The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Beta Theta Pi
Politician members in Ohio

  Herschel Whitfield Arant (1887-1941) — also known as Herschel W. Arant — of Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga.; Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Born in Church Hill, Tallapoosa County, Ala., July 18, 1887. Democrat. Lawyer; law professor; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 1939-41; died in office 1941. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Beta Theta Pi; Order of the Coif; Rotary. Died, from a kidney ailment, in a hospital at Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, January 14, 1941 (age 53 years, 180 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Jackson Arant and Villulia (Akin) Arant; married, August 16, 1915, to Charlotte Marguerite Hein.
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article
  Wayne Norviel Aspinall (1896-1983) — also known as Wayne N. Aspinall — of Palisade, Mesa County, Colo. Born in Middleburg, Logan County, Ohio, April 3, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of Colorado state house of representatives, 1931-38; Speaker of the Colorado State House of Representatives, 1937-38; member of Colorado state senate, 1939-48; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1948, 1952 (alternate), 1956, 1960; U.S. Representative from Colorado 4th District, 1949-73. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Elks; Lions; Phi Delta Phi; Beta Theta Pi. Died in Palisade, Mesa County, Colo., October 9, 1983 (age 87 years, 189 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Orchard Mesa Cemetery, Grand Junction, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of Mack Aspinall and Jessie Edna (Norviel) Aspinall; married, January 27, 1920, to Julia Edith Kuns; father of Owen Stuart Aspinall.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albert Vogt Baumann (1891-1956) — also known as Albert V. Baumann — of Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio. Born in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio, January 13, 1891. Democrat. Lawyer; Sandusky County Prosecuting Attorney, 1917-21; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1920, 1944. Member, Beta Theta Pi; Phi Delta Phi; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Moose; Exchange Club; Freemasons. Died in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio, January 27, 1956 (age 65 years, 14 days). Interment at Four-Mile House Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Vogt Baumann and Annie Rose (Greene) Baumann; married, June 26, 1918, to Cary Luella Shreffler.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Fred C. Becker (1875-1941) — of Lima, Allen County, Ohio. Born in Lima, Allen County, Ohio, September 18, 1875. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Lima, Ohio, 1908-10; Allen County Probate Judge, 1913-21; common pleas court judge in Ohio, 1921. Member, Modern Woodmen of America; Elks; Moose; Beta Theta Pi. Died in 1941 (age about 65 years). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Martin L. Becker and Mary J. (Fenstermaker) Becker; married, November 4, 1904, to Caroline Jones.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Charles H. Carey Charles Henry Carey (1857-1941) — also known as Charles H. Carey — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, October 27, 1857. Republican. Lawyer; attorney for James J. Hill's railroad lines; historian; municipal judge in Oregon, 1892-95; member of Republican National Committee from Oregon, 1904-06; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924; candidate for Presidential Elector for Oregon; Oregon Corporation Commissioner, 1933-37. Member, American Bar Association; American Academy of Political and Social Science; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Beta Theta Pi; Phi Beta Kappa. Died in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., August 26, 1941 (age 83 years, 303 days). Interment at River View Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Doak Carey and Martha Louisa (Felton) Carey; married, September 24, 1883, to Mary N. Bidwell.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Salem (Oregon) Capital Journal, August 27, 1941
  Chester L. Collins (1847-1916) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Newcastle, Coshocton County, Ohio, June 13, 1847. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; circuit judge in Michigan 18th Circuit, 1906-16; died in office 1916. Member, Freemasons; Beta Theta Pi; Grand Army of the Republic. Died March 20, 1916 (age 68 years, 281 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Adgate W. Collins and Susan (Olive) Collins; married, May 12, 1874, to Sarah Miller.
  George Anderson Cooke (b. 1869) — also known as George A. Cooke — of Aledo, Mercer County, Ill.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in New Athens, Harrison County, Ohio, July 3, 1869. Democrat. Lawyer; law partner of Guy C. Scott, 1896-1900; member of Illinois state house of representatives 33rd District, 1902-06; justice of Illinois state supreme court, 1909-19; chief justice of Illinois state supreme court, 1913-14; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1928. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Beta Theta Pi; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Cooke and Vanceline (Downing) Cooke; married, October 20, 1896, to Sarah Blee.
  Charles Noel Crosby (1876-1951) — also known as Charles N. Crosby — of Meadville, Crawford County, Pa. Born in Cherry Valley, Ashtabula County, Ohio, September 29, 1876. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 29th District, 1933-39; defeated, 1922. Presbyterian. Member, Beta Theta Pi. Died in Frederick, Frederick County, Md., January 26, 1951 (age 74 years, 119 days). Interment at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Hiram William Crosby and Fanny (Spellman) Crosby; married 1901 to Isabelle Fetterman.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Ker Davis (1882-1969) — also known as John K. Davis — of Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio. Born, in Soochow (Suzhou), China, of American parents, March 5, 1882. Interpreter; U.S. Deputy Consul General in Shanghai, 1910-13; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul General in Canton, 1913-14; U.S. Vice Consul in Chefoo, 1914-15; U.S. Consul in Antung, 1915-19; Nanking, 1919-27; U.S. Consul General in London, 1928-30; Seoul, 1930-34; Vancouver, 1934-38. Presbyterian. Member, Beta Theta Pi; Phi Beta Kappa. Died in July, 1969 (age 87 years, 0 days). Cremated; ashes scattered.
