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  Wilhelmina F. Adams (1901-1987) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Key West, Monroe County, Fla., January 31, 1901. Democrat. Florist; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944, 1964; member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1945-51. Female. Protestant. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Urban League; Tammany Hall; Order of the Eastern Star. Died in May, 1987 (age 86 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Thomas F. Adams and Mary F. (Peck) Adams.
  Alfred Edwin Arlington (1893-1965) — also known as Alfred E. Arlington — of Herkimer, Herkimer County, N.Y. Born in Pennsylvania, October 7, 1893. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; florist; candidate for New York state assembly from Herkimer County, 1933. Died in June, 1965 (age 71 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Gertrude Duncombe Atwell (1876-1941) — also known as Gertrude Atwell; Gertrude Williams Duncombe; Mrs. R. P. Atwell — of Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa. Born in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, July 20, 1876. Democrat. Florist; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1928, 1936, 1940. Female. Episcopalian. Died in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, 1941 (age about 64 years). Interment at Oakland Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
  Relatives: Daughter of John Francis Duncombe (1831-1902) and Mary Augustine (Williams) Duncombe; married, August 1, 1901, to Rawlins Page Atwell (1875-1934).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alfred Henry Augur (1855-1933) — also known as Alfred H. Augur — of Middlefield, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in Middlefield, Middlesex County, Conn., February 5, 1855. Republican. Farmer; florist; elected Connecticut state house of representatives from Middlefield 1906. Died in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., September 23, 1933 (age 78 years, 230 days). Interment at Middlefield Cemetery, Middlefield, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Lucy Eliza (Parmelee) Augur (1825-1895) and Phineas Miller Augur (1826-1891); brother of Edwin Prosper Augur and Charles Parmelee Augur (1857-1919); married, May 25, 1880, to Anna Elizabeth Camp (1855-1924); third cousin of Charles Pierson Augur; third cousin thrice removed of Charles Arnold; fourth cousin once removed of Israel Coe, Arthur Newton Holden, Rollin Usher Tyler and George Henry Augur.
  Political families: Kidder family of Connecticut; Augur family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ross Bass (1918-1993) — of Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn.; Miami Shores, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla. Born in Giles County, Tenn., March 17, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; florist; soft drink bottler; postmaster; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 6th District, 1955-64; defeated, 1976; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1964-67. Methodist. Member, American Legion; Forty and Eight; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Kiwanis; Elks. Died January 1, 1993 (age 74 years, 290 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Pulaski, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. William Arch Bass and Ethel (Shook) Bass; married, June 28, 1946, to Avanell Keith.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Lucile Elizabeth Belen (1912-2010) — also known as Lucile E. Belen — of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Laingsburg, Shiawassee County, Mich., December 28, 1912. Democrat. Florist; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Ingham County 1st District, 1942; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952; member, Lansing City Council, 1955-92; candidate for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Ingham County 1st District, 1961. Female. Member, Zonta; Rotary. Inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, 2001. Died in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., June 2, 2010 (age 97 years, 156 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing, Mich.
  Relatives: Daughter of Christopher Belen (1882-1960) and Elizabeth Lehman Belen; sister of Frederick Christopher Belen (1913-1999).
  Political family: Belen family of Lansing, Michigan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Philip Breitmeyer (b. 1864) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., May 13, 1864. Republican. Florist; mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1909-10. Christian Scientist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Breitmeyer and Fredericka Breitmeyer; married, March 9, 1886, to Katie Grass.
  Mitch Chandler — of Pullman, Whitman County, Wash. Florist; mayor of Pullman, Wash., 1996-2004. Still living as of 2004.
  Robert C. Cherry — of Paducah, McCracken County, Ky. Democrat. Florist; mayor of Paducah, Ky., 1952-56, 1960-64, 1968-72; defeated, 1975, 1979; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1956. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Burton Melvin Cross (1902-1998) — also known as Burton M. Cross — of Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine. Born in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, November 15, 1902. Republican. Florist; member of Maine state house of representatives, 1941-44; member of Maine state senate 7th District, 1945-52; Governor of Maine, 1952-55. Member, Grange; Freemasons; Shriners; Rotary. Died in a hospital at Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, October 22, 1998 (age 95 years, 341 days). Interment at Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Burton M. Cross and Harriett (Thompson) Cross; married, November 1, 1927, to Olena R. Moulton.
  C. Fayette Curtiss — of Plantsville, Southington, Hartford County, Conn. Florist; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Southington, 1929-30, 1939-40; defeated (Democratic), 1932. Burial location unknown.
