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  Elizabeth Preston Anderson (b. 1861) — also known as Elizabeth P. Anderson; Elizabeth Preston — of Fargo, Cass County, N.Dak.; Park River, Walsh County, N.Dak. Born in Decatur, Adams County, Ind., April 27, 1861. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1924. Female. Methodist. Member, Women's Christian Temperance Union; League of Women Voters; Pi Gamma Mu. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Rev. Elam Stanton Preston (1823-1906) and Maria (Shepley) Preston (1830-1863); married, December 11, 1901, to Rev. James Anderson.
  Alexander Clitherall Birch (b. 1878) — also known as Alex C. Birch — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala.; Mobile, Mobile County, Ala.; Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Born in Opelika, Lee County, Ala., January 21, 1878. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1912, 1928 (member, Credentials Committee), 1932 (alternate); candidate for U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1914; candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama 9th District, 1920; Alabama Republican state chair, 1923; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, 1927-35. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Sigma Nu; Pi Gamma Mu; Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George Anthony Birch and Allie Burgwyn (Clitherall) Birch; married, November 6, 1907, to Georgia Weatherly.
  Annie Webb Blanton (1870-1945) — of Austin, Travis County, Tex. Born in Houston, Harris County, Tex., August 19, 1870. Democrat. College professor; Texas superintendent of public instruction, 1919-23. Female. Methodist. Member, American Association of University Women; Daughters of the American Revolution; United Daughters of the Confederacy; Phi Beta Kappa; Kappa Delta Pi; Pi Lambda Theta; Pi Gamma Mu; Delta Kappa Gamma; Order of the Eastern Star; Maccabees. First woman to be elected to statewide office in Texas. Died October 2, 1945 (age 75 years, 44 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Tex.
  Relatives: Daughter of Thomas Lindsay Blanton and Eugenia (Webb) Blanton; sister of Thomas Lindsay Blanton (1872-1957).
  Parker Wilson Buhrman (b. 1885) — also known as Parker W. Buhrman — of Botetourt County, Va. Born in Botetourt County, Va., September 5, 1885. School teacher; lawyer; U.S. Consul in Malmo, 1918; Helsingfors, 1919-20; Ceiba, 1920-21; Soerabaya, 1921-23; Aleppo, 1923-25; Berlin, 1928-29; Casablanca, 1930-34; Cologne, 1935; U.S. Consul General in Lisbon, 1935; Sydney, as of 1938; Belfast, 1939-43. Methodist. Member, Kappa Alpha Order; Phi Delta Phi; Pi Gamma Mu. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Blaine Buhrman and Sarah Elizabeth (Lemon) Buhrman; married, August 30, 1935, to Helmi Ranta.
  William Garner Burgin (b. 1892) — of Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Miss. Born July 4, 1892. School teacher; college professor; member of Mississippi state senate 23rd District, 1936. Member, Pi Gamma Mu; Freemasons; Lions. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Augustus Burgin and Nancy Myrtis (Garner) Burgin; married, July 24, 1919, to Susie Will Gunter; married, June 22, 1929, to Florence Knight Ramond.
  Preston White Campbell (b. 1874) — also known as Preston W. Campbell — of Abingdon, Washington County, Va. Born in Abingdon, Washington County, Va., January 24, 1874. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention from Washington County & Bristol city, 1901-02; Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1912; circuit judge in Virginia, 1914-24; justice of Virginia state supreme court, 1924-31; chief justice of Virginia state supreme court, 1931-40. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Pi Gamma Mu; Odd Fellows. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Edward McDonald Campbell (M.D.) and Ellen Sheffey (White) Campbell; married, April 9, 1914, to Louise Elwood Howard.
  Paul J. Carr, Sr. (1893-1957) — of Hinton, Summers County, W.Va. Born in Roanoke, Va., April 4, 1893. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; mayor of Hinton, W.Va., 1947-48; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Summers County, 1957; died in office 1957. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Moose; Pi Gamma Mu; Sons of the American Revolution; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Rotary; Blue Key. Died March 24, 1957 (age 63 years, 354 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of Paul John Carr, Jr. (1924-).
