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Odd Fellows
Politician members in Louisiana

  Theodore Gilmore Bilbo (1877-1947) — also known as Theodore G. Bilbo — of Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss. Born near Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss., October 13, 1877. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; farmer; member of Mississippi state senate, 1908-12; Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, 1912-16; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1912 (alternate), 1916 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization), 1928, 1936, 1940, 1944; Governor of Mississippi, 1916-20, 1928-32; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1935-47; died in office 1947. Baptist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks; Odd Fellows; Ku Klux Klan. Author of the book Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization, which advocated deportation of all Black Americans to Africa. During the 1946 campaign, in a radio address, he called on "every red-blooded Anglo-Saxon man in Mississippi to resort to any means to keep hundreds of Negroes from the polls in the July 2 primary. And if you don't know what that means, you are just not up to your persuasive measures." After he won re-election, the Senate, appalled at his racist views and tactics, refused to seat him, and started an investigation. Died, of mouth cancer, in a hospital at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., August 21, 1947 (age 69 years, 312 days). Interment at Juniper Grove Cemetery, Near Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of James Oliver Bilbo and Beedy (Wallace) Bilbo; married, May 25, 1898, to Lillian S. Herrington; married, January 27, 1903, to Linda R. Gaddy.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Thomas C. Bowie (b. 1876) — of Jefferson, Ashe County, N.C.; West Jefferson, Ashe County, N.C. Born in Louisiana, July 27, 1876. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for Presidential Elector for North Carolina; member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Ashe County, 1909-10, 1913-16, 1921-22. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John R. Bowie and Frances (Calloway) Bowie; married, May 8, 1906, to Jean Davis.
  Harvey Goodwyn Fields (b. 1884) — also known as Harvey G. Fields — of Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, La.; Farmerville, Union Parish, La. Born in Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, La., May 31, 1884. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; law partner of Huey P. Long; member of Louisiana state senate, 1916-20; District Attorney, 3rd District, 1922-25; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1924 (alternate), 1928 (alternate; member, Credentials Committee), 1932, 1936; Louisiana Democratic state chair, 1926-29; member of Louisiana public service commission, 1927-36; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, 1937-45. Presbyterian. Member, Elks; Odd Fellows; Woodmen; Lions. Interment at Farmerville City Cemetery, Farmerville, La.
  Relatives: Son of Theodore Thomas Fields and Carrie (Goodwyn) Fields; married, December 31, 1908, to Evelyn Sanders.
  Alvin Olin King (1890-1958) — also known as Alvin O. King — of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, La. Born in Leoti, Wichita County, Kan., June 21, 1890. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Louisiana state senate, 1924-31; Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, 1931-32; Governor of Louisiana, 1932. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died, in a hospital at Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, La., February 21, 1958 (age 67 years, 245 days). Interment at Orange Grove Cemetery, Lake Charles, La.
  Relatives: Son of George Merritt King and Elizabeth 'Bessie' (Stirling) King; married, January 29, 1916, to Willie Lee Voris.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Harvey Lowery (1860-1941) — also known as J. H. Lowery — of Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, La. Born in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, La., October 18, 1860. Republican. Physician; sugar grower; delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1916 (alternate), 1920, 1924, 1928, 1940. Methodist. African ancestry. Member, Odd Fellows. Died, in Flint-Goodridge Hospital, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., September 25, 1941 (age 80 years, 342 days). Interment at Ascension Catholic Cemetery, Donaldsonville, La.
  Relatives: Son of John Harvey Lowery (1834-1907) and Elizabeth (Carson) Lowery; married 1883 to Elizabeth Conway; married, December 13, 1927, to Mary L. Brown.
  Lowery Middle School, and Lowery Elementary School, in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, are named for him.
  Epitaph: "Though He Sleeps, His Memory Doth Live, And Cheering Comfort To His Mourners Give."
  See also Wikipedia article
  John Augusta Way Lowry Jr. (1848-1899) — also known as J. A. W Lowry, Jr. — of Bossier Parish, La. Born January 12, 1848. Lawyer; member of Louisiana state senate, 1893. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows. Died March 20, 1899 (age 51 years, 67 days). Interment at Bellevue Cemetery, Bellevue, La.
  Carl Edgar Mapes (1874-1939) — also known as Carl E. Mapes — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Eaton County, Mich., December 26, 1874. Republican. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1905-06; member of Michigan state senate 16th District, 1909-12; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1913-39; died in office 1939. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Woodmen. Suffered a heart attack, and died, in his hotel room at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., December 12, 1939 (age 64 years, 351 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Selah Warrington Mapes and Sarah Ann (Brooks) Mapes; married, August 14, 1907, to Julia Pike; third cousin thrice removed of Daniel Davis; fourth cousin once removed of Bailey Frye Adams.
  Political families: DuPont family of Wilmington, Delaware; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert C. Word Ramspeck (1890-1972) — also known as Robert Ramspeck — of Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga.; Decatur, DeKalb County, Ga. Born in Decatur, DeKalb County, Ga., September 5, 1890. Democrat. Secretary to U.S. Rep. William S. Howard, 1912; lawyer; member of Georgia state house of representatives from DeKalb County, 1929-31; U.S. Representative from Georgia 5th District, 1929-45. Presbyterian. Member, Delta Theta Phi; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Odd Fellows; Junior Order. Died in Castor, Bienville Parish, La., September 10, 1972 (age 82 years, 5 days). Interment at Decatur Cemetery, Decatur, Ga.
  Relatives: Son of Theodore R. Ramspeck and Ida (Word) Ramspeck; married, October 18, 1916, to Nobie Clay.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Thomas Ross Wallace (1848-1929) — also known as Thomas R. Wallace — of Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., October 20, 1848. Republican. School teacher; lawyer; U.S. Consul in Crefeld, 1901-07; Jerusalem, 1907-10; Martinique, 1910-24. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Odd Fellows; Elks. Died in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., December 8, 1929 (age 81 years, 49 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Wallace and Jane (Ross) Wallace; married, October 6, 1874, to Margaret Gill.
  Hamilton Mercer Wright (b. 1852) — also known as Hamilton M. Wright — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., October 26, 1852. Democrat. Physician; lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County 1st District, 1883-86; mayor of Bay City, Mich., 1887-89, 1895-97; probate judge in Michigan, 1889-1900. Episcopalian. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Hamilton Mercer Wright and Virginia (Huckins) Wright; married 1871 to Anne Dana Fitzhugh.
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