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Labor Unions
Politician members in Virginia

  Raymond E. Basham (b. 1945) — of Taylor, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Roanoke, Va., May 24, 1945. Democrat. Member of Michigan state house of representatives 22nd District, 1997-. Member, United Auto Workers. Still living as of 2000.
  Fred E. Counts (b. 1912) — of Bartley, McDowell County, W.Va. Born in Counts, Dickenson County, Va., August 26, 1912. Democrat. Coal miner; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from McDowell County, 1959-62; appointed 1958. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; United Mine Workers. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ezra V. Counts and Chloe (Grizzle) Counts; married, December 24, 1937, to Gertrude Withrow.
  J. M. Cyphers (b. 1874) — of Gary, McDowell County, W.Va. Born in Smyth County, Va., January 19, 1874. Democrat. Farmer; coal miner; timber contractor; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from McDowell County, 1941-42, 1949-50. Second Adventist. Member, Junior Order; United Mine Workers. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of G. W. Cyphers and Marildy (Christian) Cyphers; married, November 10, 1897, to Victoria Murphy.
  William Nuckles Doak (1882-1933) — also known as William N. Doak — of Roanoke, Va.; Washington, D.C.; McLean, Fairfax County, Va. Born in Rural Retreat, Wythe County, Va., December 12, 1882. Republican. Vice-president, Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, 1916-28; delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1916 (alternate), 1932; candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 6th District, 1920; candidate for U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1924; U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1930-33. Methodist. Member, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen; Freemasons; Shriners. Died of heart disease, in McLean, Fairfax County, Va., October 23, 1933 (age 50 years, 315 days). Entombed at Black Lick Cemetery, Near Rural Retreat, Wythe County, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Canaro Draton Doak and Elizabeth (Dutton) Doak; married, October 15, 1908, to Emma M. Doak.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
Elizabeth Drewry Elizabeth Simpson Drewry (1887-1979) — also known as Elizabeth Drewry; Elizabeth Simpson — of Northfork, McDowell County, W.Va. Born in Motley, Pittsylvania County, Va., September 22, 1887. Democrat. School teacher; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from McDowell County, 1951-64. Female. Baptist. Member, Delta Sigma Theta; National Education Association; NAACP. Died in September, 1979 (age about 92 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of H. Grant Simpson and Katherine (Douglass) Simpson; married to William H. Drewry.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Harry Richard Sheppard (1885-1969) — also known as Harry R. Sheppard — of Yucaipa, San Bernardino County, Calif. Born in Mobile, Mobile County, Ala., January 10, 1885. Democrat. Railroad worker; beverage business; U.S. Representative from California, 1937-65 (19th District 1937-43, 21st District 1943-53, 27th District 1953-63, 33rd District 1963-65); delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1940, 1944, 1956, 1960. Member, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Died of pneumonia at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., April 28, 1969 (age 84 years, 108 days). Interment at National Memorial Park, Near Falls Church, Fairfax County, Va.
  Relatives: Married, May 24, 1933, to Mary O'Keefe Olson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  John W. Slayton (1863-1935) — of New Castle, Lawrence County, Pa.; McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pa.; Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Virginia, 1863. Socialist. Carpenter; lecturer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1900 (at-large), 1924 (35th District); candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1902, 1910, 1926; delegate to Socialist National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912; candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania; candidate for justice of Pennsylvania state supreme court, 1930, 1932. Member, Carpenters Union. Died in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., June 5, 1935 (age about 71 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
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