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  William Robert Alstadt (1916-1993) — also known as W. R. Alstadt — of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in Thebes, Alexander County, Ill., October 7, 1916. Democrat. Dentist; major in the U.S. Army during World War II; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1960, 1964. Methodist. Member, American Dental Association; Freemasons; Civitan. Died April 6, 1993 (age 76 years, 181 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Lee Alstadt and Gradie (Cole) Alstadt; married, August 31, 1962, to Laura May Goodness.
  William C. Baker (b. 1925) — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., July 18, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; dentist; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1972. Protestant. Member, Omega Psi Phi; American Dental Association; NAACP; Freemasons; Shriners; Urban League. Still living as of 1973.
  Relatives: Son of Esau Baker and Ella (Cranfielo) Baker; married 1955 to Mae Helen Morgan.
  Lawrence L. Belcher (1884-1960) — of Welch, McDowell County, W.Va. Born in West Virginia, July 30, 1884. Democrat. Dentist; candidate for West Virginia state house of delegates from McDowell County, 1928; member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1937-49; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1948, 1952 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization). Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; American Dental Association; Rotary. Died February 8, 1960 (age 75 years, 193 days). Burial location unknown.
  Stephen Crabtree Bird (1939-2008) — also known as Stephen C. Bird — of Harrisville, Ritchie County, W.Va.; Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va.; Wirt County, W.Va. Born in Bluefield, Mercer County, W.Va., March 7, 1939. Democrat. School teacher; dentist; candidate for West Virginia state senate 3rd District, 1972, 1980; member of West Virginia state house of delegates 8th District, 1975-78, 1983-84, 1987-90; defeated, 1968 (6th District), 1970 (6th District), 1984 (8th District), 1992 (8th District); delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1976. Methodist; later Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Grotto; Shriners; Elks; American Legion; Amvets; Farm Bureau; National Rifle Association; American Dental Association. Died in Williamstown, Wood County, W.Va., May 9, 2008 (age 69 years, 63 days). Interment at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Bluefield, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Stephen Ward Bird and Eliza Jane (Crabtree) Bird; married, July 10, 1977, to Bernice Marie Royal.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Aristo Carranza — of Union County, N.J. Born in Lima, Peru. Republican. Dentist; candidate for New Jersey state house of assembly 20th District, 2003. Peruvian ancestry. Member, American Dental Association. Still living as of 2003.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Sau Yee Chang (1896-1990) — of Lihue, Island of Kauai, Kauai County, Hawaii. Born in Hanapepe, Island of Kauai, Kauai County, Hawaii, November 19, 1896. Republican. Dentist; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1948, 1952; delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii, 1960. Congregationalist. Chinese ancestry. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Shriners; American Dental Association. Died September 13, 1990 (age 93 years, 298 days). Burial location unknown.
  Garrett D. Conover (b. 1895) — of Valparaiso, Porter County, Ind. Born in Bradford, Stark County, Ill., October 6, 1895. Republican. Dentist; mayor of Valparaiso, Ind., 1943-44. Methodist. Member, American Legion; American Dental Association. Burial location unknown.
  James Burrows Edwards (1927-2014) — also known as James B. Edwards; Jim Edwards — of Charleston, Charleston County, S.C. Born in Hawthorne, Alachua County, Fla., June 24, 1927. Republican. Dentist; delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988; candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina, 1971; member of South Carolina state senate 16th District, 1972-74; resigned 1974; Governor of South Carolina, 1975-79; U.S. Secretary of Energy, 1981-82. Episcopalian or Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Rotary; American Dental Association. Died, from complications of a stroke, in Mt. Pleasant, Charleston County, S.C., December 26, 2014 (age 87 years, 185 days). Burial location unknown.
  Cross-reference: Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Charles T. Ferries (b. 1880) — of Houghton, Houghton County, Mich. Born in Scotland, June 6, 1880. Republican. Dental surgeon; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1940 (member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee). Presbyterian. Member, American Dental Association; Rotary; Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Foresters. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Ferries and Annie (Broadfoot) Ferries; married 1909 to Charlotte Brimacombe.
  Paul Anthony Gosar (b. 1958) — also known as Paul Gosar — of Flagstaff, Coconino County, Ariz.; Prescott, Yavapai County, Ariz. Born in Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyo., November 27, 1958. Republican. Dentist; U.S. Representative from Arizona, 2011-18 (1st District 2011-13, 4th District 2013-18). Catholic. Basque and Slovene ancestry. Member, American Dental Association. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of Antone John 'Tony' Gosar and Bernadette (Erramouspe) Gosar; brother of Pete Gosar (1956?-).
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Thomas P. Gunning (1882-1943) — of Princeton, Bureau County, Ill. Born near Neponset, Bureau County, Ill., June 26, 1882. Republican. Dentist; member of Illinois state senate 37th District, 1931-43; died in office 1943. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; American Dental Association. Never recovered fully from surgery to remove a cataract, and died from multiple ailments, in Princeton, Bureau County, Ill., November 8, 1943 (age 61 years, 135 days). Burial location unknown.
  Blanche Martin (b. 1937) — of East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Georgia, January 16, 1937. Democrat. Dentist; member of Michigan State University board of trustees, 1969-84. Protestant. African ancestry. Member, Kiwanis; American Dental Association. Still living as of 1984.
  Ronald C. Packard (b. 1931) — also known as Ron Packard — of Carlsbad, San Diego County, Calif.; Oceanside, San Diego County, Calif. Born in Meridian, Ada County, Idaho, January 19, 1931. Republican. Dentist; mayor of Carlsbad, Calif., 1978-82; U.S. Representative from California, 1983-2001 (43rd District 1983-93, 48th District 1993-2001). Mormon. Member, American Dental Association. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Forrest LeRoy Packard and Esther (Carter) Packard; married, July 18, 1952, to Roma Jean Sorenson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  James Bernard Poindexter, Sr. (1902-1975) — also known as J. Bernard Poindexter — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born in Guyandotte, Cabell County, W.Va., January 26, 1902. Democrat. Dentist; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Cabell County, 1955-56, 1959-66; defeated, 1966. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Rotary; Psi Omega; American Dental Association. Died in February, 1975 (age 73 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Chalmers Poindexter and Maria (Tauber) Poindexter.
  Raymond J. Vassar (b. 1897) — of Weston, Lewis County, W.Va. Born in Weston, Lewis County, W.Va., August 16, 1897. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; dentist; farmer; member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1949; member of West Virginia state senate 13th District, 1953-60; defeated, 1936 (12th District), 1960 (13th District), 1964 (13th District). Episcopalian. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Shriners; Moose; Psi Omega; Rotary; American Dental Association. Burial location unknown.
  Roy Orchard Woodruff (1876-1953) — also known as Roy O. Woodruff — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Eaton Rapids, Eaton County, Mich., March 14, 1876. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; dentist; mayor of Bay City, Mich., 1911-13; U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1913-15, 1921-53; defeated, 1914; major in the U.S. Army during World War I; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1940. Baptist; later Presbyterian. Scottish and English ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; American Legion; Elks; United Spanish War Veterans; American Dental Association; Delta Sigma Delta. Died in Washington, D.C., February 12, 1953 (age 76 years, 335 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Woodruff and Electa A. (Wallace) Woodruff; married 1906 to Vera May Hall (daughter of De Vere Hall (1867?-?)); married, June 11, 1921, to Daisy E. Fish.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
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