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Coal, Ice, and Fuel Dealer Politicians in New York

  Leslie Vermilyea Bateman (1871-1946) — also known as Leslie V. Bateman — of Mt. Vernon, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., June 17, 1871. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; fuel oil business; mayor of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., 1932-35; defeated, 1935; Westchester County rationing administrator during World War II. English and Dutch ancestry. Member, Rotary; Elks; Freemasons. Died, in Mt. Vernon Hospital, Mt. Vernon, Westchester County, N.Y., September 13, 1946 (age 75 years, 88 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Stephen Bateman (born 1844) and Margaret Jane (Ganun) Bateman (born 1844); married, November 17, 1897, to Mary Templeton Tamblyn (born 1873).
  William C. Baxter — of Watervliet, Albany County, N.Y. Republican. Coal dealer; member of New York state assembly from Albany County 3rd District, 1913-17. Burial location unknown.
  John H. Buhrmaster (b. 1876) — of Scotia, Schenectady County, N.Y. Born in Auriesville, Montgomery County, N.Y., March 27, 1876. Republican. Grocer; coal, feed, and building supply business; director and vice-president, Glenville Bank; member of New York state assembly from Schenectady County 2nd District, 1932-33. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Redmen; Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, May 1, 1901, to Cora May Ward.
Francis M. Carpenter Francis M. Carpenter (b. 1834) — of Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in New Castle town, Westchester County, N.Y., 1834. Republican. Coal business; banker; Westchester County Treasurer, 1900; member of New York state senate, 1904-08 (22nd District 1904-06, 23rd District 1907-08); alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1908. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1907
  Samuel B. Collins (b. 1846) — of Galion, Crawford County, Ohio; Jackson, Jackson County, Mich. Born in Parma, Monroe County, N.Y., October 18, 1846. Republican. Traveling salesman; wholesale grocer; coal dealer; manufacturer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Jackson County 1st District, 1899-1900; defeated, 1900. Burial location unknown.
  Kenneth Frank Cramer (1894-1954) — also known as Kenneth F. Cramer — of Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Gloversville, Fulton County, N.Y., October 3, 1894. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; coal business; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Wethersfield, 1929-32; member of Connecticut state senate, 1933-37; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1936; general in the U.S. Army during World War II. Member, American Legion; Purple Heart; Sons of the American Revolution; Society of the War of 1812; Sons of Union Veterans; Phi Beta Kappa; Freemasons; Shriners; Rotary. Died, from a heart attack, while hunting, in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, February 20, 1954 (age 59 years, 140 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Henry Cramer and Stella Sophia (Brown) Cramer; married, January 3, 1920, to Ruth Rose Fuller.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William J. Dalton (c.1883-1953) — of Long Beach, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born about 1883. Democrat. Vice-president, Burns Brothers, coal and fuel oil dealers; mayor of Long Beach, N.Y., 1925-29. Died at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 16, 1953 (age about 70 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Florence W. Russell.
  Charles Nelson Daniels (1849-1916) — also known as Charles N. Daniels — of Willimantic, Windham County, Conn. Born in Barre, Monroe County, N.Y., July 2, 1849. Republican. Coal and lumber dealer; postmaster at Willimantic, Conn., 1890-94; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1900; member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1901; U.S. Consul in Sheffield, as of 1905-09; Sherbrooke, 1914-16; Connecticut state auditor, 1908. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Died in Southbridge, Worcester County, Mass., December 17, 1916 (age 67 years, 168 days). Interment at Old Willimantic Cemetery, Windham, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Nelson Fitch Daniels and Alenda (Clark) Daniels; married to Susie E. Howard Little.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  DeWitt C. Dominick — of Walden, Orange County, N.Y. Born in Gallupville, Schoharie County, N.Y. Republican. School teacher; superintendent of schools; coal and lumber dealer; feed business; real estate business; builder; member of New York state assembly from Orange County 1st District, 1925-30. Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: DeWitt Clinton
  Relatives: Grandfather of D. Clinton Dominick III (1918-?).
