The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Eye Doctor and Eyeglass Politicians
Opthamologists, Optometrists, Opticians, Oculists

Very incomplete list!

  Shirley Levoy Abbott (1924-2013) — also known as S. L. Abbott — of El Paso, El Paso County, Tex. Born in Fairview, Major County, Okla., July 23, 1924. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; optometrist; rancher; candidate for Texas state senate, 1962, 1964, 1966; chair of El Paso County Republican Party, 1965-66; candidate for Texas state comptroller, 1970; delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1972; member of Texas state house of representatives, 1977-78; U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho, 1984-86. Catholic. Died, from congestive heart failure, in Coronado, San Diego County, Calif., April 23, 2013 (age 88 years, 274 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Aaron Floyd 'Jack' Abbott and Vera (Goodwin) Abbott; married, May 5, 1945, to Arline E. Beahler.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial — Texas Legislators Past & Present
  D. Boyce Alford (1923-2002) — of Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Ark. Born in Cove, Polk County, Ark., November 13, 1923. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; optometrist; member of Arkansas state house of representatives, 1969-79. Episcopalian. Died, of heart failure, at Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Ark., February 27, 2002 (age 78 years, 106 days). Interment at Grace Church Memorial Garden, Pine Bluff, Ark.
  Relatives: Brother of Thomas Dale Alford.
  Thomas Dale Alford (1916-2000) — also known as Dale Alford — of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in New Hope, Pike County, Ark., January 28, 1916. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; opthamologist; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 5th District, 1959-63; defeated in primary, 1984; candidate for Governor of Arkansas, 1962, 1966. Episcopalian. Member, American Legion. Died, of complications of congestive heart failure, in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., January 25, 2000 (age 83 years, 362 days). Interment at Mt. Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Ark.
  Relatives: Brother of D. Boyce Alford; married to L'Moore Smith.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ralph Edward Barnett (1910-1998) — also known as Ralph E. Barnett; Ray Barnett — of Bluefield, Mercer County, W.Va.; Chesapeake, Va. Born in Roanoke, Va., June 9, 1910. Democrat. Optician; member of West Virginia state senate 10th District, 1961-72. Baptist. Member, Elks; Lions; Freemasons. Died September 20, 1998 (age 88 years, 103 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George Sim Barnett and Emma (Zink) Barnett; married, October 2, 1925, to Nell Margaret Harlow.
  John Nichols Boozman (b. 1950) — also known as John Boozman — of Rogers, Benton County, Ark. Born in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, La., December 10, 1950. Republican. Optometrist; business owner; rancher; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 3rd District, 2001-11; delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 2004, 2008 (delegation chair); U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 2011-. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Alex C. Donna — of Lapeer, Lapeer County, Mich. Republican. Optometrist; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Lapeer County, 1948. Member, American Legion. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Albert C. Esposito (b. 1912) — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., November 9, 1912. Republican. Physician; opthamologist; major in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of West Virginia state house of delegates 11th District, 1975-78; candidate for West Virginia state senate 5th District, 1978. Catholic. Member, American Medical Association; Alpha Phi Delta. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles A. Munzio Micali Esposito and Elizabeth Ellen (Cuda) Esposito; married, July 17, 1940, to V. Elizabeth Dodson.
  Rupert Emil Flower (1896-1964) — also known as Rupert Flower — of Visalia, Tulare County, Calif. Born in Monticello, Green County, Wis., September 18, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I; optometrist; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1948. Member, Kiwanis. Died in 1964 (age about 67 years). Burial location unknown.
  Matthew J. Fowler (b. 1879) — of Haverhill, Essex County, Mass. Born in St. Catherines, Ontario, May 31, 1879. Republican. Optometrist; president, Haverhill Cooperative Bank; delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Elks; Knights of Pythias. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Peter Fowler and Mary Fowler; married, April 18, 1907, to Daisy Longley.
  Nan Hayworth (b. 1959) — also known as Nan Alison Sutter — of Bedford Hills, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 14, 1959. Republican. Opthamologist; U.S. Representative from New York 19th District, 2011-13; defeated, 2012, 2014. Female. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
  Richard H. Knauf — of Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y. Republican. Optician; member of New York state assembly from Broome County 1st District, 1943-54. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Myron Bradford Kreidler (b. 1943) — also known as Mike Kreidler — of Washington. Born in Tacoma, Pierce County, Wash., September 28, 1943. Democrat. Optometrist; member of Washington state house of representatives, 1977-84; member of Washington state senate, 1985-92; U.S. Representative from Washington 9th District, 1993-95; defeated, 1994. Still living as of 1998.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Lamb (1735-1800) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 1, 1735. Optician; wine merchant; general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1784-97. Died May 31, 1800 (age 65 years, 150 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Anthony Lamb.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Oscar R. Lanng (1843-1915) — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born in Denmark, 1843. Physician; oculist; Consul for Denmark in New Orleans, La., 1893-99. Danish ancestry. Died in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., February 20, 1915 (age about 71 years). Entombed at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, New Orleans, La.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Donald Jerome Mitchell (1923-2003) — also known as Donald J. Mitchell — of Herkimer, Herkimer County, N.Y. Born in Ilion, Herkimer County, N.Y., May 8, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; optometrist; mayor of Herkimer, N.Y., 1956-59; member of New York state assembly, 1965-72 (Herkimer County 1965, 122nd District 1966, 112th District 1967-72); U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1973-83. Methodist. Member, Kiwanis; Elks; Freemasons; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died in Little Falls, Herkimer County, N.Y., September 27, 2003 (age 80 years, 142 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Gretta Levee.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Helen Murphy (1860-1940) — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in 1860. Socialist. Physician; oculist; candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 2nd District, 1922, 1928; candidate for Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1932. Female. Died November 9, 1940 (age about 80 years). Interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.
