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Politicians in Mining in Minnesota

  Joseph Richard Begich (1930-2019) — also known as Joseph R. Begich; Joe Begich — of Eveleth, St. Louis County, Minn. Born in Eveleth, St. Louis County, Minn., January 17, 1930. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; mining foreman; farmer; mayor of Eveleth, Minn., 1965-74; member of Minnesota state house of representatives, 1975-92 (District 6-A 1975-82, District 6-B 1983-92). Croatian ancestry. Died, in a nursing home at Eveleth, St. Louis County, Minn., August 10, 2019 (age 89 years, 205 days). Interment at Eveleth Cemetery, Eveleth, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of John Begich and Anna (Martinich) Begich; brother of Nicholas Joseph Begich; married, December 29, 1951, to Carolyn Joan Bastianelli; uncle of Nicholas J. Begich Jr., Thomas Scott Begich and Mark Peter Begich.
  Political family: Begich family of Anchorage, Alaska.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
  George Girrbach (1890-1948) — of Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Mich. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., March 30, 1890. Republican. School teacher; general manager and vice-president, Soo Creamery; secretary, Rudyard Woodworking Corp.; vice-president, Centralgoma Iron Mines, Ltd.; member of Michigan state senate 30th District, 1945-48; died in office 1948; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 11th District, 1947. Member, Grange; Rotary; Elks; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; American Legion; Forty and Eight. Suffered a head injury in an automobile collision, and died the next day, in Hurley Hospital, Flint, Genesee County, Mich., May 24, 1948 (age 58 years, 55 days). Interment at Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Married, September 15, 1917, to Ethel Mae McEachern.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harry LeRoy Heer (1873-1962) — also known as Harry L. Heer — of Galena, Jo Daviess County, Ill. Born in Galena, Jo Daviess County, Ill., January 22, 1873. Mining engineer; lawyer; circuit judge in Illinois 15th Circuit, 1925. German and Welsh ancestry. Died in Hennepin County, Minn., November 12, 1962 (age 89 years, 294 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of David H. Heer and Martha (Evans) Heer; married, April 21, 1914, to Myrtle L. Renwick.
  Frank Eugene Hook (1893-1982) — also known as Frank E. Hook; "Fightin' Frank" — of Ironwood, Gogebic County, Mich.; Edina, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in L'Anse, Baraga County, Mich., May 26, 1893. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; miner; lawyer; municipal judge in Michigan, 1924-25; U.S. Representative from Michigan 12th District, 1935-43, 1945-47; defeated, 1942 (12th District), 1946 (12th District), 1954 (12th District), 1956 (12th District), 1958 (12th District), 1966 (11th District); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936, 1940, 1944 (alternate), 1948; candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1948; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan; candidate in primary for circuit judge in Michigan 32nd Circuit, 1957; president of radio station WJMS, Ironwood, Mich. Lutheran. Member, American Legion; Sigma Delta Kappa; Disabled American Veterans; Americans for Democratic Action. In February 1945, he was involved in a fist fight on the floor of the House of Representatives with John E. Rankin of Mississippi. Died in Edina, Hennepin County, Minn., June 21, 1982 (age 89 years, 26 days). Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Married to Elsie C. Schneider.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alvin E. Richards (b. 1886) — of Marquette, Marquette County, Mich. Born in Soudan, St. Louis County, Minn., October 6, 1886. Republican. Mining superintendent; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Marquette County, 1947-54; defeated, 1954. Methodist. Member, Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, October 4, 1911, to Mae Cassidy.
Charlemagne Tower Charlemagne Tower (1848-1923) — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., April 17, 1848. Republican. Lawyer; president, Duluth & Iron Range Railroad; managing director, Minnesota Iron Co. (mining); U.S. Minister to Austria-Hungary, 1897-99; U.S. Ambassador to Russia, 1899-1902; Germany, 1902-08; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916. Member, American Philosophical Society. Died February 24, 1923 (age 74 years, 313 days). Original interment at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.; reinterment at Waterville Cemetery, Waterville, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Charlemagne Tower and Amelia (Bartle) Tower; married, February 8, 1888, to Helen Smith.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Image source: National Cyclopedia of American Biography (1894)
  Stanley Washburn (1878-1950) — of Lakewood, Ocean County, N.J. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., February 7, 1878. Republican. Newspaper correspondent; delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1912; president, Washburn Lignite Coal Co., Wilton, N.D., 1926-29; candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1932. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Delta Psi; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Reserve Officers Association. Died in 1950 (age about 72 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Drew Washburn and Elizabeth (Muzzy) Washburn; brother of William Drew Washburn Jr.; married, November 27, 1906, to Alice Langhorne; nephew of Israel Washburn Jr., Elihu Benjamin Washburne, Cadwallader Colden Washburn and Charles Ames Washburn; grandson of Israel Washburn; grandnephew of Reuel Washburn; first cousin of Charles Fox Washburn, Hempstead Washburne and Robert Charles Washburn.
  Political family: Washburn family of Massachusetts (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
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