The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Czech or Slovak ancestry Politicians
(Czech, Bohemian, Moravian, Slovak)

Very incomplete list!

  Madeleine Korbel Albright (b. 1937) — also known as Madeleine K. Albright; Marie Jana Korbelova; Madeleine Korbel — Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czechia), May 15, 1937. University professor; U.S. Representative to United Nations, 1993; U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001. Female. Episcopalian. Czech and Jewish ancestry. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. First woman to serve as Secretary of State. Inducted, National Women's Hall of Fame, 1998. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Daughter of Josef Korbel and Anna Spiegelova; married 1959 to Joseph Medill Patterson Albright (second great-grandson of Joseph Meharry Medill).
  Political family: McCormick-Guggenheim-Morton-Medill family of Illinois and New York.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail — National Women's Hall of Fame
  Books by Madeleine Albright: Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003) — Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box (2009)
  Books about Madeleine Albright: Michael Dobbs, Madeleine Albright: A twentieth-century odyssey — Thomas W. Lippman, Madeleine Albright and the New American Diplomacy — Robert Maass, UN Ambassador: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Madeleine Albright's World — Thomas Blood, Madam Secretary: A Biography of Madeleine Albright — Judy L. Hasday, Madeleine Albright, Stateswoman (for young readers)
  Michael Badnarik (b. 1954) — of Austin, Travis County, Tex. Born in Hammond, Lake County, Ind., August 1, 1954. Libertarian. Software engineer; candidate for Texas state house of representatives, 2000 (47th District), 2002 (48th District); candidate for President of the United States, 2004; candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 10th District, 2006. Slovak ancestry. Arrested, in St. Louis, Mo., on October 8, 2004, along with Green Party presidential nominee David Cobb, while protesting their exclusion from presidential debates. Still living as of 2007.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Charles H. Beranck — of Illinois. Born in Bohemia (now part of Czechia). Socialist. Editor; delegate to Socialist National Convention from Illinois, 1920; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1920. Bohemian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Frank Joseph Berka (1889-1943) — also known as Frank J. Berka — of Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich. Born in Czechoslovakia, January 20, 1889. Democrat. Naturalized U.S. citizen; commercial artist; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Saginaw County 1st District, 1933-38; defeated, 1928, 1938; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1940. Czechoslovakian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Grotto; Lions. Died in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich., February 24, 1943 (age 54 years, 35 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Berka and Vobovil Berka; married, September 27, 1911, to Mabel Novak.
Carl Brablec Carl Brablec (1908-1986) — of Lenawee County, Mich.; Roseville, Macomb County, Mich. Born in Ogden Township, Lenawee County, Mich., September 24, 1908. Democrat. School teacher and principal; superintendent of schools; justice of the peace; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Lenawee County, 1936; member of University of Michigan board of regents, 1958-66. Methodist. Moravian ancestry. Member, Rotary; Pi Kappa Delta; Kappa Delta Pi; Freemasons. Died in 1986 (age about 77 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1937 to Dorothy Margaret Kanous.
  Carl Brablec High School, in Roseville, Michigan, is named for him.
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
  Vaclav Buresh (1859-1939) — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb. Born in Bohemia (now part of Czechia), 1859. Republican. Member of Nebraska state house of representatives, 1901; candidate for Presidential Elector for Nebraska. Czech ancestry. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 7, 1939 (age about 79 years). Interment at Bohemian Cemetery, Omaha, Neb.
  Relatives: Married 1884 to Milostina Letovsky.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Emanuel Castka — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Republican. Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1908. Bohemian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Anton Josef Cermak (1873-1933) — also known as Anton J. Cermak; "Pushcart Tony" — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Kladno, Bohemia (now Czechia), May 9, 1873. Democrat. Member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1910; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1924, 1928, 1932; candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1928; mayor of Chicago, Ill., 1931-33; died in office 1933. Bohemian ancestry. On February 15, 1933, while he was standing on the running board of an open car from which president-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt had just given a speech, was shot and badly wounded by Italian-American bricklayer Guiseppe Zangara, who had aimed for Roosevelt; over the next month, the wound became infected, and he died, in Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla., March 6, 1933 (age 59 years, 301 days). Entombed at Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Married 1894 to Marie Horejs; father of Ludmila 'Lillian' Cermak (who married Richey V. Graham) and Helena Irene Cermak (daughter-in-law of Otto Kerner; who married Otto Kerner Jr.).
  Political family: Kerner-Cermak family of Chicago, Illinois.
  Cermak Road (formerly 22nd Street), from Chicago to Oak Brook, Illinois, is named for him.  — Antonin Cermak Elementary School, in Prague, Czechia, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS A. J. Cermak (built 1943 at Baltimore, Maryland; scrapped 1964) was named for him.
