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  John A. Ackley (1854-1933) — of Vineland, Cumberland County, N.J. Born in Absecon, Atlantic County, N.J., July 14, 1854. Democrat. Auctioneer; real estate appraiser; justice of the peace; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Cumberland County, 1913; member of New Jersey state senate from Cumberland County, 1914-16. Died in 1933 (age about 78 years). Interment at Siloam Cemetery, Vineland, N.J.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John C. Adams (1836-1900) — of Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y. Born in Tivoli, Dutchess County, N.Y., 1836. Republican. Auctioneer; member of New York state assembly from Orange County 1st District, 1888-90; postmaster. Died in Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y., January 12, 1900 (age about 63 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ebenezer Adams.
  Fred Ralph Albin (1872-1957) — also known as Fred Albin — of West Branch, Cedar County, Iowa. Born near West Branch, Cedar County, Iowa, August 5, 1872. Republican. Auctioneer; meat merchant; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1936. Died February 23, 1957 (age 84 years, 202 days). Interment at West Branch Municipal Cemetery, West Branch, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Albin (1835-1924) and Emily (Gruewell) Albin (1840-1907); married 1893 to Alice Rebecca Pennock.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Asher Anderson (b. 1883) — of Hannaford, Griggs County, N.Dak. Born in Lake Mills, Winnebago County, Iowa, January 21, 1883. Republican. Implement dealer; real estate business; auctioneer; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1944; member of North Dakota Republican State Central Committee, 1946. Burial location unknown.
  John Bailey (b. 1822) — of Newbury, Orange County, Vt. Born in Newbury, Orange County, Vt., January 30, 1822. Republican. Farmer; auctioneer; member of Vermont state house of representatives from Newbury, 1869-70, 1884; member of Vermont state senate from Orange County, 1886. Congregationalist. Burial location unknown.
  Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) — also known as P. T. Barnum; "Prince of Humbugs" — of Fairfield, Fairfield County, Conn.; Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn., July 5, 1810. Republican. Grocer; auctioneer; newspaper publisher; Entrepreneur, impressario, museum owner, founder of the Barnum & Bailey circus, known as "The Greatest Show on Earth"; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1865-66, 1877-79; mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., 1875-76. Died, of heart failure, in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn., April 7, 1891 (age 80 years, 276 days). Interment at Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Conn.; statue at Seaside Park, Bridgeport, Conn.; statue at Bethel Public Library Grounds, Bethel, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Philo Barnum and Irena (Taylor) Barnum (1784-1868); half-brother of Philo Fairchild Barnum; married, November 8, 1829, to Charity Hallet (1808-1873); married, September 16, 1874, to Nancy Fish (1850-1927); second cousin of Andrew Gould Chatfield (1810-1875); second cousin once removed of Charles Robert Sherman; second cousin thrice removed of Benjamin Huntington and Almon Ferdinand Rockwell; third cousin of Charles Taylor Sherman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Lampson Parker Sherman and John Sherman; third cousin once removed of William Henry Barnum; third cousin twice removed of Samuel Huntington, Henry Huntington, Gurdon Huntington and Charles William Barnum; fourth cousin once removed of Ebenezer Huntington, Samuel H. Huntington, Abel Huntington, Benjamin Nicoll Huntington and Rhamanthus Melville Stocker.
  Political families: Otis family of Connecticut; Sherman family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  The town of Barnum (incorporated 1887; annexed 1896 to Denver, Colorado), was named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS P. T. Barnum (built 1943, scrapped 1961) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by P. T. Barnum: The Life of P. T. Barnum: Written by Himself
  Lloyd R. Baumgart (1908-1985) — of Lena, Oconto County, Wis.; Coleman, Marinette County, Wis. Born in Green Bay, Brown County, Wis., January 29, 1908. Republican. Dairy farmer; painting contractor; hardware store owner; auctioneer; plumber; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Oconto County, 1957-64; defeated (Independent), 1952. Died in July, 1985 (age 77 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Albert H. Bosch (1869-1928) — of Hudsonville, Ottawa County, Mich. Born in Holland, Ottawa County, Mich., April 5, 1869. School teacher; farmer; auctioneer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ottawa County 2nd District, 1915-18; defeated (Democratic), 1902. Dutch ancestry. Died in 1928 (age about 59 years). Interment at Zutphen Cemetery, Jamestown, Mich.
