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  Cheney Ames (1808-1892) — of Oswego, Oswego County, N.Y. Born in Mexico, Oswego County, N.Y., June 19, 1808. Hatter; postmaster at Oswego, N.Y., 1849-53, 1877-81; member of New York state senate 21st District, 1858-59, 1864-65; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War. Died in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 14, 1892 (age 84 years, 87 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Scriba town, Oswego County, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Leonard Ames (1776-1843) and Minerva (Peck) Ames (1777-1852); brother of Leonard Ames, Jr. (1818-1899); married, October 23, 1834, to Emily North (1817-1848); married 1854 to Katherine 'Kate' Browne (1832-1910); second cousin twice removed of Orville Hungerford; third cousin twice removed of Nathan Read.
  Political families: Weeks-Bigelow-Andrew-Prescott family; Conger-Hungerford family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles K. Bailey (born c.1863) — of Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn. Born about 1863. Republican. Hatter; postmaster at Bethel, Conn., 1898-1903; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Bethel, 1919-20. Burial location unknown.
  John Joseph Cavanagh (1864-1957) — also known as John J. Cavanagh — of Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in South Norwalk (now part of Norwalk), Fairfield County, Conn., January 16, 1864. Democrat. Hat manufacturer; mayor of South Norwalk, Conn., 1902-03; mayor of Norwalk, Conn., 1908-09; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1928. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Died in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn., January 24, 1957 (age 93 years, 8 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Lawrence Cavanagh and Margaret (Murphy) Cavanagh; married to Agnes Garvan.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Israel Dodd Condit (1802-1897) — also known as Israel D. Condit — of Millburn, Essex County, N.J. Born in Orange, Essex County, N.J., July 9, 1802. Hat manufacturer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1867. Episcopalian. Died in Millburn, Essex County, N.J., January 29, 1897 (age 94 years, 204 days). Interment at St. Stephens Episcopal Cemetery, Millburn, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of John Condit (1766-1803) and Mary (Dodd) Condit (1768-1841); married to Caroline Eaglesfield (1805-1887); first cousin twice removed of Silas Condict; second cousin once removed of John Condit (1755-1834), Smith Thompson and Lewis Condict; third cousin of Silas Condit, Jacob Livingston Sutherland, Gilbert Livingston Thompson and Alfred Henry Condict; third cousin once removed of Augustus William Cutler, Albert Pierson Condit, Amzi Condit, Elias Mulford Condit, George Ezra DeCamp and Fillmore Condit; third cousin twice removed of Guy Vernor Henry and Mary Mather Hooker; fourth cousin of Simeon Harrison; fourth cousin once removed of Jacob Clark Pike (1854-1928).
  Political families: Pike family of Lubec, Maine; Condit family of Orange, New Jersey; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Daprato (b. 1852) — of Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Mich. Born in Barga, Italy, 1852. Republican. Hatter; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Dickinson County, 1913-20, 1931-34. Italian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Scottish Rite Masons. Burial location unknown.
  Frank A. Doran — of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Democrat. Hatter; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Danbury, 1935-40. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Thomas Dowd (b. 1864) — of Fall River, Bristol County, Mass. Born in England, May 1, 1864. Republican. Hatter; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives Ninth Bristol District, 1904-06. Burial location unknown.
  Daniel F. Farrell — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Democrat. Hatter; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1910-18; member of New York state senate 5th District, 1919-30. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus. Burial location unknown.
  John B. Ferre — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Democrat. Retail hatter; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1902-04. Burial location unknown.
  Henry Fister (1772-1853) — of Hamburg, Berks County, Pa. Born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., January 20, 1772. Hatter; postmaster at Hamburg, Pa., 1809-30. Died in Hamburg, Berks County, Pa., February 7, 1853 (age 81 years, 18 days). Interment at St. John's Cemetery, Hamburg, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Durst Fister and Elizabeth Fister; married to Elizabeth Stambach (1781-1871).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Gallagher (1850-1930) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Concord, Merrimack County, N.H., July 6, 1850. Democrat. Hat business; bank director; U.S. Representative from Illinois 8th District, 1909-21. Catholic. Died in San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex., February 4, 1930 (age 79 years, 213 days). Interment at St. Boniface Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of John Gallagher and Margaret (Tighe) Gallagher; married, October 12, 1886, to Margaretta Borsch.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Howard S. Gilbert (born c.1860) — of Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn., about 1860. Republican. Hatter; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Bethel, 1917-18. Burial location unknown.
