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Politician members in West Virginia

Charles R. Beard Charles R. Beard (1879-1965) — of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va. Born in Berkeley County, W.Va., November 30, 1879. Republican. Blacksmith; United Brethren Church minister; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Berkeley County, 1915-16, 1925-30, 1935-36, 1939-40, 1943-48; defeated, 1916, 1936, 1940, 1948, 1950, 1952. United Brethren. Member, Odd Fellows; Junior Order. Died in Berkeley County, W.Va., April 20, 1965 (age 85 years, 141 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of John O. Beard and Ella (Sakeman) Beard; married, June 17, 1904, to Elizabeth Robbins (died 1935); married, March 28, 1943, to Nellie Kiser.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1929
  Franklin Marion Brand (1880-1963) — also known as Frank M. Brand — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Monongalia County, W.Va., March 13, 1880. Republican. Lawyer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Monongalia County, 1919-20, 1943-44; defeated, 1940, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Junior Order; Sigma Nu; American Bar Association. Died in January, 1963 (age 82 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James C. Brand and Mary Alice (Fleming) Brand; married, November 12, 1910, to Myrtle O. Core.
Mike Casey Mike C. Casey (1899-1978) — also known as Mike Casey — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born in Ona, Cabell County, W.Va., July 29, 1899. Democrat. Railway shipping and receiving clerk; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Cabell County, 1939-52, 1959-68; defeated, 1952, 1956, 1968; candidate in primary for West Virginia state senate 5th District, 1954. Baptist. Member, Odd Fellows; Redmen; Junior Order; Knights of Pythias; Moose. Died October 29, 1978 (age 79 years, 92 days). Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of William Sinclair Casey (1855-1916) and Sidna Angeline (Lewis) Casey (1858-1938); married, July 1, 1920, to Sadie Louise Coffman (1901-2001).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Boyd Cleo Casto (1892-1951) — also known as B. Cleo Casto — of Kenna, Jackson County, W.Va. Born in Kenna, Jackson County, W.Va., May 9, 1892. Democrat. Merchant; farmer; postmaster; member of West Virginia state senate 4th District, 1939-42; chair of Jackson County Democratic Party, 1940. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Junior Order. Died in Kenna, Jackson County, W.Va., September 25, 1951 (age 59 years, 139 days). Interment at Grasslick Baptist Cemetery, Kenna, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Dr. Frederick Sattis Casto (1867-1948) and Dora Bell (Simmons) Casto (1872-1946); brother of Ronald H. Casto; married, June 22, 1913, to Verna Valeria Polsley (1889-1968); second cousin of Dale George Casto (1900-1958); second cousin twice removed of A. Dale Casto; third cousin of Dorr Clayton Casto II; third cousin once removed of Carroll W. Casto.
  Political family: Casto family of West Virginia.
Will F. Crow William F. Crow (1865-1958) — also known as Will F. Crow — of Glen Easton, Marshall County, W.Va. Born in Glen Easton, Marshall County, W.Va., November 23, 1865. Republican. Physician; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Marshall County; elected 1928, 1934. Member, American Legion; Junior Order. Died March 26, 1958 (age 92 years, 123 days). Interment at Fork Ridge Universalist Cemetery, Glen Easton, W.Va.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1929
  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.
  Paul B. Davis (b. 1914) — of Smithburg, Doddridge County, W.Va. Born in New Milton, Doddridge County, W.Va., September 7, 1914. Republican. School teacher; insurance agent; farmer; Doddridge County Sheriff, 1948-52; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Doddridge County, 1961-62. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Odd Fellows; Junior Order. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Noah L. Davis and Roxie (Bland) Davis; married, March 27, 1937, to Veda C. Hickman.
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
  C. Clifton Dyche, Jr. (b. 1926) — of Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, W.Va. Born in Washington, D.C., June 10, 1926. Republican. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Morgan County, 1957-58. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Junior Order. Still living as of 1958.
  William Arch Leap (1883-1978) — also known as W. Arch Leap — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born in Cabell County, W.Va., November 9, 1883. Democrat. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Cabell County, 1949-50; defeated, 1950. Methodist. Member, Redmen; Moose; Junior Order. Died in 1978 (age about 94 years). Burial location unknown.
  H. Clay Mace (b. 1888) — of Webster Springs, Webster County, W.Va. Born in Hackers Valley, Webster County, W.Va., May 13, 1888. Democrat. School teacher; road contractor; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Webster County, 1939-42; defeated, 1942. Methodist. Member, Lions; Odd Fellows; Junior Order; Woodmen. Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: Henry Clay
  Relatives: Son of William F. Mace and Willie Ann (Berry) Mace; married, July 26, 1914, to Maude M. Rose.
