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Politician members in Kentucky

  Odis William Bertelsman (1900-1991) — also known as Odis W. Bertelsman — of Newport, Campbell County, Ky.; Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Ky. Born in Newport, Campbell County, Ky., May 14, 1900. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; county judge in Kentucky, 1938-50; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1940, 1944, 1948. Member, Elks; Eagles; Freemasons. Died July 13, 1991 (age 91 years, 60 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Ky.
  Relatives: Father of William Odis Bertelsman.
  Samuel Clarence Ford (1882-1961) — also known as Sam C. Ford — of Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Mont. Born in Albany, Clinton County, Ky., November 7, 1882. Republican. Lawyer; Montana state attorney general, 1917-21; justice of Montana state supreme court, 1929-33; Governor of Montana, 1941-49; defeated, 1948; delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1952 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business). Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Eagles. Died November 25, 1961 (age 79 years, 18 days). Interment at Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Mont.
  Relatives: Son of William Ford and Glanora E. (Snow) Ford; married 1910 to Mary Leslie Shobe.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Find-A-Grave memorial
  George John Kaufmann (b. 1913) — also known as George J. Kaufmann — of Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Ky. Born in Newport, Campbell County, Ky., May 20, 1913. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1952, 1956, 1960. Catholic. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Rotary; Elks; Eagles; Knights of Columbus. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George J. Kaufmann and Mary (Brown) Kaufmann; married, July 16, 1936, to Ann Bassmann.
  P. Henderson Kelly (b. 1881) — also known as "Doc" — of Thurmond, Fayette County, W.Va.; Montgomery, Fayette County, W.Va. Born in Whitesburg, Letcher County, Ky., October 6, 1881. Democrat. Druggist; postmaster; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Fayette County, 1947-48, 1953-58. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Eagles; Moose. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Jasper Kelly and Katie Catherine (Day) Kelly; married, September 7, 1907, to Della C. Amick.
  Joey Pendleton (b. 1946) — of Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky. Born May 3, 1946. Democrat. Farmer; member of Kentucky state senate 3rd District, 1993-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1996. Baptist. Member, Kiwanis; Eagles. Still living as of 2004.
  Jacob Roll (1875-1939) — also known as Jake Roll — of Newport, Campbell County, Ky. Born in Ohio, September 19, 1875. Democrat. Postmaster at Newport, Ky., 1913-21; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1928. Catholic. Member, Elks; Eagles; Moose. Died, of cancer, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Covington, Kenton County, Ky., April 18, 1939 (age 63 years, 211 days). Interment at St. Stephen's Cemetery, Fort Thomas, Ky.
  James Graves Scrugham (1880-1945) — also known as James G. Scrugham; J. G. Scrugham — of Reno, Washoe County, Nev. Born in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., January 19, 1880. Democrat. University professor; newspaper editor and publisher; Governor of Nevada, 1923-27; defeated, 1926; U.S. Representative from Nevada at-large, 1933-42; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1940, 1944; U.S. Senator from Nevada, 1942-45; died in office 1945. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Eagles. Died June 23, 1945 (age 65 years, 155 days). Interment at Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno, Nev.
  Cross-reference: Helen Delich Bentley
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — NNDB dossier
  Franklin Emerson Smith (1902-1965) — also known as Franklin E. Smith; Frank E. Smith — of Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. Born in Livingston, Rockcastle County, Ky., 1902. Democrat. Printing business; candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 6th District, 1946; postmaster at Portsmouth, Ohio, 1949-58, 1961-62 (acting, 1949-50, 1961-62); candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1958; chair of Scioto County Democratic Party, 1965. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Rotary; Elks; Eagles. Died in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, November 8, 1965 (age about 63 years). Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Luther Caldwell Smith and Lockie Virginia (Dillion) Smith.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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