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  James Berg (c.1876-1944) — of Mt. Vernon, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., about 1876. Republican. Minister; mayor of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., 1928-31; defeated, 1913; resigned 1931; executive secretary, Westchester Sanitary Commission, 1931-39. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; Order of United American Mechanics; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died, from a heart attack, during services at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mt. Vernon, Westchester County, N.Y., March 19, 1944 (age about 68 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1904 to Adeline Brommer.
  Alfred Lee Bulwinkle (1883-1950) — also known as Alfred L. Bulwinkle — of Gastonia, Gaston County, N.C. Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., April 21, 1883. Democrat. Lawyer; major in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1921-29, 1931-50 (9th District 1921-29, 1931-33, 10th District 1933-43, 11th District 1943-50); died in office 1950. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Moose; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Lions. Died in Gastonia, Gaston County, N.C., August 31, 1950 (age 67 years, 132 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Gastonia, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Herman Bulwinkle and Frances (McKean) BUlwinkle; married 1911 to Bessie Lewis.
  Cross-reference: R. Gregg Cherry
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Theodore Burchfield (b. 1842) — of Atwood, Armstrong County, Pa. Born in Juniata County, Pa., July 21, 1842. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1881-84; mayor of Altoona, Pa., 1890-93. Methodist. English and German ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Order of Heptasophs; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Grand Army of the Republic. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Burchfield (c.1812-1850) and Martha (Zelner) Burchfield (c.1813-1876); married, December 24, 1867, to Anna M. Gable.
  Thomas L. Cooksey (b. 1870) — of Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind. Born in Brookville, Franklin County, Ind., November 9, 1870. Republican. Physician; mayor of Crawfordsville, Ind., 1929-33, 1939-44. Christian. Member, Elks; Eagles; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Ind.
  Harry T. Hagaman (1869-1952) — of Lakewood, Ocean County, N.J. Born in Toms River, Ocean County, N.J., June 2, 1869. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Ocean County, 1917-19; member of New Jersey state senate from Ocean County, 1920-22. Methodist. Member, Knights of Pythias; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Junior Order; Redmen; Foresters; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died in 1952 (age about 83 years). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Toms River, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of John Hagaman (1845-1917) and Alica M. (Applegate) Hagaman (1851-1921); married, June 26, 1895, to Maude Walton (1898-1990).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Clayton L. Haines (1875-1941) — of Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born in Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va., December 7, 1875. Democrat. Owner and publisher of the Spirit of Jefferson newspaper, 1914-30; mayor of Charles Town, W.Va, 1914-18; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Jefferson County, 1931-32; member of West Virginia state senate 15th District, 1937-38; appointed 1937. Methodist. Member, Knights of Pythias; Redmen; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died in 1941 (age about 65 years). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of George W. Haines (1844-1914) and Cassie Grace (Reeder) Haines (1846-1912); married, December 31, 1901, to Annie Elizabeth Ramey (c.1871-1934); married, October 31, 1935, to Ella (Ramey) Trussell (1889-1983).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William D. Heebner (b. 1848) — of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pa. Born September 27, 1848. Republican. Burgess of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 1882-84; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Montgomery County, 1885-88. Methodist. Member, Odd Fellows; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David S. Heebner (1810-?) and Anna (Derstein) Heebner; married, November 7, 1872, to Emma Frantz (died 1881); married, November 29, 1883, to Elizabeth Shearer.
