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French ancestry Politicians in Michigan

  Hubert Severe Amiot (1876-1937) — also known as Hubert S. Amiot — of Wyandotte, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Windsor, Ontario, February 26, 1876. Naturalized U.S. citizen; clothing merchant; dry cleaning business; mayor of Wyandotte, Mich., 1922-28; defeated, 1918. French Canadian ancestry. Died in Wyandotte, Wayne County, Mich., May 7, 1937 (age 61 years, 70 days). Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Wyandotte, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Severe Desire Amiot and Anna (Reaume) Amiot; married, September 10, 1904, to Ida Beatrice Murphy (1879-1962).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Samuel Barnard (1876-1943) — also known as George S. Barnard — of Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Mich. Born in Bainbridge, Berrien County, Mich., January 19, 1876. Republican. Druggist; chemist; manufacturer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Berrien County 2nd District, 1919-24; member of Michigan state senate 7th District, 1927-30; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1930, 1934. Congregationalist. French and English ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks. Died in 1943 (age about 67 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Rufus P. Barnard and Mary (Metras) Barnard; married to Alma B. McClurg.
  George Antheme Beauchamp (1899-1990) — also known as George A. Beauchamp — of Grosse Pointe Shores, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Superior, Douglas County, Wis., May 4, 1899. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for supervisor of Grosse Pointe Township, Michigan. French Canadian ancestry. Died, in Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Oakland County, Mich., March 12, 1990 (age 90 years, 312 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of George N. Beauchamp and Marie (Beaulieu) Beauchamp (1879-1956); married, May 23, 1931, to Marjory Lloyd Huston (1906-1979; daughter of Roscoe Burhans Huston (1881-1949)).
  Francois Joseph Denis Belanger (1848-1928) — also known as Joseph Belanger — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Quebec, October 8, 1848. Consular Agent for France in Detroit, Mich., 1889-1907. French Canadian ancestry. Died, from gastrointestinal infection and senile debility, in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 19, 1928 (age 80 years, 42 days). Interment at Mt. Elliott Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Francois Stanislas Belanger and Marie Louise (Doyon) Belanger; married, April 16, 1873, to Madeline Askin Pelletier (1849-1933).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Leon Donald Case (b. 1877) — also known as Leon D. Case — of Watervliet, Berrien County, Mich. Born in Ellsworth, Pierce County, Wis., January 15, 1877. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; member of Michigan state senate 7th District, 1913-14, 1933-36; defeated, 1914, 1928; candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1936; secretary of state of Michigan, 1937-38; defeated, 1938. English and French ancestry. Interment at Old Watervliet Cemetery, Watervliet, Mich.
  Ashmon H. Catlin (1869-1955) — of Webberville, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Hudson, Lenawee County, Mich., April 19, 1869. Democrat. Banker; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ingham County 2nd District, 1911-14; defeated, 1914, 1940. Irish and French ancestry. Member, Odd Fellows; Gleaners. Died in 1955 (age about 86 years). Interment at Alchin Farm Cemetery, Webberville, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of James Henry Catlin (1844-1907) and Ellen J. (Foster) Catlin (1845-1915); married, May 20, 1890, to Lila A. Stow (1869-1908); married to Nettie M. (Bearse) Alchin (1863-1937); married, September 24, 1932, to Alice E. (Peterson) Johnson (1890-1967).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Arthur Stanley Coutant (b. 1854) — also known as A. S. Coutant — of Greenville, Montcalm County, Mich.; Mt. Pleasant, Isabella County, Mich. Born in Greenwich, Huron County, Ohio, December 11, 1854. Republican. Newspaper publisher; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1896-1900; postmaster at Mt. Pleasant, Mich., 1897-1902. French, Dutch, Scotch-Irish, and German ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Newton Coutant and Anne (Oglevee) Coutant; married, December 29, 1881, to Anna M. Saterlee.
