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Labor Unions
Politician members in Missouri

  Charles F. W. Albrecht Jr. (1875-1951) — also known as Charles Albrecht — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., October 27, 1875. Republican. Real estate business; member of Missouri state house of representatives from St. Louis City 1st District, 1927-28. Died July 16, 1951 (age 75 years, 262 days). Interment at Lakewood Park Cemetery, Affton, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Wilhelmina Albrecht and Charles F. W. Albrecht; married, December 18, 1901, to Louise Hohmeyer.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Elmer T. Allison Elmer T. Allison (1883-1982) — of Seattle, King County, Wash.; Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn.; Washington. Born in Houstonia, Pettis County, Mo., December 5, 1883. Communist. Sawmill worker; arrested in Cleveland, 1919, on charges of violating the state's criminal syndicalism law; Workers candidate for New York state senate 14th District, 1926; poet. Member, Industrial Workers of the World. Died in Olympia, Thurston County, Wash., July 18, 1982 (age 98 years, 225 days). Interment at Woodbine Cemetery, Puyallup, Wash.
  Relatives: Son of Nathaniel Allison and Mattie (Johnson) Allison; brother of Hortense Allison (who married Alfred Wagenknecht); married 1908 to Anna Theresa Swanson; married 1922 to Rose Rosen; uncle of Helen Allison Winter (who married Carl Winter).
  Political family: Winter-Wagenknecht family.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Marxists Internet Archive
  William Lacy Clay Sr. (b. 1931) — also known as William L. Clay, Sr.; Bill Clay — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., April 30, 1931. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Missouri 1st District, 1969-2001; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1996, 2000. Catholic. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Freemasons. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Father of William Lacy Clay Jr..
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  William Clay Cole (1897-1965) — also known as William C. Cole — of St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo. Born near Fillmore, Andrew County, Mo., August 29, 1897. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army on the Mexican border; served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; lawyer; candidate for Missouri state house of representatives from Buchanan County 2nd District, 1940; U.S. Representative from Missouri, 1943-49, 1953-55 (3rd District 1943-49, 6th District 1953-55); defeated, 1948 (3rd District), 1950 (3rd District), 1954 (6th District). Member, Lions; Odd Fellows; Elks; Moose; Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died September 23, 1965 (age 68 years, 25 days). Interment at Fillmore Cemetery, Fillmore, Mo.
  Relatives: Married, August 29, 1927, to Esther Leah Arnold.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Bobby D. Crim (b. 1931) — of Davison, Genesee County, Mich. Born in Kennett, Dunklin County, Mo., December 10, 1931. Democrat. School teacher; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1965-66, 1973-82 (79th District 1965-66, 82nd District 1973-82); defeated, 1966; Speaker of the Michigan State House of Representatives, 1975-82; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980; member of Michigan State University board of trustees, 1983-84; resigned 1984. Protestant. Member, Lions; National Education Association; American Federation of Teachers; American Legion. Still living as of 1984.
  Relatives: Married 1953 to Lila F. Vogel.
Farrell Dobbs Farrell Dobbs (1907-1983) — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn.; New York. Born in Queen City, Schuyler County, Mo., July 25, 1907. Socialist. Truck driver; became involved with a militant Teamsters Union local in Minneapolis in the 1930s, and helped lead a general strike; joined the Socialist Workers Party in 1939; convicted in 1941 of treason under the anti-Communist Smith Act, and served one year in prison; Socialist Workers candidate for President of the United States, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960; national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, 1953-72; historian. Member, Teamsters Union. Died in Pinole, Contra Costa County, Calif., October 31, 1983 (age 76 years, 98 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac T. Dobbs.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: The Militant, July 2, 1956
  Robert Budd Dwyer (1939-1987) — also known as R. Budd Dwyer — of Pennsylvania. Born in St. Charles, St. Charles County, Mo., November 21, 1939. Republican. Member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1965-70; member of Pennsylvania state senate 50th District, 1971-81; resigned 1981; Pennsylvania state treasurer, 1981-87; died in office 1987. Baptist. Member, National Education Association; Eagles; Theta Chi; Jaycees. Convicted in December 1986 of bribery and conspiracy in federal court. About to be sentenced, and widely expected to resign from office, he called a press conference; there, in front of spectators and television cameras, he insisted he was not guilty, and then shot and killed himself, in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa., January 22, 1987 (age 47 years, 62 days). Interment at Blooming Valley Cemetery, Blooming Valley, Pa.
  Cross-reference: Robert B. Asher
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Harold Joseph Patrick Gibbons (1910-1982) — also known as Harold J. Gibbons — of Kirkwood, St. Louis County, Mo. Born in Archibald Patch, Lackawanna County, Pa., April 10, 1910. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1952, 1956. Irish ancestry. Member, Teamsters Union; NAACP; American Civil Liberties Union. The site of the original Sportsman's Park baseball stadium in St. Louis, now a neighborhood playground, was named "Harold J. Gibbons Field" for him. Died, from complications of a ruptured aortic aneurysm, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., November, 1982 (age 72 years, 0 days). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Jennings, Mo.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Richard Goodenough (1871-1947) — of St. Louis, Mo.; Jefferson City, Cole County, Mo. Born in West Cowes, Hampshire, England, July 7, 1871. Republican. Printer; proofreader; member of Missouri state house of representatives from St. Louis City 5th District, 1921-26. English ancestry. Member, Knights of Pythias; Typographical Union. Died in St. Louis County, Mo., January 31, 1947 (age 75 years, 208 days). Interment at Friedens Cemetery, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo.
