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Politicians in Railroading in Nebraska

  Alexander Stanley Bloedel (b. 1876) — also known as A. S. Bloedel — of Tabor, Fremont County, Iowa. Born in Papillion, Sarpy County, Neb., May 8, 1876. Republican. Hardware business; president, Tabor and Northern Railroad; bank director; member of Iowa state house of representatives from Fremont County, 1951. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Bloedel and Caroline Bloedel; married 1904 to Sarah Weatherhead.
  John Tannyhill Bressler (1849-1935) — also known as John T. Bressler — of Wayne, Wayne County, Neb. Born in Pennsylvania, January 14, 1849. Republican. Farmer; banker; member of Nebraska state senate, 1880; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1896 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee; member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee); government director for Union Pacific Railroad, 1897. Died in Wayne, Wayne County, Neb., October 23, 1935 (age 86 years, 282 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Wayne, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of Johannes Daniel C. Bressler and Mary Ann (Tannyhill) Bressler; married 1880 to Julia Fair.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lot Brown (b. 1855) — of Nebraska City, Otoe County, Neb.; Morton Park (now Cicero), Cook County, Ill. Born in Rockford, Winnebago County, Ill., December 25, 1855. Republican. Newspaper editor; freight agent, later commercial agent, for Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad; candidate for Presidential Elector for Illinois; member of Illinois Republican State Central Committee, 1905. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William A. Brown and Abigail Brown; married, September 24, 1889, to Annie Wilcox Payne.
  Edward Albert Dow (b. 1879) — also known as Edward A. Dow — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb. Born in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, April 20, 1879. Railway timekeeper; real estate and insurance business; U.S. Consul in St. Stephen, 1915-17; Fort William, 1917; Port Arthur, 1917; Ciudad Juarez, 1917-20; Algiers, 1920-24; Rotterdam, 1924-28; Frankfort, 1928-30; U.S. Consul General in St. John's, 1930-33; Santiago, 1933-38. Catholic. Member, Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Noble Dow and Nora Gertrude Dow; married, October 6, 1909, to Rose C. Rush.
  Charles G. Irwin (b. 1892) — of Douglas, Converse County, Wyo. Born in Belvidere, Thayer County, Neb., November 20, 1892. Republican. Railway station agent; merchant; banker; member of Wyoming state house of representatives, 1940; delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1956 (member, Credentials Committee); member of Wyoming state senate from Converse County, 1957-67. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Moose; Kiwanis; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion. Burial location unknown.
  Paul H. King (b. 1879) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Arapahoe, Furnas County, Neb., August 22, 1879. Republican. Lawyer; secretary of Michigan Republican Party, 1910-12; one of three receivers of the Pere Marquette Railroad, 1914-17; campaign manager for U.S. Sens. Charles E. Townsend and Truman H. Newberry. Congregationalist. Member, Rotary; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  Charles Frederick Manderson (1837-1911) — also known as Charles F. Manderson — of Canton, Stark County, Ohio; Omaha, Douglas County, Neb. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., February 9, 1837. Republican. Lawyer; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; Stark County Prosecuting Attorney; delegate to Nebraska state constitutional convention, 1871; delegate to Nebraska state constitutional convention, 1875; U.S. Senator from Nebraska, 1883-95; general solicitor, western region, Burlington Railway System, 1895. Member, American Bar Association; Loyal Legion; Grand Army of the Republic. Died on board the steamship Cedric, in the harbor at Liverpool, England, September 28, 1911 (age 74 years, 231 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of John Manderson and Katharine Manderson; married, April 11, 1865, to Rebekah S. Brown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
C. W. Mapes Claude William Mapes (1887-1959) — also known as C. W. Mapes — of Casper, Natrona County, Wyo. Born in Elmwood, Cass County, Neb., April 19, 1887. Railway yardmaster; candidate for mayor of Casper, Wyo., 1943, 1945 (primary), 1949 (primary). Member, Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star. Died in Casper, Natrona County, Wyo., May 8, 1959 (age 72 years, 19 days). Interment at Highland Cemetery, Casper, Wyo.
  Relatives: Son of William Oscar Mapes and Emma Frances (Stanley) Mapes; married 1911 to Nelle Zoa Pickard.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune, July 24, 1949
  Wayman Peter P. St. Clair (b. 1842) — also known as Wayman P. P. St. Clair — of Ogallala, Keith County, Neb. Born in Monroe County, Va. (now W.Va.), September 30, 1842. Stationmaster for the Union Pacific Railroad; member of Nebraska state house of representatives, 1877. Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  Relatives: Son of George W. St. Clair and Ann (Keaton) St. Clair; married, August 22, 1866, to Mary Ann Furray; grandfather of Margaret Jenkinson Kearns.
  Political family: Kearns family of Salt Lake City, Utah.
  P. Emerson Taylor (b. 1871) — of Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pa.; Tekamah, Burt County, Neb. Born in Dry Run, Franklin County, Pa., January 18, 1871. School principal; lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; railway land agent; Burt County Attorney, 1903-07; U.S. Consul in Stavanger, 1910-11. Burial location unknown.
  David Eugene Thompson (1854-1942) — also known as David E. Thompson — of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Bethel, Branch County, Mich., February 28, 1854. Republican. Railway brakeman; later superintendent and manager; U.S. Minister to Brazil, 1902-05; U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, 1905; Mexico, 1906-09; president, Pan-American Railway, 1909. Died in 1942 (age about 88 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John H. Thompson and Rhoda (Bennett) Thompson; married, January 18, 1892, to Jeannette Miller; married, June 9, 1921, to Gladys Dana Garber.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
John M. Thurston John Mellen Thurston (1847-1916) — also known as John M. Thurston — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb. Born in Montpelier, Washington County, Vt., August 21, 1847. Republican. Lawyer; general solicitor for Union Pacific Railroad; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1872, 1888 (Temporary Chair), 1896 (Permanent Chair; chair, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee; speaker); member of Nebraska state house of representatives, 1875-77; candidate for Presidential Elector for Nebraska; U.S. Senator from Nebraska, 1895-1901; member of Republican National Committee from Nebraska, 1896; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1896. Died in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., August 9, 1916 (age 68 years, 354 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Thurston County, Neb. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: The Parties and The Men (1896)
  William Wemmer (1866-1947) — Born in Jacksonville, Athens County, Ohio, July 31, 1866. Socialist. Railroad work; candidate for University of Nebraska board of regents, 1909, 1911. Died in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 5, 1947 (age 80 years, 158 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Mary (Learned) Wemmer and Joseph Wemmer; married to Cora Belle Buell.
  James Madison Woodard (b. 1881) — also known as J. M. Woodard — of Aurora, Hamilton County, Neb. Born in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo., September 30, 1881. Democrat. Physician; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; medical examiner and surgeon for Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad; chair of Hamilton County Democratic Party, 1940. Member, Delta Tau Delta; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Rotary; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; American Medical Association. Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: James Madison
  Relatives: Son of Daniel S. Woodard and Sarah Ann (Casteel) Woodard; married, December 8, 1908, to Mabel Edna Biggs.
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