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Beta Theta Pi
Politician members in Nebraska

  Thomas Earl Adams Jr. (b. 1905) — also known as Thomas E. Adams, Jr. — of Beatrice, Gage County, Neb. Born in Beatrice, Gage County, Neb., July 20, 1905. Democrat. President, Beatrice Steel Tank Manufacturing Co.; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1944. Methodist. Member, Beta Theta Pi. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Edward Adams and Okolono (Miller) Adams; married, April 24, 1935, to Katherine Lowrie.
  Walter Lincoln Anderson (1868-1959) — also known as Walter L. Anderson — of Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa; Hot Springs, Fall River County, S.Dak.; Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Sidney, Fremont County, Iowa, February 19, 1868. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1916; delegate to Nebraska state constitutional convention, 1919-20; member of Nebraska state house of representatives, 1921-22; Speaker of the Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1922; candidate for U.S. Representative from Nebraska 1st District, 1922. Member, Beta Theta Pi; United Spanish War Veterans; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Kiwanis; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Knights Templar; Elks. Died in 1959 (age about 91 years). Interment at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Raney Anderson and Sarah Jane (Woods) Anderson; married, October 29, 1902, to Helen Marie Nance.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Richard Cunningham Patterson Jr. (1886-1966) — also known as Richard C. Patterson, Jr. — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Locust Valley, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., January 31, 1886. Democrat. Gold miner; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; engineer; New York City Commissioner of Correction, 1927-32; executive vice-president and director, National Broadcasting Co., 1932-36; chairman, Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) Corp., 1939-43; chairman, Ogden Corp. (Utilities Power & Light Co.); delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928 (alternate), 1932 (alternate), 1936, 1944, 1948; U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia, 1944-47; Guatemala, 1948-50; U.S. Minister to Switzerland, 1951-53. Methodist. Member, Military Order of the World Wars; American Legion; Society of Colonial Wars; Sons of the Revolution; Beta Theta Pi; Freemasons. Died September 30, 1966 (age 80 years, 242 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Cunningham Patterson and Martha Belle (Neiswanger) Patterson; married, May 31, 1924, to Shelley McCutchen Rodes.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frederick Andrew Seaton (1909-1974) — of Manhattan, Riley County, Kan.; Hastings, Adams County, Neb. Born in Washington, D.C., December 11, 1909. Republican. Radio announcer; sports reporter; editor, manager, and publisher of newspapers; vice-chair of Kansas Republican Party, 1934-37; campaign secretary for Gov. Alfred M. Landon, 1936; member of Nebraska unicameral legislature, 1945-49; U.S. Senator from Nebraska, 1951-52; U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1956-61; candidate for Governor of Nebraska, 1962. Methodist or Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Rotary; Navy League; American Academy of Political and Social Science; Beta Theta Pi; Pi Kappa Delta. Recipient, Medal of Freedom. Died in St. Mary's Hospital, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., January 16, 1974 (age 64 years, 36 days). Interment at Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of Fay Noble Seaton and Dorothea Elizabeth (Schmidt) Seaton; married, January 23, 1931, to Gladys Hope Dowd.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frederick H. Wagener (1898-1982) — of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in O'Fallon, St. Clair County, Ill., November 27, 1898. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; secretary of Nebraska Republican Party, 1936-37; secretary to U.S. Sen. Kenneth S. Wherry, 1943-46; Lancaster County Attorney, 1947; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1948. Congregationalist. Member, Beta Theta Pi; Phi Delta Phi; American Legion; Lions; Elks; Optimist Club; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners. Died in 1982 (age about 83 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John A. F. Wagener and Hester (Rable) Wagener; married, October 25, 1925, to Ella E. Hardin.
  Kenneth Spicer Wherry (1892-1951) — also known as Kenneth S. Wherry — of Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Neb. Born in Liberty, Gage County, Neb., February 28, 1892. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; furniture merchant; funeral director; automobile dealer; member of Nebraska state senate, 1929-31; Nebraska Republican state chair, 1939-42; U.S. Senator from Nebraska, 1943-51; died in office 1951; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1948. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Freemasons; Shriners; Lions; Kiwanis; Beta Theta Pi. Died in Washington, D.C., November 29, 1951 (age 59 years, 274 days). Interment at Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of David Emery Wherry and Jessie (Comstock) Wherry; married, September 15, 1920, to Marjorie Colwell.
  Cross-reference: Frederick H. Wagener
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Ralph P. Wilson (b. 1890) — of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb., November 5, 1890. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of Nebraska state house of representatives, 1923. Congregationalist. Member, Beta Theta Pi; Phi Delta Phi; Lions; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry H. Wilson and Emma (Parks) Wilson; married, August 14, 1919, to Calla W. Johnson.
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