  Vincent Michael Carter (1891-1972) — also known as Vincent M. Carter — of Kemmerer, Lincoln County, Wyo.; Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyo.; Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.M. Born in St. Clair, Schuylkill County, Pa., November 6, 1891. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I; lawyer; Wyoming state auditor, 1923-29; U.S. Representative from Wyoming at-large, 1929-35; candidate for U.S. Senator from Wyoming, 1934; delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1936 (member, Credentials Committee), 1940 (member, Credentials Committee). Catholic. Member, American Legion; Elks; Knights of Columbus; Moose; Eagles; American Bar Association; Pi Gamma Mu. Died in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.M., December 30, 1972 (age 81 years, 54 days). Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Albuquerque, N.M.
  Relatives: Son of William J. Carter and Julia Anna (Clarke) Carter; married, July 2, 1921, to Helen Carlson; married, August 13, 1929, to Mary Crowley.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Toney E. Cline (1907-1991) — of Baisden, Mingo County, W.Va.; Sutton, Braxton County, W.Va. Born in Baisden, Mingo County, W.Va., May 13, 1907. Democrat. Lawyer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Mingo County, 1943-50, 1953-54, 1957-58. Baptist. Member, Moose; Elks; Pi Gamma Mu; Phi Delta Phi. Died December 12, 1991 (age 84 years, 213 days). Burial location unknown.
  Benjamin Wilson Coleman (b. 1869) — also known as Ben W. Coleman — of Ely, White Pine County, Nev.; Carson City, Nev. Born in Ballsville, Powhatan County, Va., July 1, 1869. Lawyer; district judge in Nevada 9th District, 1911-15; justice of Nevada state supreme court, 1915-36; chief justice of Nevada state supreme court, 1919-20, 1925-27, 1931-33. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Gamma Mu; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Knights of Pythias. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Coleman and Arabella (Smith) Coleman; married, June 6, 1906, to Martha L. Attleton.
William G. Conley William Gustavus Conley (1866-1940) — also known as William G. Conley — of Parsons, Tucker County, W.Va.; Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va.; Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Born near Kingwood, Preston County, W.Va., January 8, 1866. Republican. School teacher; superintendent of schools; lawyer; newspaper editor; Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney, 1896-1904; mayor, Parsons, W.Va., 1901-03; mayor, Kingwood, W.Va., 1906-08; West Virginia state attorney general, 1908-13; Governor of West Virginia, 1929-33. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; American Academy of Political and Social Science; Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Gamma Mu; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Modern Woodmen of America; Redmen; Odd Fellows; Elks; Rotary; Union League. Died October 21, 1940 (age 74 years, 287 days). Interment at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Maj. William Conley and Mary (Freeburn) Conley; married, July 14, 1892, to Bertie Ison Martin (1873-1939).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1936
  Martin Connor (b. 1945) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., March 3, 1945. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state senate 25th District, 1978-; defeated in primary, 2008; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000; Presidential Elector for New York, 1996, 2000. Catholic. Member, Pi Gamma Mu; American Bar Association. Still living as of 2008.
  John E. Dvorak — of Bellwood, Cook County, Ill.; Berkeley, Cook County, Ill. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention 5th District, 1969-70; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972, 1980. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Pi Gamma Mu; Moose. Still living as of 1980.
  William Hull Ellis (b. 1867) — also known as William H. Ellis — of Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla. Born in Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla., September 17, 1867. Democrat. Lawyer; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1900; Florida state auditor, 1903; Florida state attorney general, 1904-09; justice of Florida state supreme court, 1915-38. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Pi Gamma Mu. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles H. Ellis and Julia F. (Wilson) Ellis; married 1894 to M. Ramelle Nicholson (died 1902); married 1906 to Ena H. Taylor (daughter of Robert Fenwick Taylor (1849-1926)).
  John Clarence Evans (b. 1891) — also known as John C. Evans — of Ridley Park, Delaware County, Pa.; Reading, Berks County, Pa. Born in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pa., May 21, 1891. Republican. Accountant; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; college professor; candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1938, 1940. Presbyterian. Member, Pi Gamma Mu; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Moses David Evans and Rachel Evans; married, January 7, 1920, to Augusta Caroline Rodemann.
