer; school teacher; silver miner; mining superintendent; lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives; elected 1894; member of Illinois state senate, 1901-03, 1903-05, 1909-33 (18th District 1901-03, 22nd District 1903-05, 1909-33). Member, Elks; Redmen; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Phi Delta Theta; Sons of the American Revolution. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Bailey and Sarah Ann (Brachall) Bailey; married 1899 to Lucia Payne.
  Cecil William Bishop (1890-1971) — also known as C. W. 'Runt' Bishop — of Carterville, Williamson County, Ill. Born near West Vienna, Johnson County, Ill., June 29, 1890. Republican. Tailor; laundry business; coal miner; professional football and baseball player and manager; postmaster; U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1941-55 (25th District 1941-49, 26th District 1949-53, 25th District 1953-55); defeated, 1954. Christian. Member, Lions; Elks; Eagles; Odd Fellows; Woodmen; Knights of Pythias. Died in Marion, Williamson County, Ill., September 21, 1971 (age 81 years, 84 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Carterville, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of William C. Bishop and Belle Z. (Ragsdale) Bishop; married, December 25, 1913, to Elizabeth Hutton.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Donald A. Callahan (b. 1876) — of Galena, Jo Daviess County, Ill.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Wallace, Shoshone County, Idaho. Born in Galena, Jo Daviess County, Ill., September 8, 1876. Republican. School teacher; lawyer; member of Idaho state house of representatives, 1921-23; member of Idaho state senate, 1923-33; president, Callahan Consolidated Mines, 1937; candidate for U.S. Senator from Idaho, 1938; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1940. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks; Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Callahan and Mary Jennings (Rowe) Callahan; married, May 10, 1905, to Agnes Kelly.
Roy N. Davidson Roy N. Davidson (1879-1944) — of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Mahomet, Champaign County, Ill., January 7, 1879. Republican. Mining business; member of Arizona territorial House of Representatives, 1907; secretary of Arizona Republican Party, 1922-24, 1937; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Arizona, 1934. Member, Sigma Chi. Died in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., December 24, 1944 (age 65 years, 352 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif.
  Relatives: Married 1919 to Minnie M. Lambert.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Arizona Republic, November 2, 1938
  Alexander Vincent Dye (1876-1956) — of Douglas, Cochise County, Ariz. Born in Flora, Clay County, Ill., February 11, 1876. Bookkeeper; college professor; U.S. Consul in Nogales, 1909-13; assistant general manager of a mining corporation, 1913-17. Died in Tryon, Polk County, N.C., June 2, 1956 (age 80 years, 112 days). Interment at Calvary Episcopal Church Cemetery, Fletcher, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Alexander E. Dye and Mary (Hudsteth) Dye; married to Margaret Scott.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Eugene Lester Garey (1891-1953) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., August 28, 1891. Democrat. Lawyer; director, Butte Copper and Zinc Co. (mining); delegate to New York state constitutional convention 13th District, 1938. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Died May 20, 1953 (age 61 years, 265 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Eugene Francis Garey and Ellen Frances (O'Boyle) Garey; married 1923 to Margaret Kashner.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Adolph Germer (1881-1966) — of Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Wehlau, East Prussia (now Znamensk, Kaliningrad Oblast), January 15, 1881. Socialist. Miner; union official in various capacities for the United Mine Workers of America, 1906-16; member of Socialist National Committee from Illinois, 1911; candidate for Illinois state house of representatives, 1912; candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1914; National Executive Secretary, Socialist Party of America, 1916-19; indicted in Chicago, 1918, along with former U.S. Rep. Victor L. Berger, and three others, for making speeches that encouraged disloyalty and obstructed military recruitment; tried and convicted; sentenced to twenty years in prison; the conviction was later overturned; candidate for New York state assembly from New York County 16th District, 1921. Member, United Mine Workers. Died in Rockford, Winnebago County, Ill., May, 1966 (age 85 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Harry LeRoy Heer (1873-1962) — also known as Harry L. Heer — of Galena, Jo Daviess County, Ill. Born in Galena, Jo Daviess County, Ill., January 22, 1873. Mining engineer; lawyer; circuit judge in Illinois 15th Circuit, 1925. German and Welsh ancestry. Died in Hennepin County, Minn., November 12, 1962 (age 89 years, 294 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of David H. Heer and Martha (Evans) Heer; married, April 21, 1914, to Myrtle L. Renwick.