  Epitaph: "I Am Glad It Was Me, Instead of You."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Erwin Ladislav Chloupek (1870-1948) — of San Francisco, Calif. Born October 8, 1870. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; Consul for Czechoslovakia in San Francisco, Calif., 1935. Czech and Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died, from heart disease, in San Francisco, Calif., August 28, 1948 (age 77 years, 325 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Chloupek and Mary (Sullivan) Chloupek.
  Jules Filo (b. 1909) — of West Mifflin, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Czechoslovakia, 1909. Democrat. Deputy coroner; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Allegheny County 14th District, 1949-60. Lutheran. Czechoslovakian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Edward John Jirovec (1918-1993) — also known as Edward J. Jirovec; "Mr. J" — of Miramar, Broward County, Fla.; Hollywood, Broward County, Fla. Born in Wausau, Marathon County, Wis., April 7, 1918. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; insurance broker; candidate for mayor of Miramar, Fla., 1971, 1975, 1979, 1983. Presbyterian. Bohemian ancestry. Member, Moose; Elks; Kiwanis; Toastmasters. Died in Hollywood, Broward County, Fla., July 8, 1993 (age 75 years, 92 days). Interment at Fred Hunter Hollywood Memorial Gardens, Hollywood, Fla.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Joseph Johanik (1927-2007) — of Westmont, DuPage County, Ill.; Lombard, DuPage County, Ill. Born in 1927. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; carpenter; hardware store owner; village president of Westmont, Illinois, 1961-65. Czech ancestry. Member, Moose; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died, from a brain hemorrhage, in Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, DuPage County, Ill., May 4, 2007 (age about 79 years). Burial location unknown.
  Charles Jonas (1840-1896) — also known as Karel Jonas — of Racine, Racine County, Wis. Born in 1840. Democrat. Member of Wisconsin state senate, 1883-85; Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, 1891-95. Czech ancestry. Died in 1896 (age about 56 years). Burial location unknown.
  Books about Charles Jonas: C. Winton Chrislock, Charles Jonas (1840-1896): Czech National Liberal, Wisconsin Bourbon Democrat
  Andrew S. Kovacik (b. 1916) — of Whiting, Lake County, Ind. Born October 28, 1916. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of Whiting, Ind., 1948-54; resigned 1954; Lake County Auditor, 1955. Czechoslovakian ancestry. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Kovacik, Sr. and Theresa (Dado) Kovacik; married, June 10, 1948, to Victoria Fliesher.
  Joseph Manchin III (b. 1947) — also known as Joe Manchin — of Fairmont, Marion County, W.Va. Born in Farmington, Marion County, W.Va., August 24, 1947. Democrat. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates, 1983-84; member of West Virginia state senate, 1987-96 (14th District 1987-92, 13th District 1993-96); secretary of state of West Virginia, 2001-05; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2004, 2008; Governor of West Virginia, 2005-10; defeated in primary, 1996; member of Democratic National Committee from West Virginia, 2008; U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 2010-. Catholic. Italian and Czech ancestry. Member, National Rifle Association; Eagles; Elks; Moose; Knights of Columbus; Rotary. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of John Manchin and Mary (Gouzd) Manchin; married, August 5, 1967, to Gail Conelly; nephew of Antonio James Manchin; first cousin of Mark Anthony Manchin and Timothy J. Manchin.
  Political family: Manchin family of Farmington and Fairmont, West Virginia.
  See also congressional biography — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Robert Jan Mrazek (b. 1945) — also known as Robert J. Mrazek — of Centerport, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., November 6, 1945. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1988; U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1983-93. Methodist. Czech ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Paul Leonard Newman (1925-2008) — also known as Paul Newman; "King Cool" — of Westport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, January 26, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; American actor and film director; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1968; created the Newman's Own line of salad dressing and other food products, with all profits donated to charity. Slovak and Jewish ancestry. Member, Phi Kappa Tau. Died, of lung cancer, in Westport, Fairfield County, Conn., September 26, 2008 (age 83 years, 244 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of Arthur Samuel Newman and Theresa (Fetzer) Newman; married, December 6, 1949, to Jacqueline 'Jackie' Witte; married, February 2, 1958, to Joanne Woodward.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Michael Anthony Peroutka (b. 1952) — also known as Michael Peroutka — of Millersville, Anne Arundel County, Md. Born in Baltimore, Md., September 7, 1952. Lawyer; Constitution candidate for President of the United States, 2004; Constitution candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2008; candidate for Presidential Elector for California. Bohemian ancestry. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of Henry J. Peroutka and Elizabeth Peroutka.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Joseph James Rachac (1874-1947) — also known as Joseph J. Rachac — of Faribault, Rice County, Minn. Born in Minnesota, December 1, 1874. Republican. Banker; delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1912 (alternate), 1920, 1924. Czech ancestry. Died August 25, 1947 (age 72 years, 267 days). Interment at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault, Minn.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Herman Romig (1872-1951) — also known as Joseph H. Romig; "Dog-Team Doctor" — of San Francisco, Calif.; Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Edwards County, Ill., September 3, 1872. Physician; mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, 1937-38. Moravian ancestry. Died in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo., 1951 (age about 78 years). Original interment somewhere in Colorado Springs, Colo.; reinterment at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, Anchorage, Alaska.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Romig and Margaret (Ricksecker) Romig; married 1896 to Ella Mae Ervin.
