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Politicians in Insurance in Montana

  Charles W. Dempster (c.1879-1941) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, about 1879. Republican. Lawyer; member of Montana state house of representatives, 1901-02; Supreme Secretary of the Fraternal Brotherhood, an insurance union; on February 1, 1917, when he was ousted by the brotherhood's Supreme Council on grounds of insubordination, he drew a revolver and held the council at bay for ten minutes; after being disarmed by a private detective, he was arrested for disturbing the peace; candidate for California state senate 31st District, 1920; member of California state assembly, 1931-34 (57th District 1931-32, 61st District 1933-34); candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1932, 1933 (primary). Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Odd Fellows; Eagles. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., July 20, 1941 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Grace Warner.
  Orvin Benonie Fjare (1918-2011) — also known as Orvin B. Fjare — of Montana. Born near Big Timber, Sweet Grass County, Mont., April 16, 1918. Republican. Clothing merchant; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member, Montana Public Welfare Commission, 1952-54; U.S. Representative from Montana 2nd District, 1955-57; defeated, 1956; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1956 ; candidate for U.S. Senator from Montana, 1960; life insurance business; Montana director, Federal Housing Administration, 1970-79. Died in Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Mont., June 27, 2011 (age 93 years, 72 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Thomas Frederick Haines (1903-1997) — also known as Tom Haines — of Missoula, Missoula County, Mont. Born in Rockport, Pike County, Ill., March 4, 1903. Republican. Grocer; director, New American Life Insurance Company; chair of Missoula County Republican Party, 1945-50; delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1948; member of Montana state house of representatives, 1950-74. Methodist; later Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks. Died in Missoula, Missoula County, Mont., March 21, 1997 (age 94 years, 17 days). Interment at Missoula Cemetery, Missoula, Mont.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Nicholas Haines and Susan (Krauss) Haines; married, November 17, 1926, to Edna May Bolin.
  John R. McNamara — also known as Jack R. McNamara — of Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Mont. Democrat. Insurance agent; member of Montana state house of representatives, 1950; postmaster at Helena, Mont., 1967-81 (acting, 1967). Still living as of 1981.
  William Boyce Thompson (1869-1930) — also known as William B. Thompson — of Yonkers, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Virginia City, Madison County, Mont., May 13, 1869. Republican. Mining magnate; banker; candidate for Presidential Elector for New York; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916, 1920; director, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; director, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Died, from pneumonia, June 27, 1930 (age 61 years, 45 days). Interment at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of William Thompson and Anna M. (Boyce) Thompson; married, February 6, 1895, to Gertrude Hickman; father of Margaret Thompson (who married Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle Jr.).
  Political family: Biddle-Randolph family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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