  Benjamin M. Davis (c.1816-1892) — of Springwells Township (now part of Detroit), Wayne County, Mich.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born about 1816. Florist; supervisor of Springwells Township, Michigan, 1859-60. Congregationalist. While on a boat, he fell, suffered a head injury, and died, in Georgian Bay, August 15, 1892 (age about 76 years). Burial location unknown.
  Stanley J. Davis (1908-2003) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Poland, May 8, 1908. Democrat. Florist; mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1949-50, 1958-63; defeated, 1956; candidate for Michigan state senate 17th District, 1950; candidate for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Kent County 1st District, 1961; member of Michigan state house of representatives 92nd District, 1965-72; defeated, 1972, 1974. Catholic. Member, Elks; Knights of Columbus. Died January 23, 2003 (age 94 years, 260 days). Burial location unknown.
  Dean B. Doty (1919-1998) — of Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Mich. Born in Midland, Midland County, Mich., August 3, 1919. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; florist; chair of Eaton County Republican Party, 1956-60; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1960; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Eaton District, 1961-62. Episcopalian. Member, Rotary; American Legion; Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died August 24, 1998 (age 79 years, 21 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Mark Doty and Gladys (Walsh) Doty; married to Roberta Boswoth; great-grandson of Philo Doty (1829?-?).
  Eugene P. Dukes (b. 1904) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 3, 1904. Florist; member of Illinois state house of representatives 27th District, 1941-43. Polish ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Rose Wanderski-Dukes (Polish society leader).
  James C. Farquhar, Jr. (born c.1959) — of Grosse Pointe Farms, Wayne County, Mich. Born about 1959. Florist; mayor of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., 2002-. Lutheran. Still living as of 2014.
  John E. Fitzgerald (b. 1915) — of Ravenswood, Jackson County, W.Va. Born in Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio, May 30, 1915. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; wholesale florist supplier; member of West Virginia state house of delegates; elected 1970; defeated, 1972 (Jackson County); elected 1974, 1976. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arch Masons; Knights Templar; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Rotary. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Fitzgerald and Myrtle (Roberts) Fitzgerald; married, May 7, 1937, to Edna Thomas.
  John T. Gregorio (1928-2013) — also known as "The Lion of Linden" — of Linden, Union County, N.J. Born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., February 6, 1928. Democrat. Florist; mayor of Linden, N.J., 1968-83, 1991-2006; defeated, 2006; shot at in his car, in March 1968; two days later, his house was firebombed; member of New Jersey state house of assembly 21st District, 1974-77; indicted in April 1975 on perjury and fraud charges, over his purchase of a vacant lot from Elizabethtown Gas Company, while conspiring to falsify documents to conceal his involvement as buyer; later charged with extorting a $25,000 kickback from a building contractor on a high school project; following jury selection, the charges were dismissed in February 1976; member of New Jersey state senate, 1978-83 (21st District 1978-81, 20th District 1982-83); indicted in September 1981 on charges of income tax evasion, concealing his interest in two "go-go bars", and for failing to enforce state alcohol laws; convicted in December 1982 of conspiracy to commit official misconduct, but found not guilty on other charges. Died, from leukemia, in Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., October 23, 2013 (age 85 years, 259 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Joseph Edward Heckenkamp (b. 1901) — also known as Joseph E. Heckenkamp — of Quincy, Adams County, Ill. Born in Quincy, Adams County, Ill., March 19, 1901. Democrat. Florist; member of Illinois state house of representatives; elected 1932, 1934; member of Illinois state senate 36th District; elected 1936; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 15th District, 1938; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1956. Catholic. Member, Moose; Eagles; United Commercial Travelers. Burial location unknown.
  Andrew M. Johnson, Jr. — of Shelton, Fairfield County, Conn. Republican. Florist; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Shelton, 1939-40, 1947-48; defeated, 1948. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Leonard A. Jurkiewicz (b. 1899) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 15, 1899. Democrat. Florist; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1932; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1933-36; defeated in primary, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1946, 1948. Catholic. Member, Maccabees; Woodmen. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Vincent Jurkiewicz and Bon (Kowski) Jurkiewicz; married 1921 to Theresa Doris Scherr (1904?-?).
  Helen Z. Kinsley — of Pawtucket, Providence County, R.I. Democrat. Florist; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1928; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Canal Zone, 1940. Female. Burial location unknown.
