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Coal, Ice, and Fuel Dealer Politicians in Pennsylvania

  Samuel Howell Ashbridge (1849-1906) — also known as Samuel H. Ashbridge; "Stars and Stripes Sam" — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., December 5, 1849. Republican. Coal dealer; coroner; mayor of Philadelphia, Pa., 1899-1903. Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., March 24, 1906 (age 56 years, 109 days). Interment at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Cyrus William Beales (1877-1927) — also known as C. William Beales — of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pa. Born near York Springs, Adams County, Pa., December 16, 1877. Republican. Pharmacist; director, Gettysburg National Bank; director, Gettysburg Ice and Storage Co.; postmaster at Gettysburg, Pa., 1910-14; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 20th District, 1915-17; member of Pennsylvania state senate 33rd District, 1917-20. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pa., November 14, 1927 (age 49 years, 333 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of C. W. Beales and Sarah C. (Naylor) Beales; married, March 21, 1901, to E. Mae Sentz.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George Washington Edmonds (1864-1939) — also known as George W. Edmonds — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa., February 22, 1864. Republican. Druggist; coal dealer; lumber business; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 1913-25, 1933-35. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died, in Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., September 28, 1939 (age 75 years, 218 days). Interment at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
  Presumably named for: George Washington
  Relatives: Son of Henry R. Edmonds and Catherine Ann (Huntzinger) Edmonds; brother of Franklin Spencer Edmonds (1874-?); married, June 14, 1899, to Julia H. Riley (1874-1945).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  David A. Fisher (1840-1911) — of Ashland, Boyd County, Ky. Born in Clearfield County, Pa., August 14, 1840. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; sawmill operator; ice business; builder; livery stable owner; railway conductor; mayor of Ashland, Ky., 1889-92. Died in Ashland, Boyd County, Ky., January 19, 1911 (age 70 years, 158 days). Interment at Ashland Cemetery, Ashland, Ky.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Wharton Heidelbaugh (1881-1959) — also known as William W. Heidelbaugh — of Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa. Born in Nickel Mines, Lancaster County, Pa., April 16, 1881. Democrat. Coal merchant; candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 10th District, 1926. Died in 1959 (age about 78 years). Interment at Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Milton C. Heidelbaugh (1843-1908) and Harriet Elizabeth (Thompson) Heidelbaugh (1848-1919); married, May 9, 1912, to Katherine A. L. Watt (1883-1977).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William D. Jones, Jr. (b. 1872) — of Ridley Township, Delaware County, Pa. Born in Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pa., February 10, 1872. Merchant; coal, lumber, and feed dealer; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Delaware County, 1909. Burial location unknown.
  Everett Kent (1888-1963) — of Bangor, Northampton County, Pa. Born in East Bangor, Northampton County, Pa., November 15, 1888. Democrat. Machinist; newspaper reporter; school teacher and principal; coal salesman; lawyer; Northampton County Solicitor, 1920; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 30th District, 1923-25, 1927-29; defeated, 1924; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956. Died October 13, 1963 (age 74 years, 332 days). Interment at St. John's Cemetery, Bangor, Pa.
  Relatives: Married, November 22, 1911, to Daisy Allen Speer.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  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
  Aaron Shenk Kreider (1863-1929) — also known as Aaron S. Kreider — of Annville, Lebanon County, Pa. Born in South Annville Township, Lebanon County, Pa., June 26, 1863. Republican. Coal dealer; shoe manufacturer; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 18th District, 1913-23; defeated, 1922. Died May 19, 1929 (age 65 years, 327 days). Interment at Mt. Annville Cemetery, Annville, Pa.
  Relatives: Married, April 23, 1885, to Elizabeth B. Horst.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Samuel Edward Magill (1861-1913) — also known as Samuel E. Magill — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Erie, Erie County, Pa., February 18, 1861. Coal business; real estate business; U.S. Consul in Tampico, 1897-1907; Guadalajara, 1908-11; U.S. Consul General in San Salvador, 1907-08. Died in Hot Springs, Garland County, Ark., January 30, 1913 (age 51 years, 347 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William E. Magill (1825-1896) and Louisa (Jones) Magill (1830-1911); married, June 30, 1887, to Julia Francis Groves.
  Horace W. Metcalf (b. 1833) — of Damariscotta, Lincoln County, Maine; Baltimore, Md.; Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Damariscotta, Lincoln County, Maine, May 28, 1833. Member of shipbuilding firms; coal business; U.S. Consul in Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1890-93, 1897-1911. Burial location unknown.
  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.
Ira W. Stratton Ira Warren Stratton (1867-1934) — also known as Ira W. Stratton — of Reading, Berks County, Pa. Born in Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pa., May 3, 1867. Coal dealer; mayor of Reading, Pa., 1912-16; writer. Episcopalian. Died April 11, 1934 (age 66 years, 343 days). Interment at Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin F. Stratton (1826-1890) and Elizabeth Stratton; married, April 16, 1890, to Anna H. Miltemon (1866-1952).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: U.S. passport application (1922)
  Marshall Scarlet Way (1845-1925) — also known as Marshall S. Way — of West Chester, Chester County, Pa. Born in West Chester, Chester County, Pa., February 12, 1845. Coal and lumber business; chief burgess of West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1886-94; real estate agent; burgess of West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1895-96. Died March 12, 1925 (age 80 years, 28 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Way (1803-1871) and Mary (Scarlett) Way (1804-1883); married, December 25, 1867, to Anna Eliza Smedley (1844-1908); father of Channing Way; third cousin twice removed of David Adams Hollingsworth (1844-1929).
  Political family: Way family of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  Alexander Wilson (1851-1915) — of Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa. Born in Indiana County, Pa., October 1, 1851. Republican. Coal dealer; mayor of Johnstown, Pa., 1908-11. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died, from cancer, in Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa., August 30, 1915 (age 63 years, 333 days). Interment at Grandview Cemetery, Southmont, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of William Wilson (1824-1881) and Mary A. Wilson (1829-1892).
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