  Daniel Knabb Hoch (1866-1960) — also known as Daniel K. Hoch — of Reading, Berks County, Pa. Born in Oley Township, Berks County, Pa., January 31, 1866. Democrat. Member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Berks County, 1899-1902; Berks County Controller, 1912-16; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1943-47 (14th District 1943-45, 13th District 1945-47); defeated, 1946. Lutheran. Member, Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died in 1960 (age about 94 years). Interment at Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Pa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Harold Giles Hoffman (1896-1954) — also known as Harold G. Hoffman — of South Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J. Born in South Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J., February 7, 1896. Republican. Colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I; real estate business; banker; newspaper columnist and radio commentator; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Middlesex County, 1923-24; mayor of South Amboy, N.J., 1925-27; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1927-31; New Jersey Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, 1930-35; Governor of New Jersey, 1935-38; defeated in primary, 1940, 1946; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1936 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business); colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. Methodist. Member, Junior Order; Patriotic Order Sons of America; American Legion; Freemasons; Elks; Eagles; Royal Arcanum. Suspended in 1954 as head of the New Jersey unemployment compensation system for an investigation of financial irregularities. Subsequently, when he died, his written confession of embezzlement schemes was disclosed. Died, of a heart attack, in his room at the Blake Hotel, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., June 4, 1954 (age 58 years, 117 days). Interment at Christ Church Cemetery, South Amboy, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Hoffman and Ada Crawford (Thom) Hoffman; married, September 10, 1919, to Lillie Moss.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albert Williams Johnson (b. 1872) — also known as Albert W. Johnson — of Lewisburg, Union County, Pa. Born in Weikert, Union County, Pa., November 28, 1872. School teacher; lawyer; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Union County, 1901-02; district judge in Pennsylvania, 1912-22; U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1925-. Lutheran. Member, Kappa Sigma; Odd Fellows; Woodmen; Royal Arcanum; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Alanson Johnson and Sarah Alice (Catherman) Johnson; married 1893 to Dora Miller (died 1909); married, December 13, 1913, to Mary C. Steck.
  Samuel S. Kenworthy (b. 1889) — of Belleville, Essex County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., April 10, 1889. Newspaper sports editor; real estate and insurance business; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1924; mayor of Belleville, N.J., 1932. Episcopalian. Member, Odd Fellows; Elks; Junior Order; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel M. Kenworthy and Sarah Elizabeth (Sampson) Kenworthy; married, December 24, 1915, to Mary Jane Graham.
  LeRoy W. Loder (b. 1883) — of Bridgeton, Cumberland County, N.J. Born in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, N.J., December 5, 1883. Democrat. Lawyer; common pleas court judge in New Jersey, 1914-19; member of New Jersey state senate from Cumberland County, 1932-34; member of New Jersey Democratic State Committee, 1933. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Burial location unknown.
  Harry Arista Mackey (1869-1938) — also known as Harry A. Mackey — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Susquehanna, Susquehanna County, Pa., June 26, 1869. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924; mayor of Philadelphia, Pa., 1928-32; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; American Academy of Political and Social Science; Phi Kappa Psi; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks; Eagles; Redmen; Foresters; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; Optimist Club. Died in 1938 (age about 69 years). Interment at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of George W. Mackey and Isadora (MacCollum) Mackey; married, February 1, 1900, to Ida Boner (1875-1949).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frederick William Magrady (1863-1954) — also known as Frederick W. Magrady — of Mt. Carmel, Northumberland County, Pa. Born in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa., November 24, 1863. Republican. School teacher; lawyer; vice-president, Shamokin and Mt. Carmel Transit Co.; director and solicitor for First National Bank of Mt. Carmel; director, Mt. Carmel Water Co.; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 17th District, 1925-33. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Odd Fellows; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died in Danville, Montour County, Pa., August 27, 1954 (age 90 years, 276 days). Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Mt. Carmel, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of William Magrady and Isabel (McConaghy) Magrady; married to Mary Kiefer.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Hugh Gordon Mitchell (b. 1902) — also known as Hugh G. Mitchell — of Statesville, Iredell County, N.C. Born in Statesville, Iredell County, N.C., October 5, 1902. Democrat. Lawyer; third vice-president, Alexander Railroad; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948 (alternate), 1956, 1960; member of North Carolina state senate, 1943-46. Presbyterian. Member, Lions; Patriotic Order Sons of America; American Judicature Society; American Bar Association; Delta Sigma Phi. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Page Mitchell and Amelia (Leinster) Mitchell.