  Joyce A. Fadem (b. 1932) — also known as Joyce Abrams — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 25, 1932. Democrat. College instructor; member of California Democratic State Committee, 1960-64, 1966-72; secretary of California Democratic Party, 1963-67; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964. Female. Jewish. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Lambda Theta; Pi Gamma Mu; Pi Sigma Alpha. Still living as of 1973.
  Relatives: Daughter of Arthur J. Abrams and Regina (Goodman) Abrams; married, June 17, 1951, to Jerrold A. Fadem (1928?-).
  Mary Elizabeth Fox (b. 1912) — of Georgetown, Williamson County, Tex.; Granger, Williamson County, Tex. Born in Granger, Williamson County, Tex., June 2, 1912. Democrat. University professor; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1948. Female. Methodist. Member, Pi Gamma Mu; Delta Kappa Gamma; Delta Delta Delta. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Samuel Ralph Harlow (1885-1972) — also known as S. Ralph Harlow — of Smyrna (now Izmir), Turkey; Northampton, Hampshire County, Mass. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., July 20, 1885. Socialist. Congregationalist minister; college professor; candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1932, 1934, 1936. Congregationalist. Member, League for Industrial Democracy; NAACP; American Association of University Professors; American Federation of Teachers; Pi Gamma Mu. Died in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Mass., August 21, 1972 (age 87 years, 32 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Samuel A. Harlow and Caroline Mudge (Usher) Harlow; married, February 1, 1912, to Marion Stafford (died 1961); married to Elizabeth (Kaufmann) Grigorakis (died 1974).
  Sveinbjorn Johnson (1883-1946) — of Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, N.Dak.; Champaign, Champaign County, Ill. Born in Holum, Hjaltadal, Iceland, July 10, 1883. Democrat. Lawyer; North Dakota Democratic state chair, 1920-22; North Dakota state attorney general, 1921-22; justice of North Dakota state supreme court, 1923-26; resigned 1926; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936; candidate for Illinois state attorney general, 1944. Lutheran. Icelandic ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Sigma Rho; Phi Delta Theta; Gamma Eta Gamma; Pi Gamma Mu; Freemasons; Kiwanis. Died in Champaign, Champaign County, Ill., March 10, 1946 (age 62 years, 243 days). Interment somewhere in Champaign, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of John Johnson and Gudbjorg Johnson; married, September 16, 1917, to Esther Henryetta Slette (1894-1965?).
  Thorsten Valentine Kalijarvi (1897-1980) — of Washington, D.C.; Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass. Born in Gardner, Worcester County, Mass., December 22, 1897. University professor; U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, 1957-61. Episcopalian. Member, American Legion; American Arbitration Association; Pi Gamma Mu; Phi Kappa Phi. Died in June, 1980 (age 82 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Gustaf Kalijarvi and Ida Christina (Kuniholm) Kalijarvi; married, September 4, 1926, to Dorothy Corbett Knight.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  David Matthew Kennedy (1905-1996) — also known as David M. Kennedy — of Evanston, Cook County, Ill. Born in Randolph, Rich County, Utah, July 21, 1905. Economist; banker; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1969-71; U.S. Ambassador to , 1971-73. Mormon. Member, American Economic Association; Pi Gamma Mu. Died, from a heart ailment, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, May 1, 1996 (age 90 years, 285 days). Interment at Randolph Cemetery, Randolph, Utah.
  Relatives: Son of George Kennedy and Katherine Kennedy; married 1924 to Lenora Bingham.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  O. Gaylord Marsh (b. 1879) — of Wenatchee, Chelan County, Wash.; Manila, Philippines; Buchanan, Berrien County, Mich. Born in Buchanan, Berrien County, Mich., January 7, 1879. Lawyer; U.S. Consul in Ottawa, 1915-17; Progreso, 1917-24; Montevideo, 1924-27; Sydney, 1927-32; Seoul, as of 1938. Member, Kappa Sigma; Pi Gamma Mu; Freemasons; Woodmen; Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Marsh and Huldah Rude (Dunning) Marsh; married 1905 to Tella Dorothy Swem.