  Romig Junior High School (opened 1966; now Romig Middle School), in Anchorage, Alaska, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Adolph Joachim Sabath (1866-1952) — also known as Adolph J. Sabath; A. J. Sabath — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Zabori, Bohemia (now Czechia), April 4, 1866. Democrat. Lawyer; municipal judge in Illinois, 1895-97; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1904, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932 (alternate), 1936, 1940, 1944 (speaker); U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1907-52 (5th District 1907-49, 7th District 1949-52); died in office 1952. Jewish. Bohemian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Woodmen; Royal League. Died in the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., November 6, 1952 (age 86 years, 216 days). Interment at Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Joachim Sabath and Barbara (Eissenschimmel) Sabath; married, December 31, 1917, to Mae Ruth Fuerst.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Stephen F. Sisolak (b. 1953) — also known as Steve Sisolak — Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., December 26, 1953. Democrat. Governor of Nevada, 2019-. Czech ancestry. Still living as of 2019.
  Jaroslav Francis Smetanka (1881-1937) — also known as Jaroslav F. Smetanka — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Horní Krupá, Bohemia (now Czechia), September 19, 1881. Consul-General for Czechoslovakia in Chicago, Ill., 1935-37. Bohemian ancestry. Died, in Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 27, 1937 (age 56 years, 99 days). Interment at Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Married 1910 to Rose Vanek.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Stedronsky (b. 1872) — of Wagner, Charles Mix County, S.Dak. Born in Lakeport, Yankton County, S.Dak., May 4, 1872. Democrat. School teacher; farmer; hardware and farm implement business; mayor of Wagner, S.D., 1911-14; member of South Dakota state house of representatives 9th District, 1915-18; candidate for U.S. Representative from South Dakota 1st District, 1922. Catholic; later Congregationalist. Bohemian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Odd Fellows. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Stedronsky and Marie Stedronsky; married, October 30, 1895, to Emanuela Cernik; married, April 17, 1900, to Emily Tepley.
  Wenzel A. Tomek (b. 1869) — of Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wis. Born in Bohemia (now part of Czechia), May, 1869. Democrat. Real estate and insurance business; candidate for Wisconsin state assembly from Manitowoc County 2nd District, 1938. Bohemian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Wenzel Tomek and Anna Tomek; married, November 24, 1892, to Theresa Mathiesen.
  Judy Baar Topinka (1944-2014) — also known as Judy Baar — of Riverside, Cook County, Ill. Born in Riverside, Cook County, Ill., January 16, 1944. Republican. Public relations business; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1981-84; member of Illinois state senate, 1985-94; Illinois state treasurer, 1995-2007; Illinois Republican state chair, 2002-05; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2004, 2008 (alternate); candidate for Governor of Illinois, 2006; Illinois state comptroller, 2011-14; died in office 2014. Female. Czech and Slovak ancestry. Member, Alpha Gamma Rho. Died in Berwyn, Cook County, Ill., December 10, 2014 (age 70 years, 328 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of William D. Baar and Lillian Mary (Shuss) Baar; married 1965 to Joe Topinka.
  See also Wikipedia article
  George John Urban (1906-1978) — also known as George J. Urban — of South Euclid, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, May 14, 1906. Republican. Mayor of South Euclid, Ohio, 1948-72. Methodist. German and Czech ancestry. Member, Lions. Died, of cancer, in a nursing home at Oil City, Venango County, Pa., March 25, 1978 (age 71 years, 315 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Knollwood Cemetery, Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
  Charles Albert Vanik (1913-2007) — also known as Charles A. Vanik — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, April 7, 1913. Democrat. Member of Ohio state senate, 1940-42; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1955-81 (21st District 1955-69, 22nd District 1969-81); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1960, 1964. Catholic. Czech ancestry. Died in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Fla., August 30, 2007 (age 94 years, 145 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Otto Henry Zacek (1879-1958) — also known as Otto H. Zacek — of West Point, Cuming County, Neb. Born in West Point, Cuming County, Neb., May 29, 1879. Democrat. Lawyer; chair of Cuming County Democratic Party, 1940. Catholic. Bohemian ancestry. Died August 1, 1958 (age 79 years, 64 days). Interment at St. Michael Cemetery, West Point, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of Matej J. Zacek and Anna Maria (Wanek) Zacek; married to Sophie Mannefeld; married, September 1, 1925, to Anna Zitzlsberger.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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