  Edward Richard Folsom (1874-1923) — also known as Edward R. Folsom — of Irvington, Essex County, N.J. Born in North Urbana, Steuben County, N.Y., September 18, 1874. Charged, in 1894, of forging checks, bank robbery, and arson; pleaded guilty to two charges; sentenced to ten years in prison; pardoned and released in September 1897; coal dealer; mayor of Irvington, N.J., 1923; died in office 1923. Blackmailers threatening to expose his criminal past extorted money from him until he was nearly penniless; killed himself by an overdose of sedative, in Irvington, Essex County, N.J., September 26, 1923 (age 49 years, 8 days). Interment at Clinton Cemetery, Irvington, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick Lewis Folsom (1846-1921) and Martha (Layton) Folsom; married to Sara Elizabeth Keeler (1876-1958).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Henry Gittins (1869-1957) — also known as Robert H. Gittins — of Niagara Falls, Niagara County, N.Y.; Sloatsburg, Rockland County, N.Y. Born in Oswego, Oswego County, N.Y., December 14, 1869. Democrat. Coal, grain, and lumber dealer; lawyer; member of New York state senate 47th District, 1911-12; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912; U.S. Representative from New York 40th District, 1913-15; defeated, 1914; newspaper publisher; postmaster at Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1916-20 (acting, 1916-17). Died, in Tuxedo Memorial Hospital, Tuxedo, Orange County, N.Y., December 25, 1957 (age 88 years, 11 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Gordon (b. 1855) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 24, 1855. Democrat. Builder; coal and firewood merchant; member of New York state assembly from New York County 18th District, 1888. Irish ancestry. Burial location unknown.
James E. Hill James E. Hill — of Johnson City, Broome County, N.Y.; Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y. Republican. Coal merchant; member of New York state assembly from Broome County 2nd District, 1935-38. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  John Clinton Hogeboom (c.1837-1908) — also known as John C. Hogeboom — of Hudson, Columbia County, N.Y. Born in Columbia County, N.Y., about 1837. Republican. Coal dealer; lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Columbia County, 1885-87. Died in Hudson, Columbia County, N.Y., March 13, 1908 (age about 71 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jane Eliza (Rivington) Hogeboom (1808-1858) and Henry Hogeboom; married, May 15, 1862, to Clara Esselstyn; grandson of John C. Hogeboom; great-grandnephew of Lawrence Hogeboom; first cousin twice removed of James Lawrence Hogeboom (1766-1839) and Tobias Lawrence Hogeboom.
  Political family: Hogeboom family of Ghent, New York.
  Edward P. Keep (b. 1848) — of Tekonsha, Calhoun County, Mich. Born in New York, 1848. Republican. Lumber and coal dealer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Calhoun County 1st District, 1899-1900; defeated, 1900. Burial location unknown.
  James Kerr (1851-1908) — of Pennsylvania. Born in Reedsville, Mifflin County, Pa., October 2, 1851. Democrat. Coal and lumber business; Clearfield County Prothonotary, 1880-83; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 28th District, 1889-91; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1904; member of Democratic National Committee from Pennsylvania, 1908. Died, following surgery for an liver cancer, in New Rochelle, Westchester County, N.Y., October 31, 1908 (age 57 years, 29 days). Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield, Pa.
  Relatives: Married to Julia Boardman Smith (1852-1940).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert C. Lacey (b. 1886) — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., October 10, 1886. Democrat. Coal and ice dealer; member of New York state senate 49th District, 1923-24; defeated, 1924. Member, Eagles; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  James A. Latour (b. 1871) — of Saranac Lake, Franklin County, N.Y. Born in Harriettstown, Franklin County, N.Y., November 6, 1871. Republican. Coal, ice and feed business; partner in a garage at Malone, N.Y.; Franklin County Treasurer, 1916-21; postmaster at Saranac Lake, N.Y., 1921-29; member of New York state assembly from Franklin County, 1930-34. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Tuffield Latour.
  Abram P. LeFevre — of New Paltz, Ulster County, N.Y. Republican. Coal, lumber, and feed dealer; member of New York state assembly from Ulster County 2nd District, 1914-17. Burial location unknown.
  Sanford G. Lyon (b. 1866) — of Aurora, Cayuga County, N.Y. Born in Ledyard town, Cayuga County, N.Y., March 20, 1866. Republican. Lumber and coal dealer; member of New York state assembly from Cayuga County, 1923-27. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Nephew of Coral C. White (1847?-?); grandson of Alfred Lyon and Sanford Gifford.
