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  Clarence William Allgood (1902-1991) — also known as Clarence W. Allgood — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala. Born in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., September 12, 1902. Lawyer; trustee, Crippled Children's Hospital; counsel, American Hospital Association; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, 1961-73; took senior status 1973. Member, Pi Kappa Alpha; American Bar Association; Elks; Blue Key; Civitan. Died in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., November 30, 1991 (age 89 years, 79 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Venable Allgood and Patricia (Robertson) Allgood; married, June 27, 1927, to Marie Maxwell; cousin *** of Miles Clayton Allgood (1878-1977).
  See also federal judicial profile
  Winston Eugene Arnow (1911-1994) — of Gainesville, Alachua County, Fla.; Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla. Born in Micanopy, Alachua County, Fla., March 13, 1911. Lawyer; municipal judge in Florida, 1940-42, 1946-49; major in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida, 1967-81; took senior status 1981. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Sigma Phi Epsilon; Phi Delta Phi; Tau Kappa Alpha; Blue Key; Elks; Rotary. Died in Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla., November 28, 1994 (age 83 years, 260 days). Interment at Roberts Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Leslie Arnow and Mabel (Thrasher) Arnow; married, January 11, 1941, to Frances Day Cease.
  See also federal judicial profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James H. Ashcraft (b. 1944) — of San Diego, San Diego County, Calif. Born in Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, January 15, 1944. Republican. Marketing rep for IBM; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972. Catholic. Member, Blue Key; Sigma Pi; Jaycees. Still living as of 1973.
  Relatives: Son of Hale H. Ashcraft and Jean (Beach) Ashcraft.
  William T. Bodenhamer (1905-1984) — of Ty Ty, Tift County, Ga.; Tifton, Tift County, Ga. Born in Decatur, DeKalb County, Ga., November 19, 1905. Democrat. School teacher; minister; Tift County Superintendent of Schools, 1937-39; president, Nordman College, 1944-49; member of Georgia state house of representatives from Tift County, 1953-56. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Pi Kappa Alpha; Blue Key; Woodmen. Died in October, 1984 (age 78 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joshua Edgar Bodenhamer (1875-1933) and Katherine (Hunt) Bodenhamer (born 1875); married, January 27, 1935, to Mariam Cornelia Brooks (born 1915).
  Albert Burton Boutwell (1904-1978) — also known as Albert Boutwell — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala. Born in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., November 13, 1904. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1944; member of Alabama state senate, 1946-58; Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, 1959-63; mayor of Birmingham, Ala., 1963-67. Methodist. Member, Jaycees; American Bar Association; Elks; Eagles; Freemasons; Shriners; Lions; Blue Key. Died in February, 1978 (age 73 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Dean Burch (b. 1927) — of Tucson, Pima County, Ariz. Born in Enid, Garfield County, Okla., December 20, 1927. Republican. Lawyer; Chairman of Republican National Committee, 1964-65; member, Federal Communications Commission, 1969-74; chair, Federal Communications Commission, 1969-74. Member, Phi Delta Theta; Blue Key. Still living as of 1974.
  Relatives: Son of Bert Alexander Burch and Leola (Atkisson) Burch; married, July 7, 1961, to Patricia Meeks.
  Millard Fillmore Caldwell, Jr. (1897-1984) — also known as Millard F. Caldwell, Jr. — of Milton, Santa Rosa County, Fla.; Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla. Born in Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., February 6, 1897. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1929-32; U.S. Representative from Florida 3rd District, 1933-41; Governor of Florida, 1945-49; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1948, 1956; justice of Florida state supreme court, 1962-69. Protestant. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Kappa Sigma; Phi Alpha Delta; Freemasons; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Newcomen Society; American Legion; American Judicature Society; Alpha Kappa Psi; Blue Key. Died in Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla., October 23, 1984 (age 87 years, 260 days). Interment at Harwood Plantation Cemetery, Leon County, Fla.
