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  Joshua Melancthon Addeman (1840-1930) — also known as Joshua M. Addeman — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Bay of Islands, New Zealand, November 15, 1840. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; secretary of state of Rhode Island, 1872-87. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Freemasons; Society of the Cincinnati. Died October 13, 1930 (age 89 years, 332 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Addeman and Maria (Fligg) Addeman; married 1872 to Louise Waterman Winsor (died 1936).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Nelson W. Aldrich Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich (1841-1915) — also known as Nelson W. Aldrich; "General Manager of the United States" — of Providence, Providence County, R.I.; Warwick, Kent County, R.I. Born in Foster, Providence County, R.I., November 6, 1841. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; grocer; director, Roger Williams Bank; president, First National Bank of Providence; trustee, Providence, Hartford and Fishkill Railroad; organizer and president, United Traction and Electric Company; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1875-77; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1876-77; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1879-81; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1881-1911; author of Aldrich-Vreeland Currency Act and Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act. English ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died, from an apoplectic stroke, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., April 16, 1915 (age 73 years, 161 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Anan Evans Aldrich (1807-1892) and Abby Ann (Burgess) Aldrich (1809-1888); married, October 9, 1866, to Abby Pearce Truman Chapman (1845-1917); father of Richard Steere Aldrich and Winthrop Williams Aldrich; grandfather of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller and Winthrop Rockefeller; great-grandfather 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).
  Aldrich Hall (built 1953), at the Harvard University Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Henry F. Anthony — of East Providence, Providence County, R.I. Member of Rhode Island state senate, 1901. Member, Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Robert Livingston Beeckman (1866-1935) — also known as R. Livingston Beeckman — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., April 15, 1866. Republican. Stockbroker; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1909-11; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1912-14; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1912, 1916, 1920 (member, Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1924; Governor of Rhode Island, 1915-21; candidate for U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1922. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died, of apparently of a heart attack, in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, Calif., January 21, 1935 (age 68 years, 281 days). Interment at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Gilbert Livingston Beeckman and Margaret Atherton (Foster) Beeckman; married, October 8, 1902, to Eleanor Thomas (died 1920); married 1923 to Edna (Marston) Burke; uncle of Katherine Steward (who married Hallett C. Johnson (1888-1968)); descendant *** of Robert Livingston the Elder, Philip Livingston and Robert R. Livingston.
  Political families: Cooke family of Ohio and Pennsylvania; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Samuel M. Blatchford (1820-1893) — of Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y.; New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., March 9, 1820. Lawyer; U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 1867-78; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1878-82; Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1882-93; died in office 1893. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., July 7, 1893 (age 73 years, 120 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Julia (Mumford) Blatchford and Richard Milford Blatchford (1798-1875); married, December 17, 1844, to Caroline Appleton (1817-1881).
  The World War II Liberty ship SS Samuel Blatchford (built 1942, scrapped 1969) was named for him.
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albert Bliss (1811-1876) — of Pawtucket, Providence County, R.I. Born October 10, 1811. Coal and lumber dealer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1850; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1850. Member, Freemasons. Died in Pawtucket, Providence County, R.I., January 20, 1876 (age 64 years, 102 days). Interment at Mineral Spring Cemetery, Pawtucket, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Nathaniel Bliss (1784-1833) and Elizabeth (Blake) Bliss; married, June 25, 1840, to Lydia Manton Jenks (1815-1908); father of Frank Manton Bliss (Civil War soldier; died 1863 of typhoid fever); second cousin of Harvey Carpenter Bliss; third cousin thrice removed of Brooks Mason Bliss, Jr.; fourth cousin once removed of Jedediah Sabin, Cornelius Newton Bliss (1833-1911) and Daniel Parrish Witter.