  Political family: Lyon family of Cayuga County, New York.
  Grove T. Maxson — of Cortland, Cortland County, N.Y. Born in Onondaga County, N.Y. Republican. Coal dealer; cement contractor; mayor of Cortland, N.Y., 1907-08. Baptist. Member, Odd Fellows. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Norman Maxson and Caroline (Eaton) Maxson.
  James Briggs McEwan (1855-1915) — also known as James B. McEwan — of Albany, Albany County, N.Y. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., February 7, 1855. Republican. Coal dealer; member of New York state assembly from Albany County 2nd District, 1897-1900; member of New York state senate 29th District, 1901-06; postmaster at Albany, N.Y., 1908-09; mayor of Albany, N.Y., 1910-13. Died in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., December 27, 1915 (age 60 years, 323 days). Interment at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John McEwan and Agnes Gordon (Lauder) McEwan; married, April 21, 1898, to Emma Smith McClure (died 1901); married, December 6, 1902, to Jennie (McClure) Manning (widowed sister of first wife).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Bankson Taylor Morgan (b. 1841) — also known as Bankson T. Morgan — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., May 17, 1841. Republican. School teacher; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; coal dealer; assistant postmaster; lawyer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 7th District, 1888. Burial location unknown.
Benjamin B. Odell, Sr. Benjamin Barker Odell, Sr. (1825-1916) — also known as Benjamin B. Odell, Sr. — of Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y. Born in New Windsor, Orange County, N.Y., September 25, 1825. Republican. Restaurant owner; ice business; Orange County Sheriff, 1880-83; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884; mayor of Newburgh, N.Y., 1884-90, 1894-1900. Christian Reformed. French and English ancestry. Died July 21, 1916 (age 90 years, 300 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Mary Ann (Barker) Odell (1798-1879) and Isaac Odell (1799-1856); married 1850 to Ophelia Bookstaver (1824-1902); father of Benjamin Barker Odell, Jr. (1854-1926).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, December 1902
  John Orr (b. 1859) — of Orrs Mills, Orange County, N.Y. Born in Cornwall, Orange County, N.Y., March 5, 1859. Republican. Grain and coal dealer; member of New York state assembly from Orange County 1st District, 1901-04. Member, Redmen. Burial location unknown.
J. Austin Otto J. Austin Otto (b. 1890) — of Atlanta, Steuben County, N.Y. Born in Atlanta, Steuben County, N.Y., September 20, 1890. Republican. Civil engineer; railway yardmaster; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; grocer; coal dealer; member of New York state assembly from Steuben County 2nd District, 1932-36. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William E. Otto and Frances (Wallace) Otto; married to Alice M. Rowe.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  Rufus Richtmyer — of Fultonville, Montgomery County, N.Y. Born in Cobleskill, Schoharie County, N.Y. Republican. Farmer; merchant; hardware business; coal dealer; member of New York state assembly from Montgomery County, 1927-32; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932. Member, Freemasons; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  John Phillips Rockefeller (1845-1900) — also known as John P. Rockefeller — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Germantown, Columbia County, N.Y., December 2, 1845. Republican. Ice business; member of New York state assembly from New York County 9th District, 1885. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 21, 1900 (age 54 years, 109 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John P. Rockefeller (1802-1876) and Anna M. (Phillips) Rockefeller (1804-1888); first cousin once removed of Simon S. Rockefeller; first cousin twice removed of Henry Rockefeller; second cousin twice removed of Lewis Kirby Rockefeller; second cousin thrice removed of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller and Winthrop Rockefeller; second cousin four times removed of John Davison Rockefeller IV and Winthrop Paul Rockefeller (1948-2006).
