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Quaker Politicians in Michigan
(Religious Society of Friends)

  Daniel Joseph Gerow (1864-1950) — also known as Dan J. Gerow — of Shiawassee County, Mich.; Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Mich. Born in Prince Edward County, Ontario, March 24, 1864. Democrat. Shiawassee County Sheriff, 1900-04; hotel proprietor; mayor of Sturgis, Mich., 1930-31; member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1932-39, 1947-49; delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from St. Joseph County, 1933; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1948. Quaker. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Eagles; Rotary; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died in Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Mich., August 26, 1950 (age 86 years, 155 days). Interment at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Sturgis, Mich.
  Clifford Morris Hardin (1915-2010) — also known as Clifford M. Hardin — of East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich.; Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Knightstown, Henry County, Ind., October 9, 1915. University professor; chancellor, University of Nebraska, 1954-68; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1969-71. Quaker. Died in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb., April 4, 2010 (age 94 years, 177 days). Interment at Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of J. Alvin Hardin and Mabel (Macy) Hardin; married to Martha Love Wood.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul Clarence Pratt — also known as Paul Pratt — of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Democrat. Chair of Ingham County Democratic Party, 2003. Quaker. Still living as of 2022.
  Friend William Richardson (1865-1943) — also known as Friend W. Richardson; William Richardson — of California. Born in Michigan, December 1, 1865. Republican. Newspaper publisher; California state treasurer, 1915-23; Governor of California, 1923-27. Quaker. Member, Elks; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Modern Woodmen; Rotary; Kiwanis; Moose. Died, of a heart ailment, in Berkeley, Alameda County, Calif., September 5, 1943 (age 77 years, 278 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of William Richardson and Rhoda (Dye) Richardson; married to Augusta Felder.
  Cross-reference: Fletcher Bowron
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article
  Joseph Charles Satterthwaite (1900-1990) — also known as Joseph C. Satterthwaite — of Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Mich. Born in Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Mich., March 14, 1900. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Vice Consul in Guadalajara, 1927-29; U.S. Consul in Baghdad, 1937-39; Damascus, as of 1944; U.S. Ambassador to Ceylon, 1949-53; Burma, 1955-57; South Africa, 1961-65. Quaker. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Phi Beta Kappa. Died November 19, 1990 (age 90 years, 250 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Newton Satterthwaite and Eva (Perry) Satterthwaite; married, December 18, 1945, to Leyla Ilbars.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  John Melvin Willison (1849-1927) — also known as John M. Willison — of Pennfield Township, Calhoun County, Mich. Born in Johnstown Township, Barry County, Mich., May 21, 1849. Democrat. School teacher; farmer; candidate for Michigan state senate 9th District, 1902. Quaker. Member, Freemasons. Died, at Nichols Hospital, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich., May 24, 1927 (age 78 years, 3 days). Interment at Hicks Cemetery, Pennfield Township, Calhoun County, Mich.
  Relatives: Brother of Frank Leslie Willison.
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