  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
  Zenas Work Bliss (1867-1957) — also known as Zenas W. Bliss — of Cranston, Providence County, R.I.; Edgewood, Cranston, Providence County, R.I. Born in Johnston, Providence County, R.I., January 10, 1867. Republican. Real estate business; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1903-09; Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1910-13; Rhode Island State Tax Commissioner. Unitarian. Member, Loyal Legion; American Economic Association; American Political Science Association; Freemasons. Died in Cranston, Providence County, R.I., January 10, 1957 (age 90 years, 0 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Zenas Randall Bliss (1835-1900; U.S. Army Major General, recipient Medal of Honor) and Martha Nancy (Work) Bliss (1840-1919); married, October 26, 1892, to Lydia Collins Kelly (1869-1950).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Augustus Osborn Bourn (1834-1925) — also known as Augustus O. Bourn — of Bristol, Bristol County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., October 1, 1834. Manufacturer of rubber goods; founder and president, National Rubber Company; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1876-83, 1886-88; Governor of Rhode Island, 1883-85; U.S. Consul General in Rome, 1889-93. Member, Freemasons. Author of Bourn Amendment to the Rhode Island state constitution, extending voting rights to foreign-born citizens. Died January 28, 1925 (age 90 years, 119 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of George O. Bourn and Huldah B. (Eddy) Bourn; married, February 24, 1863, to Elizabeth R. Morrill.
  Daniel Russell Brown (1848-1919) — also known as D. Russell Brown — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Bolton, Tolland County, Conn., March 28, 1848. Republican. Newspaper publisher; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1888; Governor of Rhode Island, 1892-95. Member, Freemasons. Died February 28, 1919 (age 70 years, 337 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Arba Harrison Brown and Harriet M. (Dart) Brown; married, October 14, 1874, to Isabel Barrows.
  George Tilden Brown (b. 1848) — also known as George T. Brown — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in West Greenwich, Kent County, R.I., June 29, 1848. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1877-78, 1893-94; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1888; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1889-91; superior court judge in Rhode Island, 1905-16. Member, Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Peter Tilden Brown and Roxallana (Potter) Brown; married, August 29, 1876, to Ida Rebekah Williams.
  Clark Burdick (1868-1948) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., January 13, 1868. Republican. Lawyer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1906-08; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1912; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1915-16; mayor of Newport, R.I., 1917-18; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1919-33. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died August 27, 1948 (age 80 years, 227 days). Interment at St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery, Portsmouth, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of J. Truman Burdick and Emily F. (Sherman) Burdick; married, February 9, 1898, to Elizabeth L. Peckham.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Robert Bushby (b. 1843) — of Little York, Cortland County, N.Y.; Cortland, Cortland County, N.Y. Born in Pawtucket, Providence County, R.I., 1843. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Cortland County Treasurer, 1876-84; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884 (alternate), 1888; traveling passenger agent, Grand Trunk Railway; Presidential Elector for New York, 1900. English ancestry. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Bushby and Ann (Patterson) Bushby; married to Mary A. Miller.
  Kenneth Carter — of Washington County, R.I. Democrat. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1999-2002. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2002.
Norman S. Case Norman Stanley Case (1888-1967) — also known as Norman S. Case — of Providence, Providence County, R.I.; Narragansett, Washington County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., October 11, 1888. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, 1921-26; Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1927-28; Governor of Rhode Island, 1928-33; defeated, 1932; member, Federal Communications Commission, 1934-45. Baptist. Member, Delta Upsilon; Freemasons. Died in Wakefield, South Kingstown, Washington County, R.I., October 9, 1967 (age 78 years, 363 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of John Warren Case and Louise Marea (White) Case; married, June 28, 1916, to Emma Louise Arnold.
