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Lawyer Politicians in Indiana, D

  Frank Coffroth Dailey (b. 1870) — also known as Frank C. Dailey — Born in Bluffton, Wells County, Ind., December 22, 1870. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; lawyer; U.S. Attorney for Indiana, 1913-16; candidate for Governor of Indiana, 1928. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph S. Dailey and Emma (Gutelius) Dailey; married, October 17, 1894, to Emma Field; father of Joseph Leonard Dailey (1896-1956).
  Joseph Leonard Dailey (1896-1956) — also known as Joseph L. Dailey — of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.M. Born in Bluffton, Wells County, Ind., August 28, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; district judge in New Mexico 2nd District, 1934-35. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Beta Theta Pi; Freemasons. Died June 19, 1956 (age 59 years, 296 days). Interment at Fairview Memorial Park, Albuquerque, N.M.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Coffroth Dailey (1870-?) and Edna (Field) Dailey; married, August 28, 1920, to Elizabeth Vogt.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Hamilton Daviess (1774-1811) — also known as Joe Daviess — of Danville, Boyle County, Ky.; Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. Born in Bedford County, Va., March 4, 1774. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for Kentucky, 1800-06; major in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Welsh ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Around 1801, he served as a second to John Rowan in his duel with James Chambers; after Chambers was killed, he fled to avoid prosecution as accomplice to murder, and became a fugitive, but when Rowan was arrested, he returned to act as Rowan's legal counsel. Shot and killed in the Battle of Tippecanoe, in what is now Tippecanoe County, Ind., November 7, 1811 (age 37 years, 248 days). Interment at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park, Battle Ground, Ind.
  Relatives: Brother-in-law of John Marshall (1755-1835).
  Political families: Lee-Randolph family of Maryland and Virginia; Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Biddle-Randolph family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Anderson-Marshall family of Ohio and West Virginia; Pendleton-Lee family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Daviess counties in Ind., Ky. and Mo., and Jo Daviess County, Ill., are named for him.
  James M. Davis (b. 1844) — of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Mich. Born in Orchard Grove, Lake County, Ind., September 11, 1844. Republican. Lawyer; Kalamazoo County Probate Judge, 1889-96; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kalamazoo County 2nd District, 1899-1900. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, March 22, 1867, to Estella Eldred.
  Thomas Terry Davis (d. 1807) — Born in Kentucky. Lawyer; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1795-97; U.S. Representative from Kentucky at-large, 1797-1803; justice of Indiana territorial supreme court, 1803-07. Member, Freemasons. Died in Jeffersonville, Clark County, Ind., November 15, 1807. Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John W. Dawson (1820-1877) — of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind. Born in Cambridge, Dearborn County, Ind., October 21, 1820. Farmer; lawyer; newspaper editor; candidate for Indiana state house of representatives, 1854; candidate for secretary of state of Indiana, 1856; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1858; Governor of Utah Territory, 1861. In December, 1861, after less than a month as territorial governor, fled Utah amid controversy and scandal. Just east of Salt Lake City, he was attacked by three men and badly injured. Died in Indiana, September 10, 1877 (age 56 years, 324 days). Interment at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Werden Deane (1837-1914) — also known as Charles W. Deane; C. W. Deane; Charles W. Dean — of Pentwater, Oceana County, Mich.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Antigo, Langlade County, Wis. Born in Grafton, Windham County, Vt., 1837. Republican. Lawyer; Oceana County Prosecuting Attorney, 1861-62; major in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Newaygo District, 1867-68; village president, Pentwater, Mich., 1867; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1868. Died in Antigo, Langlade County, Wis., June 4, 1914 (age about 76 years). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Peter Werden Dean and Philinder (Willey) Dean; married to Adele C. Woodward.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Horace Emerson Deemer (b. 1858) — also known as Horace E. Deemer — of Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa. Born in Bourbon, Marshall County, Ind., September 24, 1858. Republican. Lawyer; district judge in Iowa 15th District, 1887-94; justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1894-1917. Member, American Bar Association; American Academy of Political and Social Science; American Political Science Association. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John A. Deemer and Elizabeth (Erwin) Deemer; married, July 12, 1882, to Jeannette Gibson.
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
  Charles Harvey Denby (1830-1904) — also known as Charles H. Denby — of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind. Born in Mt. Joy, Botetourt County, Va., June 16, 1830. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1857; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1876, 1884; U.S. Minister to China, 1885-98. Episcopalian. Died in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N.Y., January 13, 1904 (age 73 years, 211 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of Graham Newell Fitch; son of Nathaniel Denby (1798-1855) and Sarah Jane (Harvey) Denby (1810-1856); married to Martha Fitch (1836-1906); father of Charles Harvey Denby, Jr. and Edwin Denby (1870-1929); grandfather of James Orr Denby.
  Political families: Mapes-Jennings-Denby-Neuman family of New York and Arizona; Denby-Fitch family of Indiana and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edwin Denby (1870-1929) — also known as Ned Denby — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind., February 18, 1870. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during the Spanish-American War; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1903-04; U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1905-11; defeated, 1910; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1917; U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1921-24. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Phi Delta Phi. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 8, 1929 (age 58 years, 356 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Harvey Denby and Martha (Fitch) Denby (1836-1906); brother of Charles Harvey Denby, Jr.; married, March 18, 1911, to Marion Bartlett Thurber (1885-1973); uncle of James Orr Denby; grandson of Graham Newell Fitch; third cousin thrice removed of Jonas Mapes (1768-1824).
