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  William Henry Allswede (1874-1962) — also known as William H. Allswede — of Sanford, Midland County, Mich.; Hersey, Osceola County, Mich. Born in Midland County, Mich., January 22, 1874. Farmer; merchant; grain dealer; gravel business; member of Michigan state senate 24th District, 1913-14; defeated (Progressive), 1914; candidate in Republican primary for Michigan state house of representatives from Osceola District, 1926. German ancestry. Died July 22, 1962 (age 88 years, 181 days). Interment at Fairplains Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of George H. Allswede and Dora Allswede; married, June 30, 1897, to Lola M. Sanford (1876-1950).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ronald Annunziato (born c.1929) — of Miramar, Broward County, Fla. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., about 1929. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; paving contractor; candidate for mayor of Miramar, Fla., 1959. Still living as of 1959.
  Charles J. Arrigoni (born c.1904) — of Durham, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in Durham, Middlesex County, Conn., about 1904. Republican. Road builder; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1933-36; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1936; member of Connecticut state senate 34th District, 1937-40. Burial location unknown.
  Harry Hurd Atwell (b. 1877) — also known as Harry H. Atwell — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Perrysburg, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., December 14, 1877. Democrat. Engineer; grading contractor; university professor; Washtenaw County Surveyor, 1921-30; Washtenaw County Clerk, 1933-34. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; American Arbitration Association. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Harrison Atwell and Julia Matilda (Hurd) Atwell; married 1904 to Clara K. M. Rohde; married 1919 to Katherine Anna Schaeberle.
  Walter F. Bagley (1892-1952) — of Wilson, Menominee County, Mich. Born in Wilson, Menominee County, Mich., November 4, 1892. Republican. Road construction foreman; farmer; horse and cattle dealer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Menominee County, 1943-44; defeated in primary, 1944, 1946, 1948. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died in 1952 (age about 59 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Hugh Bagley and Rebecca (Moyles) Bagley.
  Allan George Bense (b. 1951) — also known as Allan G. Bense — of Panama City, Bay County, Fla. Born in Panama City, Bay County, Fla., October 6, 1951. Republican. Golf course contractor; member of Florida state house of representatives 6th District, 1999-; Speaker of the Florida State House of Representatives, 2004; delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004. Methodist. Still living as of 2004.
  D. Stephen Benzie (b. 1893) — of Norway, Dickinson County, Mich. Born in Norway, Dickinson County, Mich., March 10, 1893. Democrat. Road contractor; lumber business; member of Michigan state senate 31st District, 1939-42; defeated, 1942; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1940; charged on January 22, 1944 (along with 19 other current and former state legislators) with accepting bribes; tried, convicted, and sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. Member, Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1913 to Lillian Wilson.
  Dennis A. Blakeslee (1856-1933) — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn. Born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., March 11, 1856. Republican. Paving contractor; bank director; candidate for Connecticut state house of representatives from New Haven, 1900; member of Connecticut state senate 9th District, 1907-10; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1908; Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, 1911-13. Congregationalist. Died April 5, 1933 (age 77 years, 25 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Wells Blakeslee and Martha Jane (Waters) Blakeslee; married, December 4, 1878, to Lizzie Finette Law.
  Francis J. Boland, Jr. (b. 1923) — of Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y. Born in Johnson City, Broome County, N.Y., September 13, 1923. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; dairy farmer; real estate developer; builder; excavation contractor; appraiser; insurance business; member of New York state assembly, 1966-74 (126th District 1966, 124th District 1967-74). Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Rotary. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Sara Caven (1925?-).