  Kent Ellsworth Keller (1867-1954) — also known as Kent E. Keller — of Ava, Jackson County, Ill. Born near Campbell Hill, Jackson County, Ill., June 4, 1867. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; mining business; member of Illinois state senate 44th District, 1913-17; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1916, 1952; U.S. Representative from Illinois 25th District, 1931-41; defeated, 1940 (25th District), 1942 (25th District), 1944 (25th District), 1948 (26th District), 1950 (26th District). Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died September 3, 1954 (age 87 years, 91 days). Interment at Ava Evergreen Cemetery, Ava, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Philip Jacob Keller and Harriet Elizabeth (Bradley) Keller; married to Olive Robinson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  James Swan Lawton (b. 1880) — also known as James S. Lawton — Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 14, 1880. Mining business; U.S. Consular Agent in Paramaribo, 1917-38; U.S. Vice Consul in Paramaribo, 1943. Burial location unknown.
  Robert Rutherford McCormick (1880-1955) — also known as Robert R. McCormick; Robert Sanderson McCormick Jr.; "Colonel McCormick"; "Colonel McCosmic" — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., July 30, 1880. Republican. Lawyer; longtime publisher, Chicago Tribune newspaper; creator of the Tribune's paper manufacturing and aluminum mining operations in Canada; president, Chicago Sanitary Commission (which built the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal connecting Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River system); delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912, 1940, 1948, 1952; served in the U.S. Army on the Mexican border; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I. Presbyterian. Scotch-Irish and Dutch ancestry. Died April 1, 1955 (age 74 years, 245 days). Interment at Cantigny Estate, Wheaton, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Sanderson McCormick and Katharine Van Etta (Medill) McCormick; brother of Joseph Medill McCormick (who married Ruth Hanna); married, March 10, 1915, to Amie deHoule (Irwin) Adams; married, December 22, 1944, to Maryland (Mathison) Hooper; grandson of Joseph Meharry Medill; grandnephew of Cyrus Hall McCormick; first cousin of Joseph Medill Patterson; first cousin once removed of William McCormick Blair Jr..
  Political family: McCormick-Guggenheim-Morton-Medill family of Illinois and New York.
  See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Robert R. McCormick: Richard Norton Smith, The Colonel : The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick 1880-1955
  Charles McGavin (1874-1940) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Riverton, Sangamon County, Ill., January 10, 1874. Republican. Coal mining superintendent; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Illinois 8th District, 1905-09; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920. Presbyterian. Died December 17, 1940 (age 66 years, 342 days). Interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Berwyn, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of James McGavin and Mary Ann (Farley) McGavin.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Walter Nesbit (1878-1938) — of Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill. Born in Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill., May 1, 1878. Coal miner; Secretary-Treasurer, District 12, United Mine Workers of America, 1917-33; U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1933-35; defeated, 1930 (Democratic), 1934 (Democratic primary), 1934 (National Progressive). Member, United Mine Workers. Died in Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill., December 6, 1938 (age 60 years, 219 days). Interment at Green Mount Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Nesbit and Helen (Green) Nesbit; married, May 28, 1902, to Regina Marxer.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Ben Wilson Olcott (1872-1952) — also known as Ben W. Olcott; B. W. Olcott — of Salem, Marion County, Ore.; Redlands, San Bernardino County, Calif. Born in Keithsburg, Mercer County, Ill., October 15, 1872. Republican. Miner; secretary of state of Oregon, 1911-20; appointed 1911; resigned 1920; Governor of Oregon, 1919-23; defeated, 1922; president, American Savings Bank, Long Beach, 1923. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks. Died in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., July 21, 1952 (age 79 years, 280 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum, Salem, Ore.