  Presumably named for: Millard Fillmore
  Relatives: Son of Millard Fillmore Caldwell and Martha Jane (Clapp) Caldwell; married, February 14, 1925, to Mary Rebecca Harwood.
  The Millard Caldwell state office building (opened 1949), in Tallahassee, Florida, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Thomas Slaughter Candler (1890-1971) — also known as Thomas S. Candler — of Blairsville, Union County, Ga. Born in Blairsville, Union County, Ga., December 15, 1890. Democrat. Lawyer; chair of Union County Democratic Party, 1920-39; superior court judge in Georgia, 1939-45; justice of Georgia state supreme court, 1945-66. Methodist. Member, Blue Key; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Woodmen. Died in Blairsville, Union County, Ga., 1971 (age about 80 years). Interment at Union Memory Garden, Blairsville, Ga.
  Relatives: Son of William Ezekiel Candler (1855-1927) and Elizabeth (Haralson) Candler (1855-1934); married, April 26, 1916, to Augusta Beulah Cook (1893-1983); grandson of Ezekiel Slaughter Candler; grandnephew of Samuel Charles Candler and Daniel Gill Candler; second great-grandson of William Candler; first cousin once removed of Allen Daniel Candler, Milton Anthony Candler (1837-1909), Asa Griggs Candler and John Slaughter Candler; second cousin of Charles Murphey Candler and Ezekiel Samuel Candler, Jr..
  Political family: Candler family of Georgia.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul J. Carr, Sr. (1893-1957) — of Hinton, Summers County, W.Va. Born in Roanoke, Va., April 4, 1893. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; mayor of Hinton, W.Va., 1947-48; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Summers County, 1957; died in office 1957. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Moose; Pi Gamma Mu; Sons of the American Revolution; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Rotary; Blue Key. Died March 24, 1957 (age 63 years, 354 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of Paul John Carr, Jr. (1924-).
  John P. Cowart (b. 1910) — of Edison, Calhoun County, Ga.; Macon, Bibb County, Ga. Born in Edison, Calhoun County, Ga., February 5, 1910. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, 1945-52. Baptist. Member, Delta Theta Phi; Blue Key. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Anaziah P. Cowart and Eudora (Webb) Cowart; married, June 10, 1933, to Margie Thurman.
Rembert C. Dennis Rembert Coney Dennis (1915-1992) — also known as Rembert C. Dennis — of Moncks Corner, Berkeley County, S.C. Born in Pinopolis, Berkeley County, S.C., August 27, 1915. Democrat. Lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Berkeley County, 1939-42; member of South Carolina state senate, 1943-88 (Berkeley County 1943-66, 14th District 1967-84, 37th District 1985-88); delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1944, 1948 (alternate), 1952, 1956, 1960. Baptist. Member, Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Freemasons; Shriners; Lions; Woodmen of the World; Blue Key. Died June 20, 1992 (age 76 years, 298 days). Interment at St. John's Baptist Churchyard, Pinopolis, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Edward J. Dennis and Ella Mae (Coney) Dennis; married, October 3, 1944, to Natalie Brown.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: South Carolina Legislative Manual 1964
  Edward James Devitt (1911-1992) — also known as Edward J. Devitt — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn. Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., May 5, 1911. Republican. Lawyer; municipal judge in Minnesota, 1935-39; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 4th District, 1947-49; defeated, 1948; probate judge in Minnesota, 1950-54; U.S. District Judge for Minnesota, 1954-92. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Phi Delta Phi; Beta Gamma Sigma; Delta Sigma Rho; Blue Key; Knights of Columbus; Eagles. Died in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., March 2, 1992 (age 80 years, 302 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Phillip Devitt and Catherine Ethel (McGuire) Devitt; married, April 22, 1939, to Marcelle M. LaRose.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
King Dixon King Dixon (b. 1908) — of near Laurens, Laurens County, S.C. Born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., October 2, 1908. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; ice and fuel oil dealer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Laurens County, 1955-56; member of South Carolina state senate from Laurens County, 1961-64. Baptist. Member, Alpha Tau Omega; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Rotary; Blue Key. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Montgomery Dixon and Sarah Youmans (King) Dixon; married, August 14, 1926, to Katharine Simmons.
