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Spiro T. Agnew Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-1996) — also known as Spiro T. Agnew; Spiro Theodore Anagnostopoulos; "Spiro T. Eggplant"; "Nixon's Nixon"; "The White Knight" — of Towson, Baltimore County, Md. Born in Baltimore, Md., November 9, 1918. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; lawyer; Baltimore County Executive, 1962-66; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1964; Governor of Maryland, 1967-69; Vice President of the United States, 1969-73. Episcopalian. Greek ancestry. Member, Kiwanis; American Legion; Order of Ahepa; Phi Alpha Delta; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Was charged with accepting bribes and falsifying federal income tax returns; pleaded no contest to tax evasion and resigned as Vice-President, October 10, 1973; disbarred by a Maryland court in 1974. Died, of leukemia, in Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Worcester County, Md., September 17, 1996 (age 77 years, 313 days). Interment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Timonium, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Theodore Spiro Agnew and Margaret (Akers) Agnew; married, May 27, 1942, to Elinor Isabel 'Judy' Judefind.
  Cross-reference: Patrick J. Buchanan
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Spiro T. Agnew: Go Quietly Or Else (1980) — The Canfield Decision (1976) — Frankly Speaking: A Collection of Extraordinary Speeches (1970) — Where He Stands: The Life and Convictions of Spiro Agnew (1968)
  Books about Spiro T. Agnew: Richard M. Cohen & Jules Witcover, A Heartbeat Away : The Investigation and Resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew — Jules Witcover, Very Strange Bedfellows : The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon & Spiro Agnew
  Image source: Time Magazine, August 28, 1972
  Dean Alfange (1899-1989) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey, December 2, 1899. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1941 (Democratic, 17th District), 1948 (Liberal, 24th District); American Labor candidate for Governor of New York, 1942. Greek ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Order of Ahepa; Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Delta Epsilon; Delta Sigma Rho. One of the founders of the Liberal Party of New York. Died, of cancer, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 24, 1989 (age 89 years, 326 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Thalia Perry.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Don A. Allen, Sr. — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Iowa. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I; member of California state assembly, 1938-46, 1956-66; candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1960. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Elks; Order of Ahepa; Optimist Club; United Commercial Travelers. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Gus Michael Bilirakis (b. 1963) — also known as Gus Bilirakis — of Palm Harbor, Pinellas County, Fla. Born in Gainesville, Alachua County, Fla., February 8, 1963. Republican. Lawyer; member of Florida state house of representatives 48th District, 1999-2006; U.S. Representative from Florida 9th District, 2007-. Eastern Orthodox. Member, Order of Ahepa; Moose; Freemasons; Rotary; Elks. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Michael Bilirakis (1930-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  John Brademas (1927-2016) — of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. Born in Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Ind., March 2, 1927. Democrat. Rhodes scholar; legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Patrick McNamara; administrative assistant to U.S. Rep Thomas L. Ashley; executive assistant to presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson; college professor; U.S. Representative from Indiana 3rd District, 1959-81; defeated, 1954, 1956; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964, 1968, 1972; president, New York University, 1981-92. Methodist. Greek ancestry. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Order of Ahepa; Eagles; Moose; Phi Beta Kappa. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., July 11, 2016 (age 89 years, 131 days). Entombed at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Stephen J. Brademas and Beatrice Cenci (Goble) Brademas.
