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  Edmund Arthur Ball (1894-1947) — also known as E. Arthur Ball — of Muncie, Delaware County, Ind.; Westwood, Bergen County, N.J. Born in Muncie, Delaware County, Ind., December, 1894. Democrat. Vice-president of the Ball Brothers glass container company; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1940. Died, from a heart seizure brought on by influenza, while seated in his parked car at the municipal airport, in Millville, Cumberland County, N.J., April 16, 1947 (age 52 years, 0 days). Entombed at Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Clayton Ball (1858-1943) and Elizabeth Wolfe (Brady) Ball (1867-1944); married, January 24, 1920, to Frances Louise Davies; nephew of George Alexander Ball; third cousin thrice removed of Harrison Blodget (1801-1899).
  Political families: Morris-Ingersoll family of New York and Connecticut; Eastman family; Saltonstall-Weeks family of Massachusetts; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Alexander Ball (1862-1955) — also known as George A. Ball — of Muncie, Delaware County, Ind. Born in Green, Summit County, Ohio, November 5, 1862. Republican. President, Ball Brothers glass manufacturing company; chairman, Merchants National Bank of Muncie; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1928 (Convention Vice-President), 1936; member of Republican National Committee from Indiana, 1932-37. Presbyterian. Member, Beta Gamma Sigma; Freemasons; Rotary. Died, from cerebral thrombosis, in Muncie, Delaware County, Ind., October 22, 1955 (age 92 years, 351 days). Entombed at Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Lucius Styles Ball (1814-1878) and Maria Polly (Bingham) Ball (1822-1892); married to Frances Woodworth (1872-1958); uncle of Edmund Arthur Ball; third cousin twice removed of Harrison Blodget; fourth cousin once removed of Walter Harrison Blodget (1850-1923) and Albert Lemando Bingham.
  Political families: Morris-Ingersoll family of New York and Connecticut; Seward family of New York; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Ellis Blackburn (1860-1928) — also known as Joseph E. Blackburn — of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Born in a log cabin in Farmington, Belmont County, Ohio, June 30, 1860. Republican. Glass mold maker; organizer, president, and secretary, mold-maker's union; druggist; member of Ohio state house of representatives, 1895; Ohio dairy and food commissioner, 1897-1901. Died in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, 1928 (age about 68 years). Interment at Masonic Home Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio.
  Relatives: Married 1880 to Dora C. Harkin (1858-1937).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harry Bolinger Curtin (1866-1929) — also known as Harry B. Curtin — of Sutton, Braxton County, W.Va.; Clarksburg, Harrison County, W.Va. Born in Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pa., October 4, 1866. Republican. Lumber manufacturer; delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1916, 1920; glass business. Died January 2, 1929 (age 62 years, 90 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Frances (Starn) Curtin and George Washington Curtin (1843-?); married, December 24, 1890, to Ella DeArmond (1869-1939).
  Thomas C. Dunham (b. 1845) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New Jersey, 1845. Democrat. Glassware merchant; member of New York state senate 8th District, 1886-87. Burial location unknown.
  Michael Joseph Gill (1864-1918) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in New York, December 5, 1864. Democrat. Glass blower; glass manufacturing business; U.S. Representative from Missouri 12th District, 1914-15; defeated, 1898 (10th District), 1912 (12th District), 1916 (12th District). Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died, from influenza and bronchial pneumonia, in St. John's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., November 1, 1918 (age 53 years, 331 days). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Michael Gill and Margaret (O'Toole) Gill; married, May 27, 1891, to Agnes Strubel (1868-1940).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jacob Edward Gunther III (1953-2003) — also known as Jacob E. Gunther III; Jake Gunther — of Forestburgh, Sullivan County, N.Y. Born in Middletown, Orange County, N.Y., June 11, 1953. Democrat. Glass business; member of New York state assembly 98th District, 1993-2003; died in office 2003. Presbyterian. Died, of neck cancer, in St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, Albany County, N.Y., July 9, 2003 (age 50 years, 28 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Married, May 27, 1978, to Aileen M. Malone (1954?-).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Horatio Ely Havens (1871-1960) — also known as H. Ely Havens — of Lakewood, Ocean County, N.J. Born in Laurelton, Brick, Ocean County, N.J., April 21, 1871. Republican. Furniture and china business; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1916. Died March 25, 1960 (age 88 years, 339 days). Interment at Havens Family Graveyard at First Baptist Church, Laurelton, Brick, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Horatio Ely Havens; nephew of John Greenleaf Webb Havens and Abraham Charles Bartolette Havens (1841-1928); first cousin of W. Burtis Havens.