  Relatives: Married 1891 to Johanna 'Anna' Van Koevering (1872-1971).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Thomas F. Burchill Thomas Francis Burchill (1882-1955) — also known as Thomas F. Burchill — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Belle Harbor, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., August 3, 1882. Democrat. Auctioneer; appraiser; insurance business; member of New York state assembly from New York County 3rd District, 1920-24; member of New York state senate 13th District, 1925-38; U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1943-45. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; Elks. Died, following a heart attack, in St. Joseph Hospital, Far Rockaway, Queens, Queens County, N.Y., March 26, 1955 (age 72 years, 235 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John Burchill and Mary (Wholey) Burchill; brother of Joseph Burchill (killed in action, World War II); married to Margaret McMahon (c1884-1968).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  Conrad Ray Burns (1935-2016) — also known as Conrad R. Burns — of Billings, Yellowstone County, Mont. Born in Gallatin, Daviess County, Mo., January 25, 1935. Republican. Auctioneer; broadcaster; U.S. Senator from Montana, 1989-2007; delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 2008. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons. Died April 28, 2016 (age 81 years, 94 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Edmond R. Caldwell — also known as Ed R. Caldwell — of Perry, Ralls County, Mo. Democrat. Auctioneer; farmer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Ralls County, 1933-42; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940; member of Missouri state senate 13th District, 1942-48. Burial location unknown.
  John C. Chism (born c.1822) — of Knowersville (now Altamont), Albany County, N.Y. Born about 1822. Democrat. Lawyer; auctioneer; member of New York state assembly from Albany County 1st District, 1868. Burial location unknown.
  Charles W. Clark (b. 1862) — of Dansville, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Ingham County, Mich., 1862. Republican. Auctioneer; director, Farmers Bank of Mason; Ingham County Drain Commissioner, 1904-06; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ingham County 2nd District, 1915-18. Burial location unknown.
Walter E. Cook Walter E. Cook (1888-1955) — of Unity, Clark County, Wis. Born near Unity, Clark County, Wis., December 21, 1888. Republican. Farmer; auctioneer; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Clark County, 1939-46, 1951-55; died in office 1955. Died October 12, 1955 (age 66 years, 295 days). Interment at Brighton Cemetery, Unity, Wis.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  Albert Edward Crabtree (1860-1915) — also known as Albert E. Crabtree — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Canada, 1860. Auctioneer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 31st District, 1898. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus. Died in St. Francis Hospital, Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., December 8, 1915 (age about 55 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, February 17, 1890, to Annie C. Clark.
  Frank Edward Denholm (1923-2016) — also known as Frank E. Denholm — of Brookings, Brookings County, S.Dak. Born in Scotland Township, Day County, S.Dak., November 29, 1923. Democrat. Farmer; auctioneer; trucking business; Day County Sheriff, 1950-52; FBI agent; lawyer; university lecturer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1968; U.S. Representative from South Dakota 1st District, 1971-75. Died in Brookings, Brookings County, S.Dak., April 7, 2016 (age 92 years, 130 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
James J. Dooling James J. Dooling (1887-1955) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., 1887. Democrat. Real estate broker; appraiser; auctioneer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 1st District, 1930-42; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940, 1944. Died in Setauket, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., March 14, 1955 (age about 67 years). Interment at James Cemetery, Setauket, Long Island, N.Y.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  Ralph Erdwin (1894-1981) — of near Concordia, Johnson County, Mo. Born in Illinois, June 23, 1894. Republican. Real estate business; auctioneer; farmer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Johnson County, 1941-44; member of Missouri state senate 17th District, 1945-48; defeated, 1948. Died April 2, 1981 (age 86 years, 283 days). Interment at Evangelical Cemetery, Concordia, Mo.