Theodore M. Bowers Theodore M. Bowers (1907-1995) — also known as Ted Bowers — of New Martinsville, Wetzel County, W.Va.; Pompano Beach, Broward County, Fla. Born in Point Marion, Fayette County, Pa., February 1, 1907. Republican. Sand and gravel business; member of West Virginia state senate 2nd District, 1943-46, 1949-64, 1969-72; defeated, 1964; trustee, Wetzel County Hospital. Christian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Jesters; Elks; Moose; Eagles; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Lions; Rotary. Died January 1, 1995 (age 87 years, 334 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Frank L. Bowers and Asia L. (Sadler) Bowers; married, June 16, 1931, to Myra Llewelyn.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Allen Bowsher (1899-1956) — of Clinton, Henry County, Mo. Born in Lee, White County, Ind., June 22, 1899. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; road and bridge contractor; farmer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Henry County, 1945-48; defeated, 1950; member of Missouri state senate 31st District; elected 1952. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; American Legion. Died, from coronary thrombosis, in Clinton, Henry County, Mo., April 2, 1956 (age 56 years, 285 days). Interment at Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of William Bowsher and Mary (Gray) Bowsher; married, April 22, 1936, to Naomi Bowsher (1912-2000).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry B. Brewster — of Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y. Democrat. President, Brewster & Williams, engineers and dealers of concrete construction and paving equipment; chair of Onondaga County Democratic Party, 1927; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 35th District, 1927. Burial location unknown.
Thomas C. Bridwell Thomas C. Bridwell (1841-1921) — of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind. Born in Lawrence County, Ohio, February 18, 1841. Democrat. Druggist; gravel contractor; mayor of Evansville, Ind., 1880-86. Member, Knights of Pythias; Ancient Order of United Workmen. Died in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind., March 17, 1921 (age 80 years, 27 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Bridwell and Elizabeth (Combs) Bridwell; married, September 22, 1864, to Bettie McFarland.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: City of Evansville
  Francis S. Carmody (b. 1868) — of Washington, D.C.; Seat Pleasant, Prince George's County, Md. Born in Washington, D.C., 1868. Republican. Excavation contractor; building contractor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1916. Burial location unknown.
  Dan J. Cavanagh (b. 1883) — of Twin Falls, Twin Falls County, Idaho. Born in St. Charles, St. Charles County, Mo., March 20, 1883. Democrat. Road contractor; rancher; member of Idaho state house of representatives, 1933-37; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1944 (member, Credentials Committee), 1948, 1952; Idaho Democratic state chair, 1947-48; member of Democratic National Committee from Idaho, 1948-50. Catholic. Member, Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Dan Cavanagh and Ann (Martin) Cavanagh; married, October 6, 1915, to Pearl Langford.
  Byron W. Courter (b. 1877) — of Imlay City, Lapeer County, Mich. Born in Goodland Township, Lapeer County, Mich., March 24, 1877. Republican. Farmer; road contractor; Lapeer County Treasurer, 1919-22; Lapeer County Sheriff, 1929-32; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Lapeer County, 1935-48; defeated in primary, 1950. Member, Gleaners; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, August 6, 1902, to Grace Hether.
  Omer Nixon Custer (1873-1942) — also known as Omer N. Custer — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Fayette County, Pa., December 25, 1873. Republican. Banker; president, Purington Paving Brick Company; president, Intra-State Telephone Company; postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1909-13; Illinois state treasurer, 1925-27, 1929-31; newspaper publisher; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1928 (member, Credentials Committee), 1932, 1936, 1940; candidate in primary for Governor of Illinois, 1932. Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., October 17, 1942 (age 68 years, 296 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Hope Cemetery, Galesburg, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Hernon Custer (1850-1911) and Dorcas Ann (Nixon) Custer (1854-1919); married, December 24, 1894, to Olive Frances Temple (1873-1956).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Edmund Daly (b. 1866) — also known as William E. Daly — Born in Puerto Rico, July 20, 1866. Not U.S. citizen; superintendent, New Trinidad Lake Asphalt Company; U.S. Consular Agent in Brighton, 1911-16. Burial location unknown.
  John G. Dean (b. 1875) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich., May 6, 1875. Road building superintendent; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County 1st District, 1919-22, 1943-44; defeated, 1936 (Republican primary, Bay County 1st District), 1940 (Republican primary, Bay County 1st District), 1944 (Democratic, Bay County), 1954 (Republican primary, Bay County); mayor of Bay City, Mich., 1921-25; candidate in Republican primary for Michigan state senate 24th District, 1922. German ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Edward M. Eby (b. 1872) — of Wellington, Sumner County, Kan. Born in Eaton, Preble County, Ohio, August 4, 1872. Democrat. Sewer contractor; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1916 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Murray Eby (1841-1905) and Nancy Jane (Collett) Eby (1843-1885); married, February 11, 1918, to Theresa Schenker.