  Political family: Rockefeller family of New York City, New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Allan Percy Sill (1885-1957) — also known as Allan P. Sill — of Massena, St. Lawrence County, N.Y. Born in Rodman, Jefferson County, N.Y., October 17, 1885. Republican. Insurance business; coal dealer; member of New York state assembly, 1941-56 (St. Lawrence County 2nd District 1941-44, St. Lawrence County 1945-56); alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1952. Died in Massena, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., February 11, 1957 (age 71 years, 117 days). Interment at Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Massena, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John Sterling Sill (1858-1929) and Carrie (Klock) Sill (1858-1933); married, June 24, 1916, to Irene Clark Ball (1894-1978); second cousin thrice removed of Thomas Hale Sill, William Alfred Buckingham and Theodore Sill; second cousin five times removed of Matthew Griswold; third cousin twice removed of George Griswold Sill (1829-1907); third cousin thrice removed of Frederick William Lord.
  Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Wesley Smith (b. 1846) — also known as J. Wesley Smith — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Fulton town, Schoharie County, N.Y., April 22, 1846. Democrat. Ice dealer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 13th District, 1888. Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: John Wesley
  Myron Smith — of Millbrook, Dutchess County, N.Y. Republican. Coal and ice dealer; member of New York state assembly from Dutchess County 1st District, 1906-10, 1912-13; defeated, 1910. Burial location unknown.
  Charles Henry Springer (1857-1916) — also known as Charles H. Springer — of Moravia, Cayuga County, N.Y.; Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y. Born in Niles, Cayuga County, N.Y., March 9, 1857. Republican. Produce merchant; coal, lumber, and feed dealer; member of New York state assembly from Cayuga County, 1914. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Rotary. Suffered a stroke, and died ten days later, in Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y., June 8, 1916 (age 59 years, 91 days). Interment at Sand Hill Cemetery, Sempronius, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Elisha Springer (1827-1892) and Mary Jane (Heady) Springer (1834-1900); married to Carrie A. Brown (1858-1904); married 1906 to Emily Mersereau (1860-1941; first cousin once removed of Cornelius Mersereau (1798-1877)).
  Political family: Mersereau family of Staten Island, New York.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Willis H. Stephens (b. 1925) — of Brewster, Putnam County, N.Y. Born in Patterson, Putnam County, N.Y., June 7, 1925. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; coal business; member of New York state assembly, 1953-82 (Putnam County 1953-65, 107th District 1966, 97th District 1967-72, 94th District 1973-82); alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956. Member, American Legion; Freemasons. Still living as of 2000.
  Relatives: Son of Dean Mallory Stephens; married to Daphne Dunbar; father of Willis H. Stephens, Jr. (1954?-); great-grandson of Daniel B. Mallory.
  Political family: Stephens family of Brewster, New York.
  Morell E. Tallett — of DeRuyter, Madison County, N.Y. Republican. Coal dealer; produce merchant; chair of Madison County Republican Party, 1910; member of New York state assembly from Madison County, 1912-20. Burial location unknown.
  Mildred Frick Taylor (1905-1981) — also known as Mildred F. Taylor — of Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y. Born April 21, 1905. Republican. Coal dealer; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1940, 1948, 1952 (alternate), 1960; chair of Wayne County Republican Party, 1943-56; member of New York Republican State Executive Committee, 1945; member of New York state assembly from Wayne County, 1947-60; Presidential Elector for New York, 1956. Female. First woman to be elected a Republican county chair in New York State. Died, in Clifton Springs Hospital, Clifton Springs, Ontario County, N.Y., January 4, 1981 (age 75 years, 258 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Paul Taylor (died 1969).
  Frederick H. Waldorf (c.1861-1935) — of New Rochelle, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., about 1861. Democrat. Wholesale grocer; coal dealer; real estate developer; mayor of New Rochelle, N.Y., 1912-14, 1918-20; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912. Died in New Rochelle, Westchester County, N.Y., August 3, 1935 (age about 74 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, July 10, 1884, to Nellie King.
Benjamin M. Wilcox Benjamin Martin Wilcox (1854-1912) — also known as Benjamin M. Wilcox — of Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y. Born in Fleming, Cayuga County, N.Y., June 21, 1854. Cayuga County Clerk, 1883-91; shoe manufacturer; coal dealer; member of New York state assembly from Cayuga County, 1894-95; member of New York state senate, 1896-1908 (39th District 1896-1906, 41st District 1907-08). Died in 1912 (age about 58 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Wilcox and Lydia (Martin) Wilcox.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1907
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