  Image source: Rhode Island Manual 1931
  Christopher Elihu Champlin (1860-1915) — also known as Christopher E. Champlin — of New Shoreham, Newport County (now Washington County), R.I. Born in New Shoreham, Newport County (now Washington County), R.I., September 24, 1860. Lawyer; member of Rhode Island state senate from New Shoreham, 1901, 1911. Member, Freemasons. Died December 11, 1915 (age 55 years, 78 days). Interment at Island Cemetery, New Shoreham, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of John Pocock Champlin and Lydia M. (Rose) Champlin; married, October 14, 1891, to Joanna Hayes; first cousin four times removed of George Champlin; second cousin thrice removed of Christopher Grant Champlin (1768-1840).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Oliver Cromwell Comstock (1780-1860) — also known as Oliver C. Comstock — of Seneca County, N.Y. Born in Warwick, Kent County, R.I., March 1, 1780. Democrat. Member of New York state assembly from Seneca County, 1809-10, 1811-12; common pleas court judge in New York, 1812-15, 1817-18; U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1813-19; Michigan superintendent of public instruction, 1843-45. Baptist. Member, Freemasons. Died in Marshall, Calhoun County, Mich., January 11, 1860 (age 79 years, 316 days). Interment at Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall, Mich.
  Presumably named for: Oliver Cromwell
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Arthur M. Cottrell, Jr. (b. 1906) — of Hopkinton, Washington County, R.I. Born in 1906. Republican. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1940; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1950; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1956. Member, Freemasons; Elks. Entombed in mausoleum at River Bend Cemetery, Westerly, R.I.
  Thomas Arthur Doyle (1827-1886) — also known as Thomas A. Doyle — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., March 15, 1827. Republican. Mayor of Providence, R.I., 1864-69, 1870-81, 1884-86; died in office 1886. Member, Freemasons. Died in Providence, Providence County, R.I., June 9, 1886 (age 59 years, 86 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.; statue at Chestnut and Broad Streets, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Doyle and Martha (Jones) Doyle; married to Almyra Sprague (1826-1901).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Thomas B. Dunn Thomas Byrne Dunn (1853-1924) — also known as Thomas B. Dunn — of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., March 16, 1853. Republican. Perfume manufacturer; member of New York state senate 45th District, 1907-08; New York state treasurer, 1909-10; U.S. Representative from New York 38th District, 1913-23; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1920. Member, Freemasons. Died in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., July 2, 1924 (age 71 years, 108 days). Entombed at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: New York Red Book 1907
  Elisha Dyer, Jr. (1839-1906) — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., November 29, 1839. Republican. Chemist; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1877; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1882; Adjutant General of Rhode Island, 1882-95; Governor of Rhode Island, 1897-1900; mayor of Providence, R.I., 1906; died in office 1906. Member, Freemasons; Zeta Psi; Loyal Legion; Society of the Cincinnati; Society of Colonial Wars; Sons of the American Revolution. Died in Providence, Providence County, R.I., November 29, 1906 (age 67 years, 0 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Elisha Dyer and Anna Jones (Hoppin) Dyer (1815-1884); married 1862 to Nancy Anthony Viall (1843-1920); grandfather of Walter Gurnee Dyer; great-grandson of William Jones; first cousin once removed of William Warner Hoppin; third cousin twice removed of Peter Rawson Taft (1785-1867) and Denwood Lynn Chapin; fourth cousin once removed of Alphonso Taft.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Greene family of Providence, Rhode Island; Davis family; Adams-Rusling family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Daniel Butler Fearing (1859-1918) — also known as Daniel B. Fearing — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., August 14, 1859. Democrat. Mayor of Newport, R.I., 1894; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1912. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died May 26, 1918 (age 58 years, 285 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Seymour Fearing and Serena Mason (Jones) Fearing; married 1887 to Henrietta Strong (died 1908); married 1912 to Charlotte Strong.
  Milton N. Gilman — of Hopkinton, Washington County, R.I. Republican. Candidate in primary for Rhode Island state senate, 1948. Member, Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  G. Harold Gilpatric (b. 1881) — of Putnam, Windham County, Conn. Born in Warren, Bristol County, R.I., July 8, 1881. Republican. Banker; Connecticut state treasurer, 1919-24; resigned 1924; member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1919-22. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George W. Gilpatric; married, October 19, 1905, to Irene Wheelock.
