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  Alva Blanchard Adams, Jr. (1915-1981) — also known as Alva B. Adams, Jr. — of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo. Born in Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo., October 21, 1915. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II; hardware business; banker; corporate director, Standard Fire Brick Co., KCRT radio station, Trinidad, Colo.; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1948 (alternate), 1952, 1960; candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 3rd District, 1954, 1956. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Eagles; Kiwanis; Toastmasters. Died, while being treated for a heart condition, in a hospital at Denver, Colo., December 3, 1981 (age 66 years, 43 days). Interment at Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of Alva Blanchard Adams and Elizabeth (Matty) Adams (1889-1983); married, November 19, 1945, to Loretta Kissell; married to Martha 'Marty' Brown (1918-1995); grandson of Alva Adams (1850-1922).
  Political family: Adams family of Pueblo, Colorado.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Glenn Malcolm Anderson (1913-1994) — also known as Glenn M. Anderson — of Hawthorne, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Harbor City, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; San Pedro, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 21, 1913. Democrat. Merchant; mayor of Hawthorne, Calif., 1940-42; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of California state assembly, 1943-50; chair of Los Angeles County Democratic Party, 1948-50; California Democratic state chair, 1950-52; candidate for California state senate, 1950; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1988; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1959-67; U.S. Representative from California, 1969-93 (17th District 1969-73, 35th District 1973-75, 32nd District 1975-93). Episcopalian. Member, American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Amvets; Elks; Kiwanis; Redmen; Native Sons of the Golden West; Toastmasters. Died, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital Pavilion, San Pedro, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., December 13, 1994 (age 81 years, 295 days). Interment at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of William J. Anderson and Serene W. (Fister) Anderson; married to Patricia Arlene Hawley and Lenore Marie 'Lee' Dutton (1924-2012).
  The Glenn Anderson Freeway Transitway (I-105), in Los Angeles County, California, is named for him.
  Epitaph: "Loved husband, father, grandfather, and public servant."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Thomas J. Bane (1913-1999) — also known as Tom Bane — of Tujunga, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Tarzana, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., December 28, 1913. Democrat. Insurance agent; member of California state assembly, 1959-64, 1975-92 (42nd District 1959-64, 40th District 1975-92); delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960, 1964; candidate for U.S. Representative from California 27th District, 1964. Jewish. Member, Lions; Toastmasters. Died, from a respiratory illness, in Los Angeles County, Calif., April 11, 1999 (age 85 years, 104 days). Interment at Eden Memorial Park, Mission Hills, Los Angeles, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Howard Kelly Bane and Mary (Murray) Bane; married, August 13, 1939, to Claire Louise Brown.
  Epitaph: "Beloved husband and father."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  O. Lee Boothby (b. 1933) — of Niles, Berrien County, Mich. Born in Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif., March 17, 1933. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 20th District, 1956; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate, 1958 (7th District), 1964 (22nd District); delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from 7th Senatorial District, 1961-62; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1962, 1976. Seventh-Day Adventist. Member, Lions; American Bar Association; Toastmasters. Still living as of 1976.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Boothby and Naomi (Gillett) Boothby; married to Carole Maxine Larson.
  William Dean Burlison (1933-2019) — also known as William D. Burlison; Bill Burlison — of Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Mo.; Odenton, Anne Arundel County, Md.; Advance, Stoddard County, Mo. Born in Wardell, Pemiscot County, Mo., March 15, 1933. Democrat. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney; U.S. Representative from Missouri 10th District, 1969-81; defeated, 1980; candidate for Maryland state house of delegates, 1986, 1990; candidate for Missouri state house of representatives, 2008, 2010, 2014. Baptist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Kiwanis; Jaycees; Toastmasters. Died in Wardell, Pemiscot County, Mo., March 17, 2019 (age 86 years, 2 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Asa E. Fickling (1877-1963) — also known as "Earthquake Mayor" — of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Cambridge, Henry County, Ill., July 12, 1877. Lumber dealer; mayor of Long Beach, Calif., 1930-33. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Toastmasters. Died November 14, 1963 (age 86 years, 125 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Edward A. Fickling and Mary I. (Shannon) Fickling; married, February 26, 1931, to Marguerite Johnson.
  David Foote (1897-1973) — of Casper, Natrona County, Wyo. Born in Edgemont, Fall River County, S.Dak., September 5, 1897. Republican. Gold milling, Homestake Mining Co., Lead, S.D., 1915-20; pumper, Standard Oil Refinery, Casper, Wyo., from 1920; musician; photographer; member of Wyoming state house of representatives, 1939, 1943-51. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Toastmasters. Died in April, 1973 (age 75 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Foote and Catherine (Barr) Foote; married 1917 to Myrtle Gladys Hanson.
  William G. Gover (b. 1909) — of Sheridan, Montcalm County, Mich. Born in Crystal Valley, Oceana County, Mich., November 26, 1909. Republican. Delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Montcalm District, 1961-62; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 25th District, 1962. Methodist. Member, Lions; Toastmasters; Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Noel Gover and Myrtle (Wood) Gover; married to June B. Patterson.