  Relatives: Married to Fanita S. Burrow (1893-1977).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  DeMyre S. Fero (1832-1916) — of Cobleskill, Schoharie County, N.Y.; Albany, Albany County, N.Y.; Glens Falls, Warren County, N.Y.; Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y. Born in New York, July, 1832. Auctioneer; postmaster at Cobleskill, N.Y., 1861-62; People's candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1892, 1894, 1896; People's candidate for New York state comptroller, 1893; newspaper editor; real estate and insurance business. Died in Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y., May 19, 1916 (age 83 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Solomon Fiero (1789-1859) and Anna Fiero (1794-1867); married to Sopherina S. Swart; third cousin of Joshua Fiero, Jr. (1818-1886); third cousin once removed of James Newton Fiero; third cousin twice removed of Joshua Milton Fiero, Jr..
  Political family: Waterman-Huntington family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
William S. Greene William Stedman Greene (1841-1924) — also known as William S. Greene — of Fall River, Bristol County, Mass. Born in Tremont, Tazewell County, Ill., April 28, 1841. Republican. Auctioneer; real estate and insurance business; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1880; mayor of Fall River, Mass., 1880-81, 1886, 1895-97; resigned 1881; defeated, 1887, 1888, 1893; postmaster at Fall River, Mass., 1881-85, 1898; general superintendent, Massachusetts state prisons, 1888-93; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1898-1924 (13th District 1898-1913, 15th District 1913-24); died in office 1924. Died in Fall River, Bristol County, Mass., September 22, 1924 (age 83 years, 147 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, Mass.
  Relatives: Married 1866 to Mary E. White.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Autobiographies and Portraits of the President, Cabinet, etc. (1899)
  Paul Herron, Jr. (b. 1924) — of Henderson, Henderson County, Ky. Born April 7, 1924. Democrat. Real estate broker; auctioneer; member of Kentucky state senate 4th District, 1995-. Methodist. Member, Moose; Elks; American Legion; Freemasons; Shriners. Still living as of 2004.
  A. F. Hilker (b. 1864) — of Purdy, Barry County, Mo. Born in Covington, Kenton County, Ky., April 15, 1864. Republican. Farmer; auctioneer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Barry County, 1921-22; defeated, 1922. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, November 16, 1887, to Lizzie Clutter.
  Joseph Arthur Long (b. 1885) — also known as Joseph A. Long — of Commerce Township, Oakland County, Mich. Born in Commerce, Oakland County, Mich., May 28, 1885. Republican. Farmer; real estate developer; auctioneer; supervisor of Commerce Township, Michigan, 1928-34; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Oakland County 2nd District, 1935-36; defeated, 1936. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Wallace Long and Clara C. (Horton) Long; married, March 18, 1915, to Mabel J. Hays.
  James M. Magness (1890-1977) — also known as Jim Magness — of St. Lawrence, Hand County, S.Dak.; Miller, Hand County, S.Dak. Born in Ute, Monona County, Iowa, June 27, 1890. Democrat. Auctioneer; cattle raiser; member of South Dakota state senate 22nd District, 1933-34; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 1954; South Dakota Democratic state chair, 1958; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1960. Presbyterian. Member, Kiwanis; Elks; Odd Fellows. Died, in the Good Samaritan Center nursing home, Miller, Hand County, S.Dak., November 6, 1977 (age 87 years, 132 days). Interment at St. Lawrence Cemetery, St. Lawrence, S.Dak.
  Relatives: Married, December 17, 1913, to Mabel Emma Altenow (1890-1974).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ernest Orrin Maine (b. 1913) — also known as Ernest O. Maine — of Rhode Island. Born in North Stonington, New London County, Conn., 1913. Republican. Auctioneer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1947-49; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1949-57. Member, Odd Fellows; Elks; Freemasons; Grange. Interment at Thompson Cemetery, North Stonington, Conn.
Arthur I. Miller Arthur I. Miller (b. 1879) — of Bronx, New York County (now Bronx County), N.Y.; Yonkers, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in England, January 4, 1879. Democrat. Auctioneer; merchant; member of New York state assembly from Westchester County 5th District, 1923-24, 1926-27; defeated, 1927; real estate sales; purchasing agent. Member, Modern Woodmen of America; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1924
Jess Miller Jess Miller (b. 1884) — of Richland Center, Richland County, Wis. Born in Eagle town, Richland County, Wis., 1884. Republican. Farmer; auctioneer; member of Wisconsin state senate 27th District, 1939-62. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  Fred Harvey Packard (b. 1855) — also known as Fred H. Packard — of Braintree, Orange County, Vt. Born in Braintree, Orange County, Vt., August 19, 1855. Republican. Auctioneer; meat merchant; member of Vermont state house of representatives from Braintree, 1910. Baptist. Burial location unknown.