  Joseph J. Gillotte — of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Democrat. Hatter; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Danbury, 1935-40. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
Ransom Halloway Ransom Halloway (c.1793-1851) — also known as Ransom Holloway — of Beekman, Dutchess County, N.Y. Born in Beekman, Dutchess County, N.Y., about 1793. Whig. Farmer; hatter; U.S. Representative from New York 8th District, 1849-51. Died in Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, Md., April 6, 1851 (age about 58 years). Interment at Dodge Family Burial Ground, Pawling, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married 1820 to Rebecca Dodge (1802-1843); married, January 6, 1851, to Eliza Genevieve Waring (1799-1855).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: Library of Congress
  George H. Hickok (b. 1845) — of Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn.; Bound Brook, Somerset County, N.J. Born in Connecticut, December, 1845. Manager in hat factory; warden (borough president) of Bethel, Connecticut, 1896-97, 1904-09, 1917. Interment at Center Cemetery, Bethel, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of George Anson Hickok (1810-1885) and Sarah Ann (Coley) Hickok (1820-1901); married to Caroline 'Carrie' Foster (1848-1923).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert E. Howard — of Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn. Democrat. Executive with the Hat Corporation of America; candidate for mayor of Norwalk, Conn., 1947. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Charles A. Lighthipe (1824-1905) — of Orange, Essex County, N.J. Born in Orange, Essex County, N.J., October 11, 1824. Hat maker and manufacturer of hat-forming machines; director, Morris and Essex Railroad; director, American Insurance Company of Newark; organizer, Citizens Gas Company of Newark; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1864-65. Episcopalian. Suffered a paralytic stroke, and died two years later, in Orange, Essex County, N.J., February 14, 1905 (age 80 years, 126 days). Burial location unknown.
  Peter Nagle, Jr. (b. 1782) — of Reading, Berks County, Pa. Born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., June 11, 1782. Hat manufacturer; tavern keeper; grocer; distiller; chief burgess of Reading, Pennsylvania, 1825-31, 1832-33, 1837-39. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Peter Nagle; married, December 28, 1802, to Susan E. Filbert.
  Edward Neblett (1818-1907) — of Weaverville, Trinity County, Calif.; Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Calif. Born in Prince George County, Va., July 18, 1818. Whig. Hatter; went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; Trinity County Sheriff, 1855-57; member of California state assembly 21st District, 1858-59; banker; hardware business; mayor of Santa Rosa, Calif., 1876-78. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Calif., January 19, 1907 (age 88 years, 185 days). Interment at Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Santa Rosa, Calif.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Garry Paddock (born c.1872) — of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Brewster, Putnam County, N.Y., about 1872. Democrat. Hatter; member of Connecticut state senate 23rd District, 1911-12. Burial location unknown.
  Reuben S. Payne (1844-1896) — of Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn. Born in Davidson County, Tenn., 1844. Hat merchant; banker; mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., 1882. Died in 1896 (age about 52 years). Interment at Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.
  John Hamilton Reid (1854-1927) — also known as John H. Reid — of Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn., 1854. Republican. Hatter; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Bethel, 1911-12; warden (borough president) of Bethel, Connecticut, 1911. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died in 1927 (age about 73 years). Interment at Center Cemetery, Bethel, Conn.
  Relatives: Married to Anna B. MacGregor.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Solomon D. Rosenthal (b. 1845) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 15, 1845. Democrat. Hat business; member of New York state assembly from New York County 12th District, 1884-85, 1888. German ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  John B. Sanford (b. 1788) — of Brookfield, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in 1788. Hat manufacturer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Brookfield, 1827. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1813 to Rebecca Camp.