  Clifford B. Hoard (b. 1911) — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Hoard, Monongalia County, W.Va., September 4, 1911. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Monongalia County, 1967-70; defeated, 1972. Methodist. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Sons of the Revolution; Toastmasters. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William U. Hoard and Mary (Cunningham) Hoard; married, May 8, 1947, to Evelyn F. Chapman.
  Edward John Jirovec (1918-1993) — also known as Edward J. Jirovec; "Mr. J" — of Miramar, Broward County, Fla.; Hollywood, Broward County, Fla. Born in Wausau, Marathon County, Wis., April 7, 1918. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; insurance broker; candidate for mayor of Miramar, Fla., 1971, 1975, 1979, 1983. Presbyterian. Bohemian ancestry. Member, Moose; Elks; Kiwanis; Toastmasters. Died in Hollywood, Broward County, Fla., July 8, 1993 (age 75 years, 92 days). Interment at Fred Hunter Hollywood Memorial Gardens, Hollywood, Fla.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Alfred E. Jones (b. 1920) — of Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa. Born in Clarke County, Iowa, January 20, 1920. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; restaurant business; member of Iowa state house of representatives from Clarke County; elected 1950. Methodist. Member, Farm Bureau; American Legion; Toastmasters. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Floyd Jones (1890?-?) and Elizabeth (Tice) Jones; married to Catherine Dickinson.
  Robert Scott Justice (1912-1992) — of Cass County, Ind. Born in Logansport, Cass County, Ind., March 8, 1912. Republican. School teacher; lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1945-48, 1951-52; defeated, 1948; member of Indiana state senate, 1957-60; defeated, 1960. Presbyterian. Scotch-Irish and English ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Rotary; Farm Bureau; Toastmasters; United Commercial Travelers; Delta Chi; Delta Sigma Rho. Died December 9, 1992 (age 80 years, 276 days). Interment at Keeps Creek Cemetery, Clymers, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Ethel B. (Scott) Justice (1887-1963) and Robert Owen Justice (1888-1962); brother of William Franklin Justice (1914-1996); married 1942 to Catherine Augusta Leirer (1920-1997).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lucille Kring — of Anaheim, Orange County, Calif. Real estate broker; candidate for mayor of Anaheim, Calif., 2002; board member, Anaheim Memorial Hospital. Female. Member, Toastmasters; Rotary. Still living as of 2006.
  John Horting Land (1920-2014) — also known as John H. Land — of Apopka, Orange County, Fla. Born in Plant City, Hillsborough County, Fla., November 5, 1920. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of Apopka, Fla., 1950-67, 1971-2014; defeated, 2014. Presbyterian. Member, Rotary; Sertoma; Toastmasters; Freemasons; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Lambda Chi Alpha. Longest serving mayor in Florida. Died in Orlando, Orange County, Fla., November 22, 2014 (age 94 years, 17 days). Interment at Edgewood-Greenwood Cemetery, Apopka, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of Bennett Land (1878-1935) and Josephine Horting 'Jo' (Schneider) Land (1890-1980).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Donald Edgar Lukens (1931-2010) — also known as Donald E. Lukens; Buz Lukens — of Middletown, Butler County, Ohio. Born in Harveysburg, Warren County, Ohio, February 11, 1931. Republican. U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1967-71, 1987-90 (24th District 1967-71, 8th District 1987-90); member of Ohio state senate, 1975. Member, Sertoma; Farm Bureau; Delta Chi; Order of Ahepa; Freemasons; Shriners; Kiwanis; Toastmasters. Convicted in 1989 on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, by having sex with a 16 year old girl; sentenced to 30 days in jail. Indicted in February 1995 on five counts of bribery and conspiracy; a jury in October 1995 found him not guilty on three counts but was unable to reach a verdict on the other two; a mistrial was declared. Reindicted in March 1996; tried and convicted. Died May 22, 2010 (age 79 years, 100 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Arthur Lukens and Edith (Greene) Lukens.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Marvin Dawson Mathis (b. 1940) — also known as Dawson Mathis — of Albany, Dougherty County, Ga. Born in Nashville, Berrien County, Ga., November 30, 1940. Democrat. Television news director, WALB-TV, 1964-70; U.S. Representative from Georgia 2nd District, 1971-81. Member, Fraternal Order of Police; Elks; Toastmasters. Still living as of 1998.
  Relatives: Son of Marvin W. Mathis and Nell Dawson (Abel) Mathis; married, July 26, 1959, to Patricia Ann Connell.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Bill Nation (b. 1925) — of Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyo. Born in Lingle, Goshen County, Wyo., May 28, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; photographer; real estate agent; mayor of Cheyenne, Wyo., 1962-66; member of Wyoming state house of representatives from Laramie County, 1965-. Congregationalist. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Elks; Eagles; Exchange Club; Toastmasters. Still living as of 1967.
