The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Phi Beta Sigma
Politician members

Very incomplete list!

  Hulan Edwin Jack (1906-1986) — also known as Hulan E. Jack — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in St. Lucia, December 29, 1906. Democrat. Paper box manufacturer; member of New York state assembly, 1941-53, 1968-72 (New York County 17th District 1941-44, New York County 14th District 1945-53, 70th District 1968-72); defeated in primary, 1972; borough president of Manhattan, New York, 1954-61; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956; indicted in 1960 on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and violation of the City Charter, over acceptance of $4,400 from a real estate developer; the indictment was dismissed, but then reinstated on appeal; a trial, in June and July 1960, resulted in a hung jury; at a second trial was convicted; his sentence was suspended, but he was automatically removed from office as Borough President; indicted in 1970 on federal charges of conspiracy and conflict of interest; tried, convicted, and sentenced to three months in prison, and fined $5,000. Catholic. African ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Sigma; Elks. Died, in St. Luke's Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., December 19, 1986 (age 79 years, 355 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Almira Wilkinson.
James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) — also known as James W. Johnson; James William Johnson — of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. Born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., June 17, 1871. School principal; author; lawyer; U.S. Consul in Puerto Cabello, 1906-07; Dakar, 1907-08; Corinto, 1908-09; university professor. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Sigma Pi Phi; Phi Beta Sigma; Freemasons. Author of the words to the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which became known as the "Negro National Anthem". Killed in a car-train collision, in Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine, June 26, 1938 (age 67 years, 9 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of James Johnson and Helen Louise (Dillet) Johnson; married 1910 to Grace Nail.
  The World War II Liberty ship SS James W. Johnson (built 1943 at Terminal Island, Los Angeles, California; scrapped 1971) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: U.S. postage stamp (1988)
  Fleming Adolphus Jones Jr. (b. 1895) — also known as Fleming A. Jones, Jr. — of Welch, McDowell County, W.Va. Born in Gaffney, Cherokee County, S.C., October 10, 1895. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from McDowell County, 1935-42, 1945-48; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1952. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Elks; Phi Beta Sigma; American Legion. First Black Democratic member of West Virginia House of Delegates. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Felix Jones and Emeline (Young) Jones; married, June 15, 1921, to H. Preston Mills.
  Willie F. Logan (b. 1957) — of Opa-Locka, Miami-Dade County, Fla. Born in Opa-Locka, Miami-Dade County, Fla., February 16, 1957. Member of Florida state house of representatives 103rd District, 1983-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996; Independent candidate for U.S. Senator from Florida, 2000. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Sigma; Alpha Kappa Psi; Alpha Phi Omega; Urban League; NAACP. Still living as of 2000.
  Kevin Murray (b. 1960) — of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif. Born in 1960. Democrat. Lawyer; member of California state assembly 47th District, 1995-98; member of California state senate 26th District, 1999-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000, 2004; member of Democratic National Committee from California, 2004. African ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Beta Sigma. Still living as of 2004.
  Relatives: Son of Willard H. Murray Jr..
  Edolphus Towns (b. 1934) — also known as Ed Towns — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Chadbourn, Columbus County, N.C., July 21, 1934. Democrat. U.S. Representative from New York, 1983-2003 (11th District 1983-93, 10th District 1993-2003); delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Presbyterian or Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Kiwanis; Phi Beta Sigma. Still living as of 2014.
  Cross-reference: Nydia M. Velázquez
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Hosea Lorenzo Williams (1926-2000) — also known as Hosea Williams — of Savannah, Chatham County, Ga.; Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga.; Decatur, DeKalb County, Ga. Born in Attapulgus, Decatur County, Ga., January 5, 1926. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; walked with a cane due to wartime injury; ordained minister; candidate for U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1972; member of Georgia state house of representatives 54th District, 1975-85; candidate for mayor of Atlanta, Ga., 1989. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Phi Beta Sigma; Elks; Freemasons; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; American Legion. Civil rights leader; active in sit-ins and protest marches in Savannah and elsewhere; arrested at least 135 times. As Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "field general" in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, led the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march which helped galvanize support for Black voting rights. In 1968, he was present at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., when King was assassinated. Convicted in 1981 of leaving the scene of an accident, and jailed for six months. Died, of cancer, at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., November 16, 2000 (age 74 years, 316 days). Entombed at Lincoln Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.
  Relatives: Married to Juanita Elizabeth Terry Williams.
  Personal motto: "Unbought and unbossed."
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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