  Samuel E. Daigneau (1852-1931) — of Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Mich. Born in Brandon, Rutland County, Vt., May 17, 1852. Republican. Laundry business; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Berrien County 2nd District, 1915-18; defeated, 1912. French ancestry. Died in 1931 (age about 79 years). Interment at Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Township, Berrien County, Mich.
  Relatives: Married, December 31, 1874, to Carrie Stone (1855-1944).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Wellington DesJardins (1894-1952) — also known as George W. DesJardins — of Lapeer, Lapeer County, Mich. Born in Newberry, Luce County, Mich., December 12, 1894. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1928; candidate in primary for Michigan state house of representatives from Lapeer County, 1930; circuit judge in Michigan 40th Circuit, 1942-52; died in office 1952. French Canadian and English ancestry. Died in Lapeer, Lapeer County, Mich., July 1, 1952 (age 57 years, 202 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Hannah (Parsons) DesJardins (1863-1947) and Ernest T. DesJardins (1864-1951); married, September 29, 1920, to Frederika Kay (1899-1936); married, December 2, 1938, to Margaret Elaine Kay (1896-1976).
  Thomas Edmund Dewey (1902-1971) — also known as Thomas E. Dewey — of Pawling, Dutchess County, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Owosso, Shiawassee County, Mich., March 24, 1902. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 1933; New York County District Attorney, 1937-41; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1940; Governor of New York, 1943-55; defeated, 1938; candidate for President of the United States, 1944, 1948; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1952 (speaker), 1956. Episcopalian. English and French ancestry. Member, Freemasons; American Bar Association; Council on Foreign Relations; Farm Bureau; Grange; Phi Mu Alpha; Phi Delta Phi. Died, from a heart attack, in his room at the Seaview Hotel, Bal Harbor, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla., March 16, 1971 (age 68 years, 357 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Pawling Cemetery, Pawling, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of George Martin Dewey and Anne Louise 'Annie' (Thomas) Dewey (1877-1954); married, June 16, 1928, to Frances Eileen Hutt (1903-1970; grandniece of Jefferson Finis Davis); nephew of Edmond Otis Dewey; first cousin four times removed of David Waterman; second cousin thrice removed of Thomas Glasby Waterman; second cousin five times removed of Luther Waterman and Joshua Coit (1758-1798); third cousin thrice removed of John Hall Brockway; fourth cousin once removed of James Gillespie Blaine III.
  Political families: Roosevelt family of New York City, New York; Saltonstall-Davis-Frelinghuysen-Appleton family of Massachusetts; Waterman-Huntington family of Connecticut and New York; Eastman family; Conger-Hungerford family; Chandler-Hale family of Portland, Maine; Abbott family of Salinas, California; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Dewey-Blaine-Coit-Huntington family of Connecticut; Porter-Kelsey family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Herbert Brownell, Jr. — Charles C. Wing — Martin T. Manton — Herman Methfessel
  The Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, which runs through Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, Greene, Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery, Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, Monroe, Genesee, Erie, and Chautauqua counties in New York, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Thomas E. Dewey: Mary M. Stolberg, Fighting Organized Crime : Politics, Justice, and the Legacy of Thomas E. Dewey — Barry K. Beyer, Thomas E. Dewey, 1937-1947 : A Study in Political Leadership — Richard Norton Smith, Thomas E. Dewey and His Times — Scott Farris, Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation — David Pietrusza, 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America
Elisha P. Ferry Elisha Peyre Ferry (1825-1895) — also known as Elisha P. Ferry — of Waukegan, Lake County, Ill.; Seattle, King County, Wash. Born in Monroe County, Mich., August 9, 1825. Democrat. Lawyer; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1852; postmaster at Waukegan, Ill., 1853-54; village president of Waukegan, Illinois, 1856-57; mayor of Waukegan, Ill., 1859; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Lake County, 1862; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; Governor of Washington Territory, 1872-80; vice-president, Puget Sound National Bank; Governor of Washington, 1889-93. French ancestry. Died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure, in Seattle, King County, Wash., October 14, 1895 (age 70 years, 66 days). Interment at Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, Wash.