  Peter A. Frapaul (c.1902-1962) — of Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J. Born about 1902. Road contractor; mayor of Hackensack, N.J., 1961-62; died in office 1962. Member, Kiwanis; Elks. Died, following a heart attack, in Hackensack Hospital, Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J., October 16, 1962 (age about 60 years). Burial location unknown.
  Rolla Nathan Frisinger (1890-1961) — also known as Rolla N. Frisinger — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born near Rockford, Mercer County, Ohio, 1890. Democrat. Road contractor; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1932; candidate for mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., 1933. Died in 1961 (age about 71 years). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich.
John H. Gill John H. Gill (b. 1880) — of Minnesota. Born in Allouez, Keweenaw County, Mich., 1880. Steam shovel engineer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 61, 1915-20. Burial location unknown.
  See also Minnesota Legislator record
  Image source: Minnesota Legislative Manual 1917
  Jamie M. Gillespie (b. 1904) — of Strafford, Greene County, Mo. Born in Strafford, Greene County, Mo., August 26, 1904. Democrat. Farmer; road overseer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Greene County 3rd District, 1937-38; defeated, 1934. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, May 2, 1923, to Ollie Becker.
  Jerry F. Gooding — of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich. Gravel contractor; mayor of Ypsilanti, Mich., 1965-66. Still living as of 1973.
  Francis Vinton Greene (c.1851-1921) — also known as Francis V. Greene — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born about 1851. Republican. General in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900; president, Barber Asphalt Paving Company, 1901; New York City Police Commissioner, 1903; president, Niagara, Lockport and Ontario Power Company, 1904-15. Member, Military Order of Foreign Wars. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., May 14, 1921 (age about 70 years). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Gen. George Sears Greene; married 1879 to Belle Chevallie.
  Louis Everett Guyott (b. 1892) — also known as Louis E. Guyott — of Scituate, Providence County, R.I.; Woodmont, Milford, New Haven County, Conn. Born in New London, New London County, Conn., November 5, 1892. Republican. Civil engineer; road contractor; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Milford, 1931-32, 1935-36. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Alfred Guyott and Minnie Guyott; married, February 1, 1915, to Clara Alice St. Germain (1895-1980).
  John L. Hanna (b. 1869) — of Franklin, Venango County, Pa. Born in Franklin, Venango County, Pa., December 16, 1869. Republican. Road builder; oil producer; chair of Venango County Republican Party, 1927; Pennsylvania Secretary of Welfare, 1931. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Lindsay Hanna and Emily (Roberts) Hanna; married 1902 to Clara Elizabeth Moore.
  Hugh B. Holman (b. 1879) — of Rochester, Fulton County, Ind. Born in Rochester, Fulton County, Ind., July 2, 1879. Republican. Farmer; road contractor; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1921-23; chair of Fulton County Republican Party, 1930-44. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Kiwanis; Izaak Walton League; American Legion. Burial location unknown.
  William P. Huizenga (b. 1969) — also known as Bill Huizenga — of Zeeland, Ottawa County, Mich. Born in Zeeland, Ottawa County, Mich., January 31, 1969. Republican. Co-owner, Huizenga Gravel Company; realtor; staff member for U.S. Rep Peter Hoekstra, 1996-2002; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2000; member of Michigan state house of representatives 90th District, 2003-08; U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 2011-. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
Lloyd G. Jackson Lloyd G. Jackson (b. 1918) — of Hamlin, Lincoln County, W.Va. Born in Yawkey, Lincoln County, W.Va., May 30, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; drilling contractor; natural gas producer; member of West Virginia state senate 7th District, 1947-70; defeated in primary, 1970. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Moose; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Guy H. Jackson and Ella (Johnson) Jackson; married, December 16, 1948, to Pauline Adkins; father of Lloyd G. Jackson II (1952-).