  Peter T. Ginaitt — of Warwick, Kent County, R.I. Democrat. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives 22nd District; elected 2002. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2002.
  Nicholas Gorham — of Coventry, Kent County, R.I. Republican. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives 40th District; elected 2002; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 2008. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2008.
William Gregory William Gregory (1849-1901) — of North Kingstown, Washington County, R.I. Born in Astoria, Queens, Queens County, N.Y., August 3, 1849. Republican. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1889-92; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1895-98; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1896; Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1898-1900; Governor of Rhode Island, 1900-01; died in office 1901. Member, Freemasons. Died in North Kingstown, Washington County, R.I., December 16, 1901 (age 52 years, 135 days). Interment at Elm Grove Cemetery, Allenton, North Kingstown, R.I.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, December 1901
  Robert Scott Hirst (1922-1994) — of Hopkinton, Washington County, R.I. Born in Hopkinton, Washington County, R.I., April 1, 1922. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; delegate to Rhode Island state constitutional convention, 1955; member of Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee, 1950; postmaster. Member, Freemasons; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died in Providence, Providence County, R.I., March 22, 1994 (age 71 years, 355 days). Interment at First Hopkinton Cemetery, Ashaway, Hopkinton, R.I.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of James Bard Bill (1888-1954); father of Scott Bill Hirst.
  Political family: Bill family of Connecticut.
  Scott Bill Hirst (b. 1953) — of Ashaway, Hopkinton, Washington County, R.I. Born in Westerly Hospital, Westerly, Washington County, R.I., June 30, 1953. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1992, 1996, 2012; member, Hopkinton Town Council, 1996-2004. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Grange; Elks; Odd Fellows. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Scott Hirst; grandson of James Bard Bill; second great-grandnephew of Jepthah Greer Bill, Josiah Peckham Palmer, Edwin P. Chapman, Benjamin Gallup (1840?-?) and Charles P. White; third great-grandnephew of Lodowick Bill.
  Political family: Bill family of Connecticut.
  Horace E. Hobbs — of Warwick, Kent County, R.I. Democrat. Mayor of Warwick, R.I., 1961-66; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1964; candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, 1966. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 1966.
  Samuel Robertson Honey (1842-1927) — also known as Samuel R. Honey — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Peckham, Surrey, England, June 14, 1842. Democrat. Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1887-88; member of Democratic National Committee from Rhode Island, 1888-96; mayor of Newport, R.I., 1892; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1892, 1904; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1893-94. Member, Freemasons. Died in London, England, February 17, 1927 (age 84 years, 248 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Honey and Sarah Waynman (Robertson) Honey; married to Mary Jones Edwards (1847-1900); married, February 21, 1906, to Frances Hunter 'Fanny' Arkless; father of Robertson Honey and Mary Honey (1872-1941; who married Josiah Quincy (1859-1919)).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Morris-Ingersoll family of New York and Connecticut; Sewall-Adams-Cony family of Maine; Saltonstall-Davis-Frelinghuysen-Appleton family of Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Clifford Chesley Hubbard (b. 1884) — also known as Clifford C. Hubbard — of Norton, Bristol County, Mass. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., April 30, 1884. Democrat. School teacher; college professor; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1944. Episcopalian. Member, American Historical Association; American Political Science Association; American Legion; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Elmer Elston Hubbard and Lucy Amelia (Read) Hubbard; married, June 18, 1915, to Edith Adelaide Wass.
  Morphis A. Jamiel — of Rhode Island. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1990; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1990. Member, Odd Fellows; Freemasons; Knights Templar. Still living as of 2000.
  Samuel C. Kagan (b. 1908) — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Russia, November 11, 1908. Democrat. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1941-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1952 (alternate), 1960, 1964, 1968. Jewish. Member, Elks; Freemasons; B'nai B'rith. Burial location unknown.