  Harry Whinna Nice (1877-1941) — also known as Harry W. Nice — of Baltimore, Md. Born in Washington, D.C., December 5, 1877. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1920; member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee, 1936; Governor of Maryland, 1935-39; defeated, 1919, 1938; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1936; candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1940. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Grotto; Knights of Pythias; Odd Fellows; Moose; Junior Order; Elks; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Knights of Khorassan. Died in Richmond, Va., February 25, 1941 (age 63 years, 82 days). Interment at Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Nice and Drucilla (Arnold) Nice; married 1906 to Edna Viola Amos; uncle of Deeley K. Nice; granduncle of Harry Whinna Nice III (1935-).
  Political family: Nice family of Baltimore, Maryland.
  The Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (opened 1940, named 1967), which carries U.S. Route 301 across the Potomac River from Newburg, Maryland to Dahlgren, Virginia, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Albert Nevin Pomeroy (1859-1927) — also known as A. Nevin Pomeroy — of Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., May 27, 1859. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; chair of Franklin County Republican Party, 1889-92; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Franklin County, 1895-96, 1901-02; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924. Presbyterian. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Order of United American Mechanics; Royal Arcanum; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Redmen; Modern Woodmen of America. Died December 2, 1927 (age 68 years, 189 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Means Pomeroy and Rebecca C. (Kelly) Pomeroy (1829-1899); married, May 26, 1885, to Ellen Belle McLellan (1860-1927); grandnephew of Joseph Pomeroy; second great-grandnephew of Hugh Williamson; first cousin once removed of William Culbertson Pomeroy (1851-1907); second cousin twice removed of Thomas Pomeroy.
  Political family: Pomeroy family of Pennsylvania.
Frank B. Robinson Frank Barnes Robinson (b. 1885) — also known as Frank B. Robinson — of Ranson, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born in Fairmont, Marion County, W.Va., September 20, 1885. Republican. Farmer, fruit grower; manufacturer; banker; member of West Virginia state senate 15th District, 1927-30. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1929
  Wilbour Eddy Saunders (1894-1979) — also known as Wilbour E. Saunders — of Hightstown, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Warwick, Kent County, R.I., September 20, 1894. Pastor; chaplain; school headmaster; delegate to New Jersey state constitutional convention from Mercer County, 1947; interim president, Keuka College, 1965-66. Baptist. Member, American Academy of Political and Social Science; Delta Tau Delta; Freemasons; Junior Order; Royal Arcanum; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died in 1979 (age about 84 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Colver Leeds Saunders and Harriet (Robertson) Saunders; married, September 22, 1919, to Mildred A. Paige.
  Hugh Doggett Scott, Jr. (1900-1994) — also known as Hugh Scott — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Fredericksburg, Va., November 11, 1900. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1941-45, 1947-59 (7th District 1941-45, 6th District 1947-59); defeated, 1944; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; Chairman of Republican National Committee, 1948-49; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960, 1964, 1972 (delegation chair); speaker, 1956; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1959-77. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Amvets; Sons of the American Revolution; Lions; Society of the Cincinnati; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; Alpha Chi Rho; Tau Kappa Alpha; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died July 21, 1994 (age 93 years, 252 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Married to Marian Chase.
  Cross-reference: Robert L. Kunzig
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Arthur R. Smock (b. 1885) — of Lakewood, Ocean County, N.J. Born in Asbury Park, Monmouth County, N.J., October 1, 1885. Republican. Real estate business; coal and ice dealer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Ocean County, 1926-29. Member, Elks; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles L. Smock and Emily C. Smock; married 1911 to Ethel M. Worden.
  William Cameron Sproul (1870-1928) — also known as William C. Sproul — of Chester, Delaware County, Pa. Born in Octoraro, Lancaster County, Pa., September 16, 1870. Republican. Farmer; manufacturer; journalist; member of Pennsylvania state senate 9th District, 1897-1919; resigned 1919; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916, 1920, 1924; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1919-23; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1920. Quaker. Member, American Philosophical Society; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi; Phi Kappa Psi; Grange; Freemasons; Elks; Union League; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died March 21, 1928 (age 57 years, 187 days). Interment at Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of William Hall Sproul and Deborah Dickinson (Slokom) Sproul; married, January 21, 1892, to Emeline Wallace Roach.