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Frank Leguil (1892-1964) — of Adrian, Nobles County, Minn. Born in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, April 17, 1892. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; road contractor; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1940. Died in Canada, January 20, 1964 (age 71 years, 278 days). Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Louis Leguil and Kathryn Leguil.
  H. Clay Mace (b. 1888) — of Webster Springs, Webster County, W.Va. Born in Hackers Valley, Webster County, W.Va., May 13, 1888. Democrat. School teacher; road contractor; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Webster County, 1939-42; defeated, 1942. Methodist. Member, Lions; Odd Fellows; Junior Order; Woodmen. Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: Henry Clay
  Relatives: Son of William F. Mace and Willie Ann (Berry) Mace; married, July 26, 1914, to Maude M. Rose.
  John Mackler (b. 1875) — of Chicago Heights, Cook County, Ill. Born in New York, 1875. Republican. Road contractor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944, 1960 (alternate). Catholic. Burial location unknown.
  Horace Atlee Mann (1866-1934) — also known as Horace A. Mann; "Mystery Mann" — of Greeneville, Greene County, Tenn.; Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn. Born in McMinn County, Tenn., February 26, 1866. Lawyer; road contractor; member of Tennessee state senate, 1897-1901. Methodist; later Catholic. English ancestry. Member, Elks. Southern campaign manager for Herbert Hoover in 1928, but split with Hoover after he was elected President. Died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., March 15, 1934 (age 68 years, 17 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of Louis Alexander Gratz (1849?-?); grandfather of John Kimbrell Mann.
  Political family: Mann-Bearden family of Knoxville, Tennessee.
  Vito Marzullo (b. 1897) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Senerchia, Italy, September 10, 1897. Machinist; street repair superintendent; funeral director; elected (Republican) Illinois state house of representatives 2nd District 1940; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960, 1964. Italian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Letizia Cozzi.
Martin A. Matich Martin Anthony Matich (1927-2008) — also known as Martin A. Matich — of Colton, San Bernardino County, Calif.; San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, Calif. Born in Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, Calif., September 6, 1927. Engineer; grading contractor; his company built over 1,000 miles of roads, including major expressways and interchanges, as well as airport runways, flood control channels, landfills, and major buildings; mayor of Colton, Calif., 1958-60; director, San Bernardino Community Hospital. Catholic. Member, American Society of Civil Engineers; Navy League; American Arbitration Association; Knights of Columbus; Elks; Native Sons of the Golden West. Died in San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, Calif., April 19, 2008 (age 80 years, 226 days). Interment at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery, Colton, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of John Matich and Williamina (Davidson) Matich; married, September 3, 1964, to Evelyn Winter.
  The Martin A. Matich Highway (Route 210), from San Bernardino to Redlands, California, is named for him.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: The Press-Enterprise, April 21, 2008
  Howard V. Morgan (1914-2012) — of Monmouth, Polk County, Ore. Born in Tillamook, Tillamook County, Ore., January 22, 1914. Democrat. Sheep rancher; gravel contractor; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; candidate for Oregon commissioner of labor, 1950; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1952, 1956; Oregon Democratic state chair, 1952-56; Oregon Public Utility Commissioner, 1957-59; member, Federal Power Commission, 1961-63; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1966. Died in McMinnville, Yamhill County, Ore., April 14, 2012 (age 98 years, 83 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Rosina Corbett.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Peter Norbeck (1870-1936) — of Redfield, Spink County, S.Dak. Born in Vermillion, Clay County, Dakota Territory (now S.Dak.), August 27, 1870. Republican. Well driller; member of South Dakota state senate 30th District, 1909-14; Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 1915-17; Governor of South Dakota, 1917-21; U.S. Senator from South Dakota, 1921-36; died in office 1936; delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1924 (speaker), 1928 (member, Resolutions Committee). Lutheran. Swedish and Norwegian ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died December 20, 1936 (age 66 years, 115 days). Interment at Bloomington Church Cemetery, Platte, S.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of George Norbeck and Karen (Kongsvig) Norbeck; married 1900 to Lydia Theresa Anderson (1873-1961).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul Pate (b. 1958) — of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. Born May 8, 1958. Republican. Asphalt paving business; member of Iowa state senate; elected 1988, 1992; secretary of state of Iowa, 1995-98; candidate in primary for Governor of Iowa, 1998; mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2002-06. Still living as of 2010.