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French ancestry Politicians in Pennsylvania

  Pierre de Lagarde Boal (1895-1966) — also known as Pierre de L. Boal — of Boalsburg, Centre County, Pa. Born in Thonon-les-Bains, France of American parents, September 29, 1895. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Consul General in Ottawa, as of 1935; U.S. Minister to Nicaragua, 1941-42; U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia, 1942-44. Catholic. French ancestry. Died in Paris, France, May 24, 1966 (age 70 years, 237 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Theodore Davis Boal and Mathilde (de Legarde) Boal; married, June 10, 1919, to Jeanne de Menthon; father of Mathilde Boal (who married Blair Lee III (1916-1985)).
  Political families: Lee-Randolph family of Maryland and Virginia; Biddle-Randolph family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Muhlenberg-Hiester family of Pennsylvania (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  John Depinet (b. 1855) — of Erie, Erie County, Pa.; New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born in Erie, Erie County, Pa., November 14, 1855. Republican. Erie County Register and Recorder, 1891-1896; mayor of Erie, Pa., 1899-1901. French and German ancestry. Member, Elks; Freemasons; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Michael Depinet (died 1881) and Mary (Ehret) Depinet (died 1856); married, October 2, 1882, to Jessie Densmore (1858-1900).
  Francis A. Freer (1843-1908) — also known as Frank A. Freer — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Pennsylvania, April 6, 1843. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; school teacher; postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1889-93, 1897-1908. Presbyterian. French Huguenot and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Good Templars; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Odd Fellows; Freemasons. Died, from heart disease, in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., December 16, 1908 (age 65 years, 254 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery, Galesburg, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Abram Freer and Mary (McKimens) Freer; married, December 26, 1871, to Jennie E. Christy (1850-1903; she and her daughter Alda Freer Henry were among the 602 killed in the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Bannister Gibson (1780-1853) — also known as John B. Gibson; John Banister Gibson — of Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa. Born in Westover Mill, Cumberland County (now Perry County), Pa., November 8, 1780. Lawyer; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1810-12; justice of Pennsylvania state supreme court, 1816-27, 1851-53; chief justice of Pennsylvania state supreme court, 1827-51. Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot ancestry. Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., May 2, 1853 (age 72 years, 175 days). Interment at Old Carlisle Cemetery, Carlisle, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of George Gibson and Anne (West) Gibson; married 1812 to Sarah Work; nephew of John Gibson (1740-1822).
  John Mathiot (1784-1843) — of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pa.; Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa. Born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., December 26, 1784. Democrat. Postmaster at Columbia, Pa., 1807-18; Lancaster County Sheriff, 1818; mayor of Lancaster, Pa., 1831-43; died in office 1843. French Huguenot ancestry. Died in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pa., January 22, 1843 (age 58 years, 27 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Mathiot (1761-1802) and Susanna Margaret (Weaver) Mathiot (1762-1844); first cousin of Joshua Mathiot (1800-1849).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946) — of Milford, Pike County, Pa. Born in Simsbury, Hartford County, Conn., August 11, 1865. Chief Forester of the U.S.; close confidant of President Theodore Roosevelt; candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1914 (Roosevelt Progressive), 1926 (Republican primary); Governor of Pennsylvania, 1923-27, 1931-35; defeated in Republican primary, 1938. French ancestry. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Forestry Association; American Academy of Political and Social Science. Died, from leukemia, at the Harkness Pavilion, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 4, 1946 (age 81 years, 54 days). Interment at Milford Cemetery, Milford, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of James W. Pinchot and Mary (Eno) Pinchot; married 1914 to Cornelia Elizabeth Bryce (daughter of Lloyd Stephens Bryce (1851-1917)).
  Political family: Cooper-Ashley family of New York City, New York.
  The Gifford Pinchot National Forest (established 1908 as the Columbia National Forest; renamed 1949), in Skamania, Lewis, Yakima, Cowlitz, and Klickitat counties, Washington, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Books about Gifford Pinchot: Char Miller, Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism
  Daniel Roberdeau (1727-1795) — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in St. Christopher, 1727. Merchant; member of Pennsylvania state legislature, 1756; Delegate to Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1777-79; general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. French and Scottish ancestry. Died in Winchester, Va., January 5, 1795 (age about 67 years). Interment at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Roberdeau (c.1690-1743) and Mary (Cunyngham) Roberdeau (1699-1771); married, October 3, 1761, to Mary Bostwick; married, December 2, 1778, to Jane Milligan; great-grandfather of Josephine May Wheat (who married Francis Edwin Shober); second great-grandfather of Francis Emanuel Shober (1860-1919).
  Political families: Roosevelt family of New York City, New York; Shober-Roosevelt-Wheat-Roberdeau family of Salisbury, North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albion Winegar Tourgee (1838-1905) — also known as Albion W. Tourgee — of Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C.; Raleigh, Wake County, N.C.; Denver, Colo.; Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Mayville, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Born in Williamsfield, Ashtabula County, Ohio, May 2, 1838. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; newspaper editor; delegate to North Carolina state constitutional convention, 1868, 1875; superior court judge in North Carolina, 1868-75; candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1878; author; U.S. Consul in Bordeaux, 1897-1905, died in office 1905. French Huguenot and Swiss ancestry. Died, of acute uremia, due to an infected wound, in Bordeaux, France, May 21, 1905 (age 67 years, 19 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Mayville Cemetery, Mayville, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Louisa Emma (Winegar) Tourgee and Valentine Tourgee (1814-1889); married 1863 to Emma Doiska Kilbourne; uncle of Clyde Carlos Tourgee (1876-1945).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Ruby Ross Vale (1874-1961) — also known as Ruby R. Vale — of Milford, Sussex County, Del. Born in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa., October 19, 1874. Republican. School principal; lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1912 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1916, 1948 (alternate). Methodist. French Huguenot ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; American Academy of Political and Social Science; American Historical Association; Phi Kappa Psi; Theta Nu Epsilon; Freemasons; Union League. Died January 2, 1961 (age 86 years, 75 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Griffith Vale (1837-1902) and Sarah Ruby (Eyster) Vale (1845-1892); married, January 21, 1901, to Maria Elizabeth Williams (1878-1920; granddaughter of Peter Foster Causey (1801-1871)).
  Political family: Polk family (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Samuel Matthews Vauclain (1856-1940) — also known as Samuel M. Vauclain — of Rosemont, Montgomery County, Pa. Born in Port Richmond, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., May 18, 1856. Republican. Locomotive manufacturer; inventor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920. French and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; American Philosophical Society. Died, of a heart attack, in Rosemont, Montgomery County, Pa., February 4, 1940 (age 83 years, 262 days). Interment at Church of the Redeemer Cemetery, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Constant Vauclain and Mary Ann (Campbell) Vauclain; married, April 17, 1879, to Annie Kearney (1854-1923).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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