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French ancestry Politicians in Massachusetts

Charles Francis Adams Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886) — also known as "C.F.A."; "A Whig of the Old School" — of Quincy, Norfolk County, Mass. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., August 18, 1807. Lawyer; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1831; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1835-40; Free Soil candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1848; delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1856 (Convention Vice-President; speaker); U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 3rd District, 1859-61; U.S. Minister to Great Britain, 1861-68; Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1876. French Huguenot ancestry. Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., November 21, 1886 (age 79 years, 95 days). Interment at Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) and Louisa Catherine (Johnson) Adams (1775-1852); brother of George Washington Adams; married, September 3, 1829, to Abigail Brown Brooks (1808-1889; sister-in-law of Edward Everett; niece of Benjamin Gorham; granddaughter of Nathaniel Gorham); father of John Quincy Adams (1833-1894) and Brooks Adams; nephew of Abigail Amelia Adams (1765-1813; who married William Stephens Smith); grandson of John Adams and Joshua Johnson; grandfather of Charles Francis Adams; grandnephew of Thomas Johnson; great-grandfather of Thomas Boylston Adams; first cousin once removed of William Cranch; second cousin of Bradley Tyler Johnson; second cousin twice removed of Samuel Adams; third cousin once removed of Joseph Allen and Edward M. Chapin; third cousin twice removed of Samuel Sewall, Josiah Quincy and Arthur Chapin (1855-?); fourth cousin of John Milton Thayer; fourth cousin once removed of Jeremiah Mason, Josiah Quincy, Jr., George Bailey Loring and William Vincent Wells.
  Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: Humanities magazine, December 2011
  Eugene L. Belisle (1859-1932) — of Worcester, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Quebec, March 15, 1859. Naturalized U.S. citizen; newspaper publisher; U.S. Consul in Limoges, 1906-24. French Canadian ancestry. Died in Worcester, Worcester County, Mass., May 2, 1932 (age 73 years, 48 days). Burial location unknown.
  Josaphat T. Benoit (1900-1976) — of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Mass.; Manchester, Hillsborough County, N.H. Born in Sainte-Madeleine, Quebec, March 3, 1900. Democrat. Mayor of Manchester, N.H., 1944-61; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1944; New Hampshire Democratic state chair, 1944-45; candidate for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 1st District, 1946; candidate for Presidential Elector for New Hampshire, 1948. French Canadian ancestry. Died in Manchester, Hillsborough County, N.H., May 14, 1976 (age 76 years, 72 days). Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Manchester, N.H.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Reuben Patrick Boise (1818-1907) — also known as Reuben P. Boise — of Polk County, Ore.; Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born in Blandford, Hampden County, Mass., June 9, 1818. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Oregon state constitutional convention from Polk County, 1857; justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1859-72, 1876-80; chief justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1862-64, 1868-70. French Huguenot ancestry. Member, Grange. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., April 10, 1907 (age 88 years, 305 days). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery, Salem, Ore.
  Relatives: Married 1851 to Ellen F. Lyon (died 1865); married, December 27, 1866, to Emily A. Pratt (died 1919).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Bowdoin (1726-1790) — of Massachusetts. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., August 7, 1726. Delegate to Massachusetts state constitutional convention, 1779-80; Governor of Massachusetts, 1785-87; delegate to Massachusetts convention to ratify U.S. constitution, 1788. French ancestry. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Died, of consumption (tuberculosis), in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., November 6, 1790 (age 64 years, 91 days). Interment at Old Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of James Bowdoin (1676-1747) and Hannah (Portage) Bowdoin (1686-1726); married to Elizabeth Erving (1731-1809); father of James Bowdoin III; great-grandfather of Robert Charles Winthrop; fifth great-grandfather of William Amory Gardner Minot and John Forbes Kerry; second cousin thrice removed of George Griswold Sill (1829-1907).
  Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine, is named for him.  — The towns of Bowdoin & Bowdoinham, Maine, are named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Arthur Jean Baptiste Cartier (b. 1886) — also known as Arthur J. B. Cartier — of Biddeford, York County, Maine; Fall River, Bristol County, Mass. Born in Biddeford, York County, Maine, December 29, 1886. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 15th District, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924; candidate for Massachusetts state auditor, 1919; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924. Catholic. French ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Foresters; Knights of Columbus. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury, Boston, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Cartier and Philomene (Loiselle) Cartier; married, March 25, 1912, to Mathilde Lefebure.
  Paul R. Foisy (b. 1900) — of Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., March 1, 1900. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940. Catholic. French ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph A. Foisy and Marie E. (Mongrain) Foisy; married, April 6, 1932, to Irene M. Gilet.
  J. Henry Goguen — of Leominster, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Quebec. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932, 1952, 1956; secretary of state of Massachusetts, 1958-59. French Canadian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Maurice Robert Gravel (b. 1930) — also known as Mike Gravel — of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., May 13, 1930. Democrat. Real estate business; member of Alaska state house of representatives, 1963-66; Speaker of the Alaska State House of Representatives, 1965-66; U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1969-81; defeated in primary, 1980; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 2008. Unitarian. French Canadian ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Alphonse Gravel and Marie (Bourassa) Gravel; married 1958 to Rita Martin (divorced 1980).
  Cross-reference: Byron I. Mallott — Bettye Fahrenkamp
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) — also known as "Alexander the Coppersmith" — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Charles Town, Nevis, January 11, 1757. Delegate to Continental Congress from New York, 1782; member of New York state assembly from New York County, 1786-87; member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; delegate to New York convention to ratify U.S. constitution from New York County, 1788; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1789-95. Episcopalian. Scottish and French ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Society of the Cincinnati. Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1915. Shot and mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr, on July 11, 1804, and died the next day in New York, New York County, N.Y., July 12, 1804 (age 47 years, 183 days). Interment at Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan, N.Y.; statue at Treasury Building Grounds, Washington, D.C.; statue at Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Boston, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of James Hamilton and Rachel (Faucette) Hamilton; married, December 14, 1780, to Elizabeth Schuyler (1757-1854; daughter of Philip John Schuyler; sister of Philip Jeremiah Schuyler); father of Alexander Hamilton, Jr., James Alexander Hamilton (1788-1878) and William Stephen Hamilton; great-grandfather of Robert Ray Hamilton; second great-grandfather of Laurens M. Hamilton; ancestor *** of Robert Hamilton Woodruff.
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; VanRensselaer family of Albany, New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Nathaniel Pendleton — Robert Troup — John Tayler — William P. Van Ness
  Hamilton counties in Fla., Ill., Ind., Kan., Neb., N.Y., Ohio and Tenn. are named for him.
  The city of Hamilton, Ohio, is named for him.  — Hamilton Hall (dormitory, built 1926), at Harvard University Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: Alexander H. BuellAlexander H. HolleyHamilton FishAlexander H. StephensAlexander H. BullockAlexander H. BaileyAlexander H. RiceAlexander Hamilton JonesAlexander H. WatermanAlexander H. CoffrothAlexander H. DudleyAlexander H. RevellAlexander Hamilton HargisAlexander Hamilton PhillipsAlex Woodle
  Coins and currency: His portrait appears on the U.S. $10 bill; from the 1860s to the 1920s, his portrait also appeared on U.S. notes and certificates of various denominations from $2 to $1,000.