  Relatives: Married, April 6, 1887, to Annie Perrin; married, November 22, 1937, to Marietta Mayfield.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph J. Hauser (b. 1881) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., February 8, 1881. Republican. Brewer; president, St. Louis Trades and Labor Council; delegate to national convention, American Federation of Labor; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention 29th District, 1922-23. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, January 3, 1901, to Emma Fisher.
  Edward J. Hogan Jr. (b. 1885) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., October 18, 1885. Democrat. Member of Missouri state house of representatives from St. Louis City 4th District, 1917-18, 1935-42; business representative, Local 303, Brewery and Soft Drink Bottlers Union; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention 33rd District, 1943-44; member of Missouri state senate, 1945-60 (33rd District 1945-48, 7th District 1949-60). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, February 15, 1905, to Jennie Durr.
  Theodore Leonard Irving (1898-1962) — also known as Leonard Irving — of Independence, Jackson County, Mo. Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., March 24, 1898. Democrat. Railroad work; theater manager; hotel manager; construction worker; president and business agent, Local 264, Construction and General Laborers Union; U.S. Representative from Missouri 4th District, 1949-53; defeated, 1952. Congregationalist. Member, Eagles. Died in Washington, D.C., March 8, 1962 (age 63 years, 349 days). Interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.
  Relatives: Married 1918 to Effie A. Bjornstad.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Isom P. Langley (1851-1930) — of Hot Springs, Garland County, Ark.; Lebanon, Laclede County, Mo. Born in Clark County, Ark., September 2, 1851. Preacher; newspaper editor; lawyer; farmer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas, 1886 (Labor, 4th District), 1890 (Populist, 2nd District), 1890 (Republican, 2nd District); member of Missouri state house of representatives from Laclede County, 1919-20. Baptist. Member, Knights of Labor. Died, from prostate cancer, in Jefferson City, Cole County, Mo., July 13, 1930 (age 78 years, 314 days). Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Jefferson City, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Langley and Jane (Browning) Langley; married, August 20, 1870, to Martha A. Freeman; married 1901 to Sarah E. Arther.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Theodore David McNeal (b. 1905) — also known as Theodore D. McNeal — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in Helena (now part of Helena-West Helena), Phillips County, Ark., November 5, 1905. Democrat. International vice-president, Union of Sleeping Car Porters, 1950; chairman, St. Louis Division, American Negro Labor Council, 1959; member of Missouri state senate, 1961-65 (7th District 1961-62, 4th District 1963-65). African ancestry. Member, NAACP. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, August 25, 1950, to Virgie Louise Foreman.
  Raymond M. Murphy (b. 1927) — also known as Ray Murphy — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in St. Louis, Mo., December 13, 1927. Democrat. Delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 11th District, 1961-62; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964, 1988 (alternate), 1996; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1983-98 (17th District 1983-92, 7th District 1993-98); defeated in primary, 1954; member of Michigan state senate 3rd District, 1999-. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, United Auto Workers; NAACP; AFSCME; Lions; Optimist Club; Freemasons; Shriners. Still living as of 1999.
  Relatives: Son of John Murphy and Etta (Thompkins) Murphy; married to Loretta Blackwell.
  Patrick J. O'Connor (1931-1971) — of Bridgeton, St. Louis County, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., September 7, 1931. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; pipefitter; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1963-71 (St. Louis County 2nd District 1963-66, 30th District 1967-71); died in office 1971. Catholic. Died in Bridgeton, St. Louis County, Mo., June 6, 1971 (age 39 years, 272 days). Burial location unknown.
  Robert Pentland (1908-1975) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in Bowhill, Scotland, February 7, 1908. Democrat. Coal miner; grocery clerk; warehouse worker; served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; business representative, Teamsters Local 688; member of Missouri state senate 1st District, 1949-72. Presbyterian. Member, Teamsters Union. Died June 7, 1975 (age 67 years, 120 days). Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Mo.
  Relatives: Married, April 25, 1935, to Irma Seaman.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Theron Eads Roberts (1907-1968) — also known as Theron E. Roberts; Tex Roberts — of Diamond, Newton County, Mo. Born in Wheeler, Wheeler County, Tex., March 22, 1907. Democrat. Telegrapher; railway station agent; newspaper publisher; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Newton County, 1935-38; member of Missouri state senate 18th District, 1939-42; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. Christian. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Order of Railroad Telegraphers. Died November 12, 1968 (age 61 years, 235 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Married, May 19, 1926, to Catherine L. Bone and Catherine L. Bone (1908-1987).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Byrd Fanita Sawyer (b. 1895) — also known as Byrd Fanita Wall; Mrs. Harry W. Sawyer — of Fallon, Churchill County, Nev.; Sparks, Washoe County, Nev. Born in Warrensburg, Johnson County, Mo., May 5, 1895. Democrat. School teacher; librarian; candidate for Presidential Elector for Nevada; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1948 (member, Credentials Committee), 1952. Female. Member, American Association of University Women; National Education Association; Phi Beta Kappa; Gamma Phi Beta; Beta Sigma Phi. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Henry J. Wall and Burd (McIlvaine) Wall; married, September 11, 1923, to Harry W. Sawyer.
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