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Politicians in Mining in Kentucky

  Tennyson M. Bates (1892-1957) — of Wise, Wise County, Va. Born in Letcher County, Ky., July 15, 1892. Democrat. Farmer; coal operator; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1948-55. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Kiwanis. Died March 29, 1957 (age 64 years, 257 days). Burial location unknown.
  Donald L. Blankenship (b. 1950) — also known as Don Blankenship — of Sprigg, Mingo County, W.Va. Born in Stopover, Pike County, Ky., March 14, 1950. Accountant; coal mining executive; chairman and CEO of Massey Energy, 2000-10; in April 2010, an explosion at the company's Upper Big Branch coal mine killed 29 miners; convicted on a charge of conspiring to violate mine safety standards; served one year in prison; Constitution candidate for President of the United States, 2020. Still living as of 2020.
  See also Wikipedia article — Ballotpedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Shirley M. Crawford (1872-1917) — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. Born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., August 5, 1872. Republican. Actor; newspaper writer; served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; law partner of Augustus E. Willson; Honorary Consul for Guatemala in Louisville, Ky., 1901-07; in February 1905, amidst a controversy over the appointment of a new Colonel, a military court of inquiry was convened to investigate the officers of the First Kentucky regiment, including a Major and six Captains, for willful disobedience; all were releived of duty, but Capt. Crawford was singled out as "an agitator and fomenter of strife, disloyal and insubordinate to his superior officers," and ordered court-martialed; secretary-treasurer and director, Kentucky-Arizona Copper Company (engaged in mining and smelting). Hit by a car while crossing a street, suffered a fractured leg and pneumonia, and died two weeks later, in German Hospital, San Francisco, Calif., September 6, 1917 (age 45 years, 32 days). Cremated; ashes interred at San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.
  Relatives: Married, September 20, 1902, to Reina Melcher.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Coleman du Pont (1863-1930) — also known as T. Coleman du Pont — of Wilmington, New Castle County, Del. Born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., December 11, 1863. Republican. Engineer; president, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours Powder Co., 1902-15; president, Central Coal and Iron Co., and other mining firms; director, Union National Bank; owner of hotels; Delaware Republican state chair, 1904-12; delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1908 (alternate), 1920 (speaker), 1924, 1928; member of Republican National Committee from Delaware, 1908-30; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1916; U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1921-22, 1925-28; appointed 1921; defeated, 1922; resigned 1928. Member, American Academy of Political and Social Science; Union League. Died, from cancer of the larynx, in Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., November 11, 1930 (age 66 years, 335 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Du Pont de Nemours Cemetery, Wilmington, Del.
  Relatives: Son of Antoine Bidermann du Pont and Ellen Susan (Coleman) du Pont; married, January 17, 1889, to Alice Elsie du Pont; father of Alice Hounsfield du Pont (who married Clayton Douglass Buck) and Francis Victor du Pont; grandfather of Eleuthere Irenee du Pont; grandnephew of Henry DuPont; first cousin of Alfred Irénée du Pont and Pierre Samuel du Pont; first cousin once removed of Henry Algernon du Pont, Henry Belin du Pont Jr., Lammot du Pont Copeland and Reynolds du Pont; first cousin twice removed of Charles Irénée du Pont and Pierre Samuel du Pont IV; second cousin of Francis Irenee du Pont, Edward Green Bradford Jr., Elizabeth Bradford du Pont Bayard and Eugene Lammot; second cousin once removed of Thomas Francis Bayard III and Alexis Irenee du Pont Bayard; second cousin twice removed of Richard Henry Bayard.
  Political families: DuPont family of Wilmington, Delaware; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward Moss Gatliff (b. 1887) — of Williamsburg, Whitley County, Ky. Born in Williamsburg, Whitley County, Ky., September 12, 1887. Democrat. Lawyer; coal operator; member of Kentucky Democratic State Central Committee, 1916-24. Baptist. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Zeta Psi; American Bar Association. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ancil Gatliff and Florida (Moss) Gatliff; married, February 9, 1915, to Beverly Davidson.
  Isabella Selmes Greenway (1886-1953) — also known as Isabella S. Greenway; Isabella Selmes; Isabella Ferguson; Mrs. John C. Greenway; Mrs. Harry Orland King — of Tucson, Pima County, Ariz.; Ajo, Pima County, Ariz.; Tucson, Pima County, Ariz. Born in Boone County, Ky., March 22, 1886. Democrat. Innkeeper; rancher; owner, Gilpin Air Lines; manager of copper mining interests; member of Democratic National Committee from Arizona, 1928-34; U.S. Representative from Arizona at-large, 1933-37. Female. Died, from coronary thrombosis, in Tucson, Pima County, Ariz., December 18, 1953 (age 67 years, 271 days). Interment at Dinsmore Homestead Cemetery, Near Burlington, Boone County, Ky.