  Relatives: Son of Hiram Wallace Olcott and Mary Jane (Wilson) Olcott; married, December 25, 1912, to Lena O. Hutton.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Henderson Packwood (1832-1917) — also known as William H. Packwood — of Curry County, Ore.; Baker County, Ore. Born in Illinois, 1832. Democrat. Miner; delegate to Oregon state constitutional convention from Curry County, 1857. Died in 1917 (age about 85 years). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Baker City, Ore.
  Relatives: Son of Larkin Canada Packwood and Elizabeth Cathcart (Stormont) Packwood; married to Josephine O'Brien; great-grandfather of Robert William Packwood; second cousin twice removed of Otis Larry Packwood; third cousin of Augustus Brandegee; third cousin once removed of Frank Bosworth Brandegee.
  Political family: Wolcott-Griswold-Packwood-Brandegee family of Connecticut (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Merritt E. Paddock (1867-1937) — of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Prophetstown, Whiteside County, Ill., June 3, 1867. Mining engineer; mayor of Long Beach, Calif., 1933-34. Member, Elks. Died in May, 1937 (age 69 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Ralph Plumb (1816-1903) — of Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio; Streator, La Salle County, Ill. Born in Busti, Chautauqua County, N.Y., March 29, 1816. Republican. Merchant; lawyer; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1855; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; coal mining business; railroad builder; banker; mayor of Streator, Ill., 1882-85; U.S. Representative from Illinois 8th District, 1885-89. Died in Streator, La Salle County, Ill., April 8, 1903 (age 87 years, 10 days). Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Streator, Ill.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Raymond Robins (1873-1954) — of Nome, Nome census area, Alaska; Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; near Brooksville, Hernando County, Fla. Born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., September 17, 1873. Progressive. Coal miner; lawyer; went to the Klondike for the 1898 Gold Rush; pastor; social worker; economist; writer; candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1914; commissioner of American Red Cross mission to Russia, 1917. Died September 26, 1954 (age 81 years, 9 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1905 to Margaret Dreier.
  See also Wikipedia article
  William Sharon (1821-1885) — of Carrollton, Greene County, Ill.; Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif.; Virginia City, Storey County, Nev. Born in Smithfield, Jefferson County, Ohio, January 9, 1821. Republican. Lawyer; went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; banker; mining business; real estate business; U.S. Senator from Nevada, 1875-81. Died in San Francisco, Calif., November 13, 1885 (age 64 years, 308 days). Original interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery (which no longer exists), San Francisco, Calif.; reinterment at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
  Relatives: Father of Clara Adelaide Sharon (who married Francis Griffith Newlands).
  Cross-reference: Francis G. Newlands — David S. Terry
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Oliver Henry Nelson Shoup (1869-1940) — also known as Oliver H. Shoup — of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo. Born in Champaign County, Ill., December 13, 1869. Republican. Oil business; mining business; banker; Governor of Colorado, 1919-23; delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1920. Presbyterian. Member, Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died September 30, 1940 (age 70 years, 292 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of William R. Shoup and Delia J. (Ferris) Shoup; married, September 18, 1891, to Unetta Small.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Whitney Waterman (1826-1891) — also known as Robert W. Waterman — of Geneva, Kane County, Ill.; Wilmington, Will County, Ill.; California. Born in Fairfield, Herkimer County, N.Y., December 15, 1826. Postmaster; newspaper publisher; involved in silver and gold mining; president, San Diego, Cuyamaca & Eastern Railway; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1887; Governor of California, 1887-91. Died in San Diego, San Diego County, Calif., April 12, 1891 (age 64 years, 118 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of John Dean Waterman and Mary Graves (Waldo) Waterman; married, September 29, 1847, to Jane Gardner; first cousin of Alexander Hamilton Waterman; second cousin thrice removed of David Waterman and Luther Waterman; third cousin once removed of William Harrison Waterman; third cousin twice removed of Elisha Waterman and Thomas Glasby Waterman; fourth cousin once removed of Sterry Robinson Waterman.
  Political family: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also National Governors Association biography
  Fred W. Wenschoff — of Illinois. Born in Germany. Socialist. Miner; delegate to Socialist National Convention from Illinois, 1920; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1920 (21st District), 1922 (at-large). Burial location unknown.
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