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Politician members in Maryland

  Joseph Raleigh Bryson (1893-1953) — also known as Joseph R. Bryson — of Greenville, Greenville County, S.C. Born in Brevard, Transylvania County, N.C., January 18, 1893. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Greenville County, 1921-24; member of South Carolina state senate from Greenville County, 1929-32; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 4th District, 1939-53; died in office 1953. Baptist. Member, American Legion; Junior Order; Redmen; Woodmen; Freemasons; Shriners; Lions. Died in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., March 10, 1953 (age 60 years, 51 days). Interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Robert L. Bryson and Mattie (Allison) Bryson; married to Ruth Rucker.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Purrington Cole, Jr. (1889-1957) — also known as William P. Cole, Jr. — of Towson, Baltimore County, Md. Born in Towson, Baltimore County, Md., May 11, 1889. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from Maryland 2nd District, 1927-29, 1931-43; Judge of U.S. Customs Court, 1942-52; Associate Judge of U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, 1952-57. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Odd Fellows; Junior Order; Phi Kappa Sigma. Died in Baltimore, Md., September 22, 1957 (age 68 years, 134 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of William Purrington Cole and Ida Estelle (Stocksdale) Cole; married, June 27, 1918, to Edith Moore Cole.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Harry Whinna Nice (1877-1941) — also known as Harry W. Nice — of Baltimore, Md. Born in Washington, D.C., December 5, 1877. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1920; member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee, 1936; Governor of Maryland, 1935-39; defeated, 1919, 1938; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1936; candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1940. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Grotto; Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows; Moose; Junior Order; Elks; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Knights of Khorassan. Died in Richmond, Va., February 25, 1941 (age 63 years, 82 days). Interment at Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Nice and Drucilla (Arnold) Nice; married 1906 to Edna Viola Amos; uncle of Deeley K. Nice; granduncle of Harry Whinna Nice III (1935-).
  Political family: Nice family of Baltimore, Maryland.
  The Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (opened 1940, named 1967), which carries U.S. Route 301 across the Potomac River from Newburg, Maryland to Dahlgren, Virginia, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  William Halstead Sutphin (1887-1972) — also known as William H. Sutphin — of Matawan, Monmouth County, N.J. Born in Browntown, Middlesex County, N.J., August 30, 1887. Democrat. Mayor of Matawan, N.J., 1915-16, 1921-26; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1931-43; defeated, 1942; delegate to New Jersey convention to ratify 21st amendment at-large; elected 1933; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1948. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Elks; Junior Order. Died in Salisbury, Wicomico County, Md., October 14, 1972 (age 85 years, 45 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Gillis Townsend, Jr. (1871-1964) — also known as John G. Townsend, Jr. — of Selbyville, Sussex County, Del. Born in Bishopville, Worcester County, Md., May 31, 1871. Republican. Farmer; member of Delaware state house of representatives from Sussex County 7th District, 1903-04; delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1904 (alternate), 1908, 1924, 1928 (Convention Vice-President), 1932, 1936 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1940 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1944, 1948, 1952 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1956, 1960; Governor of Delaware, 1917-21; Presidential Elector for Delaware, 1920; U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1929-41; defeated, 1940. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Redmen; Eagles; Junior Order. Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., April 10, 1964 (age 92 years, 315 days). Interment at Selbyville Redmens Cemetery, Selbyville, Del.
  Relatives: Son of John Gillis Townsend (1836-1918) and Mariedth (Dukes) Townsend (1847-1885); married 1890 to Jeannette L. Collins (1873-1917).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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