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Odd Fellows
Politician members in Mississippi

  Theodore Gilmore Bilbo (1877-1947) — also known as Theodore G. Bilbo — of Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss. Born near Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss., October 13, 1877. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; farmer; member of Mississippi state senate, 1908-12; Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, 1912-16; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1912 (alternate), 1916 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization), 1928, 1936, 1940, 1944; Governor of Mississippi, 1916-20, 1928-32; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1935-47; died in office 1947. Baptist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks; Odd Fellows; Ku Klux Klan. Author of the book Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization, which advocated deportation of all Black Americans to Africa. During the 1946 campaign, in a radio address, he called on "every red-blooded Anglo-Saxon man in Mississippi to resort to any means to keep hundreds of Negroes from the polls in the July 2 primary. And if you don't know what that means, you are just not up to your persuasive measures." After he won re-election, the Senate, appalled at his racist views and tactics, refused to seat him, and started an investigation. Died, of mouth cancer, in a hospital at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., August 21, 1947 (age 69 years, 312 days). Interment at Juniper Grove Cemetery, Near Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of James Oliver Bilbo and Beedy (Wallace) Bilbo; married, May 25, 1898, to Lillian S. Herrington; married, January 27, 1903, to Linda R. Gaddy.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  William Donald Cameron (1846-1909) — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Lauderdale County, Miss., April 5, 1846. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk, 1871; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1900, 1904. Presbyterian. Member, United Confederate Veterans; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Woodmen. Died June 11, 1909 (age 63 years, 67 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Meridian, Miss.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ezekiel Samuel Candler Jr. (1862-1944) — also known as Ezekiel S. Candler, Jr. — of Corinth, Alcorn County, Miss. Born in Belleville, Hamilton County, Fla., January 18, 1862. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for Presidential Elector for Mississippi; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 1st District, 1901-21; mayor of Corinth, Miss., 1933-37. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Woodmen; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Knights of Honor. Died in Corinth, Alcorn County, Miss., December 18, 1944 (age 82 years, 335 days). Interment at Henry Cemetery, Corinth, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Ezekiel Samuel Candler and Julia (Bevill) Candler; married, April 26, 1883, to Nancy Priscilla Hazlewood; married, January 14, 1924, to Effie Merrill Neuhardt; married, June 21, 1933, to Ottie (Doan) Hardenstein; nephew of Milton Anthony Candler, Asa Griggs Candler and John Slaughter Candler; grandson of Samuel Charles Candler; grandnephew of Daniel Gill Candler and Ezekiel Slaughter Candler; second great-grandson of William Candler; first cousin of Charles Murphey Candler; first cousin once removed of Allen Daniel Candler, William Ezekiel Candler and George Scott Candler; second cousin of Thomas Slaughter Candler; second cousin twice removed of Mark Anthony Cooper; fourth cousin of Joseph Meriwether Terrell.
  Political family: Candler family of Georgia.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ross Alexander Collins (1880-1968) — also known as Ross A. Collins — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Collinsville, Lauderdale County, Miss., April 25, 1880. Democrat. Lawyer; Mississippi state attorney general, 1911-19; candidate for Governor of Mississippi, 1919; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 5th District, 1921-35, 1937-43; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1934 (primary), 1947. Presbyterian or Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Woodmen. Died in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., July 14, 1968 (age 88 years, 80 days). Interment at Magnolia Cemetery, Meridian, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Nathaniel Monroe Collins and Rebecca J. (Ethridge) Collins; married, November 2, 1904, to Alfreda Grant.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George Waddel Currie (b. 1885) — also known as George W. Currie — of Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Miss. Born in Mt. Carmel, Covington County, Miss., October 18, 1885. Democrat. Lawyer; banker; chair of Forrest County Democratic Party, 1920-29. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Woodmen of the World; Kiwanis. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Edward James Currie and Lucy (Westbrook) Currie; married, June 12, 1912, to Anita Gibon.
  Robert Virgil Fletcher (b. 1869) — also known as R. V. Fletcher — of Pontotoc, Pontotoc County, Miss.; Jackson, Hinds County, Miss.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Grant County, Ky., September 27, 1869. Democrat. Lawyer; Mississippi state attorney general, 1907-08; justice of Mississippi state supreme court, 1908-09; appointed 1908; general attorney, Illinois Central Railroad, 1911. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John M. Fletcher and Mary (Luman) Fletcher; married, June 26, 1893, to Etta Childers.
  Byron Patton Harrison (1881-1941) — also known as Pat Harrison — of Gulfport, Harrison County, Miss. Born in Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Miss., August 29, 1881. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 6th District, 1911-19; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1919-41; died in office 1941; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1936, 1940. Methodist. Member, Woodmen; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died in Washington, D.C., June 22, 1941 (age 59 years, 297 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Gulfport, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Adams Harrison and Myrna Ann (Patton) Harrison; married, January 19, 1905, to Mary Edwena McInnis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
Perry W. Howard Perry Wilbon Howard Jr. (1877-1961) — also known as Perry W. Howard — of Jackson, Hinds County, Miss. Born in Ebenezer, Holmes County, Miss., June 14, 1877. Republican. College professor; lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1912, 1916, 1924, 1928 (member, Credentials Committee), 1932, 1936 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1940 (member, Credentials Committee), 1944, 1948, 1952 (member, Credentials Committee), 1956; member of Republican National Committee from Mississippi, 1924-60. Methodist. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Woodmen. Died in Washington, D.C., February 1, 1961 (age 83 years, 232 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Perry Wilbon Howard and Sarah 'Sallie' Howard; married, August 14, 1907, to Wilhelmina Lucas.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: New York Public Library
  John Henry Marsalis (1904-1971) — also known as John H. Marsalis — of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo. Born in McComb, Pike County, Miss., May 9, 1904. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; District Attorney, 10th District, 1944-48; U.S. Representative from Colorado 3rd District, 1949-51; defeated, 1950, 1952; district judge in Colorado, 1955-62. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Exchange Club. Died in Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo., June 26, 1971 (age 67 years, 48 days). Interment at Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of Louis Hillery Marsalis and Alice Bryant (Warner) Marsalis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Webber Wilson (1893-1948) — also known as T. Webber Wilson — of Laurel, Jones County, Miss. Born in Coldwater, Tate County, Miss., January 24, 1893. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 6th District, 1923-29; U.S. District Judge for Virgin Islands, 1933-35. Presbyterian. Member, Kappa Alpha Order; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Odd Fellows; Elks; Woodmen. Died in 1948 (age about 55 years). Interment at Magnolia Cemetery, Coldwater, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph James Wilson and Lucy (Yancey) Wilson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
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