  Relatives: Son of Wade Oliver Nation and Marie (Voss) Nation; married, December 11, 1946, to Joanne Ida Petersen.
Roman W. Prezioso, Jr. Roman W. Prezioso, Jr. (b. 1949) — of Fairmont, Marion County, W.Va. Born June 29, 1949. Democrat. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates, 1989-96; member of West Virginia state senate 13th District, 1997-. Catholic. Member, Phi Delta Kappa; Kiwanis; Knights of Columbus; Toastmasters; Elks; Moose. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Roman W. Prezioso and Amelia A. Prezioso; married, June 15, 1974, to Deborah Marie Haught.
  Image source: West Virginia Legislature
  Dalip Singh Saund (1899-1973) — also known as D. S. Saund — of Westmorland, Imperial County, Calif. Born in Amritsar, Punjab, India, September 20, 1899. Democrat. Naturalized U.S. citizen; farmer; fertilizer dealer; state court judge in California, 1952-57; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956 (alternate), 1960; U.S. Representative from California 29th District, 1957-63. Indian subcontinent ancestry. Member, Lions; Toastmasters. First native of India to be elected to a U.S. public office. Died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 22, 1973 (age 73 years, 214 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Natha Singh Saund and Jeoni (Kaur) Saund; married, July 21, 1928, to Marian Z. Kosa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John George Schmitz (1930-2001) — also known as John G. Schmitz — of California. Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., August 12, 1930. Member of California state senate, 1965-70, 1979; U.S. Representative from California 35th District, 1970-73; defeated in Republican primary, 1972, 1976, 1984; American Independent candidate for President of the United States, 1972; reprimanded by the California Senate in 1982 over a press release issued by his office, which characterized a critic and her supporters with crude slurs; candidate in Republican primary for U.S. Senator from California, 1982. Catholic. Member, Young Americans for Freedom; John Birch Society; National Rifle Association; American Legion; Military Order of the World Wars; Knights of Columbus; Order of Alhambra; Toastmasters. Died, of prostate cancer, in the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., January 10, 2001 (age 70 years, 151 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Father of Mary Kay LeTourneau (Seattle teacher; convicted of child rape over her affair with a 13-year-old student).
  Campaign slogan: "When you're out of Schmitz, you're out of gear."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Franklin J. Shepherd (born c.1919) — of Ypsilanti Township, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born about 1919. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1956; supervisor of Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, 1957-59; defeated in primary, 1959. Member, Optimist Club; Toastmasters; American Legion. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  William Aloysius Sullivan (b. 1890) — also known as William A. Sullivan — of Globe, Gila County, Ariz. Born in Calumet, Houghton County, Mich., August 28, 1890. Democrat. Organizer, owner, Mine Supply and Hardware Co.; mayor of Globe, Ariz., 1934-46; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1936, 1944 (alternate); secretary of Arizona Democratic Party, 1936-38; member of Arizona state senate, 1947-62. Catholic. Member, Elks; Knights of Columbus; Rotary; Toastmasters. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Sylvester J. Sullivan and Mary Ann (Murphy) Sullivan; married, September 2, 1916, to Gertrude Elizabeth Roberts.
  Cornelius Thiessen (1910-1993) — also known as Cornie R. Thiessen — of Lambert, Richland County, Mont. Born in Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, Minn., July 6, 1910. Democrat. Rancher; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1956; member of Montana state senate, 1959-62. Member, Toastmasters. Died February 21, 1993 (age 82 years, 230 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Thiessen and Agneatha (Holzrichter) Thiessen; married, November 24, 1938, to Ailee E. Buck.
  Sanford Martin Tweedie III (1931-1991) — also known as S. Martin Tweedie III — of Port Huron, St. Clair County, Mich. Born in Sandusky, Sanilac County, Mich., January 2, 1931. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from St. Clair District, 1961-62. Presbyterian. Member, Delta Theta Phi; Exchange Club; American Legion; Delta Upsilon; Toastmasters. Died in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Mich., June 25, 1991 (age 60 years, 174 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Aleen Gladys (Jones) Tweedie (1900-1982) and Sanford Martin Tweedie (1900-1973); married to Pat Rae Benedict; grandson of George Sanford Tweedie and Winnifred Tweedie.
  Political family: Tweedie family of Sandusky, Michigan.
  Eugene Gilkison Wanger (b. 1933) — also known as Eugene G. Wanger; Gil Wanger — of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., May 16, 1933. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Ingham County 1st District, 1961-62; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 24th District, 1966. Congregationalist. Member, Jaycees; Phi Alpha Delta; Delta Sigma Rho; Theta Xi; Toastmasters. Still living as of 1982.
  Relatives: Son of Eugene Wanger and Roka Gilkison Wanger; married to Marilyn Rose Morris.
  Richard D. Watkins (b. 1930) — of Canton, Stark County, Ohio. Born in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, 1930. Mayor of Canton, Ohio, 1992-. Member, Rotary; Toastmasters. Still living as of 2002.
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