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  Eileen Ewing Archibold (1899-1992) — also known as Eileen E. Archibold; Eileen Eleanor Ewing — of Denver, Colo. Born in Leadville, Lake County, Colo., October 2, 1899. Republican. Presidential Elector for Colorado, 1940; member of Republican National Committee from Colorado, 1944-48; delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1952 (member, Resolutions Committee). Female. Member, Junior League. Died in February, 1992 (age 92 years, 0 days). Entombed at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
  Relatives: Daughter of John Alvin Ewing and Georgia Muriel (White) Ewing; married, September 14, 1927, to Robert French Archibold, Jr. (1897-1972).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ann Smith Bedsole (b. 1930) — also known as Ann Bedsole; Ann Smith; Mrs. Palmer Bedsole — of Mobile, Mobile County, Ala. Born in Selma, Dallas County, Ala., January 7, 1930. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1964 (alternate), 1972; member of Alabama Republican State Executive Committee, 1966; Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1972; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1979-82; first Republican woman to be elected to the Alabama House; member of Alabama state senate, 1983-94; candidate for mayor of Mobile, Ala., 2005. Female. Methodist. Member, Junior League. Still living as of 2006.
  Relatives: Daughter of Malcolm White Smith and Sybil (Huey) Smith; married 1958 to Massey Palmer Bedsole, Jr.
  Joanne Kleinhofer Benjamin (b. 1945) — also known as Joanne Kleinhofer — of Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, Calif. Born in Abington, Montgomery County, Pa., March 20, 1945. Democrat. School teacher; mayor of Los Gatos, Calif., 1984-85, 1988-90. Female. Episcopalian. Member, American Association of University Women; League of Women Voters; Junior League. Still living as of 1990.
  Relatives: Daughter of Burkhart A. Kleinhofer and Marie Elizabeth (Liggett) Kleinhofer; married, June 24, 1967, to James Edward Benjamin.
  Margaret Martin Brock — also known as Margaret M. Brock — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944 (alternate), 1948 (alternate), 1952, 1956 (alternate), 1960, 1964 (alternate), 1972; Presidential Elector for California, 1956, 1968, 1972. Female. Protestant. Member, Junior League. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Carol Newberry Brooks (b. 1888) — also known as Carol Newberry; Mrs. Frank W. Brooks, Jr. — of Grosse Pointe Park, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 7, 1888. Republican. Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1936. Female. Member, Daughters of the American Revolution; Junior League; American Legion Auxiliary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Harriet (Barnes) Newberry and Truman Handy Newberry (1864-1945); married, June 19, 1912, to Frank W. Brooks, Jr.; granddaughter of John Stoughton Newberry.
  Political family: Newberry family of Detroit, Michigan.
  Katharine Kennedy Brown (1891-1986) — also known as Katharine Kennedy; Mrs. Kleon Thaw Brown — of Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Born in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, July 16, 1891. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1928 (alternate), 1932, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 (alternate); member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee, 1928; member, Arrangements Committee, 1940; speaker, 1952; member of Ohio Republican State Central Committee, 1928-50; member of Republican National Committee from Ohio, 1932-67; Vice-Chair of Republican National Committee, 1944-52. Female. Episcopalian. Member, Daughters of the American Revolution; Junior League; Colonial Dames. Died, in the Kettering Convalescent Center nursing home, Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio, November 10, 1986 (age 95 years, 117 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.
  Relatives: Daughter of Grafton Claggett Kennedy (1859-1909) and Louise (Achey) Kennedy (1860-1945); married, April 20, 1921, to Kleon Thaw Brown (died 1925).
  Shirley Brown (b. 1952) — of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Fla. Born in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wis., October 2, 1952. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 69th District, 1993-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996. Female. Presbyterian. Member, League of Women Voters; Junior League. Still living as of 1999.
  Cynthia Moore Chestnut (b. 1949) — of Gainesville, Alachua County, Fla. Born in Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla., July 25, 1949. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 23rd District, 1991-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996, 2008. Female. Methodist. African ancestry. Member, Junior League; Alpha Kappa Alpha; NAACP; Altrusa; Rotary. Still living as of 2008.
  Mary Stallings Coleman (1914-2001) — also known as Mary S. Coleman; Mary Leslie Stallings — of Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich. Born in Forney, Kaufman County, Tex., June 24, 1914. Republican. Lawyer; probate judge in Michigan, 1961-72; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1973-82; resigned 1982; chief justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1979-82; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1984. Female. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Junior League; Altrusa; American Legion Auxiliary; American Association of University Women; Beta Sigma Phi; Phi Kappa Phi; Alpha Omicron Pi. Died, of cancer, in Ocala, Marion County, Fla., November 27, 2001 (age 87 years, 156 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall, Mich.
  Relatives: Daughter of Leslie C. Stallings and Agnes (Huther) Stallings; married 1939 to Creighton R. Coleman (1912-1995).