  Image source: South Carolina Legislative Manual 1964
  Clyde Taylor Ellis (1908-1980) — also known as Clyde T. Ellis — of Bentonville, Benton County, Ark. Born near Garfield, Benton County, Ark., December 21, 1908. Democrat. Superintendent of schools; lawyer; member of Arkansas state house of representatives, 1933-35; member of Arkansas state senate, 1935-39; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 3rd District, 1939-43; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1940; candidate for U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1942; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Christian. Member, American Bar Association; Tau Kappa Alpha; Blue Key; Freemasons. Died in Washington, D.C., February 9, 1980 (age 71 years, 50 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Cecil Oscar Ellis and Minerva Jane (Taylor) Ellis; married, December 20, 1931, to Izella Baker.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  J. Paul England (b. 1920) — of Pineville, Wyoming County, W.Va. Born in Hanover, Wyoming County, W.Va., December 23, 1920. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; school teacher; insurance agent; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Wyoming County, 1953-58, 1961-68; appointed 1961. Baptist. Member, Moose; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Blue Key. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of B. Blaine England and Fannie (Lester) England; married, March 14, 1944, to Irene Cline.
L. Marion Gressette Lawrence Marion Gressette (b. 1902) — also known as L. Marion Gressette — of St. Matthews, Calhoun County, S.C. Born near St. Matthews, Calhoun County, S.C., February 11, 1902. Democrat. Lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Calhoun County, 1925-28, 1931-32; member of South Carolina state senate, 1937-76 (Calhoun County 1937-66, 19th District 1967-68, 11th District 1969-72, 13th District 1972-76); delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1952 (alternate), 1956, 1964; South Carolina Democratic state chair, 1953-54. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Phi Kappa Phi; Lions; Blue Key. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of J. T. Gressette and Rosa (Wannamaker) Gressette; married, August 18, 1927, to Florence Howell (1905?-?).
  Image source: South Carolina Legislative Manual 1964
  Louis Charles LaCour (1927-1975) — also known as Louis C. LaCour — of Louisiana. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., December 29, 1927. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1961-69. Catholic. Member, Navy League; Blue Key. Died in 1975 (age about 47 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Septime V. LaCour and Effie M. (Bonnette) LaCour; married, May 3, 1952, to Gloria Anne Comiskey.
  Scott Marion Loftin (1878-1953) — of Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla.; Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. Born in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., September 14, 1878. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1903-04; Escambia County Prosecuting Attorney, 1904-17; general counsel and director, Florida East Coast Hotel Co.; director, Gulf Life Insurance Co.; receiver, Florida East Coast Railway, 1931-41; president, American Bar Association, 1934-35; U.S. Senator from Florida, 1936. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Alpha Tau Omega; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Delta Phi; Blue Key; Knights of Pythias; Kiwanis; Freemasons; Shriners. Died in Highlands, Macon County, N.C., September 22, 1953 (age 75 years, 8 days). Interment at Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of William Marion Loftin and Loreta C. (Thomason) Loftin.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Richard Green Lugar (1932-2019) — also known as Richard G. Lugar — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., April 4, 1932. Republican. Rhodes scholar; mayor of Indianapolis, Ind., 1968-75; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1968, 1972; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1977-; defeated, 1974; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1996. Methodist. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Pi Delta Epsilon; Pi Sigma Alpha; Beta Theta Pi; Rotary; Blue Key. Died in Annandale, Fairfax County, Va., April 28, 2019 (age 87 years, 24 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Marvin L. Lugar and Bertha (Green) Lugar; married, September 8, 1956, to Charlene Smeltzer.