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  David Auburn Peery (1881-1952) — also known as D. A. Peery — of Linneus, Linn County, Mo. Born in Linneus, Linn County, Mo., January 23, 1881. Democrat. Farmer; road and bridge contractor; Linn County Assessor, 1907-09; Linn County Surveyor, 1909-21; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Linn County, 1931-46. Died in Linneus, Linn County, Mo., February 18, 1952 (age 71 years, 26 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Linneus, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Jefferson Peery (1846-1929) and Martha (Burnett) Peery (1853-1918); married, November 2, 1909, to Pearl Knapp (1883-1973).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles D. Pierce (c.1848-1908) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born about 1848. Consulting engineer; commission merchant; manufacturer of well-drilling, excavation, and mining machinery and supplies; Consul-General for Orange Free State in New York, N.Y., 1891-1902. Killed himself by inhaling illuminating gas, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., April 24, 1908 (age about 60 years). Burial location unknown.
  Manson L. Reichert (1893-1978) — of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind. Born in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind., April 11, 1893. Republican. Road contractor; real estate developer; chair of Vanderburgh County Republican Party, 1942-44; mayor of Evansville, Ind., 1943-48. Presbyterian. Member, Elks; Eagles. Died, in Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind., December 27, 1978 (age 85 years, 260 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Ind.
  Nuncie A. Ripa, Jr. (born c.1946) — of Hammonton, Atlantic County, N.J. Born about 1946. Excavating business; Independent candidate for Governor of New Jersey, 1997. Still living as of 1997.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
Joseph F. Silliman Joseph Fitch Silliman (1840-1913) — also known as Joseph F. Silliman — of New Canaan, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in New Canaan, Fairfield County, Conn., February 7, 1840. Republican. Merchant; stone crushing business; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from New Canaan, 1901-02; member of Connecticut state senate 26th District, 1909-10. Congregationalist. Died in 1913 (age about 73 years). Interment at Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Silliman (1786?-1850) and Martha Ann (Mitchell) Silliman (1807-1880); married, October 17, 1866, to Caroline Hoyt (1840-1919); grandson of Joseph Silliman (1756-1829); fourth great-grandson of William Leete; second cousin twice removed of Gold Selleck Silliman and Benjamin Silliman; third cousin once removed of Benjamin Douglas Silliman and Dwight Arthur Silliman; third cousin twice removed of Enoch Woodbridge; fourth cousin once removed of Benjamin Tallmadge (1754-1835), Oliver Wolcott, Jr., Frederick Wolcott, William Woodbridge and Jonathan Stratton.
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Floyd-Woodbridge-Edwards family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Connecticut Legislative History and Souvenir (1909)
  John T. Sliney (b. 1864) — of Branford, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Branford, New Haven County, Conn., April, 1864. Democrat. Excavation contractor; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Branford; elected 1902. Irish ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of John B. Sliney (1897?-?).
John L. Stevens John Loomis Stevens (1850-1933) — also known as John L. Stevens — of Ames, Story County, Iowa; Boone, Boone County, Iowa. Born in Northfield, Washington County, Vt., May 29, 1850. Lawyer; district attorney 11th District, 1879-86; promoter of early telephone companies; organizer, Boone Brick and Tile Paving Company; district judge in Iowa 11th District, 1887-92; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1900, 1912; delegate to Progressive National Convention from Iowa, 1912; Progressive candidate for Governor of Iowa, 1912. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died in Iowa, October 23, 1933 (age 83 years, 147 days). Interment at Ames Municipal Cemetery, Ames, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Loomis Stevens and Harriet E. (Tucker) Stevens; married, August 10, 1876, to Rowena Estelle Edson (1852-1918).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Patrick J. Sullivan — of Lebanon, New London County, Conn. Democrat. Road contractor; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Lebanon, 1939-42; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1940, 1944; member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1940. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Wayne R. Swanson (b. 1914) — of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., December 31, 1914. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; excavating business; plumber; member of Nebraska railway commission, 1957-67; Nebraska state treasurer, 1967-75. Baptist. Swedish, German, and Scottish ancestry. Member, Eagles; Odd Fellows; Freemasons; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, June 22, 1946, to Ruth McDonald.