  Relatives: Son of John Wright Davis and Alice Irene (Schmucker) Davis; married, May 29, 1912, to Mary Isabelle Murphy.
  Fred Latimer Hadsel (b. 1916) — also known as Fred L. Hadsel — of Washington, D.C.; Oxford, Butler County, Ohio. Born in Oxford, Butler County, Ohio, March 11, 1916. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, 1969-71; Ghana, 1971. Protestant. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Beta Theta Pi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Eta Sigma. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Fred Latimer Hadsel and Mary (Perine) Hadsel; married, October 21, 1942, to Winifred Nelson.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Brereton Chandler Jones (b. 1939) — also known as Brereton C. Jones; Brerry Jones — of Point Pleasant, Mason County, W.Va.; Woodford County, Ky. Born in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, June 27, 1939. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Mason County, 1965-68; Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1987-91; Governor of Kentucky, 1991-95. Episcopalian or Presbyterian. Member, Delta Sigma Pi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Beta Theta Pi. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of E. Bartow Jones and Nedra W. Jones; brother of Bartow Ned Jones; married 1970 to Elizabeth 'Libby' Lloyd (daughter of A. Y. Lloyd).
  Political family: Jones family of Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
  Cross-reference: Michael J. Hammons
  See also National Governors Association biography — NNDB dossier
  Samuel N. Kusic (b. 1943) — of Weirton, Hancock County, W.Va. Born in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, May 2, 1943. Republican. Lawyer; member of West Virginia state senate 1st District, 1973-80. Catholic. Member, Beta Theta Pi; Phi Delta Phi; American Bar Association; Elks; Moose. Still living as of 1980.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Kusic and Josephine (Nekoranec) Kusic; married, April 24, 1971, to Leslie Andrew Wiley.
  Emlin McClain (1851-1915) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa; Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. Born in Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio, November 25, 1851. Republican. Lawyer; private secretary to U.S. Sen. George G. Wright, 1875-77; law professor; justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1901-12; chief justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1906-12. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Beta Theta Pi; Phi Delta Phi; American Bar Association. Died suddenly, of apoplexy, in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa, May 25, 1915 (age 63 years, 181 days). Interment at Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of William McClain; married, February 19, 1879, to Ellen Griffiths.
  Charles Lathrop Pack (1857-1937) — also known as Charles L. Pack — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Lakewood, Ocean County, N.J. Born in Lexington, Sanilac County, Mich., May 7, 1857. Republican. Forester; president, American Forestry Association, 1916-20; economist; director, Seaboard National Bank, New York; founder, Cleveland Trust Co.; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1924; candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey. Presbyterian. Member, Society of Colonial Wars; Beta Theta Pi; American Forestry Association. Died June 14, 1937 (age 80 years, 38 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George Willis Pack and Frances (Farman) Pack; married 1886 to Alice Gertrude Hatch.
  Eugene Peter Ruehlmann (b. 1925) — also known as Eugene P. Ruehlmann — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, February 23, 1925. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; lawyer; mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1967-71; resigned 1971. Presbyterian. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Beta Theta Pi; American Bar Association; Lions; American Legion. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Charles Phelps Taft II (1897-1983) — also known as Charles P. Taft — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, September 20, 1897. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, 1927-28; member, Cincinnati City Council, 1938-42; Republican candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1952, 1958 (primary); mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1955-57. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Beta Theta Pi; Phi Delta Phi; Skull and Bones; Phi Beta Kappa; American Legion. Died June 24, 1983 (age 85 years, 277 days). Interment at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of William Howard Taft and Helen Herron Taft; brother of Robert Alphonso Taft; married, October 6, 1917, to Eleanor Kellogg Chase (daughter of Irving Hall Chase); father of Seth Chase Taft; nephew of Charles Phelps Taft and Henry Waters Taft; uncle of William Howard Taft III and Robert Taft Jr.; grandson of Alphonso Taft and John Williamson Herron; grandnephew of William Collins; granduncle of Robert Alphonso Taft III; great-grandson of Peter Rawson Taft and Ela Collins; first cousin of Walbridge S. Taft and Frederick Lippitt; second cousin thrice removed of Willard J. Chapin; second cousin four times removed of Josiah Cowles; second cousin five times removed of William Pitkin.
  Political family: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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