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French ancestry Politicians in Indiana

Mark L. De_Motte Mark Lindsey De Motte (1832-1908) — also known as Mark L. De Motte — of Valparaiso, Porter County, Ind.; Lexington, Lafayette County, Mo. Born in Rockville, Parke County, Ind., December 28, 1832. Republican. Lawyer; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; newspaper editor and publisher; candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 11th District, 1872, 1876; delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1876; U.S. Representative from Indiana 10th District, 1881-83; member of Indiana state senate, 1887-89; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1888; postmaster at Valparaiso, Ind., 1890-94. Methodist. French and Dutch ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died in Valparaiso, Porter County, Ind., September 23, 1908 (age 75 years, 270 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Valparaiso, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Daniel De Motte (died 1875).
  The town of DeMotte, Indiana, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: New York Public Library
William H. English William Hayden English (1822-1896) — also known as William H. English — of Lexington, Scott County, Ind. Born in Lexington, Scott County, Ind., August 27, 1822. Democrat. Lawyer; banker; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1851-52; Speaker of the Indiana State House of Representatives, 1851-52; U.S. Representative from Indiana 2nd District, 1853-61; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1880. English and French Huguenot ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Sons of the American Revolution; Society of Colonial Wars. Died in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., February 7, 1896 (age 73 years, 164 days). Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Mahala (Eastin) English and Elisha Gale English (1797?-1874); married 1847 to Emma Mardulia Jackson; father of William Eastin English.
  Political family: English family of Indianapolis, Indiana.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Image source: Cornell University Library
  Clinton Peyre Ferry (1836-1909) — also known as Clinton P. Ferry; "The Duke of Tacoma" — of Tacoma, Pierce County, Wash. Born in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., May 24, 1836. Consular Agent for France in Tacoma, Wash., 1898-1901. French ancestry. Died in San Diego, San Diego County, Calif., July 31, 1909 (age 73 years, 68 days). Interment at Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, Wash.
  Relatives: Son of Caroline (Bourie) Ferry and Lucien Peyre Ferry; nephew of Elisha Peyre Ferry (1825-1895).
  Political family: Ferry family of Seattle, Washington.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lucien Peyre Ferry (1811-1844) — also known as Lucien P. Ferry — of Indiana. Born in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, October 3, 1811. Probate judge in Indiana, 1837-39; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1843-44. Episcopalian. French ancestry. Died in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., August 20, 1844 (age 32 years, 322 days). Interment at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  Relatives: Brother of Elisha Peyre Ferry (1825-1895); married, August 30, 1831, to Caroline Bourie (1814-1915); father of Clinton Peyre Ferry.
  Political family: Ferry family of Seattle, Washington.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Stephen Bond Fleming (1870-1961) — also known as Stephen B. Fleming — of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind. Born in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., November 20, 1870. Democrat. Manufacturer; member of Indiana state senate, 1901-15; resigned 1915; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1908 (alternate), 1916 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee); president, Holsum Bakery Company, 1938-56. Catholic. Irish, German, and French ancestry. Member, Elks. Died, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind., December 6, 1961 (age 91 years, 16 days). Interment at Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of William Fleming (1828-1890); married 1893 to Mary Inez Dougall (died 1949).
Thomas W. Nadal Thomas William Nadal (b. 1875) — also known as Thomas W. Nadal — of Olivet, Eaton County, Mich.; Springfield, Greene County, Mo. Born near Milroy, Rush County, Ind., June 17, 1875. Republican. College professor; member of Michigan state board of education, 1911-17; appointed 1911; acting president, Olivet College, Olivet, Mich., 1915-16; president, Drury College, Springfield, Mo., 1917. Congregationalist. English and French ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Modern Language Association. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Franklin Nadal and Jerusha (Richey) Nadal; married, June 2, 1909, to Kathryne Dillingham Wyckoff.
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1911
Chase S. Osborn Chase Salmon Osborn (1860-1949) — also known as Chase S. Osborn — of Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Mich. Born in a log house in Huntington County, Ind., January 22, 1860. Republican. Newspaper publisher; postmaster at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., 1889-93; member of Michigan Republican State Executive Committee, 1899; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1899; member of University of Michigan board of regents, 1908-11; appointed 1908; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1908; Governor of Michigan, 1911-12; defeated, 1914; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1918, 1930; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1928; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1936. Presbyterian. English, French, and Irish ancestry. Member, Kiwanis; Lions; Knights of Pythias; Audubon Society; National Rifle Association; Sigma Chi; Sigma Delta Chi; Pi Gamma Mu; Sons of the American Revolution; Elks; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Grange. Died April 11, 1949 (age 89 years, 79 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Chippewa County, Mich.
  Presumably named for: Salmon P. Chase
  Relatives: Son of George A. Osborn and Margaret (Fannon) Osborn; married, May 7, 1881, to Lillian G. Jones.
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1911
  Henry Corbin Pettit (1863-1913) — of Wabash, Wabash County, Ind. Born in Wabash, Wabash County, Ind., 1863. Lawyer; mayor of Wabash, Ind., 1888-90; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1895-97; Speaker of the Indiana State House of Representatives, 1897. Presbyterian. English, Scottish, and French ancestry. Member, Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows. Died in Wabash, Wabash County, Ind., July 26, 1913 (age about 50 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Upfold Pettit (1820-1881).
  John Upfold Pettit (1820-1881) — also known as John U. Pettit — of Wabash, Wabash County, Ind. Born in Fabius, Onondaga County, N.Y., September 11, 1820. Republican. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1844-45, 1865; Speaker of the Indiana State House of Representatives, 1865; circuit judge in Indiana, 1853-54, 1873-79; U.S. Representative from Indiana 11th District, 1855-61; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War. Episcopalian. Scottish and French ancestry. Member, Odd Fellows. Died in Wabash, Wabash County, Ind., March 21, 1881 (age 60 years, 191 days). Interment at Falls Cemetery, Wabash, Ind.
  Relatives: Father of Henry Corbin Pettit (1863-1913).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George H. Proffit (1807-1847) — of Petersburg, Pike County, Ind. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., September 7, 1807. Merchant; lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1831-33, 1836-39; U.S. Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1839-43; U.S. Minister to Brazil, 1843-44. French and English ancestry. Died in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., September 7, 1847 (age 40 years, 0 days). Interment at Walnut Hills Cemetery, Petersburg, Ind.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary
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