  Charles Jackson Marcum (1908-1975) — also known as Charles J. Marcum — of Hamlin, Lincoln County, W.Va.; Folsom, Sacramento County, Calif. Born in Wayne County, W.Va., May 30, 1908. Democrat. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, 1941-42. Baptist. Member, Junior Order. Died in 1975 (age about 67 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob McDonald Marcum and Carrie (Hager) Marcum.
  Frank P. McLaughlin (b. 1897) — of Marlinton, Pocahontas County, W.Va. Born in Dunmore, Pocahontas County, W.Va., October 9, 1897. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; farmer; Pocahontas County Sheriff; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Pocahontas County, 1955-56, 1959; resigned 1959. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Junior Order; Elks; Moose; American Legion. Burial location unknown.
  T. Hugh Paul (b. 1892) — of Logan, Logan County, W.Va. Born in Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va., November 1, 1892. Democrat. Railway yardmaster; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Logan County, 1935-38, 1941-44. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Allen Paul and Mattie (Shelton) Paul; married to Mary Harriett Peck.
  Everett Bryan Pennybacker (b. 1893) — also known as E. B. Pennybacker — of Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va.; Vienna, Wood County, W.Va. Born in Belleville, Wood County, W.Va., February 13, 1893. Democrat. Lawyer; Wood County Prosecuting Attorney, 1933-37; circuit judge in West Virginia for the 4th Judicial Circuit, 1937-41; member, West Virginia Public Service Commission; candidate for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 4th District, 1944; candidate for West Virginia state house of delegates from Wood County, 1950. United Brethren. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of W. H. Pennybacker and Jane Pennybacker; married, October 18, 1914, to Florence Smith.
  Ed V. Perry (b. 1880) — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born in Salt Rock, Cabell County, W.Va., October 28, 1880. Democrat. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Cabell County, 1935-36; resigned 1936. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Junior Order; United Mine Workers. Burial location unknown.
  Lester Perry (b. 1910) — also known as Bus Perry — of Dehue, Logan County, W.Va. Born in Milton, Cabell County, W.Va., September 6, 1910. Democrat. School teacher; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Logan County, 1937-42. Baptist. Member, Junior Order; Moose. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Grover Cleveland Perry and Hattie Perry; married, December 20, 1936, to Ethel Marie White.
  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.
  Stanley J. Rexrode (b. 1883) — of Marlinton, Pocahontas County, W.Va. Born in New Hampden, Highland County, Va., August 5, 1883. Republican. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Pocahontas County, 1935-36. Southern Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Woodmen; Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  James Burr Saville (1891-1972) — also known as J. Burr Saville — of Romney, Hampshire County, W.Va. Born in Augusta, Hampshire County, W.Va., March 21, 1891. Democrat. Automobile dealer; auctioneer; sheriff; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Hampshire County, 1935-36; member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945-49; chair of Hampshire County Democratic Party, 1945. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Moose; Junior Order. Died in April, 1972 (age 81 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
Everett R. Shafer Everett R. Shafer (1911-2005) — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in Esty, Greenbrier County, W.Va., October 3, 1911. Democrat. Baptist minister; school teacher; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Raleigh County, 1951-52, 1955-58. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Junior Order; Woodmen; Moose; Blue Key; National Education Association. Died August 9, 2005 (age 93 years, 310 days). Interment at Eden Cemetery, Crescent City, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Arthur Shafer and Lebertha Velmer (Hamrick) Shafer; married, October 17, 1936, to Mary Alby Crizer (1909-1995).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Everett Starcher (1879-1959) — of Rocksdale, Calhoun County, W.Va.; Spencer, Roane County, W.Va. Born in Rocksdale, Calhoun County, W.Va., November 3, 1879. Democrat. Postmaster; farmer; oil and gas producer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Roane County, 1939-40. Methodist. Member, Odd Fellows; Junior Order. Died in Spencer, Roane County, W.Va., March 17, 1959 (age 79 years, 134 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Julia Ann (Lynch) Starcher (1845-1932) and Wesley Starcher (1849-1905); married, August 19, 1906, to Icy L. Nicholson; third cousin of Edwin M. Starcher (1865-1931) and Charles Wesley Starcher.
  Political family: Starcher family of West Virginia.