  Edward Eugene Masters (1924-2014) — also known as Edward E. Masters — of Washington, D.C. Born in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, June 21, 1924. Foreign Service officer; U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, 1976-77; Indonesia, 1977-81. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Pi Gamma Mu; Delta Phi Epsilon. Died in 2014 (age about 90 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George Henry Masters and Ethel Verena (Shaw) Masters; married, April 2, 1956, to Allene Mary Roche.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Donald Ray Matthews (1907-1997) — also known as Donald R. Matthews; Billy Matthews — of Gainesville, Alachua County, Fla. Born in Micanopy, Alachua County, Fla., October 3, 1907. Democrat. School teacher and principal; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1935; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1952; U.S. Representative from Florida 8th District, 1953-67. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Lions; Kiwanis; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Moose; Pi Gamma Mu; Tau Kappa Alpha; Sigma Phi Epsilon. Died in Gainesville, Alachua County, Fla., October 26, 1997 (age 90 years, 23 days). Interment at Hawthorne Cemetery, Hawthorne, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of D. H. Matthews and Flora A. Matthews; married 1941 to Sara Lewis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Spencer Miller, Jr. (b. 1891) — of South Orange, Essex County, N.J. Born in Worcester, Worcester County, Mass., July 2, 1891. Village president of South Orange, New Jersey, 1944; delegate to New Jersey state constitutional convention from Essex County, 1947. Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Alpha Delta Phi; Pi Gamma Mu. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1928 to Margaret Montague Geer.
Chase S. Osborn Chase Salmon Osborn (1860-1949) — also known as Chase S. Osborn — of Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Mich. Born in a log house in Huntington County, Ind., January 22, 1860. Republican. Newspaper publisher; postmaster at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., 1889-93; member of Michigan Republican State Executive Committee, 1899; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1899; member of University of Michigan board of regents, 1908-11; appointed 1908; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1908; Governor of Michigan, 1911-12; defeated, 1914; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1918, 1930; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1928; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1936. Presbyterian. English, French, and Irish ancestry. Member, Kiwanis; Lions; Knights of Pythias; Audubon Society; National Rifle Association; Sigma Chi; Sigma Delta Chi; Pi Gamma Mu; Sons of the American Revolution; Elks; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Grange. Died April 11, 1949 (age 89 years, 79 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Chippewa County, Mich.
  Presumably named for: Salmon P. Chase
  Relatives: Son of George A. Osborn and Margaret (Fannon) Osborn; married, May 7, 1881, to Lillian G. Jones.
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1911
  E. Ruth Pyrtle — of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Democrat. School teacher and principal; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1924. Female. Methodist. Member, Pi Gamma Mu; American Association of University Women; Daughters of the American Revolution; League of Women Voters. Burial location unknown.
  Dewey Jackson Short (1898-1979) — also known as Dewey Short; "The Ozark Orator" — of Galena, Stone County, Mo. Born in Galena, Stone County, Mo., April 7, 1898. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; college professor; U.S. Representative from Missouri, 1929-31, 1935-57 (14th District 1929-31, 7th District 1935-57); defeated, 1930 (14th District), 1956 (7th District); delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1932; candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1932; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1940. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Delta Tau Delta; Pi Gamma Mu; Lions; American Legion. Died in Washington, D.C., November 19, 1979 (age 81 years, 226 days). Interment at Galena Cemetery, Galena, Mo.
  Relatives: Married, April 20, 1937, to Helen Gladys Hughes.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Lionel Sanford Steinberg (b. 1919) — also known as Lionel Steinberg — of Fresno, Fresno County, Calif.; Palm Springs, Riverside County, Calif. Born in Fresno, Fresno County, Calif., April 20, 1919. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; farmer; business executive; chair of Fresno County Democratic Party, 1952-58; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1960, 1964 (alternate). Jewish. Member, Urban League; NAACP; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Pi Gamma Mu. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Steinberg and Selma (Steinberg) Steinberg; married, April 10, 1949, to Mary Louise Endfield.
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