  Cross-reference: Tim Roemer
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
Mario J. Cariello Mario Joseph Cariello (1907-1985) — also known as Mario J. Cariello — of Long Island City, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., January 23, 1907. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Queens County 1st District, 1936-41; resigned 1941; municipal judge in New York, 1941-62; borough president of Queens, New York, 1963-68; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964; Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1969-77. Catholic. Italian ancestry. Member, Elks; Order of Ahepa; Moose; Knights of Columbus. Died, of cancer, in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., August 9, 1985 (age 78 years, 198 days). Entombed at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Lee Pallante.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  William Cato Cramer (1922-2003) — also known as William C. Cramer; Bill Cramer; "Mr. Republican" — of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Fla.; Tarpon Springs, Pinellas County, Fla. Born in Denver, Colo., August 4, 1922. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; member of Florida state legislature, 1950-52; U.S. Representative from Florida, 1955-71 (1st District 1955-63, 12th District 1963-67, 8th District 1967-71); defeated, 1952; first Republican congressman from Florida since Reconstruction; delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1956, 1960, 1972; member of Republican National Committee from Florida, 1964-68; candidate for U.S. Senator from Florida, 1970; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1972. Methodist. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Amvets; Elks; Moose; Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners; Order of Ahepa. Died, from complications of a heart attack, in South Pasadena, Pinellas County, Fla., October 18, 2003 (age 81 years, 75 days). Interment at Woodlawn Memory Gardens, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of Walter B. Cramer (1893-1979) and Doreen E. Cramer (1899-1965).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Clifford Davis (1897-1970) — of Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Born in Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Miss., November 18, 1897. Democrat. Lawyer; city judge in Tennessee, 1923-27; U.S. Representative from Tennessee, 1940-65 (9th District 1940-43, 10th District 1943-53, 9th District 1953-65). Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Moose; Elks; Order of Ahepa. Died in Washington, D.C., June 8, 1970 (age 72 years, 202 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown, Memphis, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Odom A. Davis and Jessie Davis; married to Carolyn Leigh.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Samuel James Ervin, Jr. (1896-1985) — also known as Sam J. Ervin, Jr. — of Morganton, Burke County, N.C. Born in Morganton, Burke County, N.C., September 27, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1923-25, 1931; chair of Burke County Democratic Party, 1924; member of North Carolina Democratic State Executive Committee, 1930-37; superior court judge in North Carolina, 1937-43; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 10th District, 1946-47; justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1948-54; appointed 1948; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1954-74; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1956, 1964. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; American Historical Association; American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Farm Bureau; Grange; Sons of the American Revolution; Society of the Cincinnati; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Royal Arch Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Order of Ahepa; Knights of Pythias; Moose; Kiwanis; Junior Order; Newcomen Society; Sigma Upsilon; Phi Delta Phi. Died in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., April 23, 1985 (age 88 years, 208 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Morganton, N.C.; statue at County Courthouse Grounds, Morganton, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel James Ervin and Laura Theresa (Powe) Ervin; brother of Joseph Wilson Ervin; married, June 18, 1924, to Margaret Bruce Bell; father of Laura Powe Ervin (daughter-in-law of Hallett Sydney Ward) and Samuel James Ervin III (1926-1999).
  Political family: Ervin family of Morganton, North Carolina.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  George William Gekas (b. 1930) — also known as George W. Gekas — of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. Born in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa., April 14, 1930. Republican. Lawyer; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1967-74; member of Pennsylvania state senate 15th District, 1977-82; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 17th District, 1983-2003; defeated, 2002. Eastern Orthodox. Member, American Judicature Society; American Legion; Order of Ahepa. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of William Gekas and Mary (Touloumes) Gekas; married to Evangeline C. Charas.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Porter Hardy, Jr. (1903-1995) — of Churchland, Portsmouth, Va. Born in Bon Air, Chesterfield County, Va., June 1, 1903. Democrat. Accountant; farmer; U.S. Representative from Virginia 2nd District, 1947-69. Methodist. Member, Order of Ahepa; Moose; Kappa Alpha Order; Tau Kappa Alpha; Farm Bureau. Died in 1995 (age about 92 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Porter Hardy and Jane Lang (Mahood) Hardy; married, June 22, 1939, to Edna Lynn Moore; father of Lynn Yeakel (1952?-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  E. N. Karay (1905-1992) — of Detroit west side, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Samos, Greece, November 2, 1905. Republican. Lawyer; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1942-46; common pleas court judge in Michigan, 1946; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968 (alternate), 1972 (alternate); candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1964. Greek Orthodox. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Eagles; Order of Ahepa. Died in 1992 (age about 86 years). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  John M. Karras (b. 1944) — of Wheeling, Ohio County, W.Va. Born in Wheeling, Ohio County, W.Va., September 11, 1944. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates 3rd District, 1977-82; defeated (Democratic), 1970, 1972; member of West Virginia state senate 1st District, 1985-88; defeated (Republican), 1988. Member, American Legion; Farm Bureau; Kappa Alpha Order; Order of Ahepa; Fraternal Order of Police. Still living as of 1988.
  Relatives: Son of Michael N. Karras and Betty (Valan) Karras; married to Alia Barre.