  Relatives: Brother of Lucien Peyre Ferry; married to Sarah Brown Kellog (1827-1912); father of Eliza P. Ferry (1851-1935; who married John Leary (1837-1905)); uncle of Clinton Peyre Ferry.
  Political family: Ferry family of Seattle, Washington.
  Ferry County, Wash. is named for him.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: City of Waukegan
Peter B. Fletcher Peter Bacon Fletcher (1932-2012) — also known as Peter B. Fletcher — of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born, in Beyer Hospital, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich., February 29, 1932. Republican. President of credit bureau; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1967; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1976; member of Republican National Committee from Michigan, 1977-81; member of Michigan State University board of trustees, 1980-84; appointed 1980. Methodist. Scottish, English, and French ancestry. Member, Rotary; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Pi Sigma Alpha. Died, in the Gilbert Residence nursing home, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich., September 28, 2012 (age 80 years, 212 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of Foster Fletcher.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: State of Michigan
  Alexander Joseph Groesbeck (1873-1953) — also known as Alex J. Groesbeck — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Warren Township (now Warren), Macomb County, Mich., November 7, 1873. Republican. Lawyer; Michigan Republican state chair, 1913; Michigan state attorney general, 1917-20; Governor of Michigan, 1921-26; defeated in primary, 1914, 1926, 1930, 1934; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1924, 1944. Dutch and French ancestry. Died March 10, 1953 (age 79 years, 123 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Louis Groesbeck (1839?-?) and Julia (Coquillard) Groesbeck; nephew of Charles G. Groesbeck.
  Political family: Groesbeck family of Macomb County, Michigan.
  Cross-reference: Adolph F. Marschner — Elton R. Eaton
  Groesbeck Highway (M-97), from Detroit, Michigan, northeast into suburban Macomb County, Michigan, is named for him.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles G. Groesbeck — of Macomb County, Mich. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Macomb County 2nd District, 1863-64. Dutch and French ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of Louis Groesbeck; uncle of Alexander Joseph Groesbeck (1873-1953).
  Political family: Groesbeck family of Macomb County, Michigan.
  Franklin A. Hassenger (b. 1853) — also known as Frank A. Hassenger — of Constantine, St. Joseph County, Mich. Born in Constantine, St. Joseph County, Mich., February 5, 1853. Democrat. School teacher; member of Michigan state house of representatives from St. Joseph County, 1917-18. French and German ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, March 23, 1882, to Ida M. Young.
  Alexander Cletus Konkel (1897-1969) — also known as A. Cletus Konkel — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Sebewaing, Huron County, Mich., December 16, 1897. Republican. Undertaker; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 18th District, 1926, 1928; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1932. German and French Canadian ancestry. Died in April, 1969 (age 71 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Xavier Bernard Konkel (1862-1933) and Rose Agnes (Trepanier) Konkel (1867-1917); married, May 20, 1925, to Tillie Goodman (1896-1947).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Neal Lamoreaux (b. 1889) — also known as J. Neal Lamoreaux — of Comstock Park, Kent County, Mich. Born in Comstock Park, Kent County, Mich., May 3, 1889. Democrat. Dairy farmer; member of Michigan state senate 17th District, 1933-34, 1937-38; defeated, 1934, 1938, 1940; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1944; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1944. Catholic. French ancestry. Member, Elks; Maccabees; Gleaners. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James E. Lamoreaux and Lizzie (Neal) Lamoreaux; married, September 26, 1916, to Georgia Geneski.
  David J. Leveque (b. 1882) — of Lake Linden, Houghton County, Mich. Born in Lake Linden, Houghton County, Mich., May 22, 1882. Republican. Banker; mining business; fruit farmer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Houghton County 2nd District, 1917-18. French ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks; Grange; Farm Bureau. Burial location unknown.