  Personal motto: "Do it better yet."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Alexander Hamilton: Richard Brookhiser, Alexander Hamilton, American — Forrest McDonald, Alexander Hamilton: A Biography — Gertrude Atherton, Conqueror : Dramatized Biography of Alexander Hamilton — Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton — Thomas Fleming, Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America — Arnold A. Rogow, A Fatal Friendship: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr — Willard Sterne Randall, Alexander Hamilton: A Life — John Harper, American Machiavelli : Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of U.S. Foreign Policy — Stephen F. Knott, Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth — Charles Cerami, Young Patriots: The Remarkable Story of Two Men. Their Impossible Plan and The Revolution That Created The Constitution — Donald Barr Chidsey, Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Jefferson
  Critical books about Alexander Hamilton: Thomas DiLorenzo, Hamilton's Curse : How Jefferson's Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution -- and What It means for Americans Today
  Image source: U.S. postage stamp (1957)
  Joseph Andrew Iasigi (1848-1917) — also known as Joseph A. Iasigi — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Massachusetts, January 15, 1848. Consular Agent for France in Boston, Mass., 1873-77; Consul-General for Turkey in Boston, Mass., 1889-97; he failed to account for a trust fund, refused to answer questions, and fled to New York City; arrested there in February 1897 and extradited to Boston; charged with embezzlement of about $220,000; pleaded not guilty; tried and convicted in November 1897; sentenced to 14-18 years in prison; pardoned in 1909. Armenian and French ancestry. Died in Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass., January 24, 1917 (age 69 years, 9 days). Interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Iasigi (1800-1877) and Eulalie (Loir) Iasigi (1821-1883); brother of Oscar Anthony Iasigi; married 1881 to Marie P. Homer; uncle of Nora Iasigi (who married William Marshall Bullitt).
  Political family: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Oscar Anthony Iasigi (1846-1884) — also known as Oscar Iasigi — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., October 18, 1846. Importer and exporter; treasurer, Vassalboro woolen mills; Vice-Consul for Turkey in Boston, Mass., 1871-77; Consul-General for Turkey in Boston, Mass., 1877-84. Armenian and French ancestry. Perished in the wreck of the steamship SS City of Columbus, which hit a reef and sank, in Vineyard Sound, January 18, 1884 (age 37 years, 92 days). Interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Iasigi (1800-1877) and Eulalie (Loir) Iasigi (1821-1883); brother of Joseph Andrew Iasigi; father of Nora Iasigi (who married William Marshall Bullitt).
  Political family: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Hugh S. Legaré Hugh Swinton Legaré (1797-1843) — also known as Hugh S. Legaré — of South Carolina. Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., January 2, 1797. Member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1820-21, 1824-30; South Carolina state attorney general, 1830-32; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Belgium, 1832-36; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 5th District, 1837-39; U.S. Attorney General, 1841-43; died in office 1843. Scottish and French Huguenot ancestry. Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., June 20, 1843 (age 46 years, 169 days). Original interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.; reinterment at Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Solomon Legare (1770-1799) and Mary (Swinton) Legare (1771-1843); granduncle of George Swinton Legaré (1869-1913); great-granduncle of Thomas Allen Legare, Jr..
  Political family: Seabrook-Legare family of Charleston, South Carolina.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: The South in the Building of the Nation (1909)
  Fernand Joseph St. Germain (1928-2014) — also known as Fernand J. St. Germain — of Woonsocket, Providence County, R.I. Born in Blackstone, Worcester County, Mass., January 9, 1928. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1952-60; delegate to Rhode Island state constitutional convention, 1955; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1961-89; defeated, 1988; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1964. French Canadian ancestry. Member, American Legion; American Bar Association; Elks. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., August 16, 2014 (age 86 years, 219 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Joseph St. Germain and Pearl (Talaby) St. Germain; married, August 29, 1953, to Rachel O'Neill.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Edmond Patrick Talbot (b. 1884) — also known as Edmond P. Talbot — of Fall River, Bristol County, Mass. Born in Tingwick, Quebec, April 21, 1884. Democrat. Druggist; mayor of Fall River, Mass., 1923-26, 1929-30; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928 (alternate), 1936, 1944; candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 14th District, 1944. French Canadian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Talbot and Celina (Vidal) Talbot; married, September 11, 1905, to Alma Marie Louise Beaupre.
  Joseph Richard Viens (1938-2018) — also known as Joe Viens — of Miramar, Broward County, Fla. Born in Lawrence, Essex County, Mass., August 6, 1938. Mayor of Miramar, Fla., 1979-83; defeated, 1983, 1989. French Canadian ancestry. Died February 21, 2018 (age 79 years, 199 days). Interment at South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of Arsene Viens (1902-1970) and Winefred (Doucette) Viens (1913-1993); married 1963 to Marjorie Ann DiDio (1942-2019).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
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