  Alfred Kennedy, Jr. — of Rhode Island. Democrat. Member of Rhode Island Democratic State Committee, 2000. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Still living as of 2000.
  Charles Dean Kimball (1859-1930) — also known as Charles D. Kimball — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., September 13, 1859. Republican. Merchant; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1894-99; Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1900-01; Governor of Rhode Island, 1901-03; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1916; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1916. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Sons of the Revolution; Society of Colonial Wars. Died December 8, 1930 (age 71 years, 86 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Emery S. Kimball and Mary C. (Briggs) Kimball; married, November 24, 1885, to Gertrude C. Greenalgh.
  Herbert Warren Ladd (1843-1913) — also known as Herbert W. Ladd — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass., October 15, 1843. Newspaper reporter; dry goods merchant; Governor of Rhode Island, 1889-90, 1891-92. Member, Freemasons. Died, from a cerebral hemorrhage, in Butler Hospital, Providence, Providence County, R.I., November 29, 1913 (age 70 years, 45 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Warren Ladd and Lucy Washburn (Kingman) Ladd; married, May 25, 1870, to Emma Burrows.
  Ladd Observatory, at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  George Robert Lawton (1858-1937) — also known as George R. Lawton — of Tiverton, Newport County, R.I. Born in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., December 31, 1858. Republican. Accountant; auditor, American Woolen Company, Douglas Shoe Company; member of Rhode Island state senate from Tiverton, 1911; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1912, 1916. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arch Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Sons of the American Revolution. Died in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., November 14, 1937 (age 78 years, 318 days). Interment at Island Cemetery, Newport, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Moses Turner Lawton (1817-1893) and Elizabeth Tillinghast (Harris) Lawton (1831-1904); married 1899 to Calista Church (1869-1941); second cousin five times removed of Ezekiel Cornell (1733-1800).
  Political families: Sherman family of Connecticut; Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; King family; Hatfield-Cornell-Woolsey family of New York; Pendleton family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Nelson Lewis (b. 1847) — of Voluntown, New London County, Conn. Born in Exeter, Washington County, R.I., April 23, 1847. Republican. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1889, 1891; member of Connecticut state senate, 1897. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Order of United American Mechanics. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Lewis and Mary (Sisson) Lewis; married 1873 to E. Nietta Lee.
  Frank Licht (1916-1987) — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., March 3, 1916. Law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John C. Mahoney, 1942-43; lawyer; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1949-56; superior court judge in Rhode Island, 1956-68; Governor of Rhode Island, 1969-73. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Sigma Rho; American Bar Association. Died in Providence, Providence County, R.I., May 30, 1987 (age 71 years, 88 days). Interment at Lincoln Park Cemetery, Warwick, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Licht and Rose (Kassed) Licht; married, June 16, 1946, to Dorothy Shirley Krauss; uncle of Richard A. Licht (1948-).
  Epitaph: "Beloved husband and father."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ernest Orrin Maine (b. 1913) — also known as Ernest O. Maine — of Rhode Island. Born in North Stonington, New London County, Conn., 1913. Republican. Auctioneer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1947-49; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1949-57. Member, Odd Fellows; Elks; Freemasons; Grange. Interment at Thompson Cemetery, North Stonington, Conn.
  Julius C. Michaelson (born c.1922) — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born about 1922. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1952, 1964; Rhode Island state attorney general, 1970; candidate for U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1982. Member, Freemasons. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  George Panichas (born c.1922) — of Rhode Island. Born about 1922. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1970. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2007.
  James Monroe Pendleton (1822-1889) — also known as James M. Pendleton — of Westerly, Washington County, R.I. Born in North Stonington, New London County, Conn., January 10, 1822. Republican. Banker; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1862-65; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1868, 1876; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1868; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 2nd District, 1871-75; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1878-84. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died in Westerly, Washington County, R.I., February 16, 1889 (age 67 years, 37 days). Interment at River Bend Cemetery, Westerly, R.I.
