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  Albert Elmer Austin (1877-1942) — also known as Albert E. Austin — of Sound Beach, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn.; Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Medway, Norfolk County, Mass., November 15, 1877. Republican. Physician; orator; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Greenwich, 1917-18, 1921-22; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 4th District, 1939-41; defeated, 1940. Episcopalian. Member, American Medical Association; Freemasons. Died in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn., January 26, 1942 (age 64 years, 72 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Anne Tyrell Christy (divorced 1916); married, May 17, 1919, to Anne Clara Snyder (1882-1938; killed in automobile-train accident in Miami, Fla.); married, September 3, 1939, to Lillian V. Lounsbury; step-father of Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Peggy Cass Peggy Cass (1924-1999) — also known as Margaret Mary Cass — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., May 21, 1924. Democrat. Actor; comedian; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972. Female. Died, from heart failure, in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 8, 1999 (age 74 years, 291 days). Interment at Church of the Ascension Cemetery, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, N.Y.
  Relatives: Daughter of Raymond James Cass and Margaret Gertrude (McLaughlin) Cass; married 1979 to Eugene Michael Feeney (1924-2013).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Playbill, March 10, 1999
  William Patrick Connery Jr. (1888-1937) — also known as William P. Connery, Jr. — of Lynn, Essex County, Mass. Born in Lynn, Essex County, Mass., August 24, 1888. Democrat. Professional actor, 1908-16; candy manufacturer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 7th District, 1923-37; died in office 1937; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Knights of Columbus; Moose; Eagles; Elks; Redmen; Kiwanis. Died in Washington, D.C., June 15, 1937 (age 48 years, 295 days). Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Lynn, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of William Patrick Connery Sr.; brother of Lawrence Joseph Connery (1895-1941).
  Political family: Connery family of Lynn, Massachusetts.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
Wendell Corey Wendell Reid Corey (1914-1968) — also known as Wendell Corey — of Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Dracut, Middlesex County, Mass., March 20, 1914. Republican. Actor on Broadway, in movies, and on television; president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1961-63; board member, Screen Actors Guild; member, Santa Monica city council, 1965-68; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1956, 1960; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from California, 1966. Died, from liver cirrhosis, in the Motion Picture and Television Hospital, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., November 8, 1968 (age 54 years, 233 days). Interment at Washington Cemetery, Washington, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Milton Rothwell Corey (1879-1951) and Julia Etta (McKenney) Corey (1882-1947); married to Alice Wiley.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Old Time Radio Catalog
  Cecil Blount deMille (1881-1959) — also known as Cecil B. deMille — of Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Ashfield, Franklin County, Mass., August 12, 1881. Republican. Actor and theatrical manager 1900-12; director and producer of over 70 films from 1913 to 1959, including two versions of The Ten Commandments (1923 and 1956); co-founder of the company that became known as Paramount Pictures; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1936, 1944. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 21, 1959 (age 77 years, 162 days). Interment at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Churchill deMille and Beatrice (Samuel) deMille; married, August 16, 1902, to Constance Adams; father-in-law of Anthony Quinn (actor); uncle of Agnes deMille (choreographer).
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books about Cecil B. de Mille: Sumiko Higashi, Cecil B. De Mille and American Culture: The Silent Era
  Olympia Dukakis (b. 1931) — of Upper Montclair, Essex County, N.J. Born in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., June 20, 1931. Democrat. Actress; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988 (speaker). Female. Greek ancestry. Member, American Civil Liberties Union; National Organization for Women. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Daughter of Constantine S. Dukakis and Alexandra (Christos) Dukakis; sister of Apollo Dukakis (actor); married 1962 to Louis Zorich; cousin *** of Michael Stanley Dukakis (born1933).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
John B. Finch John Bird Finch (1852-1887) — also known as John B. Finch — of Nebraska; Evanston, Cook County, Ill. Born in Lincklaen, Chenango County, N.Y., March 17, 1852. Orator; Chairman of Prohibition National Committee, 1884-87. Member, Good Templars. Died, in the Eastern Railroad Depot, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., October 3, 1887 (age 35 years, 200 days). Interment at Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Married to Uretta Lemira Coy (1852-1875) and Frances E. Manchester (1852-1918).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Prohibition Year Book 1910
  Motley H. Flint (1864-1930) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Somerville, Middlesex County, Mass., February 19, 1864. Republican. Postmaster at Los Angeles, Calif., 1904-10; banker; provided critical support for the Warner Brothers Movie studio in its early years; one of the promoters of Julian Petroleum Corporation, a Ponzi scheme which collapsed in 1927; about 40,000 investors lost their money; tainted by the scandal, he moved to Europe for a time. Member, Freemasons. Called as a witness in a civil suit involving David O. Selznick; after his testimony, as he returned to the audience section of the courtroom, in Los Angeles City Hall, he was shot and killed by Frank Keaton, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., July 14, 1930 (age 66 years, 145 days). Keaton, who had lost his money in Julian Petroleum, was immediately arrested, and subsequently tried, convicted, and hanged. Entombed in mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Francis Eaton Flint (1823-1887) and Althea Louise (Hewes) Flint (1841-1930); brother of Frank Putnam Flint; fourth cousin once removed of Benjamin Dexter Sprague (1827-1893).