  Clarence John McLeod (1895-1959) — also known as Clarence J. McLeod — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 3, 1895. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1920-21, 1923-37, 1939-41; defeated, 1936, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952; candidate for mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1937. Catholic. Scottish and French ancestry. Member, Delta Theta Phi. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., May 15, 1959 (age 63 years, 316 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Thomas W. Nadal Thomas William Nadal (b. 1875) — also known as Thomas W. Nadal — of Olivet, Eaton County, Mich.; Springfield, Greene County, Mo. Born near Milroy, Rush County, Ind., June 17, 1875. Republican. College professor; member of Michigan state board of education, 1911-17; appointed 1911; acting president, Olivet College, Olivet, Mich., 1915-16; president, Drury College, Springfield, Mo., 1917. Congregationalist. English and French ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Modern Language Association. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Franklin Nadal and Jerusha (Richey) Nadal; married, June 2, 1909, to Kathryne Dillingham Wyckoff.
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1911
Chase S. Osborn Chase Salmon Osborn (1860-1949) — also known as Chase S. Osborn — of Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Mich. Born in a log house in Huntington County, Ind., January 22, 1860. Republican. Newspaper publisher; postmaster at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., 1889-93; member of Michigan Republican State Executive Committee, 1899; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1899; member of University of Michigan board of regents, 1908-11; appointed 1908; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1908; Governor of Michigan, 1911-12; defeated, 1914; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1918, 1930; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1928; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1936. Presbyterian. English, French, and Irish ancestry. Member, Kiwanis; Lions; Knights of Pythias; Audubon Society; National Rifle Association; Sigma Chi; Sigma Delta Chi; Pi Gamma Mu; Sons of the American Revolution; Elks; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Grange. Died April 11, 1949 (age 89 years, 79 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Chippewa County, Mich.
  Presumably named for: Salmon P. Chase
  Relatives: Son of George A. Osborn and Margaret (Fannon) Osborn; married, May 7, 1881, to Lillian G. Jones.
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1911
  Charles Hyacinthe Riopelle (1860-1931) — also known as Charles H. Riopelle — of Ecorse, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Ecorse, Wayne County, Mich., October 19, 1860. Democrat. President, Eureka Brewing Company; supervisor of Ecorse Township, Michigan; elected 1900, 1901. French ancestry. Died, in Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 14, 1931 (age 70 years, 268 days). Interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Ecorse, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Hyacinthe F. Riopelle (1836-1898) and Anna Jane (Rouleau) Riopelle (1840-1928); married, January 24, 1882, to Eliza J. Livernois (1862-1950); second cousin of Oscar Alexander Riopelle; second cousin once removed of Claude Nicholas Riopelle.
  Political family: Riopelle family of Detroit, Michigan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Claude Nicholas Riopelle (c.1845-1894) — also known as Claude N. Riopelle — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born about 1845. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1869-70. French ancestry. Died, from pneumonia, in Grace Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., January 24, 1894 (age about 49 years). Interment at Mt. Elliott Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Dominic Riopelle (1818-1883) and Elizabeth (Gouin) Riopelle (c.1825-1879); second cousin of Hyacinthe F. Riopelle; second cousin once removed of Charles Hyacinthe Riopelle (1860-1931) and Oscar Alexander Riopelle.
  Political family: Riopelle family of Detroit, Michigan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Hyacinthe F. Riopelle (1836-1898) — of Wayne County, Mich. Born in Springwells Township (now part of Detroit), Wayne County, Mich., August 8, 1836. Democrat. Farmer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 2nd District, 1883-84. Catholic. French ancestry. Died suddenly, of heart failure, in Ecorse Township (part now in Detroit), Wayne County, Mich., July 31, 1898 (age 61 years, 357 days). Interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Ecorse, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Hyacinthe Riopelle (1807-1885) and Mary Ann (Vermet) Riopelle (1812-1877); married to Anna Jane Rouleau (1840-1928); father of Charles Hyacinthe Riopelle; first cousin once removed of Oscar Alexander Riopelle; second cousin of Claude Nicholas Riopelle (1845?-1894).
