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German ancestry Politicians in Massachusetts

  Henry Bernhard Dirks (1884-1955) — also known as Henry B. Dirks — of East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., June 21, 1884. College professor; mayor of East Lansing, Mich., 1928-29; defeated (Independent), 1925, 1929. German ancestry. Died September 18, 1955 (age 71 years, 89 days). Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery, Westfield, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Hermann Johannes Dirks and Anna Elizabeth (Meyer) Dirks; married 1913 to Blanche Breckenridge.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Arthur J. Donner (born c.1850) — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Germany, about 1850. Banker; commission merchant; steamship agent; Vice-Consul for Argentina in Boston, Mass., 1882-88; Consul for Austria-Hungary in Boston, Mass., 1883-1907; Consul for Germany in Boston, Mass., 1894-99; treasurer, American Sugar Refining Company. German ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Archibald Henry Grimké (1849-1930) — also known as Archibald H. Grimké — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., August 17, 1849. Newspaper editor; U.S. Consul in Santo Domingo, 1894-98. African and German ancestry. Died in Washington, D.C., February 25, 1930 (age 80 years, 192 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Grimké and Nancy (Weston) Grimké; married, April 19, 1879, to Sarah E. Stanley; grandson of John Faucheraud Grimké; first cousin once removed of Thomas Rhett Smith; second cousin once removed of John Rutledge Jr..
  Political family: Middleton-Huger-Rutledge-Drayton family of Charleston, South Carolina (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  William A. Mosman (1862-1948) — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Chestnut Hill, Newton, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in West Roxbury, Norfolk County (now part of Boston, Suffolk County), Mass., November 24, 1862. Insurance agent; Honorary Vice-Consul for Guatemala in Boston, Mass., 1914-21; Honorary Consul for Uruguay in Boston, Mass., 1920-48; Honorary Consul for Guatemala in Boston, Mass., 1926-45. German and English ancestry. Died in Chestnut Hill, Newton, Middlesex County, Mass., October 10, 1948 (age 85 years, 321 days). Interment at Walnut Hills Cemetery, Brookline, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Anton Mosman and Adeline (Reynolds) Mosman.
Reinhold Niebuhr Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) — also known as Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Wright City, Warren County, Mo., June 21, 1892. Pastor; professor, Union Theological Seminary, 1928-60; Socialist candidate for New York state senate 19th District, 1930; Socialist candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 19th District, 1932; Socialist candidate for delegate to New York state constitutional convention at-large, 1937; vice-chair of New York Liberal Party, 1958. Protestant. German ancestry. Member, Americans for Democratic Action. Theologian; Socialist and pacifist until World War II; received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. Died in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Mass., June 1, 1971 (age 78 years, 345 days). Interment at Stockbridge Cemetery, Stockbridge, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Gustave Niebuhr and Lydia (Hosto) Niebuhr; married 1931 to Ursula Mary Keppel-Compton.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Time Magazine, March 8, 1948
  William Elmendorf Rothery (1851-1932) — also known as William E. Rothery — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.; Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, King County, Wash.; Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., March 25, 1851. Newspaper editor and publisher; Consul for Liberia in Philadelphia, Pa., 1888-95; manufacturers' agent; food broker. German ancestry. Died, following a heart attack, in St. Peter's Hospital, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., July 8, 1932 (age 81 years, 105 days). Interment at Cataumet Cemetery, Bourne, Mass.
  Relatives: Married, July 14, 1907, to Olive Draper (Leach) Hoag.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. (1915-2011) — also known as R. Sargent Shriver, Jr.; "Sarge" — Born in Westminster, Carroll County, Md., November 9, 1915. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; organized and directed the Peace Corps, 1961-66; U.S. Ambassador to France, 1968-70; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1972; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1976. Catholic. German ancestry. Member, Delta Kappa Epsilon. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. Died, from Alzheimer's disease, in Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., January 18, 2011 (age 95 years, 70 days). Interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Centerville, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Sargent Shriver and Hilda (Shriver) Shriver; married, May 23, 1953, to Eunice Mary Kennedy (daughter of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr.; sister of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Robert Francis Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith and Edward Moore Kennedy; aunt of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend); father of Maria Owings Shriver (who married Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger) and Mark Kennedy Shriver; nephew of James Causten Shriver; grandson of Thomas Herbert Shriver; great-grandson of Thomas Johns Perry.
  Political family: Kennedy family.
  Sargent Shriver Elementary School, in Silver Spring, Maryland, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about R. Sargent Shriver: Scott Stossel, Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver — Mark Shriver, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver
  Charles William Wendte (1844-1931) — also known as C. W. Wendte — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; Newport, Newport County, R.I.; Oakland, Alameda County, Calif.; Newton, Middlesex County, Mass.; Berkeley, Alameda County, Calif. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., June 11, 1844. Democrat. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; minister; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1880. Unitarian. German ancestry. Injured in a fall, and died two weeks later in Peralta Hospital, Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., September 9, 1931 (age 87 years, 90 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Wendte and Johanna (Ebeling) Wendte; married, April 28, 1896, to Abbie Louise Grant.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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