  Political family: Havens family of Laurelton, New Jersey.
  Andrew Kessler Hay (1809-1881) — also known as Andrew K. Hay — of New Jersey. Born near Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., January 19, 1809. Glass manufacturing business; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1st District, 1849-51; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1872; president, Camden and Atlantic Railroad, 1872-76. Died in Winslow, Camden County, N.J., February 7, 1881 (age 72 years, 19 days). Interment at Colestown Cemetery, Cherry Hill Township, Camden County, N.J.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Alanson B. Houghton Alanson Bigelow Houghton (1863-1941) — also known as Alanson B. Houghton — of Corning, Steuben County, N.Y. Born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., October 10, 1863. Republican. President, Corning Glass Works, 1910-18; vice-president, Ephraim Creek Coal and Coke Company; director, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1912, 1924, 1928 (member, Resolutions Committee); Presidential Elector for New York, 1916; U.S. Representative from New York 37th District, 1919-22; U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1922-25; Great Britain, 1925-29; candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1928. Died in South Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Mass., September 15, 1941 (age 77 years, 340 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery Annex, Corning, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Amory Houghton, Jr. and Ellen Ann (Bigelow) Houghton; married, June 25, 1890, to Adelaide Wellington; father of Amory Houghton (1899-1981); grandfather of Amory Houghton, Jr. (1926-).
  Political family: Houghton family of Corning, New York.
  Cross-reference: Guy W. Cheney
  The World War II Liberty ship SS Alanson B. Houghton (built 1944, scrapped 1972) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier
  Books about Alanson B. Houghton: Jeffrey J. Matthews, Alanson B. Houghton : Ambassador of the New Era
  Image source: Time Magazine, April 5, 1926
  Amory Houghton (1899-1981) — of Corning, Steuben County, N.Y. Born in Corning, Steuben County, N.Y., July 27, 1899. Republican. President (1930-41) and chairman (1941-61), Corning Glass Works; director, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Erie Railroad, and National City Bank; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1948 (alternate), 1952, 1964; Presidential Elector for New York, 1956; U.S. Ambassador to France, 1957-61; candidate for delegate to New York state constitutional convention at-large, 1966. Episcopalian. Died in 1981 (age about 81 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Alanson Bigelow Houghton and Adelaide Louise (Wellington) Houghton; married, October 19, 1921, to Laura DeKay Richardson; father of Amory Houghton, Jr. (1926-).
  Political family: Houghton family of Corning, New York.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Amory Houghton, Jr. (b. 1926) — also known as Amo Houghton — of Corning, Steuben County, N.Y. Born in Corning, Steuben County, N.Y., August 7, 1926. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; president, Corning Glass Works, 1961; director, New York Telephone Company; U.S. Representative from New York, 1987-2003 (34th District 1987-93, 31st District 1993-2003, 29th District 2003); delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008. Episcopalian. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Amory Houghton (1899-1981) and Laura DeKay (Richardson) Houghton; married, June 27, 1950, to Ruth Frances West; married to Priscilla B. Dewey; grandson of Alanson Bigelow Houghton.
  Political family: Houghton family of Corning, New York.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Arthur Amory Houghton, Jr. (b. 1906) — also known as Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Corning, Steuben County, N.Y., December 12, 1906. Republican. Vice-president, Corning Glass Works, 1935-40; director, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad; served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1960. Episcopalian. Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Council on Foreign Relations; Modern Language Association. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Arthur Amory Houghton (1868?-?) and Mabel (Hollister) Houghton; married to Elizabeth Douglas McCall.
  Frank J. Klumpp (b. 1867) — of Allegheny County, Pa. Born in South Pittsburgh (now part of Pittsburgh), Allegheny County, Pa., October 5, 1867. Glass worker; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Allegheny County, 1899-1900, 1909. Burial location unknown.
  Earl W. Merry (1897-1964) — of Dunkirk, Jay County, Ind. Born in Indiana, March 23, 1897. Republican. Bookkeeper for a glass factory; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1948 (alternate), 1952. Died in October, 1964 (age 67 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James E. Merry (born 1870) and Emma C. Merry (born 1869); nephew by marriage of Lila Merry (1877-?).