  Sproul Hall, a residence hall at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, State College, Pennsylvania, is named for him.  — The Sproul State Forest, in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, is named for him.
  Thomas H. Steele (b. 1887) — of Statesville, Iredell County, N.C. Born in Virginia, August 26, 1887. Democrat. Writer; accountant; lecturer; member of North Carolina state senate 25th District, 1935. Baptist. Member, Rotary; Odd Fellows; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John H. Steele and Julia (Hensley) Steele; married to Grace Vawter Bates.
  Malcolm Connor Tarver (1885-1960) — also known as Malcolm C. Tarver — of Dalton, Whitfield County, Ga. Born in Whitfield County, Ga., September 25, 1885. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Georgia state house of representatives, 1909-12; member of Georgia state senate, 1913-14; superior court judge in Georgia, 1917-26; U.S. Representative from Georgia 7th District, 1927-47. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Woodmen; Redmen; Junior Order; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died March 5, 1960 (age 74 years, 162 days). Interment at West Hill Cemetery, Dalton, Ga.
  Relatives: Married to Jewell Colclough.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Edward Jackson Thompson (b. 1901) — also known as Edward J. Thompson — of Philipsburg, Centre County, Pa. Born in Philipsburg, Centre County, Pa., June 2, 1901. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932, 1940; member of Pennsylvania state senate 34th District, 1935-38. Member, Delta Theta Phi; Kiwanis; Freemasons; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Odd Fellows; Redmen; Junior Order; Elks; Moose; Eagles; United Commercial Travelers; American Academy of Political and Social Science. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Curtin Thompson and Bertha Ellen (Denning) Thompson; married to Harriet Barker.
  Charles Murray Turpin (1878-1946) — also known as C. Murray Turpin — of Kingston, Luzerne County, Pa. Born in Kingston, Luzerne County, Pa., March 4, 1878. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; steamboat captain; dentist; burgess of Kingston, Pennsylvania, 1923; Luzerne County Prothonotary; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 12th District, 1929-37. Member, United Spanish War Veterans; Psi Omega; Odd Fellows; Elks; Eagles; Moose; Patriotic Order Sons of America; Junior Order. Died in 1946 (age about 68 years). Interment at Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, Pa.
  Relatives: Married 1907 to Anna V. Manley.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  James Edward Van Zandt (1898-1986) — also known as James E. Van Zandt — of Altoona, Blair County, Pa. Born in Altoona, Blair County, Pa., December 18, 1898. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; worked in Altoona shops of Pennsylvania Railroad; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1939-43, 1947-63 (23rd District 1939-43, 22nd District 1947-53, 20th District 1953-63); resigned 1943; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1952 ; candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1962. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Shriners; Jesters; Knights of Pythias; Grange; Eagles; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died in Arlington, Arlington County, Va., January 6, 1986 (age 87 years, 19 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of James T. Van Zandt and Kathryn Van Zandt.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Roy T. Yates (1895-1960) — of Passaic County, N.J.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., August 8, 1895. Republican. Banker; member of New Jersey Republican State Committee, 1925-27; member of New Jersey state senate from Passaic County, 1928-31; resigned 1931. Member, Freemasons; Junior Order; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Shot in the abdomen, on August 14, 1931, by Miss Ruth Cranmer, in her apartment in Manhattan, New York; this incident led to the discovery that Miss Cranmer, apparently his mistress, had also received checks from the State of New Jersey; the New Jersey State Senate Judiciary committee began an investigation into whether Sen. Yates should be impeached; but then he resigned. Died, of a heart ailment, in Doctors Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 8, 1960 (age 64 years, 213 days). Interment somewhere in Easton, Conn.
  Relatives: Married to Elsie Southrope.
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