  Relatives: Daughter of James Murphy and Susan Bispham (Roe) Murphy.
  Rand Paul (b. 1963) — of Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., January 7, 1963. Republican. Opthamologist; U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 2011-; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2012; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 2016. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of Ronald Ernest Paul; married to Kelly Paul.
  Political family: Paul family of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Edwin Fitzhugh Polk (1888-1938) — also known as E. F. Polk — of Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tenn. Born in West Point, Clay County, Miss., August 18, 1888. Democrat. Optometrist; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1916. Died in Tucson, Pima County, Ariz., November 16, 1938 (age 50 years, 90 days). Interment at Polk Cemetery, Bolivar, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of William Wood Polk and Pattie (Wheelock) Polk; married, April 11, 1916, to Leale Wilson Roney; first cousin once removed of James Knox Polk and William Hawkins Polk; second cousin of Marshall Tate Polk and Tasker Polk; third cousin of Richard Tyler Polk; third cousin once removed of Rufus King Polk and Frank Lyon Polk; third cousin twice removed of Charles Polk and Elizabeth Polk Guest; third cousin thrice removed of Raymond R. Guest; fourth cousin of Augustus Caesar Dodge; fourth cousin once removed of Trusten Polk.
  Political families: Ashe-Polk family of North Carolina; Polk family; Manly-Haywood-Polk family of Raleigh, North Carolina (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Kevin Ryan (born c.1952) — of Montville, New London County, Conn. Born about 1952. Democrat. Optician; member of Connecticut state house of representatives 139th District, 1993-. Arrested for drunk driving on July 12, 2001; pleaded guilty in September and sentenced to 120 days in prison; released January 1, 2002. Still living as of 2002.
  James F. Safford (b. 1844) — of Farmington, Strafford County, N.H. Born in Maine, November, 1844. Jeweler; optician; member of New Hampshire state senate 5th District, 1899-1900. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James P. Safford and Mary (Gilkey) Safford.
  Robert M. Shackleford Jr. (1920-1988) — of Jackson, Clarke County, Ala. Born in Mobile, Mobile County, Ala., June 7, 1920. Republican. Optometrist; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1964; chair of Clarke County Republican Party, 1964-76. Died December 16, 1988 (age 68 years, 192 days). Interment at Spring Hill Graveyard, Mobile, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Robert M. Shackleford and Myrtice Christine (Brannan) Shackleford.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William W. Tamplin (1881-1965) — of Hutchinson, Reno County, Kan. Born in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, July 23, 1881. Socialist. Optometrist; jeweler; candidate for Governor of Kansas, 1944, 1948, 1950, 1952; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 1946. Died in Larned, Pawnee County, Kan., September 9, 1965 (age 84 years, 48 days). Interment at Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, Kan.
  Relatives: Son of William H. Tamplin and Mary Elizabeth (Thornhill) Tamplin; married 1906 to Haida Myrtle Day; married 1945 to Margaret Bramhall.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Peter Volmari — of Muskegon, Muskegon County, Mich. Optician; Prohibition candidate for mayor of Muskegon, Mich., 1917. Burial location unknown.
  Monrad Charles Wallgren (1891-1961) — also known as Monrad C. Wallgren; Mon C. Wallgren — of Everett, Snohomish County, Wash. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, April 17, 1891. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; jeweler; optician; U.S. Representative from Washington 2nd District, 1933-40; U.S. Senator from Washington, 1940-45; Governor of Washington, 1945-49; chair, Federal Power Commission, 1950-51. Member, American Legion; Forty and Eight; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Elks; Eagles; Rotary. Died, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident, in Olympia, Thurston County, Wash., September 18, 1961 (age 70 years, 154 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Everett, Wash.
  Relatives: Married, September 8, 1914, to Mabel C. Liberty.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul Weiss (1864-1943) — of Denver, Colo. Born in Basel, Switzerland, July 8, 1864. Naturalized U.S. citizen; optician; Honorary Consul for Switzerland in Denver, Colo., 1902-35. Died in Denver, Colo., February 13, 1943 (age 78 years, 220 days). Interment at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Earl Whedon (1872-1958) — also known as Edwin Earl Whedon — of Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyo. Born in Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, April 29, 1872. Democrat. Physician; eye, ear, nose and throat specialist; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1948 (member, Credentials Committee). Died September 10, 1958 (age 86 years, 134 days). Interment at Sheridan Elks Cemetery, Sheridan, Wyo.
  Relatives: Son of Edwin Frederick Whedon and Martha Annette (Richardson) Whedon; married, March 25, 1896, to Nellie Eva Woods; married to Bessie Whedon; third cousin twice removed of Charles Page; fourth cousin of Webster Davis Whedon; fourth cousin once removed of Ira Barnes Hyde.
  Political families: Hyde family of Princeton, Missouri; Blodgett-Whedon family of Killingworth, Connecticut (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert E. Willis (born c.1911) — of Decatur, Macon County, Ill. Born about 1911. Optometrist; mayor of Decatur, Ill., 1951-54. Burial location unknown.
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