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  John Atkinson (b. 1875) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 30, 1875. Lawyer; candidate for circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1930 (Republican primary), 1935 (Democratic primary). Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Loyal Legion; Knights of Equity. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Atkinson and Lyda (Lyons) Atkinson; married, September 26, 1900, to Kate James.
  Frank J. Caffery (1913-1980) — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., November 30, 1913. Democrat. Yard foreman for Nickel Plate Railroad; member of New York state assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1941-42, 1949-62; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 42nd District, 1942. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Holy Name Society; Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen; Catholic War Veterans; American Legion; Knights of Equity. Died in September, 1980 (age 66 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
David E. Doyle David E. Doyle — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Democrat. Newspaper reporter; letter carrier; member of New York state senate 48th District, 1935-36. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Knights of Equity. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  George S. Fitzgerald (1901-1980) — of Grosse Pointe Park, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Troy, Rensselaer County, N.Y., December 26, 1901. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate in primary for circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1935; member of Democratic National Committee from Michigan, 1949-53; candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1954; member of Michigan state senate 1st District, 1965-74. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Knights of Columbus; Elks; Gamma Eta Gamma; Federal Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Knights of Equity. Died in 1980 (age about 78 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of William B. Fitzgerald; uncle of William B. Fitzgerald, Jr. (1942-2008).
  Political family: Fitzgerald family of Detroit, Michigan.
  John J. Fitzpatrick (1910-1986) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in St. Louis, Mo., March 20, 1910. Democrat. Accountant; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1949-66 (Wayne County 1st District 1949-54, Wayne County 6th District 1955-64, 25th District 1965-66); defeated, 1946 (Wayne County 1st District), 1966 (25th District), 1967 (19th District), 1968 (25th District), 1974 (17th District). Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Knights of Equity. Died in 1986 (age about 76 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1939 to Olivia Perez.
  Paul Early Fitzpatrick (1897-1977) — also known as Paul E. Fitzpatrick — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., September 25, 1897. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; chair of Erie County Democratic Party, 1939-42; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964; New York Democratic state chair, 1944-52. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Knights of Equity; Elks; American Legion; Phi Sigma Kappa. Died in 1977 (age about 79 years). Burial location unknown.
  Thomas F. Lamb (b. 1922) — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., October 22, 1922. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Allegheny County 9th District, 1959-66; member of Pennsylvania state senate 42nd District, 1969-74; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Knights of Equity. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Thomas Michael Lane (1917-1974) — also known as Thomas M. Lane; Tom Lane — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., January 7, 1917. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1947-48; defeated, 1940 (Wayne County 1st District), 1950 (Wayne County 1st District), 1952 (Wayne County 1st District), 1956 (Wayne County 12th District), 1960 (Wayne County 10th District); candidate in primary for Michigan state senate, 1948 (21st District), 1954 (18th District). Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Knights of Equity. Died in 1974 (age about 57 years). Burial location unknown.
  John A. Martin (b. 1870) — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., March 10, 1870. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Improved Order of Heptasophs; Ancient Order of Hibernians; Knights of Equity; Knights of Columbus. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Martin and Margaret (Gallagher) Martin.
  Joseph G. O'Connor (1904-1967) — of Lincoln Park, Wayne County, Mich.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., May 24, 1904. Democrat. Trained as an engineer; gold assayer for Yellow Jacket Mining Co., Nevada; worked for Chrysler Corporation in the 1930s; executive board member, United Auto Workers Local 7, 1938; national representative to the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1941-48; advertising business; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1949-62 (Wayne County 1st District 1949-54, Wayne County 6th District 1955-62); defeated in primary, 1962. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, United Auto Workers; Moose; Elks; Eagles; Maccabees; Knights of Equity. Died in 1967 (age about 63 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Velma Eugen Jones.
  John J. Vaughan (born c.1908) — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., about 1908. Republican. Played professional football with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the early 1930s; investigator; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1947-48, 1953-58 (Allegheny County 8th District 1947-48, 1953-54, Allegheny County 12th District 1955-58); defeated, 1960 (Allegheny County 12th District), 1964 (Allegheny County 1st District); alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964, 1972. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Elks; Moose; Eagles; Knights of Equity; American Legion; Amvets; Catholic War Veterans. Burial location unknown.
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