  Cross-reference: Todd C. Young
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Richard Lugar: John T. Shaw, Richard G. Lugar, Statesman of the Senate: Crafting Foreign Policy from Capitol Hill
  Seybourn Harris Lynne (1907-2000) — also known as Seybourn H. Lynne — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala. Born in Decatur, Morgan County, Ala., July 25, 1907. Democrat. Lawyer; county judge in Alabama, 1934-40; circuit judge in Alabama, 1940-42; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, 1946-73; took senior status 1973. Baptist. Member, American Bar Association; Blue Key; Pi Kappa Alpha; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Kiwanis. In 1963, he prohibited Gov. George C. Wallace from barring two Black students from attending the University of Alabama. In 1969, he ordered that Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Ala., be desegregated. Died in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., September 10, 2000 (age 93 years, 47 days). Interment at Decatur Cemetery, Decatur, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Seybourn Arthur Lynne and Annie Leigh (Harris) Lynne; married, June 16, 1937, to Katherine Donaldson Brandau.
  The Seybourn H. Lynne U.S. Courthouse and Post Office, in Decatur, Alabama, is named for him.
Robert E. McNair Robert Evander McNair (1923-2007) — also known as Robert E. McNair — of Allendale, Allendale County, S.C. Born in Cades, Williamsburg County, S.C., December 14, 1923. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1951-62; Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1963-65; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1964; Governor of South Carolina, 1965-71. Baptist. Member, American Legion; Farm Bureau; Freemasons; Shriners; Lions; Kappa Sigma; Blue Key. Died, of brain cancer, in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., November 17, 2007 (age 83 years, 338 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Evander McNair and Claudia (Crawford) McNair; married, May 30, 1944, to Josephine Robinson.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Image source: South Carolina Legislative Manual 1964
  Earle Elias Morris, Jr. (b. 1928) — also known as Earle E. Morris, Jr. — of Pickens, Pickens County, S.C. Born in Pickens, Pickens County, S.C., July 14, 1928. Democrat. Banker; merchant; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1951-54; member of South Carolina state senate, 1955-70 (Pickens County 1955-66, 2nd District 1967-70); delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1956. Presbyterian. Member, Lions; Elks; Woodmen; Freemasons; Jaycees; Phi Kappa Phi; Blue Key. Still living as of 1970.
  Relatives: Son of Earle E. Morris and Bernice (Carey) Morris; married 1958 to Jane L. Boroughs.
  James Dantzler Parler (b. 1900) — also known as James D. Parler — of St. George, Dorchester County, S.C. Born in Parler (now Santee), Orangeburg County, S.C., September 18, 1900. Democrat. Member of South Carolina state senate from Dorchester County, 1933-60; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1936, 1940, 1948, 1952 (alternate). Methodist. Member, Pi Kappa Phi; Blue Key; Freemasons; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Carlos C. Parler and Camille (Dantzler) Parler.
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
  Hans Gearhart Tanzler, Jr. (b. 1927) — also known as Hans Tanzler — of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. Born in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., March 11, 1927. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; judge of criminal court in Florida, 1963-67; mayor of Jacksonville, Fla., 1967-79; candidate in primary for Governor of Florida, 1978. Member, Jaycees; Kappa Alpha Order; Blue Key; Freemasons; Shriners; Moose; Elks. Still living as of 1979.
  Relatives: Son of Hans Gearhart Tanzler and Donette (Walker) Tanzler; married, September 18, 1948, to Ann Lyerly.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Bernard Hill Woodyard (1911-1960) — also known as Bernard H. Woodyard — of Welch, McDowell County, W.Va. Born in Switchback, McDowell County, W.Va., September 17, 1911. Democrat. School teacher; accountant; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from McDowell County; elected 1942, 1946, 1948; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Methodist. Member, Blue Key; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died in Welch, McDowell County, W.Va., May 17, 1960 (age 48 years, 243 days). Interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Frank C. Woodyard (1891-1951) and Dixie Lulu (Pauley) Woodyard (1891-1954); married, September 5, 1936, to Elizabeth Greene.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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