  Claude Vilas Swann (1887-1959) — also known as Claude V. Swann — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born in Salt Rock, Cabell County, W.Va., July 30, 1887. Democrat. Plumber; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Cabell County, 1937-40, 1945-46; mayor of Huntington, W.Va., 1940-42. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Junior Order; Lions. Died in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, July 3, 1959 (age 71 years, 338 days). Interment at Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Barboursville, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Francis Marion Swann (1853-1929) and Bulah Ann (Perry) Swann (1859-1916); married to Grace May Cornell (1887-1965).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Alfred Taylor (1878-1956) — also known as J. Alfred Taylor — of Fayetteville, Fayette County, W.Va. Born near Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio, September 25, 1878. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Fayette County, 1917-18, 1921-22, 1931-32, 1937-38; Speaker of the West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1931-32; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 6th District, 1923-27; defeated, 1926 (6th District), 1938 (3rd District); candidate for Governor of West Virginia, 1928; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1932; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1934. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners; Junior Order; Odd Fellows; Redmen; Moose. Died in Montgomery, Fayette County, W.Va., June 9, 1956 (age 77 years, 258 days). Interment at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, W.Va.
  Relatives: Father of J. Alfred Taylor, Jr. (1903-?).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Luke Edward Terry (1916-1998) — also known as Luke E. Terry — of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va. Born in Oneida, Scott County, Tenn., August 21, 1916. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates, 1957-58, 1971-76 (Berkeley County 1957-58, 1st District 1971-74, 35th District 1975-76); defeated, 1958. Disciples of Christ. Member, Farm Bureau; American Bar Association; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Disabled American Veterans; American Legion; National Rifle Association; Elks; United Commercial Travelers; Junior Order; Rotary. Died in Lewes, Sussex County, Del., October 20, 1998 (age 82 years, 60 days). Interment at Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Alvin C. Terry (1866-1957) and Nellie (Smith) Terry (1886-1988); married to Elizabeth Johnson (1914-1999).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
H. T. Tucker H. T. Tucker (b. 1894) — also known as Tom Tucker — of Huntington, Wayne County, W.Va. Born in Fort Gay, Wayne County, W.Va., September 7, 1894. Democrat. Real estate and insurance business; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Wayne County, 1933, 1947-56; resigned 1933. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
Cecil H. Underwood Cecil Harland Underwood (1922-2008) — also known as Cecil H. Underwood — of Sistersville, Tyler County, W.Va.; Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va.; Wheeling, Ohio County, W.Va. Born in Josephs Mills, Tyler County, W.Va., November 5, 1922. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; minister; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Tyler County, 1945-56; Governor of West Virginia, 1957-61, 1997-2001; defeated, 1964, 1976, 2000; delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1960 (Temporary Chair), 1972, 2000; candidate for U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1960; candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1968. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Moose; Junior Order; Kiwanis; Pi Kappa Delta; Farm Bureau. He was both the youngest (in 1957) and the oldest (in 2001) governor in West Virginia history. Died, following a series of strokes, in Memorial Hospital of the Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., November 24, 2008 (age 86 years, 19 days). His body was donated to the School of Medicine at Marshall University. Cenotaph at Spring Hill Cemetery, Josephs Mills, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of S. H. Underwood and Della (Forrester) Underwood; married, July 25, 1948, to Hovah Hall (1919-2004); father of Cecilia Underwood (1932?-).
  Campaign slogan (1996): "Better Government, Not Bigger Government."
  Epitaph: "They gave their lives in service to others and their bodies in death to science."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
B. W. West Bernard Wilmer West (b. 1888) — also known as B. W. West — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., December 2, 1888. Republican. Dentist; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Cabell County, 1927-28; defeated, 1936, 1942; member of West Virginia state senate 5th District, 1929-30. Christian. Member, Elks; Redmen; Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1921 to Ola Still.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1929
  G. R. West (b. 1890) — of Elizabeth, Wirt County, W.Va. Born in Elizabeth, Wirt County, W.Va., March 22, 1890. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; carpenter; painter; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Wirt County; elected 1952, 1954; defeated, 1960. Protestant. Member, Junior Order; Farm Bureau; American Legion. Burial location unknown.
Henry F. White Henry F. White (b. 1883) — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born near Hamlin, Lincoln County, W.Va., November 21, 1883. Democrat. School teacher; superintendent of schools; real estate and insurance business; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Cabell County, 1941-52. Methodist. Member, Junior Order. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Enoch White and Atha (Miller) White; married, November 26, 1908, to Leota Yeager.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
Ward Wylie Ward Wylie (b. 1900) — of Mullens, Wyoming County, W.Va. Born in Gap Mills, Monroe County, W.Va., March 30, 1900. Democrat. Physician; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Wyoming County, 1935-36; member of West Virginia state senate 9th District, 1939-42, 1945-64; resigned 1943; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1956 (alternate), 1960. Protestant. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Junior Order; Elks; Rotary; Moose. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Price Wylie and Maggie (Leach) Wylie; married, March 19, 1929, to Anilee Hall.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
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