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  Roberta Achtenberg (b. 1950) — of San Francisco, Calif. Born July 20, 1950. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for California state assembly, 1988; Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1993-95; first openly gay person to be confirmed for appointment by the U.S. Senate; candidate for mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1995; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000. Female. Jewish. Member, National Lawyers Guild; Lesbian. Still living as of 2000.
  Relatives: Married to David Chavkin (divorced).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Thaddeus V. Adesko (1902-1978) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Mt. Prospect, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., November 5, 1902. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Illinois state senate 9th District, 1947-51. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild. Died in August, 1978 (age 75 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Walter Adesko and Angela (Rylski) Adesko; married to Clara Rutkowski.
  S. John Block (c.1880-1955) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, about 1880. Socialist. Lawyer; candidate for judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1908; candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1933; candidate for delegate to New York state constitutional convention at-large, 1914; candidate for New York state attorney general, 1916, 1917; delegate to Socialist National Convention from New York, 1920. Member, American Civil Liberties Union; National Lawyers Guild; American Bar Association. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., May 30, 1955 (age about 75 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Block and Belle (Adler) Block; married to Anita Cahn.
  Vincent Morrison Brennan (1890-1959) — also known as Vincent M. Brennan — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Mt. Clemens, Macomb County, Mich., April 22, 1890. Republican. Lawyer; law professor; member of Michigan state senate 2nd District, 1919-20; U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1921-23; circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1924-54. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild; Delta Theta Phi; Knights of Columbus; Elks; Maccabees. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 4, 1959 (age 68 years, 288 days). Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Thomas Brennan and Mary Agnes (Morrison) Brennan; married, July 17, 1915, to Ruth Hurley.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  George William Crockett, Jr. (1909-1997) — also known as George W. Crockett, Jr. — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., August 10, 1909. Democrat. Recorder's court judge in Michigan, 1966-78; U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1980-91; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984, 1988; arrested during an anti-apartheid protest outside the South African Embassy in Washington, 1984. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi; National Lawyers Guild. Served four months in federal prison for contempt of court in 1950, following his defense of a Communist leader on trial in New York for advocating the overthrow of the government. Among the founders of the nation's first interracial law firm. Ill with bone cancer in 1997, he suffered a stroke and died five days later, in Washington Home and Hospice, Washington, D.C., September 7, 1997 (age 88 years, 28 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Father of George W. Crockett III (1926?-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Louis L. Friedman (b. 1906) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 29, 1906. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 16th District, 1941-44; member of New York state senate 15th District, 1945-55; resigned 1955; Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1957-58. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; American Jewish Congress; B'nai B'rith; National Lawyers Guild. Burial location unknown.
  Ernest Goodman (c.1907-1997) — of Michigan. Born in Hemlock, Saginaw County, Mich., about 1907. Progressive. Lawyer; associate general counsel, United Auto Workers; candidate for Michigan state attorney general, 1948. Member, National Lawyers Guild. Died, from a cerebral hemorrhage, in Harper Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., March 26, 1997 (age about 90 years). Burial location unknown.
  Julius Helfand (1902-1987) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., December 11, 1902. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 6th District, 1935; defeated, 1935. Jewish. Member, American Jewish Congress; National Lawyers Guild. Sponsored 1935 amendment to New York State tax law, which prohibited educational institutions from denying admission to qualified applicants because of race, color, or creed. Died in Palm Beach County, Fla., August 16, 1987 (age 84 years, 248 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ruben Helfand and Rose (Sperance) Helfand; married, November 21, 1926, to Naomi Aaronson.
