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Coal, Ice, and Fuel Dealer Politicians in West Virginia

  Ernest L. Bailey — of Matoaka, Mercer County, W.Va. Born in Dott, Mercer County, W.Va. Democrat. Civil engineer; banker; coal business; West Virginia State Road Commissioner; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1944, 1948, 1952; West Virginia Democratic state chair, 1948-52; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1948; member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1952-53. Episcopalian. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Winton E. Bailey and Josephine (Mastin) Bailey; married, September 16, 1914, to Minniebelle Atkins.
  Gino R. Colombo (b. 1939) — of Nutter Fort, Harrison County, W.Va. Born in Harrison County, W.Va., October 27, 1939. Democrat. Coal broker; real estate business; member of West Virginia state house of delegates, 1971-78 (Harrison County 1971-74, 25th District 1975-78); member of West Virginia state senate 13th District, 1979-86; defeated, 1986. Catholic. Italian ancestry. Member, Lions; Moose; Izaak Walton League; Sigma Nu. Still living as of 1986.
  Relatives: Son of Sam Colombo and Lenora Colombo; married to Virginia Pair.
  Gory Hogg (1873-1963) — of Harvey, Fayette County, W.Va.; Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, W.Va. Born in Point Pleasant, Mason County, W.Va., June 29, 1873. Democrat. Physician; president, Greenbrier Valley Bank; director, New River Banking and Trust Co.; director, Scotia Coal & Coke Co.; director, South Side Coal Co.; member of West Virginia state senate 9th District, 1915-18; member of Democratic National Committee from West Virginia, 1936-40. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Phi Sigma Kappa. Died in March, 1963 (age 89 years, 0 days). Entombed at Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Walter Harden Hogg (c.1838-1917) and Elizabeth (McGuffin) Hogg; married, September 9, 1903, to Caroline James Butterfield.
Harry B. Martin Harry Bruce Martin (b. 1883) — also known as Harry B. Martin — of Elkins, Randolph County, W.Va. Born in Wyatt, Harrison County, W.Va., September 8, 1883. Republican. Coal broker; member of West Virginia state senate 13th District, 1929-32; defeated, 1936. Methodist. Member, Rotary; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1929
E. Ray Reed Edward Ray Reed (b. 1891) — also known as E. Ray Reed — of Clay, Clay County, W.Va. Born in Clay, Clay County, W.Va., March 15, 1891. Republican. Banker; coal business; oil and gas operator; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Clay County, 1933-36; defeated, 1936; member of West Virginia state senate 4th District, 1941-44, 1951-54; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 3rd District, 1946; candidate for West Virginia state auditor, 1956; member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1967. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Reed and Carrie (Wheeler) Reed; married 1917 to Lula R. Wilson.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
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