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  Robert Darwood Alexander (1944-2017) — also known as Robert D. Alexander; Bob Alexander — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich.; East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., October 31, 1944. Served in the Peace Corps; school teacher; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives 53rd District, 1974 (Human Rights), 1992 (Democratic primary); member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1977-79; Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 2004. Unitarian. Member, Phi Kappa Tau; American Civil Liberties Union. Died, from pancreatic cancer, in East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., April 26, 2017 (age 72 years, 177 days). His body was donated to the Michigan State University Medical School.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Gibson Alexander and Dorothy (Darwood) Alexander; married to Julie Horn.
  Carl Clyde Atkins (1914-1999) — also known as C. Clyde Atkins — of Stuart, Martin County, Fla.; Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Fla. Born in Washington, D.C., November 23, 1914. Lawyer; founder-trustee, Lawyers Title Guaranty Fund, 1948-66; U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, 1966-99; died in office 1999. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; Kappa Alpha Order; Phi Kappa Tau; Phi Alpha Delta; Tau Kappa Alpha; Kiwanis. Died in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla., March 11, 1999 (age 84 years, 108 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of C. C. Atkins and Marguerite (Criste) Atkins; married, January 18, 1937, to Esther Castillo.
  See also federal judicial profile
  Spencer Thomas Bachus III (b. 1947) — also known as Spencer T. Bachus — of Vestavia Hills, Jefferson County, Ala. Born in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., December 28, 1947. Republican. Lawyer; member of Alabama state senate, 1983-84; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1984-87; candidate for secretary of state of Alabama, 1990; Alabama Republican state chair, 1991-92; U.S. Representative from Alabama 6th District, 1993-2015; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2008. Baptist. Member, Phi Kappa Tau. Still living as of 2015.
  Relatives: Son of Spencer Thomas Bachus, Jr. and Edith (Wells) Bachus.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Guy Kurtz Bard (1895-1953) — also known as Guy K. Bard — of Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa.; Denver, Lancaster County, Pa.; Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pa. Born in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Pa., October 24, 1895. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; chair of Lancaster County Democratic Party, 1925-34; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 1930; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1937; Pennsylvania state attorney general, 1938-39; U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1939-52; resigned 1952; candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1952. Lutheran. Member, American Judicature Society; American Legion; Freemasons; Elks; Moose; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Bar Association; American Academy of Political and Social Science; Phi Kappa Tau; Delta Theta Phi. Collapsed, probably from a heart attack, in his law office, and died en route to Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., November 23, 1953 (age 58 years, 30 days). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Denver, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Silas E. Bard (1865-1944) and Miranda S. (Kurtz) Bard (1871-1942).
  See also federal judicial profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Marshall Barnes (1897-1985) — of Hartford, Ohio County, Ky.; Beaver Dam, Ohio County, Ky.; Owensboro, Daviess County, Ky. Born in Beaver Dam, Ohio County, Ky., March 2, 1897. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; lawyer; banker; insurance business; member of Kentucky state house of representatives 21st District, 1932-35; defeated, 1935. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; American Legion; Phi Kappa Tau; Phi Alpha Delta. Died in December, 1985 (age 88 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John H. Barnes and Margaret (Eblen) Barnes; married, October 20, 1929, to Anne Burke (1892?-?).
  Ray Charles Bliss (1907-1981) — also known as Ray C. Bliss — of Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Born in Akron, Summit County, Ohio, December 16, 1907. Republican. Insurance business; chair of Summit County Republican Party, 1942-60; member of Ohio Republican State Central Committee, 1944-65; Ohio Republican state chair, 1949-65; delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1952 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1956, 1960, 1964, 1972; member of Republican National Committee from Ohio, 1952-80; Chairman of Republican National Committee, 1965-69; Vice-Chair of Republican National Committee, 1960-64. Episcopalian. German ancestry. Member, Phi Kappa Tau; Freemasons; Shriners; Kiwanis. Suffered a heart attack at his office, and died soon after at Akron City Hospital, Akron, Summit County, Ohio, August 6, 1981 (age 73 years, 233 days). Interment at Mt. Peace Cemetery, Akron, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Emil Bliss and Emilie (Wieland) Bliss; married 1959 to Ellen F. Palmer.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Clinton DeWitt Boyd (b. 1884) — also known as Clinton D. Boyd; Clint Boyd — of Middletown, Butler County, Ohio. Born in Mt. Orab, Brown County, Ohio, September 26, 1884. Republican. Lawyer; candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1924; candidate in primary for Ohio state attorney general, 1926, 1928; candidate in primary for chief justice of Ohio state supreme court, 1938. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Junior Order; Phi Kappa Tau. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Edward H. Boyd and Hester (Day) Boyd; married 1916 to Clara Cretors.