  James I. Post (1875-1964) — of Hillsdale, Hillsdale County, Mich. Born in Adams Township, Hillsdale County, Mich., October 10, 1875. Republican. Auctioneer; justice of the peace; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1935-44, 1949-50 (Hillsdale County 1935-44, Hillsdale District 1949-50); defeated in primary, 1944. Died in 1964 (age about 88 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, December 15, 1897, to Linnie E. Lewis.
  Walter Robertson — of Marshall, Saline County, Mo. Democrat. Auctioneer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Saline County, 1925-30. Burial location unknown.
  Albert Robinson (b. 1938) — of Pittsburg, Laurel County, Ky. Born December 19, 1938. Republican. Real estate broker; auctioneer; member of Kentucky state house of representatives 85th District, 1972-84, 1986-88; member of Kentucky state senate 21st District, 1994-. Pentecostal. Still living as of 2004.
  James Burr Saville (1891-1972) — also known as J. Burr Saville — of Romney, Hampshire County, W.Va. Born in Augusta, Hampshire County, W.Va., March 21, 1891. Democrat. Automobile dealer; auctioneer; sheriff; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Hampshire County, 1935-36; member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945-49; chair of Hampshire County Democratic Party, 1945. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Moose; Junior Order. Died in April, 1972 (age 81 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  George Harvey Simmons (1889-1978) — also known as G. H. Simmons — of Buffalo, Dallas County, Mo. Born in Louisburg, Dallas County, Mo., June 2, 1889. Republican. Farmer; auctioneer; livestock dealer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Dallas County, 1955-57. Baptist. Died December 10, 1978 (age 89 years, 191 days). Interment at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Mo.
  Relatives: Married to Effa Mae Lackey (1892-1950).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
William J. Sweeney William J. Sweeney — of Glenmore town, Brown County, Wis.; De Pere, Brown County, Wis. Born in Glenmore town, Brown County, Wis. Democrat. Road contractor; auctioneer; insurance agent; farmer; stone quarry business; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Brown County 2nd District, 1933-46; defeated, 1952 (Brown County 2nd District), 1954 (Brown County 3rd District). Burial location unknown.
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
Garland E. Webb Garland E. Webb — of Winston (now part of Winston-Salem), Forsyth County, N.C. Tobacco warehouser; auctioneer; mayor of Winston, N.C., 1893-94. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: City of Winston-Salem
  James Lee Wells — also known as James L. Wells; "Father of the Bronx" — of West Farms, Westchester County (now part of Bronx, Bronx County), N.Y.; Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in West Farms, Westchester County (now part of Bronx, Bronx County), N.Y. Republican. Real estate business; auctioneer; banker; member of New York state assembly, 1879-80, 1892 (Westchester County 1st District 1879, New York County 24th District 1880, 1892); candidate for borough president of Bronx, New York, 1901; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 18th District, 1906; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1912, 1920, 1924; New York state treasurer, 1915-20. Episcopalian. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Wells and Maria Wells; married, July 13, 1887, to Florence Edith Fowler.
  Vernon C. Whitacre — of High View, Hampshire County, W.Va. Born in Capon Bridge, Hampshire County, W.Va. Democrat. School teacher; farmer; real estate business; auctioneer; chair of Hampshire County Democratic Party, 1946-63, 1972-75; member of West Virginia state senate 16th District, 1982-88; appointed 1982. United Church of Christ. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Boyd U. Whitacre and Bessie O. Whitacre; married, September 3, 1935, to Madeline Anderson.
  Jasper N. Williams (b. 1875) — of Licking, Texas County, Mo. Born in Licking, Texas County, Mo., July 22, 1875. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; auctioneer; real estate and insurance business; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Texas County, 1923-26, 1939-40; defeated, 1940. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, February 15, 1905, to Carrie Kissock.
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