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
  John Polk Thomson (1854-1942) — also known as John P. Thomson — of Greensburg, Decatur County, Ind. Born in Greensburg, Decatur County, Ind., September 5, 1854. Republican. Road and bridge contractor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1900 (alternate), 1928. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died in Greensburg, Decatur County, Ind., April 13, 1942 (age 87 years, 220 days). Interment at South Park Cemetery, Greensburg, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Orville Thomson (1823-1910) and Nancy (Hazelrigg) Thomson (1825-1899); married, October 30, 1881, to Emma B. Walker (1860-1895).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Patrick Moran Thornton (b. 1884) — also known as Patrick Thornton — of Hancock, Houghton County, Mich.; Houghton, Houghton County, Mich. Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., April 11, 1884. Democrat. Road contractor; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Patrick Thornton and Margaret Thornton; married, September 23, 1918, to Violet D. King.
  Henry Wells Tracy (1807-1886) — of Standing Stone, Bradford County, Pa. Born in Ulster Township, Bradford County, Pa., September 24, 1807. Republican. Merchant; road contractor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1861-62; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 13th District, 1863-65; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1866. Died in Standing Stone, Bradford County, Pa., April 11, 1886 (age 78 years, 199 days). Interment at Brick Church Cemetery, Wysox, Pa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
George A. Turnham George A. Turnham (b. 1859) — of Long Lake, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Hennepin County, Minn., 1859. Road contractor; bridge builder; member of Minnesota state senate 36th District, 1915-28; defeated, 1934. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: Minnesota Legislative Manual 1917
  James Alexander Woodson (1848-1908) — also known as J. A. Woodson — of Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Ark.; Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in Rockingham County, N.C., July 14, 1848. Grocer; paving contractor; railroad builder; mayor of Little Rock, Ark., 1895-1900. Died in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., October 19, 1908 (age 60 years, 97 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Dr. James Turner Woodson (1822-1851) and Mary E. (Smith) Woodson (died 1851); married, February 25, 1868, to Virginia Caroline Lanier; third cousin thrice removed of Samuel Hughes Woodson and Silas Woodson (1819-1896).
  Political family: Woodson family of Jessamine County, Kentucky.
  Raymond C. Wurzel (1902-1967) — of North Street, St. Clair County, Mich. Born in St. Clair County, Mich., April 1, 1902. Republican. Farmer; president and chairman, London Farm Dairy, Inc., of Port Huron; excavating business; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1957-66 (St. Clair District 1957-64, 76th District 1965-66). Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Farm Bureau; Kiwanis. Died in 1967 (age about 65 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, November 13, 1926, to Ada Quail.
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Copyright notices: (1) Facts are not subject to copyright; see Feist v. Rural Telephone. (2) Politician portraits displayed on this site are 70-pixel-wide monochrome thumbnail images, which I believe to constitute fair use under applicable copyright law. Where possible, each image is linked to its online source. However, requests from owners of copyrighted images to delete them from this site are honored. (3) Original material, programming, selection and arrangement are © 1996-2019 Lawrence Kestenbaum. (4) This work is also licensed for free non-commercial re-use, with attribution, under a Creative Commons License.
Site information: The Political Graveyard is created and maintained by Lawrence Kestenbaum, who is solely responsible for its structure and content. — The mailing address is The Political Graveyard, P.O. Box 2563, Ann Arbor MI 48106. — This site is hosted by HDL. — The Political Graveyard opened on July 1, 1996; the last full revision was done on March 10, 2021.

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