  See also Wikipedia article — Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
  Paula Dockery (b. 1961) — of Lakeland, Polk County, Fla. Born in Queens, Queens County, N.Y., June 6, 1961. Republican. Member of Florida state house of representatives 64th District, 1997-. Female. Catholic. Member, Junior League. Still living as of 1999.
  Daisy L. Elliott (1917-2015) — also known as Daisy Elizabeth Lenoir — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Filbert, McDowell County, W.Va., November 26, 1917. Democrat. Realtor; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 4th District, 1961-62; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1963-78, 1981-82 (Wayne County 4th District 1963-64, 22nd District 1965-72, 8th District 1973-78, 1981-82); defeated in primary, 1950 (Wayne County 1st District), 1954 (Wayne County 11th District), 1956 (Wayne County 4th District), 1958 (Wayne County 4th District), 1960 (Wayne County 4th District), 1982 (8th District); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968 (alternate), 1976; co-author of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 5th District, 1978; arrested in April 1982 for driving a stolen 1977 Cadillac deVille automobile; arraigned on a charge of receiving and concealing stolen property; she claimed she had bought the car from a dealer, but the firm had no record of this, and the document she presented had been faked; lost renomination as State Representatve in August 1982, while under indictment; convicted in November 1982 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. Female. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; League of Women Voters; Junior League. Died, in DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., December 22, 2015 (age 98 years, 26 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Daughter of Robert Lenoir and Daisy (Dorm) Lenoir.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Elizabeth Pruett Farrington (1898-1984) — also known as Elizabeth P. Farrington; Mary Elizabeth Pruett; Mrs. Joseph R. Farrington — of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Born in Tokyo, Japan, May 30, 1898. Republican. Newspaper reporter; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Hawaii Territory, 1954-57; delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1956. Female. Disciples of Christ. Member, Junior League; American Association of University Women; Theta Sigma Phi; Alpha Omicron Pi. Died in Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, July 21, 1984 (age 86 years, 52 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaii.
  Relatives: Daughter of Robert Lee Pruett and Josephine (Baugh) Pruett; married, May 17, 1920, to Joseph Rider Farrington (1897-1954).
  Political family: Farrington family of Honolulu, Hawaii.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Julia Grimmet Fortson (1910-1985) — also known as Julia L. Grimmet — of Shreveport, Caddo Parish, La. Born in Dyersburg, Dyer County, Tenn., July 8, 1910. Republican. Member of Republican National Committee from Louisiana, 1936-50. Female. Baptist. Member, Junior League. Died in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, La., August 24, 1985 (age 75 years, 47 days). Interment at Forest Park East Cemetery, Shreveport, La.
  Relatives: Daughter of Roberta Phillips (Bass) Grimmet (1876-1955) and Judson Marion Grimmet; married to Dr. William Alwin Fortson (1905-1985); fourth cousin once removed of William Bradley Umstead and Angier Biddle Duke (1915-1995).
  Political families: Biddle-Randolph family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Umstead-Grimmet-Byrd family of Durham, North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Tillie Kidd Fowler (1942-2005) — also known as Tillie K. Fowler; Tillie Kidd — of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. Born in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Ga., December 23, 1942. Republican. Lawyer; legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Robert G. Stephens, Jr., 1967-70; U.S. Representative from Florida 4th District, 1993-2001; delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004. Female. Episcopalian. Member, Junior League. Died, of a brain hemorrhage, in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., March 2, 2005 (age 62 years, 69 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Edwards Culver Kidd, Jr. (1914-1995); married 1971 to L. Buck Fowler.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Sherry Biggers Gardiner (b. 1918) — also known as Sherry B. Gardiner; Sherry Biggers — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, December 30, 1918. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1968 (alternate), 1972. Female. Protestant. Member, Junior League; League of Women Voters. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of John David Biggers and Mary (Kelsey) Biggers; married, October 22, 1941, to Sprague H. Gardiner.
  Polly Dougherty Gibson (1917-1998) — also known as Polly D. Gibson — of Michigan. Born in Athens, McMinn County, Tenn., February 26, 1917. Republican. Candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 24th District, 1970. Female. Congregationalist. Member, Junior League. Died of complications of diabetes, June 16, 1998 (age 81 years, 110 days). Burial location unknown.
  Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995) — also known as Oveta Culp — of Houston, Harris County, Tex. Born in Killeen, Bell County, Tex., January 19, 1905. Democrat. Served in Women's Army Corps during World War II; president, editor and publisher of Houston Post newspaper; director, radio station KPRC; U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, 1953-55; member, Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, 1953-55. Female. Episcopalian. Member, Junior League. Inducted, National Women's Hall of Fame, 1996. Died, from a stroke, in Houston, Harris County, Tex., August 16, 1995 (age 90 years, 209 days). Interment at Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Tex.