William P. C. Perry William P. C. Perry (b. 1895) — of Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born in Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va., February 25, 1895. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; glass worker; accountant; member of West Virginia state senate 16th District, 1943-46; defeated, 1946; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Jefferson County, 1949-60. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Moose; Delta Phi; Izaak Walton League; Sons of Confederate Veterans; American Legion; Kiwanis. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Tayloe Perry and Eleanor (Craighill) Perry; married, October 28, 1922, to Mary Duffield Shutt.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Valentine Francis Remmel (1853-1929) — also known as Valentine Remmel — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., March 10, 1853. Socialist. Glass worker; union organizer; Socialist Labor candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1900. German ancestry. Died, from lobar pneumonia, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., May 9, 1929 (age 76 years, 60 days). Interment at South Side Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Conrad R. Remmel; married, June 3, 1880, to Virginia Emma 'Jennie' Harlan (1858-1928).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Fred H. Scanes, Jr. Frederick H. Scanes, Jr. (1906-1974) — also known as Fred H. Scanes, Jr. — of Clarksburg, Harrison County, W.Va. Born in Salem, Harrison County, W.Va., March 10, 1906. Democrat. Flat glass worker; secretary-treasurer and president, Local 7, Glass Workers; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Harrison County, 1949-56. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Odd Fellows; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died in August, 1974 (age 68 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick H. Scanes, Sr. and Delphis (Stephens) Scanes; married, August 20, 1933, to Alta Riddle.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864) — also known as Henry R. Schoolcraft — of Mackinac Island, Mackinac County, Mich. Born in Guilderland, Albany County, N.Y., March 28, 1793. Glassmaker; geologist; U.S. Indian Agent, 1822-41; member Michigan territorial council from Brown, Chippewa, Crawford and Michilimackinac counties, 1828-31. Died in Washington, D.C., December 10, 1864 (age 71 years, 257 days). Interment at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Lawrence Schoolcraft (1757-1840) and Margaret Anna Barbara (Rowe) Schoolcraft (1759-1832); married, October 12, 1823, to Jane Johnston (1800-1842); married, January 12, 1847, to Mary Howard (1820-1878); uncle of John Lawrence Schoolcraft (1804-1860) and Richard Updike Sherman; granduncle of James Schoolcraft Sherman and James Teller Schoolcraft; first cousin once removed of Peter P. Schoolcraft.
  Political families: Seward family of New York; Schoolcraft-Seward family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Schoolcraft County, Mich. is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Elijah Sells (1814-1897) — of Scott County, Ill.; Sweetland, Muscatine County, Iowa; Lawrence, Douglas County, Kan.; Palmyra, Douglas County, Kan.; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Born in Franklin County, Ohio, February 5, 1814. Republican. Stoneware manufacturer; lumber business; delegate to Iowa state constitutional convention from Muscatine County, 1844; secretary of state of Iowa, 1856-63; member of Kansas state house of representatives, 1870; secretary of Utah Territory, 1889-93. Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, March 13, 1897 (age 83 years, 36 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  Relatives: Son of William Henry Sells (1790-1872) and Elizabeth (Ebey) Sells (1791-1867); married, March 10, 1835, to Isabella Watt (1816-1889); married to Harriet Jacques Wetmore (1836-1916); father of Elijah Watt Sells (1858-1924; co-founder of the Haskins & Sells accounting firm).
  James Scollay Taft (b. 1844) — also known as James S. Taft — of Keene, Cheshire County, N.H. Born in Nelson, Cheshire County, N.H., July 16, 1844. Republican. Dry goods merchant; pottery manufacturer; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1895; delegate to New Hampshire state constitutional convention, 1903; mayor of Keene, N.H., 1903-05. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Sons of the American Revolution. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Asa Taft and Nancy (Burnap) Taft; married, January 9, 1874, to Helen A. Ball.
  Thomas Waaland (b. 1911) — of Corning, Steuben County, N.Y. Born in Stavanger, Norway, May 22, 1911. Republican. Naturalized U.S. citizen; glass manufacturing executive; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956. Presbyterian. Member, Tau Beta Pi; Phi Gamma Delta. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Waaland and Anna Marie (Simonsen) Waaland; married, April 30, 1938, to Jean McKinley.
  Joseph H. Walker — of Monrovia, Los Angeles County, Calif. Pottery manufacturer; mayor of Monrovia, Calif., 1954-56. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
W. Edwin Wells William Edwin Wells, Jr. (b. 1890) — also known as W. Edwin Wells — of Newell, Hancock County, W.Va. Born in East Liverpool, Columbiana County, Ohio, July 30, 1890. Republican. Pottery manufacturer; member of West Virginia state senate 1st District, 1929-32. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Sigma Nu. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1929
  Wallace Ralston Westlake (1907-1978) — also known as Ralston Westlake — of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Born in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, August 27, 1907. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; glass business; motel owner; mayor of Columbus, Ohio, 1960-63. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died, in Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, December 9, 1978 (age 71 years, 104 days). Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.
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