  Presumably named for: James Monroe
  Relatives: Son of Nathan Pendleton (1779-1827) and Phebe (Cole) Pendleton (1786-1867); married 1847 to Arabella Bethene Spencer; grandson of Nathan Pendleton (1754-1841); second cousin of Charles Marsh Pendleton and Cyrus Henry Pendleton; second cousin once removed of Calvin Crane Pendleton, Edward Wheeler Pendleton, Joseph Palmer Dyer (1827-1891), Charles Henry Pendleton, Harris Pendleton, Chauncey C. Pendleton, James Pendleton, Nathan William Pendleton and Eckford Gustavus Pendleton; second cousin twice removed of Cornelius Welles Pendleton and Claudius Victor Pendleton; third cousin once removed of Enoch C. Chapman.
  Political family: Pendleton family of Connecticut (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Roger A. Picard — of Woonsocket, Providence County, R.I. Democrat. Social worker; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives 66th District, 2001-02. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2002.
  Louis M. Richards (d. 1999) — of Rhode Island. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1980. Member, Freemasons. Died in 1999. Burial location unknown.
  Albert Pradervand Ruerat (1904-1987) — also known as Albert P. Ruerat — of Warwick, Kent County, R.I. Born May 24, 1904. Republican. Mayor of Warwick, R.I., 1937-48; candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, 1948. Member, Freemasons. Died in 1987 (age about 83 years). Burial location unknown.
  Harry Sandager (1887-1955) — of Auburn, Cranston, Providence County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., April 12, 1887. Republican. Newspaper reporter; automobile dealer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1928-36; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 2nd District, 1939-41; defeated, 1940, 1942; member of Republican National Committee from Rhode Island, 1941-44; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1948, 1952 (alternate). Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Eagles; Lions; Delta Phi Epsilon. Died in Cranston, Providence County, R.I., December 24, 1955 (age 68 years, 256 days). Interment at St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Maurice Sandager and Louise (Larssen) Sandager.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Wilbour Eddy Saunders (1894-1979) — also known as Wilbour E. Saunders — of Hightstown, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Warwick, Kent County, R.I., September 20, 1894. Pastor; chaplain; school headmaster; delegate to New Jersey state constitutional convention from Mercer County, 1947; interim president, Keuka College, 1965-66. Baptist. Member, American Academy of Political and Social Science; Delta Tau Delta; Freemasons; Junior Order; Royal Arcanum; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died in 1979 (age about 84 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Colver Leeds Saunders and Harriet (Robertson) Saunders; married, September 22, 1919, to Mildred A. Paige.
  Thomas Vincent Stillman (1828-1891) — of Rhode Island. Born in Voluntown, New London County, Conn., August 13, 1828. Member of Rhode Island state legislature, 1870. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died in Westerly, Washington County, R.I., August 21, 1891 (age 63 years, 8 days). Burial location unknown.
  George Benjamin Utter (b. 1881) — also known as G. Benjamin Utter — of Westerly, Washington County, R.I. Born in Westerly, Washington County, R.I., April 11, 1881. Republican. Newspaper editor; printing business; member of Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee, 1915-28; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1925-26; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1940; trustee, Westerly Hospital. Baptist. Member, Freemasons. Interment at River Bend Cemetery, Westerly, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of George Herbert Utter (1854-1912) and Elizabeth Lavina (Brown) Utter; married, January 17, 1916, to Katherine Latham Wilbar.
  Henry Rogers Winthrop (1876-1958) — of Westbury, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., July 2, 1876. Republican. Banker; stockbroker; major in the U.S. Army during World War I; delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933; director, Long Island Railroad. Episcopalian. Member, Delta Kappa Epsilon; Freemasons. Died in Sarasota, Sarasota County, Fla., November 14, 1958 (age 82 years, 135 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Buchanan Winthrop and Sarah Helen (Townsend) Winthrop; married, October 3, 1905, to Alice Woodward Babcock.
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