  Relatives: Daughter of I. W. Culp and Emma (Hoover) Culp; married, February 23, 1931, to William Pettus Hobby; mother of Jessica Hobby (who married Henry Edward Catto, Jr.) and William Pettus Hobby, Jr. (1932-); grandmother of Paul William Hobby.
  Political family: Hobby family of Houston, Texas.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — National Women's Hall of Fame
  Flora Cameron Kampmann (born c.1926) — also known as Flora Cameron; Mrs. Ike S. Kampmann, Jr. — of San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex. Born in Waco, McLennan County, Tex., about 1926. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1960, 1964; member of Republican National Committee from Texas, 1960-68. Female. Episcopalian. Member, Junior League; Colonial Dames. Still living as of 1968.
  Relatives: Daughter of William Waldo Cameron and Helen Emelyn (Miller) Cameron; married, November 1, 1947, to Ike Simpson Kampmann, Jr. (1920?-).
  Hilda Sheets Long — also known as Hilda S. Long; Mrs. Edward Long — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1964; member of Democratic National Committee from West Virginia, 1968-72. Female. Member, Junior League; Colonial Dames; Daughters of the American Revolution. Still living as of 1972.
  Lynn Morley Martin (b. 1939) — also known as Lynn Martin; Lynn Morley — of Rockford, Winnebago County, Ill. Born in Evanston, Cook County, Ill., December 26, 1939. Republican. School teacher; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1977-79; member of Illinois state senate, 1979-81; U.S. Representative from Illinois 16th District, 1981-91; candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1990; U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1991-93. Female. Member, American Association of University Women; Junior League. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Daughter of Lawrence William Morley and Helen Catherine (Hall) Morley.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Ellen Skae Phelan (1905-1985) — also known as Ellen S. Phelan; Mrs. James J. Phelan, Jr. — of Metamora, Lapeer County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., June 10, 1905. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1960 (alternate), 1964; candidate in primary for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from 34th Senatorial District, 1961; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 7th District, 1964. Female. Catholic. Member, Farm Bureau; Junior League. Died in 1985 (age about 80 years). Burial location unknown.
  Phyllis Stewart Schlafly (1924-2016) — also known as Phyllis Schlafly; Phyllis McAlpin Stewart — of Alton, Madison County, Ill.; Ladue, St. Louis County, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., August 15, 1924. Republican. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1952 (24th District), 1970 (23rd District); delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956, 1960 (alternate), 1964, 1968; delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2004, 2008 (alternate), 2012, 2016. Female. Catholic. Member, Daughters of the American Revolution; Junior League; Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha. Author of A Choice Not An Echo and other books; leader of opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment; founder and president of the Eagle Forum. Died, from cancer, in Ladue, St. Louis County, Mo., September 5, 2016 (age 92 years, 21 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of John Bruce Stewart; married, October 20, 1949, to John Fred Schlafly, Jr. (1908?-1993).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Books by Phyllis Schlafly: Feminist Fantasies (2003) — A Choice, Not an Echo (1964) — Equal Pay for Unequal Work (1984) — Pornography's Victims (1987) — Safe Not Sorry (1967) — Kissinger on the Couch (1975) — No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom, with George Neumayr
  Books about Phyllis Schlafly: Carol Felsenthal, Sweetheart of the Silent Majority
  Loretta Spencer — of Huntsville, Madison County, Ala. School teacher; mayor of Huntsville, Ala., 2003-05. Female. Methodist. Member, Junior League. Still living as of 2005.
  Katie Kratz Stine (b. 1956) — of Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Ky. Born December 6, 1956. Republican. Lawyer; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1995-98; member of Kentucky state senate 24th District, 1999-. Female. Episcopalian. Member, Junior League; Daughters of the American Revolution. Still living as of 2004.
  Martha G. Wehrle (b. 1925) — also known as Martha Gaines — of Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Born in Kanawha County, W.Va., November 30, 1925. Democrat. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates 17th District; elected 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982; member of West Virginia state senate 17th District, 1989-94; appointed 1989. Female. Episcopalian. Member, League of Women Voters; Junior League. Still living as of 1994.
  Relatives: Daughter of L. Ebersole Gaines and Betty (Chilton) Gaines; married, October 16, 1954, to Russell S. Wehrle.
  Jessica McCullough Weis (1901-1963) — also known as Jessica McCullough; Mrs. Charles W. Weis, Jr. — of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., July 8, 1901. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1936 (alternate), 1940 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee), 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960; member of Republican National Committee from New York, 1944-63; U.S. Representative from New York 38th District, 1959-63. Female. Member, Junior League. Died in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., May 1, 1963 (age 61 years, 297 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Daughter of Charles H. McCullough, Jr. and Jessie (Martin) McCullough; married, September 24, 1921, to Charles William Weis, Jr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
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