  Political family: Riopelle family of Detroit, Michigan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lenore Romney (1908-1998) — also known as Lenore Emily LaFount — of Bloomfield Hills, Oakland County, Mich. Born in Logan, Cache County, Utah, November 9, 1908. Republican. Candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1970. Female. English and French Huguenot ancestry. Died in Bloomfield, Oakland County, Mich., July 7, 1998 (age 89 years, 240 days). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Brighton, Mich.
  Relatives: Daughter of Harold Arundel Lafount (1880-1952) and Alma Luella (Robison) Lafount (1882-1938); married, July 2, 1931, to George Wilcken Romney; mother of George Scott Romney (who married Ronna Romney) and Willard Mitt Romney; grandmother of Ronna Romney McDaniel and Craig Romney.
  Political family: Romney family.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — BillionGraves burial record
  Harry C. Rose (1872-1932) — of Ashley, Gratiot County, Mich. Born in Watertown, Clinton County, Mich., June 30, 1872. Republican. Merchant; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Gratiot County, 1917-20; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 25th District, 1926; Gratiot County Treasurer, 1931-32. German and French ancestry. Died in 1932 (age about 60 years). Interment at North Star Cemetery, North Star Township, Gratiot County, Mich.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Burrell Tripp (b. 1862) — of Allegan, Allegan County, Mich. Born in Bangor, Van Buren County, Mich., May 19, 1862. Republican. Merchant; member of Michigan state senate 8th District, 1915-18; mayor of Allegan, Mich.; elected 1915. Scottish and French Huguenot ancestry. Interment somewhere in Allegan, Mich.
  Relatives: Married, June 9, 1883, to Anna W. Jennings; father of Harold D. Tripp (1894-1969).
  Edmund Charles Vernier (1867-1934) — also known as Edmund C. Vernier — of Lochmoor (now Grosse Pointe Woods), Wayne County, Mich. Born in Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Mich., February 16, 1867. Democrat. Supervisor of Grosse Pointe Township, Michigan, 1926-34; died in office 1934; village president of Lochmoor, Michigan, 1931-32. French ancestry. Died in Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Mich., September 28, 1934 (age 67 years, 224 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Irene (Robertjeanne) Vernier (1828-1901) and Charles Vernier (born 1829); married to Christine Moon (1874-1952); father of Mabel Vernier (born 1895; who married Norbert Frank Denk (1897-1942)).
  David E. Visnaw (1888-1982) — of St. Clair Shores, Macomb County, Mich. Born in Pinconning, Bay County, Mich., November 2, 1888. Democrat. Candidate for supervisor of Lake Township, Michigan, 1933; postmaster at St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1943-55 (acting, 1943-44). Catholic. French Canadian ancestry. Died in Grayling, Crawford County, Mich., September 22, 1982 (age 93 years, 324 days). Interment at St. Peter Cemetery, Clinton Township, Macomb County, Mich.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William W. Voisine (1897-1959) — also known as Wilfred William Voisine — of Ecorse, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Michigan, November 20, 1897. Steel executive; village president of Ecorse, Michigan, 1936-37; members of a steelworker terrorist group, the Black Legion, repeatedly attempted to kill him in 1936; Jesse Pettijohn and Lawrence Madden were later convicted of conspiracy to commit murder; mayor of Ecorse, Mich., 1948-49, 1954-57. French Canadian ancestry. Convicted in April, 1950, of falsely testifying to a Congressional committee in 1948 that he had received only the regular price for steel; sentenced to two years in federal prison. In October, 1956, a warrant was issued for his arrest, along with several members of the city council, for knowingly permitting illegal gambling in Ecorse, in return for bribes and gratuities; Gov. G. Mennen Williams initiated removal proceedings against the officials. Died in 1959 (age about 61 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Abel Voisine (1859-1930) and Eugenia Jennie (Blais) Voisine (1870-1909); married, August 1, 1918, to Helen Pearl O'Brien.
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