  Goodwin Jess Knight (1896-1970) — also known as Goodwin J. Knight — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Provo, Utah County, Utah, December 9, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; lawyer; superior court judge in California, 1935-46; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1947-53; Governor of California, 1953-59; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956 (speaker), 1960 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization); candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1958; Presidential Elector for California, 1960. Protestant. Member, American Bar Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Freemasons; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Moose; Eagles; Elks; Odd Fellows; Order of Ahepa; Alpha Delta Phi; Phi Alpha Delta; Sigma Delta Chi; Delta Sigma Rho. Died in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, Calif., May 22, 1970 (age 73 years, 164 days). Originally entombed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.; re-entombed in 1971 in mausoleum at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Jess Knight and Lillie J. (Milner) Knight; married 1925 to Arvilla Pearl Cooley (died 1952); married, August 2, 1954, to Virginia (Piergue) Carlson.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Donald Edgar Lukens (1931-2010) — also known as Donald E. Lukens; Buz Lukens — of Middletown, Butler County, Ohio. Born in Harveysburg, Warren County, Ohio, February 11, 1931. Republican. U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1967-71, 1987-90 (24th District 1967-71, 8th District 1987-90); member of Ohio state senate, 1975. Member, Sertoma; Farm Bureau; Delta Chi; Order of Ahepa; Freemasons; Shriners; Kiwanis; Toastmasters. Convicted in 1989 on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, by having sex with a 16 year old girl; sentenced to 30 days in jail. Indicted in February 1995 on five counts of bribery and conspiracy; a jury in October 1995 found him not guilty on three counts but was unable to reach a verdict on the other two; a mistrial was declared. Reindicted in March 1996; tried and convicted. Died May 22, 2010 (age 79 years, 100 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Arthur Lukens and Edith (Greene) Lukens.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Robert Henry Michel (1923-2017) — also known as Robert H. Michel — of Peoria, Peoria County, Ill. Born in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., March 2, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; administrative assistant to U.S. Rep. Harold Velde, 1949-56; U.S. Representative from Illinois 18th District, 1957-95; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1964, 1968, 1972. Member, Order of Ahepa; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Amvets; Sigma Nu; Pi Kappa Delta; Purple Heart; Jaycees. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. Died in Arlington, Arlington County, Va., February 17, 2017 (age 93 years, 352 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles John Michel; married, December 26, 1948, to Corinne Woodruff.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Donald Lawrence Ritter (b. 1940) — also known as Don Ritter — of Coopersburg, Lehigh County, Pa. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., October 21, 1940. Republican. U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 15th District, 1979-93; defeated, 1992. Member, Order of Ahepa; Elks; Freemasons. Still living as of 2014.
  Cross-reference: Charles W. Dent
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. (1908-1982) — of Pomfret Center, Pomfret, Windham County, Conn. Born in Kensington, Montgomery County, Md., May 12, 1908. Republican. Fruit farmer; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1947-49, 1951-59, 1961-63; defeated, 1948, 1958; candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1962; delegate to Connecticut state constitutional convention 2nd District, 1965. Member, Grange; Elks; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Amvets; Order of Ahepa; Military Order of the World Wars. Died in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Fla., April 9, 1982 (age 73 years, 332 days). Interment at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Pomfret Center, Pomfret, Conn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
G. Mennen Williams Gerhard Mennen Williams (1911-1988) — also known as G. Mennen Williams; "Soapy" — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Grosse Pointe Farms, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 23, 1911. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; Governor of Michigan, 1949-60; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964; candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1966; U.S. Ambassador to Philippines, 1968-69; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1971-86; chief justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1983-86. Episcopalian. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Order of the Coif; Phi Gamma Delta; Phi Delta Phi; Freemasons; Eagles; Elks; Moose; Amvets; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Sons of the American Revolution; Order of Ahepa; Grange; Americans for Democratic Action; United World Federalists. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 2, 1988 (age 76 years, 344 days). Interment at Protestant Cemetery, Mackinac Island, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Phillips Williams and Elma Christina (Mennen) Williams; married, June 26, 1937, to Nancy Lace Quirk (sister of Daniel Trowbridge Quirk (1903-1969)).
  Cross-reference: Frederick E. Tripp — William W. Voisine
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
  John Waldemar Wydler (1924-1987) — also known as John W. Wydler — of Garden City, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., June 9, 1924. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; U.S. Representative from New York, 1963-81 (4th District 1963-73, 5th District 1973-81); alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972. Episcopalian. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Lions; Order of Ahepa; Freemasons; Elks. Died in Washington, D.C., August 4, 1987 (age 63 years, 56 days). Interment at Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury, Long Island, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
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