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Junior Order
Politician members in Pennsylvania

Ward M. Dawson, Sr. Ward M. Dawson, Sr. (1893-1974) — of Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, W.Va. Born September 2, 1893. Republican. Hardware merchant; farm equipment dealer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Morgan County, 1947-56, 1959-60; defeated, 1962. United Brethren. Member, Junior Order; Lions; Farm Bureau. Died in April, 1974 (age 80 years, 0 days). Interment somewhere in Breezewood, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Randolph T. Dawson and Emma (Beale) Dawson; married, August 2, 1913, to Lola Odessa Beeler.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  John N. Klein (b. 1862) — of Belleville, Essex County, N.J. Born in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa., April 24, 1862. Republican. Druggist; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1899-1900; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912. Christian Reformed. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Freemasons; Elks; Royal Arcanum; Modern Woodmen of America; Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David G. Klein and Maria (Pott) Klein; married 1890 to Elizabeth Gephart.
  Barrick Samuel Rankin (b. 1872) — also known as B. S. Rankin — of Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va. Born in Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pa., July 16, 1872. Republican. Physician; surgeon; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Preston County, 1929-32; resigned 1932. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Junior Order; Odd Fellows. Burial location unknown.
  Edward Jackson Thompson (b. 1901) — also known as Edward J. Thompson — of Philipsburg, Centre County, Pa. Born in Philipsburg, Centre County, Pa., June 2, 1901. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932, 1940; member of Pennsylvania state senate 34th District, 1935-38. Member, Delta Theta Phi; Kiwanis; Freemasons; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Odd Fellows; Redmen; Junior Order; Elks; Moose; Eagles; United Commercial Travelers; American Academy of Political and Social Science. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Curtin Thompson and Bertha Ellen (Denning) Thompson; married to Harriet Barker.
  John Gillis Townsend, Jr. (1871-1964) — also known as John G. Townsend, Jr. — of Selbyville, Sussex County, Del. Born in Bishopville, Worcester County, Md., May 31, 1871. Republican. Farmer; member of Delaware state house of representatives from Sussex County 7th District, 1903-04; delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1904 (alternate), 1908, 1924, 1928 (Convention Vice-President), 1932, 1936 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1940 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1944, 1948, 1952 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1956, 1960; Governor of Delaware, 1917-21; Presidential Elector for Delaware, 1920; U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1929-41; defeated, 1940. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Redmen; Eagles; Junior Order. Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., April 10, 1964 (age 92 years, 315 days). Interment at Selbyville Redmens Cemetery, Selbyville, Del.
  Relatives: Son of John Gillis Townsend (1836-1918) and Mariedth (Dukes) Townsend (1847-1885); married 1890 to Jeannette L. Collins (1873-1917).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Murray Turpin (1878-1946) — also known as C. Murray Turpin — of Kingston, Luzerne County, Pa. Born in Kingston, Luzerne County, Pa., March 4, 1878. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; steamboat captain; dentist; burgess of Kingston, Pennsylvania, 1923; Luzerne County Prothonotary; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 12th District, 1929-37. Member, United Spanish War Veterans; Psi Omega; Odd Fellows; Elks; Eagles; Moose; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Junior Order. Died in 1946 (age about 68 years). Interment at Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, Pa.
  Relatives: Married 1907 to Anna V. Manley.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Francis Eugene Walter (1894-1963) — also known as Francis E. Walter — of Easton, Northampton County, Pa. Born in Easton, Northampton County, Pa., May 26, 1894. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; lawyer; trustee, Easton Hospital; bank director; Northampton County Solicitor, 1928-33; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928, 1948 (alternate), 1952, 1956, 1960; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1933-63 (21st District 1933-45, 20th District 1945-53, 15th District 1953-63); died in office 1963. Lutheran. Member, Elks; Odd Fellows; Eagles; Junior Order; Phi Delta Theta; Phi Alpha Delta. Died, of leukemia, in Washington, D.C., May 31, 1963 (age 69 years, 5 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Robley D. Walter and Susie E. Walter; married, December 19, 1925, to May M. Doyle.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
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