  Dwight M. Britton (1886-1981) — of Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Mich. Born in Williamsburg, Clermont County, Ohio, August 7, 1886. Republican. Lawyer; St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney, 1920; candidate in primary for Michigan state house of representatives from St. Joseph District, 1948; candidate in primary for circuit judge in Michigan 15th Circuit, 1953. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Knights of Pythias; Moose; Phi Kappa Tau; Phi Sigma Kappa. Died in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County, Calif., November 4, 1981 (age 95 years, 89 days). Interment at Williamsburg Cemetery, Williamsburg, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of William Britton (1854-1897) and Luceta Ruth 'Ceta' (Beck) Britten (1856-1925); married, August 20, 1909, to Grace Forrey (1883-1936); married, July 22, 1950, to Mildred Lucille Bleke (1904-1976).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Young Brown, Sr. (1900-1985) — also known as John Y. Brown, Sr. — of Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. Born near Geigers Lake, Union County, Ky., February 1, 1900. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; school principal; athletic coach; lawyer; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1930-33, 1946-47, 1954-55, 1962-63, 1966-67 (76th District 1930-31, 75th District 1932-33, 49th District 1946-47, 1954-55, 1962-63, 56th District 1966-67); defeated in primary, 1973; U.S. Representative from Kentucky at-large, 1933-35; defeated in primary, 1980; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1936 (primary), 1942 (primary), 1946, 1948 (primary), 1960 (primary), 1966; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1936, 1948, 1964 (alternate), 1980; candidate in primary for Governor of Kentucky, 1939. Methodist; later Christian. Member, American Bar Association; Elks; Phi Kappa Tau; Phi Alpha Delta; Kiwanis; Freemasons. Badly injured in an automobile accident, which paralyzed his lower body, and died six months later from pneumonia, in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., June 16, 1985 (age 85 years, 135 days). Interment at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Jesse C. Brown and Lucy (Keeper) Brown; married, March 4, 1928, to Dorothy Inman; father of John Young Brown, Jr. (1933-); grandfather of John Young Brown III.
  Political family: Brown family of Lexington, Kentucky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  John Cosgrove (b. 1949) — of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla. Born in Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Fla., July 21, 1949. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 119th District, 1981-84, 1987-2000; candidate for Florida state treasurer, 2000. Catholic. Member, Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Tau; Phi Alpha Delta; Knights of Columbus. Still living as of 2000.
  Relatives: Son of Vivian Rafferty Cosgrove (1919?-).
  Gerald Augustin Drew (1903-1970) — also known as Gerald A. Drew — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in San Francisco, Calif., June 20, 1903. U.S. Vice Consul in Pará, 1928-30; U.S. Consul in Quito, 1940-42; Guatemala City, 1942-44; Paris, 1944-46; U.S. Minister to Jordan, 1950; U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia, 1954-57; Haiti, 1957-60. Member, Phi Kappa Tau. Died in 1970 (age about 67 years). Interment at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of John S. Drew and Theresa M. (Fredericks) Drew; married, June 20, 1931, to Doris Hunter.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Richard William Ervin (b. 1905) — also known as Richard W. Ervin — of Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla. Born in Carrabelle, Franklin County, Fla., January 26, 1905. Democrat. Lawyer; Florida state attorney general, 1949-64; justice of Florida state supreme court, 1964-75. Baptist. Member, Phi Kappa Tau; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Alpha Delta; Freemasons; Elks; Exchange Club. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Richard William Ervin and Carrie Marvin (Phillips ) Ervin; married, November 23, 1933, to Frances Blois Baker.
  Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (1919-1990) — also known as Malcolm S. Forbes — of Far Hills, Somerset County, N.J. Born in Englewood, Bergen County, N.J., August 19, 1919. Republican. Member of New Jersey state senate from Somerset County, 1952-58; resigned 1958; Republican candidate for Governor of New Jersey, 1953 (primary), 1957; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1960. Scottish ancestry. Member, Phi Kappa Tau; Gay. Founder and publisher of Forbes magazine. Died in Far Hills, Somerset County, N.J., February 24, 1990 (age 70 years, 189 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Forbes Monument, Laucala, Fiji.
  Relatives: Married, September 21, 1945, to Roberta Remsen Laidlaw (divorced 1985); father of Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Jr. (1947-).
  Epitaph: "While Alive, He Lived."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ralph Earl Harrington (b. 1881) — of University Place (now part of Lincoln), Lancaster County, Neb.; Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Delmar, Clinton County, Iowa, February 6, 1881. Business executive; member of Nebraska state house of representatives 33rd District, 1923-26. Methodist. Scotch-Irish and German ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Modern Woodmen of America; Phi Kappa Tau. Burial location unknown.
  William Courtland Lantaff (1913-1970) — also known as Bill Lantaff — of Miami Springs, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla.; Miami, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., July 31, 1913. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1947-50; U.S. Representative from Florida 4th District, 1951-55; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1956. Member, Phi Kappa Tau; Jaycees. Died January 28, 1970 (age 56 years, 181 days). Interment at Woodlawn Park North Cemetery & Mausoleum, Miami, Fla.
  Relatives: Married to Betty Wilcox.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Estus McVey (1885-1958) — also known as William E. McVey — of Harvey, Cook County, Ill. Born in Clinton County, Ohio, December 13, 1885. Republican. University professor; U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1951-58; died in office 1958. Episcopalian. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Tau. Died in Washington, D.C., August 10, 1958 (age 72 years, 240 days). Interment at Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg, Ill.
  Relatives: Married to Katharine Johnson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Paul Leonard Newman (1925-2008) — also known as Paul Newman; "King Cool" — of Westport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, January 26, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; American actor and film director; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1968; created the Newman's Own line of salad dressing and other food products, with all profits donated to charity. Slovak and Jewish ancestry. Member, Phi Kappa Tau. Died, of lung cancer, in Westport, Fairfield County, Conn., September 26, 2008 (age 83 years, 244 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of Arthur Samuel Newman and Theresa (Fetzer) Newman; married, December 6, 1949, to Jacqueline 'Jackie' Witte (divorced); married, February 2, 1958, to Joanne Woodward.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Joseph Pelter (1905-1974) — also known as John J. Pelter — of Dehue, Logan County, W.Va.; Logan, Logan County, W.Va. Born in Carlisle, Fayette County, W.Va., January 27, 1905. Democrat. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Logan County, 1933-36; member of West Virginia state senate, 1937-44 (8th District 1937-38, 7th District 1939-44). Member, Phi Kappa Tau. Youngest speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Died, from a heart attack, in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., March 28, 1974 (age 69 years, 60 days). His body was donated to the West Virginia School of Medicine, Morgantown.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Pelter (1870-1950) and Mary Ann (Tilson) Pelter (1871-1964); married 1936 to Marjorie King.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Otwell Rankin (b. 1916) — of Covington, Kenton County, Ky.; Erlanger, Kenton County, Ky. Born in Harrison County, Ky., June 23, 1916. Democrat. Chair of Kenton County Democratic Party, 1959-67; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1964. Methodist. Member, Phi Kappa Tau. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Grover C. Rankin and Alice Mae (Townsend) Rankin; married, December 20, 1940, to Katherine Prather.
  Robert E. Roach (b. 1907) — of New Cumberland, Hancock County, W.Va. Born in Chester, Hancock County, W.Va., June 20, 1907. Democrat. School teacher; athletic coach; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Hancock County, 1945-50; defeated, 1950. Presbyterian. Member, Moose; Lions; Phi Kappa Tau; Ancient Order of United Workmen. Burial location unknown.
  Thomas Charles Sawyer (b. 1945) — also known as Thomas C. Sawyer; Tom Sawyer — of Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Born in Akron, Summit County, Ohio, August 15, 1945. Democrat. School teacher; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1977-83; mayor of Akron, Ohio, 1984-86; U.S. Representative from Ohio 14th District, 1987-2003; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996, 2000; member of Ohio state senate 28th District, 2007-. Member, Phi Kappa Tau. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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