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Sphinx Politicians

Very incomplete list!

  William Tapley Bennett Jr. (1917-1994) — also known as W. Tapley Bennett, Jr.; Tap Bennett — of Georgia. Born in Griffin, Spalding County, Ga., April 1, 1917. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Ambassador to Dominican Republic, 1964-66; Portugal, 1966-69. Presbyterian. Member, Sigma Chi; Council on Foreign Relations; Sphinx; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Delta Phi. Died in 1994 (age about 77 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Tapley Bennett and Annie Mem (Little) Bennett; married, June 23, 1945, to Margaret Rutherfurd White (daughter of John Campbell White; niece of Jay Pierrepont Moffat and Abbot Low Moffat).
  Political families: White-Moffat family; Choate family of Salem, Massachusetts (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Bristoe Bryant (1906-1986) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Huntingdon, Carroll County, Tenn., February 27, 1906. Democrat. Member of Michigan state senate 2nd District, 1951-52; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1958. African Methodist Episcopal. African ancestry. Member, Elks; Freemasons; Sphinx. Died in 1986 (age about 80 years). Burial location unknown.
  Harrison Conway (b. 1903) — of Fairmont, Marion County, W.Va. Born in Fairmont, Marion County, W.Va., July 13, 1903. Democrat. Lawyer; Marion County Prosecuting Attorney, 1937-56; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Marion County, 1959-60. Episcopalian. Member, Delta Tau Delta; Phi Delta Phi; Sphinx. Burial location unknown.
  Joel Benedict Erhardt (1838-1909) — also known as Joel B. Erhardt — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pa., February 21, 1838. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; candidate for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1888; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1889-91. Member, Loyal Legion; Union League; Sphinx; Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 8, 1909 (age 71 years, 199 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Joel Erhardt and Louisa (Benedict) Erhardt; married to Nora Belle Jewett.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Lively (b. 1887) — of Weston, Lewis County, W.Va. Born August 13, 1887. Democrat. Lawyer; secretary to U.S. Rep. Matthew M. Neely, 1913-14; postmaster at Weston, W.Va., 1914-19; real estate business; vice-chair of West Virginia Democratic Party, 1928-39; Clerk of the West Virginia Senate, 1933. Episcopalian. Member, Sigma Chi; Sphinx. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William E. Lively and Emily North (Shaw) Lively; married, November 16, 1920, to Mamie Williams.
  Jacob Elmer Long (1880-1955) — also known as J. Elmer Long — of Graham, Alamance County, N.C.; Durham, Durham County, N.C. Born in Yanceyville, Caswell County, N.C., July 31, 1880. Democrat. Lawyer; private secretary to U.S. Rep. Charles M. Stedman; member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Alamance County, 1911-14; member of North Carolina state senate 18th District, 1917-22; Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, 1925-29; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1944. Presbyterian; later Methodist. Member, Sigma Nu; Lions; Sphinx. Died, from a coronary occlusion, in Durham, Durham County, N.C., April 28, 1955 (age 74 years, 271 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Alson Long and Esta (Teague) Long; married, November 10, 1909, to Lessie Ermine Peay.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Morris B. Payne (b. 1885) — of New London, New London County, Conn. Born in Waterford, New London County, Conn., January 19, 1885. Republican. Architect; major in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from New London, 1921-24; member of Connecticut state senate 18th District, 1939-40; member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1940. Member, Freemasons; Sphinx. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles W. Payne and Ellen (Gillen) Payne; married, October 14, 1909, to Jeannie Grandall Nash.
  Dwight Laing Rogers (1886-1954) — also known as Dwight L. Rogers — of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Fla. Born near Reidsville, Tattnall County, Ga., August 17, 1886. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1930-38; U.S. Representative from Florida 6th District, 1945-54; died in office 1954; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1952. Methodist. Member, Phi Delta Theta; Sphinx; Kiwanis. Died in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Fla., December 1, 1954 (age 68 years, 106 days). Interment at Lauderdale Memorial Park, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of William Millard Rogers and Augusta (Laing) Rogers; married, November 15, 1916, to Florence Roberts; father of Paul Grant Rogers.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Owen S. Schaffer (b. 1908) — of Petersburg, Grant County, W.Va. Born in Bayard, Grant County, W.Va., March 31, 1908. Republican. School teacher; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Grant County, 1941-45; resigned 1945. Methodist. Member, Phi Delta Theta; Kiwanis; Sphinx. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of G. P. Schaffer and Zella (Duling) Schaffer.
  Jesse Isidor Straus (1872-1936) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., June 25, 1872. Democrat. President, R. H. Macy & Co. department stores; U.S. Ambassador to France, 1933-36. Jewish. Member, Sphinx. Died, from pneumonia, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 4, 1936 (age 64 years, 101 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Isidor Straus and Ida (Blum) Straus; married, November 20, 1895, to Irma S. Nathan; nephew of Oscar Solomon Straus; uncle of Stuart Scheftel; first cousin of Nathan Straus Jr.; first cousin once removed of Ronald Peter Straus.
  Political family: Straus family of New York City, New York (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Sterry Robinson Waterman (1901-1984) — also known as Sterry R. Waterman — of St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vt. Born in Taunton, Bristol County, Mass., June 12, 1901. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1936 (member, Resolutions Committee); Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1955-70. Congregationalist. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Freemasons; Elks; Rotary; Sphinx; Zeta Psi; Phi Delta Phi. Died in 1984 (age about 83 years). Interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
  Relatives: Son of Zeno Sterry Waterman and Sarah W. (Robinson) Waterman; married, May 13, 1932, to Frances Chadbourne Knight; second cousin twice removed of William Harrison Waterman; second cousin four times removed of David Waterman and Luther Waterman; third cousin thrice removed of Elisha Waterman and Thomas Glasby Waterman; fourth cousin once removed of Alexander Hamilton Waterman and Robert Whitney Waterman.
  Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Fiero-Waterman family of New York; Otis family of Connecticut (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
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