  Political families: Mapes-Jennings-Denby-Neuman family of New York and Arizona; Denby-Fitch family of Indiana and New York; Tyler-Mapes family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: M. Hubert O'Brien
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Winfield Kirkpatrick Denton (1896-1971) — also known as Winfield K. Denton — of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind. Born in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind., October 28, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; Vanderburgh County Prosecuting Attorney, 1932-36; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1939-42; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1949-53, 1955-67 (8th District 1949-53, 1955-63, 1st District 1963-65, 8th District 1965-67); defeated, 1946, 1952; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1952, 1956, 1964. Methodist. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Phi Kappa Psi; Kiwanis. Died in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind., November 2, 1971 (age 75 years, 5 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of George Kirkpatrick Denton (1864-1926).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Charles H. Dillon Charles Hall Dillon (1853-1929) — also known as Charles H. Dillon — of Mitchell, Davison County, S.Dak.; Yankton, Yankton County, S.Dak.; Vermillion, Clay County, S.Dak. Born near Jasper, Dubois County, Ind., December 18, 1853. Lawyer; member of South Dakota state senate 3rd District, 1903-10; U.S. Representative from South Dakota 1st District, 1913-19; judge of South Dakota state supreme court 4th District, 1923-26; Independent candidate for U.S. Senator from South Dakota, 1924. Congregationalist. Died in Vermillion, Clay County, S.Dak., September 15, 1929 (age 75 years, 271 days). Interment at Yankton Municipal Cemetery, Yankton, S.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of Mathew B. Dillon and Mary A. (Stewart) Dillon; married to Maude B. Tripp (died 1894); married, September 26, 1900, to Frances D. Jolley.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: South Dakota Legislative Manual, 1903
  Lincoln Dixon (1860-1932) — of North Vernon, Jennings County, Ind. Born in Vernon, Jennings County, Ind., February 9, 1860. Democrat. Lawyer; prosecuting attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit, 1884-92; member of Indiana Democratic State Committee, 1897-1904; U.S. Representative from Indiana 4th District, 1905-19; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1924 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization). Died in Lyndon, Jefferson County, Ky., September 16, 1932 (age 72 years, 220 days). Interment at Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel M. Dixon and Belinda (Foster) Dixon; married, October 16, 1884, to Kate Storey.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Isham Burnett Dodson (1818-1879) — also known as Isham B. Dodson — of Kirksville, Adair County, Mo. Born in Wayne County, Ind., December 7, 1818. Lawyer; Adair County Sheriff, 1847-51; major in the Union Army during the Civil War; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention 7th District, 1865; member of Missouri state senate 8th District, 1867-70. Died in Kirksville, Adair County, Mo., December 25, 1879 (age 61 years, 18 days). Interment at Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery, Kirksville, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of John Randall Dodson (1792-1868) and Sarah (Burnett) Dodson (1797-1885); married, August 21, 1843, to Nancy Jane Murphy (1824-1918).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joe Donnelly (b. 1955) — of Granger, St. Joseph County, Ind. Born in Queens, Queens County, N.Y., September 28, 1955. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Indiana 2nd District, 2007-; defeated, 2004; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2008; member, Rules Committee, 2020. Still living as of 2020.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  M. Edward Doran (b. 1895) — of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. Born in Bronson, Branch County, Mich., October 1, 1895. Democrat. Lawyer; chair of St. Joseph County Democratic Party, 1935-44; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1940, 1944 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee). Member, American Bar Association. Burial location unknown.
  Joel Fredrick Dubina (b. 1947) — also known as Joel F. Dubina — of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Born in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Ind., 1947. Lawyer; U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, 1986-90; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 1990-2013; took senior status 2013. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Father of Martha Roby (1976-).
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article
  William Wade Dudley (b. 1842) — of Richmond, Wayne County, Ind.; Washington, D.C. Born in Weathersfield Bow, Weathersfield, Windsor County, Vt., August 27, 1842. Republican. Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, 1863, and lost his right leg; Wayne County Clerk of Courts, 1866-74; milling business; lawyer; banker; U.S. Marshal, District of Indiana, 1879-81; U.S. Commissioner of Pensions, 1881-85; Treasurer of Republican National Committee, 1888. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1864 to Theresa Fiske.
  George Grundy Dunn (1812-1857) — of Indiana. Born in Washington County, Ky., December 20, 1812. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1847-49, 1855-57 (6th District 1847-49, 3rd District 1855-57); member of Indiana state senate, 1850-52. Died in Bedford, Lawrence County, Ind., September 4, 1857 (age 44 years, 258 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery, Bedford, Ind.
  Relatives: Father of Moses Fell Dunn (1842-1915).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George Hedford Dunn (1794-1854) — also known as George H. Dunn — of Indiana. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., November 15, 1794. Whig. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1828-29, 1832-34; candidate for Indiana state senate, 1831; U.S. Representative from Indiana 4th District, 1837-39; Indiana state treasurer, 1841-44; circuit judge in Indiana, 1847-50; railroad promoter. Died in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Ind., January 12, 1854 (age 59 years, 58 days). Original interment at Newtown Cemetery, Lawrenceburg, Ind.; reinterment at Greendale Cemetery, Lawrenceburg, Ind.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Moses Fell Dunn (1842-1915) — of Indiana. Born in Bedford, Lawrence County, Ind., April 26, 1842. Republican. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1867-69; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 6th District, 1870. Died October 21, 1915 (age 73 years, 178 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery, Bedford, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of George Grundy Dunn (1812-1857).
  Dunn Memorial Hospital (now St. Vincent Dunn Hospital), in Bedford, Indiana, is named for him.
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