  Relatives: Daughter of Tilden R. Selmes and Martha Macomb (Flandrau) Selmes; married, November 4, 1923, to John C. Greenway; married 1905 to Robert H. Munro Ferguson; married, April 22, 1939, to Harry Orland King.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George Brown Martin (1876-1945) — of Catlettsburg, Boyd County, Ky. Born in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky., August 18, 1876. Democrat. Lawyer; general counsel and director, Big Sandy and Kentucky River Railway; director, Standard Elkhorn Coal Company; director, Clay Gunnell Shoe Company; Boyd County Judge, 1904; U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1918-19; defeated, 1932; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1928. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Freemasons; Elks. Died in 1945 (age about 68 years). Interment at Catlettsburg Cemetery, Catlettsburg, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Alexander Lackey Martin and Nannie Frances (Brown) Martin; grandson of John Preston Martin.
  Political family: Martin family of Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Caldwell Calhoun Mayo (1864-1914) — also known as John C. C. Mayo — of Paintsville, Johnson County, Ky. Born in Johnson County, Ky., September 16, 1864. Democrat. School teacher; coal mining baron; reputed to be the wealthiest man and largest landholder in Kentucky; philanthropist; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1908, 1912; member of Democratic National Committee from Kentucky, 1912-14. Methodist. Died, from Bright's disease and peritonitis, in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., May 11, 1914 (age 49 years, 237 days). Interment at Mayo Cemetery, Paintsville, Ky.
  Presumably named for: John C. Calhoun
  Relatives: Married, February 21, 1897, to Alice Alka Meek.
  Frederic Moseley Sackett Jr. (1868-1941) — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., December 17, 1868. Republican. Lawyer; president, Louisville Gas Co. and Louisville Lighting Co., 1907-12; president, Pioneer Coal Co. and Black Star Coal Co.;; U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1925-30; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1928 (chair, Committee on Permanent Organization); U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1930-33. Unitarian. Died in Baltimore, Md., May 18, 1941 (age 72 years, 152 days). Interment at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Frederic Moseley Sackett and Emma Louisa (Paine) Sackett; married, April 12, 1898, to Olive Speed (fourth great-granddaughter of Joshua Fry).
  Political families: Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia; Bullitt-Speed-Fry-Henry family (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Frederick Sackett: Bernard V. Burke, Ambassador Frederick Sackett and the Collapse of the Weimar Republic, 1930-1933
  Andrew Jackson Stewart (1872-1945) — of Bluefield, Mercer County, W.Va. Born near Louisa, Lawrence County, Ky., November 26, 1872. Coal mine superintendent; mayor of Bluefield, W.Va., 1924-28. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Kiwanis. Died, from asthma and a heart condition, in Bluefield, Mercer County, W.Va., June 12, 1945 (age 72 years, 198 days). Interment at Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Bluefield, W.Va.
  Presumably named for: Andrew Jackson
  Relatives: Son of Leander Cox Stewart and Ellen Frances (Savage) Stewart; married, October 1, 1896, to Lola Montry Boyd.
Jerry E. Stidham Jerry E. Stidham (b. 1909) — of Holden, Logan County, W.Va. Born in Breathitt County, Ky., June 24, 1909. Democrat. Coal miner; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Logan County, 1947-52. Protestant. Member, Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; United Mine Workers. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Asbury Stidham and Lucinda (Simpkins) Stidham; married, June 25, 1928, to Mary V. Summerville.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  George Post Wheeler (1869-1956) — also known as Post Wheeler — Born in Owego, Tioga County, N.Y., August 6, 1869. Newspaper editor; mining business; author; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Minister to Paraguay, 1930-33; Albania, 1933-34; poet. Member, Loyal Legion; Freemasons. Died in 1956 (age about 86 years). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Hopkinsville, Ky.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Elisha I. Winter (1781-1849) — of Clinton County, N.Y.; Fayette County, Ky. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., July 15, 1781. Mining business; U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1813-15; planter; merchant; president, Lexington & Ohio Railroad. Slaveowner. Died in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., June 30, 1849 (age 67 years, 350 days). Interment at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.
  Relatives: Married to Virginia Carr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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