  Political families: Bache-Dallas family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Flint-Bache family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr. (1888-1969) — also known as Joseph P. Kennedy; Joe Kennedy — of Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass.; Bronxville, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., September 6, 1888. Supervisor of the shipyard at Quincy, Mass.; banker; stockbroker; owner and financier of movie studios in the 1920s; organized the merger that created Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) in 1928; chair, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 1934-35; U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, 1938-40. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died, of complications from a stroke, in Hyannis Port, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass., November 18, 1969 (age 81 years, 73 days). Interment at Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Mary Augusta (Hickey) Kennedy (1857-1923) and Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1858-1929); married, October 7, 1914, to Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald (1890-1995; daughter of John Francis Fitzgerald); father of Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr., John Fitzgerald Kennedy (who married Jaqueline Lee Bouvier), Eunice Mary Kennedy (1921-2009; who married Robert Sargent Shriver Jr.), Patricia Kennedy Lawford (who married Peter Lawford), Robert Francis Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith and Edward Moore Kennedy; grandfather of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr., Mark Kennedy Shriver (born1964) and Patrick Joseph Kennedy (born1967).
  Political family: Kennedy family.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Joseph P. Kennedy: Richard J. Whalen, The Founding Father : The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy, A Study in Power, Wealth, and Family Ambition
  Critical books about Joseph P. Kennedy: Ronald Kessler, The Sins of the Father : Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty He Founded — Ted Schwarz, Joseph P. Kennedy : The Mogul, the Mob, the Statesman, and the Making of an American Myth
  Norman Kingsley Mailer (1923-2007) — also known as Norman Mailer — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Long Branch, Monmouth County, N.J., January 31, 1923. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; novelist, essayist, magazine editor, Hollywood screenwriter, director, and actor; among the founders of the Village Voice newspaper newspaper in New York City; in November, 1960, while drunk at a party, he stabbed and wounded his wife, Adele; he was arrested and held for psychiatric evaluation, and eventually pleaded guilty to third-degree assault; arrested and jailed in 1967 in connection with an antiwar protest; candidate in primary for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1969. Jewish ancestry. Won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1969 and for fiction in 1980. Died, from acute renal failure, in Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 10, 2007 (age 84 years, 283 days). Interment at Provincetown Cemetery, Provincetown, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Barnett 'Barney' Mailer and Fanny (Schneider) Mailer; married 1944 to Beatrice 'Bea' Silverman (divorced 1952); married 1954 to Adele Morales (divorced 1962); married 1962 to Jeanne Campbell (divorced 1963); married 1963 to Beverly Bentley (divorced 1980); married 1980 to Carol Stevens (divorced 1980); married 1981 to Norris Church (1949-2010); father of Michael Mailer (film producer).