  Noble Wishard Lee (1896-1978) — also known as Noble W. Lee — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., August 27, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; law professor; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 2nd District, 1938; member of Illinois state house of representatives 5th District; elected 1940. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild. Died in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., October 8, 1978 (age 82 years, 42 days). Interment at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Thomas Lee (1861-1943) and Margaret Wishard (Noble) Lee (1863-1925); married, July 25, 1931, to Gertrude R. Smith (1898-1999); father of Nancy Lee Johnson (1935-).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Thomas F. McAllister Thomas Francis McAllister (1896-1976) — also known as Thomas F. McAllister — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., March 4, 1896. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1934, 1936; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1938-41; resigned 1941; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 1941-63; took senior status 1963. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild; American Judicature Society; American Legion; Elks; Eagles; Moose; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Phi Delta Phi; Pi Delta Epsilon; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died November 10, 1976 (age 80 years, 251 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  Relatives: Married to Dorothy S. McAllister (1899-1983).
  See also federal judicial profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1939
  John J. Miller (1932-1985) — of Berkeley, Alameda County, Calif. Born July 28, 1932. Democrat. Lawyer; member of California state assembly, 1967-78 (17th District 1967-74, 13th District 1975-78); delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972; Judge, California Court of Appeal 1st District, 1978-85. Episcopalian. African ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild; American Academy of Political and Social Science. Died, of diabetes, on February 16, 1985 (age 52 years, 203 days). Burial location unknown.
  Patrick Henry O'Brien (1868-1956) — also known as Patrick H. O'Brien — of Superior, Douglas County, Wis.; Calumet, Houghton County, Mich.; Laurium, Houghton County, Mich.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Phoenix, Keweenaw County, Mich., March 15, 1868. Democrat. Miner; lawyer; candidate for Michigan state senate 32nd District, 1900; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1908 (12th District), 1930 (6th District); circuit judge in Michigan 12th Circuit, 1912-22; resigned 1922; defeated, 1935 (3rd Circuit); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1912 (speaker), 1928 (alternate), 1932; candidate for justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1919, 1925; candidate in primary for Governor of Michigan, 1932; Michigan state attorney general, 1933-34; defeated, 1934; candidate for mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1937; Wayne County Probate Judge, 1939. Member, American Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild; Knights of Columbus; Eagles; Elks. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 28, 1956 (age 88 years, 258 days). Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: Patrick Henry
  Relatives: Son of Patrick J. O'Brien and Mary (Green) O'Brien; married, January 23, 1897, to Bessie Kelly (died 1921); married, May 26, 1926, to Florence E. (Haas) Ingram (1877-1958).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Peter Paul O'Dwyer (1907-1998) — also known as Paul O'Dwyer — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Bohola, County Mayo, Ireland, June 29, 1907. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1948; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964, 1968 (member, Credentials Committee; speaker); candidate in primary for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1965; candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1968. Member, National Lawyers Guild. Suffered a stroke, and later died, in Goshen, Orange County, N.Y., June 23, 1998 (age 90 years, 359 days). Interment at Bohola Graveyard, Bohola, County Mayo, Ireland.
  Relatives: Brother of William O'Dwyer (1890-1964).
  Cross-reference: Charles M. Kinsolving, Jr.
  Frank Schwartz (1893-1984) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kan., February 5, 1893. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1932; candidate for circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1935 (Democratic primary), 1941 (primary); alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1944, 1948. Jewish. Member, National Lawyers Guild; Freemasons; Shriners. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., September 4, 1984 (age 91 years, 212 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Schwartz and Anna (Gilbert) Schwartz; married to Gwen E. Schwartz (1908?-?).
  Maurice Sugar (1891-1974) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Brimley, Chippewa County, Mich., August 8, 1891. Lawyer; Socialist candidate for circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1917; Socialist candidate for justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1917; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1918 (Socialist), 1936 (Farmer-Labor); convicted in 1918 for resisting the draft, sentenced to a year in prison, and disbarred; readmitted to the Bar in 1923; pardoned in 1933; general counsel to the United Automobile Workers, 1937-46; Progressive candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1948. Jewish and Lithuanian ancestry. Member, National Lawyers Guild. Died in Cheboygan County, Mich., February 15, 1974 (age 82 years, 191 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Kalman Sugar and Mary Sugar; married 1914 to Jane Mayer Sugar (1878?-?).
  See also Wikipedia article
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