  Frank Kopriver, Jr. — of Duquesne, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Duquesne, Allegheny County, Pa. Republican. Florist; mayor of Duquesne, Pa., 1947-60; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948; member of Pennsylvania state senate 45th District, 1953-60; defeated, 1960. Member, Freemasons; Moose; Eagles; Odd Fellows; Lions. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Seymour Lowman (1868-1940) — of Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y. Born in Chemung town, Chemung County, N.Y., October 7, 1868. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Chemung County, 1909-10; chair of Chemung County Republican Party, 1910-34; member of New York state senate 41st District, 1919-24; defeated, 1910; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924, 1932; Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1925-26; defeated, 1926; U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, 1927-33; president, Elmira Savings Bank, 1933; president, Lowman Construction Corp.; president, U.S. Cut Flower Co. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Sons of the American Revolution. Died in 1940 (age about 71 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Lowman (1832-1884) and Fanny (Bixby) Lowman; married, September 9, 1893, to Katherine Harding 'Kate' Smith.
  Daniel A. Malie (b. 1868) — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., January 11, 1868. Republican. Hotel business; florist; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Allegheny County 1st District, 1909; resigned 1909. Burial location unknown.
  James L. Maxwell (1926-1984) — of Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla. Born in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., May 12, 1926. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; florist; mayor of Tulsa, Okla., 1958-66; defeated, 1966, 1968. Presbyterian. Member, Jaycees; American Legion; Sigma Chi. Died, of cancer, in a hospital at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., October 18, 1984 (age 58 years, 159 days). Interment at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of William B. Maxwell and Mary Pauline (O'Donnell) Maxwell.
  Joseph A. Mendel (b. 1877) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., 1877. Democrat. Florist; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920, 1924, 1928; member of Illinois state senate 2nd District, 1929-41, 1943-45. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Knights of Pythias. Burial location unknown.
  Michael Nofziger (b. 1948) — also known as Max Nofziger — of Austin, Travis County, Tex. Born in 1948. Flower seller; candidate for mayor of Austin, Tex., 1983, 1985, 1997, 2003. Still living as of 2003.
  Frank Austin Norton (1867-1947) — also known as Frank Norton — of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich., June 1, 1867. Republican. Stonemason; florist; mayor of Ypsilanti, Mich., 1912-14. Methodist. Died, from a stroke, while hospitalized for senile psychosis, at Ypsilanti State Psychiatric Hospital, York Township, Washtenaw County, Mich., October 2, 1947 (age 80 years, 123 days). Interment at Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Austin B. Norton and Sarah J. (Knapp) Norton; married to Lena Eisenlord.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Homer L. Pearson (1900-1985) — of Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colo. Born in Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colo., December 31, 1900. Republican. Florist; member of Colorado state house of representatives, 1939-46; Speaker of the Colorado State House of Representatives, 1941-46; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1944; Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 1947-49. Methodist. Died June 9, 1985 (age 84 years, 160 days). Burial location unknown.
  Angelo Joseph Rossi (1878-1948) — also known as Angelo J. Rossi — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Volcano, Amador County, Calif., January 22, 1878. Florist; mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1931-44. Italian ancestry. Died in San Francisco, Calif., April 5, 1948 (age 70 years, 74 days). Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, Calif.
  See also Wikipedia article
  R. Wynn Tully — of Paducah, McCracken County, Ky. Democrat. Florist; candidate for mayor of Paducah, Ky., 1923. Burial location unknown.
  Jacob H. Ullmann (born c.1861) — also known as Jacob H. Ullman — of Carlstadt, Bergen County, N.J. Born in New York, about 1861. Republican. Florist; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Bergen County, 1896-97; postmaster at Carlstadt, N.J., 1897-1901. German ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Ullmann.
  George John Vavoulis (1911-1992) — also known as George J. Vavoulis — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn. Born February 6, 1911. Republican. Florist; mayor of St. Paul, Minn., 1960-66. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Died in Ramsey County, Minn., July 4, 1992 (age 81 years, 149 days). Interment at Roselawn Cemetery, Roseville, Minn.
  Relatives: Married to Beverly Mortitz (1918-2010).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Roger F. Villere, Jr. — of Metairie, Jefferson Parish, La. Republican. Florist; delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 2004, 2008; Louisiana Republican state chair, 2008. Still living as of 2008.
  Charline White (1920-1959) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., September 1, 1920. Democrat. Florist; advertising business; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1951-59 (Wayne County 1st District 1951-54, Wayne County 11th District 1955-59); died in office 1959. Female. African ancestry. Died September 7, 1959 (age 39 years, 6 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Leroy G. White.
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