  Moses Seymour (1742-1826) — of Litchfield, Litchfield County, Conn. Born in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., July 23, 1742. Furrier; hatter; merchant; farmer; major in Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Litchfield, 1795-1811. Died in Litchfield, Litchfield County, Conn., September 17, 1826 (age 84 years, 56 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Moses Seymour (1711-1795) and Rachel (Goodwin) Seymour (1816-1763); married, November 7, 1771, to Molly Marsh (1752-1826); father of Horatio Seymour (1778-1857) and Henry Seymour; grandfather of Origen Storrs Seymour, Horatio Seymour (1810-1886), George Seymour and Julia Catherine Seymour (1827-1893; who married Roscoe Conkling); granduncle of McNeil Seymour and Henry William Seymour; great-grandfather of Edward Woodruff Seymour, Joseph Battell, Morris Woodruff Seymour and Horatio Seymour, Jr.; great-granduncle of Norman Alexander Seymour; first cousin twice removed of Hezekiah Cook Seymour; first cousin thrice removed of Silas Seymour, William Chapman Williston and Augustus Sherrill Seymour; first cousin four times removed of Orlo Erland Wadhams; first cousin five times removed of Dalton G. Seymour; second cousin of Thomas Seymour; second cousin once removed of William Pitkin; second cousin twice removed of David Lowrey Seymour and Thomas Henry Seymour; second cousin thrice removed of Caleb Seymour Pitkin; third cousin of Josiah Cowles and Daniel Pitkin; third cousin once removed of Timothy Pitkin, Orsamus Cook Merrill and Timothy Merrill; third cousin twice removed of Farrand Fassett Merrill (1814-1859), John Robert Graham Pitkin and William Sheffield Cowles (1846-1923); third cousin thrice removed of Charles Seymour, Charles Upson, Calvin Josiah Cowles, Gad Ely Upson, Joseph Pomeroy Root, Elizur Stillman Goodrich, Frederick Walker Pitkin, John Sammis Seymour, Luther S. Pitkin, Russell Cowles Ostrander, Addison Beecher Colvin, La Monte Cowles, Gardner Cowles and William Sheffield Cowles (1898-1986).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Woodruff-Hornblower-Seymour-Wadsworth family of Connecticut; Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Samuel Shethar (c.1887-1940) — of Weston, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in New York, about 1887. Republican. Major in the U.S. Army during World War I; hat manufacturer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Weston; defeated, 1930; elected 1932. Member, Phi Gamma Delta; Freemasons. Died in Weston, Fairfield County, Conn., April 25, 1940 (age about 53 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Edwin Hall Shethar and Agnes (Nesmuth) Shethar.
  Henry Stetson (1857-1905) — of Orange, Essex County, N.J. Born in Orange, Essex County, N.J., January, 1857. Democrat. Hat manufacturer; mayor of Orange, N.J., 1898-1904; defeated in primary, 1904. Member, Freemasons. Died, from pneumonia, in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J., March 15, 1905 (age 48 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Napoleon Stetson (1821-1901) and Mary (Leonard) Stetson; nephew of John B. Stetson (1830-1906; hat manufacturer, originated the Stetson hat); first cousin of John Batterson Stetson, Jr. (1884-1952).
  John Batterson Stetson, Jr. (1884-1952) — also known as John B. Stetson, Jr. — of Ashbourne, Montgomery County, Pa.; Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., October 14, 1884. Hat manufacturer; U.S. Minister to Poland, 1925-29. Died in Elkins Park, Montgomery County, Pa., November 15, 1952 (age 68 years, 32 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of John Batterson Stetson (1830-1906; hat manufacturer, originated the Stetson hat) and Sarah Elizabeth (Shindler) Stetson (1858-1929); married to Ruby Florence Carlisle (1885-1962); first cousin of Henry Stetson (1857-1905).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Hiram L. Sturdevant (b. 1801) — of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Conn., 1801. Hat manufacturer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Danbury, 1844. Died in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Burial location unknown.
  Bloomfield Usher (1814-1893) — of Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, N.Y. Born in Herkimer, Herkimer County, N.Y., 1814. Hatter; canal superintendent; banker; member of New York state senate 15th District, 1857. Died in 1893 (age about 79 years). Interment at Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam, N.Y.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Zalmon Wildman (1775-1835) — of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., February 16, 1775. Democrat. Hat manufacturer; banker; postmaster at Danbury, Conn., 1808-35; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1818-19; U.S. Representative from Connecticut at-large, 1835; died in office 1835. Died in Washington, D.C., December 10, 1835 (age 60 years, 297 days). Interment at Wooster Cemetery, Danbury, Conn.; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Ezekiel Wildman and Abigail (Hoyt) Wildman; half-brother of Nathaniel Hibbard Wildman; married, January 16, 1798, to Mary Betts Dibble (1776-1856); father of Frederick Seymour Wildman; first cousin of Eli Thacher Hoyt; first cousin thrice removed of Ira R. Wildman (1850-1939); third cousin of Abel Hoyt; third cousin once removed of David DeForest Wildman; third cousin twice removed of Charles Beers Hatch, Joseph Russell Hatch and Norris Hatch; third cousin thrice removed of Rounsevelle Wildman and Edwin Rounsevelle Wildman.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Wildman family of Danbury, Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Philip Wissig (b. 1848) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Germany, March 28, 1848. Democrat. Hat business; liquor dealer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 8th District, 1888, 1890, 1892; defeated, 1881, 1882, 1886. German ancestry. Burial location unknown.
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