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Norman Mailer: The Executioner's Song — The Fight
  Fiction by Norman Mailer: The Deer Park — The Naked and the Dead — An American Dream — The Gospel According to the Son
  Books about Norman Mailer: Mary V. Dearborn, Mailer : A Biography — Barry H. Leeds, The Enduring Vision of Norman Mailer — Carl Rollyson, The Lives of Norman Mailer : A Biography — Jennifer Bailey, Norman Mailer: Quick Change Artist
  Critical books about Norman Mailer: Bernard Goldberg, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37)
  Louis Burt Mayer (1884-1957) — also known as Louis B. Mayer; Lazar Meir — of Haverhill, Essex County, Mass.; Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Dymer, Russia (now Ukraine), July 12, 1884. Republican. Owned movie theaters in New England; moved into the movie production business starting in 1916; head of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) movie studio, 1924-51; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1928, 1932; vice-chair of California Republican Party, 1931-32; California Republican state chair, 1932-33. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died, of leukemia and a kidney infection, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., October 29, 1957 (age 73 years, 109 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Home of Peace Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Sarah (Meltzer) Mayer (1851-1913) and Jacob Mayer (1854-1930); married, June 14, 1903, to Margaret Shenberg (divorced 1944) and Margaret Shenberg (1883-1955); married, December 4, 1948, to Lorena L. Danker (1907-1985); father of Edith 'Edie' Mayer (1905-1988; who married William Goetz) and Irene Gladys Mayer (1907-1990; who married David Oliver Selznick (1902-1965)).
  Political family: Mayer family of Los Angeles, California.
  Cross-reference: Dore Schary
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Louis B. Mayer: Charles Higham, Merchant of Dreams: Louis B. Mayer, MGM, and the Secret Hollywood — Gary Carey, All the stars in heaven : Louis B. Mayer's MGM — Diana Altman, Hollywood East: Louis B. Mayer and the Origins of the Studio System — Charles Higham, The Merchant of Dreams: A Biography of Louis B. Mayer
  Walter A. O'Brien Jr. — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 10th District, 1948; candidate for mayor of Boston, Mass., 1949. The "MTA Song" (also known as "Charlie on the MTA"), written for O'Brien's 1949 mayoral campaign, was recorded ten years later by the Kingston Trio, and became a hit song. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  John Howard Payne (1791-1852) — also known as John H. Payne — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., June 9, 1791. Actor; playwright; author of the lines which were later adapted as the song "Home Sweet Home"; U.S. Consul in Tunis, 1842-45, 1851-52, died in office 1852. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, 1970. Died in Tunis, Tunisia, April 10, 1852 (age 60 years, 306 days). Original interment at St. George's Protestant Cemetery, Tunis, Tunisia; reinterment in 1883 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.; memorial monument at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  The World War II Liberty ship SS John Howard Payne (built 1942 at Richmond, California; scrapped 1963) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Dudley Pelley (1890-1965) — of Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C.; Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind. Born in Lynn, Essex County, Mass., March 12, 1890. Hollywood screenwriter in 1917-29 for about 12 films, including The Light in the Dark and The Shock, both starring Lon Chaney; founder (1933) and leader of the anti-Semitic Silver Legion of America organization (the "Silver Shirts", explicitly modeled after Adolf Hitler's Brownshirts); Christian candidate for President of the United States, 1936; arrested in April 1942 and charged with criminal sedition; convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison; released in 1950. Died in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind., July 1, 1965 (age 75 years, 111 days). Interment at Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Grace (Goodale) Pelley (born 1861) and William George Apsey Pelley (1867-1920); married, December 16, 1911, to Marion Harriet Stone (divorced); married, July 24, 1934, to Minna Helen Hansmann; married to Agnes Marion Henderson (1898-1970).
  Cross-reference: Gerald L. K. Smith
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by William Dudley Pelley: Know your karma; design for destiny
Wendell Phillips Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) — Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., November 29, 1811. Lawyer; abolitionist; orator; candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1870 (Labor Reform), 1877 (Greenback). English ancestry. Member, American Anti-Slavery Society. Died, from heart disease, in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., February 2, 1884 (age 72 years, 65 days). Interment at Milton Cemetery, Milton, Mass.; statue erected 1915 at Boston Public Garden, Boston, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of John Phillips (1770-1823) and Sarah (Walley) Phillips.
  Wendell Phillips High School (opened 1904), in Chicago, Illinois, is named for him.  — Wendell Phillips School (opened 1890, closed 1950) in Washington, D.C., was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: William C. Roberts, Leading Orators (1884)
  Alexander I. Rorke (d. 1967) — of New York. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Lawyer; orator; as assistant district attorney for New York County, 1916-21, he prosecuted many cases against left wing political and labor union leaders; Judiciary candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1935. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Died, in French Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., January 27, 1967. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, Mass.
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