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  Frank Aldrich (b. 1850) — of Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Pierpont, Ashtabula County, Ohio, March 17, 1850. Republican. Newspaper editor; book publisher; manager and electrician for the Hansen Battery Light and Power Company, Washington, D.C., 1889-90; quartermaster-general of the District of Columbia National Guard, 1890-92; invented in 1893 and patented a railroad car seal which became widely used; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1899-1900. Burial location unknown.
  James Arkell (1829-1902) — also known as "Father of the Paper Sack Industry" — of Canajoharie, Montgomery County, N.Y. Born in Oxford, England, October 16, 1829. Republican. Newspaper editor; manufacturer and printer of flour bags, originally from cotton, then when cotton became scarce during the Civil War, he innovated the use of paper bags as a substitute for cotton; his inventions received dozens of U.S. patents; member of New York state senate 18th District, 1884-85; in 1885, former General and President Ulysses S. Grant died at Arkell's summer home in Mt. McGregor. Died in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, N.Y., August 11, 1902 (age 72 years, 299 days). Interment at Canajoharie Falls Cemetery, Canajoharie, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of William Arkell and Mary (Carter) Arkell; married, July 23, 1853, to Sarah Hall Bartlett (1835-1911); father-in-law of Bernhard Gillam (1856-1896; political cartoonist).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Matthias William Baldwin (1795-1866) — also known as Matthias W. Baldwin — Born in Elizabethtown, Essex County (now Elizabeth, Union County), N.J., December 10, 1795. Jeweler; inventor; locomotive manufacturer; abolitionist; delegate to Pennsylvania state constitutional convention, 1837. Died in Wissinoming, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., September 7, 1866 (age 70 years, 271 days). Interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.; statue at Philadelphia City Hall Grounds, Philadelphia, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of William Baldwin.
  Matthias Baldwin Park, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Harry Benedict (b. 1876) — of Lake Linden, Houghton County, Mich. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., September 24, 1876. Democrat. Metallurgist; worked for copper mining companies; inventor, ammonia leaching process for copper; director, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, 1919-23; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1920, 1928 (alternate). Jewish. Member, American Chemical Society; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Benedict and Hannah (Goldsmith) Benedict; married, February 4, 1902, to Lena Manson.
Harry W. Bolens Harry W. Bolens (b. 1864) — of Port Washington, Ozaukee County, Wis. Born January 13, 1864. Democrat. Inventor; manufacturer; newspaper publisher; farmer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 2nd District, 1920; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1924 (alternate), 1944 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee); member of Wisconsin state senate 20th District, 1933-40; defeated, 1940. Interment somewhere in Port Washington, Wis.
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  Gail Borden, Jr. (1801-1874) — Born in Norwich, Chenango County, N.Y., November 9, 1801. School teacher; surveyor; delegate to Texas Convention of 1833 from District of Austin, 1833; newspaper publisher; Collector of Customs at Galveston for the Texas Republic, 1837-38 and 1841-43; in 1849, he invented a dehydrated beef product called a "meat biscuit", but it failed commercially; in 1853, he invented a process to make sweetened condensed milk, which could be transported without refrigeration, and developed sanitation practices to to prevent contamination. Died in Borden, Colorado County, Tex., January 11, 1874 (age 72 years, 63 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Gail Borden (1777-1863) and Philadelphia (Wheeler) Borden (1780-1828).
  Borden County, Tex. is named for him.
  The community of Borden, Texas, is named for him.  — The community of Gail, Texas, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Jerome Increase Case (1819-1891) — also known as Jerome I. Case — of Racine, Racine County, Wis. Born in Williamstown, Oswego County, N.Y., December 11, 1819. Inventor; threshing machine manufacturer; mayor of Racine, Wis., 1856, 1858, 1860; member of Wisconsin state senate, 1865-66; banker. Died in Racine, Racine County, Wis., December 22, 1891 (age 72 years, 11 days). Entombed at Mound Cemetery, Racine, Wis.; memorial monument at Monument Square, Racine, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Calebv Case (1787-1874) and Deborah (Jackson) Case (1792-1833); married 1849 to Lydia Ann Bull (1826-1909); father of Jackson Irving Case (1865-1903).
  Jerome I. Case High School, in MOUNT Pleasant, Wisconsin, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Rockwell Clough (1844-1920) — also known as William R. Clough — of Alton, Belknap County, N.H. Born in Manchester, Hillsborough County, N.H., November 8, 1844. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; inventor; manufacturer; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1896-1900; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1904. Protestant. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star. Died in Alton, Belknap County, N.H., September 29, 1920 (age 75 years, 326 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Chesley Clough (1812-1888) and Lydia Jane (Treddick) Clough; married, April 28, 1904, to Nellie Sophia Place (1880-1960); second cousin once removed of Clarence Ambrose Clough; fourth cousin of William Bradbury Small, George W. Clough, Harlan Page Andrews and Darvin Pratt Clough (1840-1910); fourth cousin once removed of David Kidder, Samuel Merrill and David Marston Clough.
  Political families: Kidder family of Connecticut; Clough family of New Hampshire; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Fillmore Condit (1855-1939) — of Verona, Essex County, N.J.; Santa Paula, Ventura County, Calif.; Essex Fells, Essex County, N.J.; Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Roseland, Essex County, N.J., September 5, 1855. Grocer; invented and manufactured the Condit refrigerator door fastener; Essex County Freeholder; real estate business; New York representative for Union Oil Company of California; founder, Long Beach Community Hospital 1924; mayor of Long Beach, Calif., 1926-27. Methodist. Member, Anti-Saloon League. Died in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 6, 1939 (age 83 years, 123 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Caldwell, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Stephen J. Condit (1808-1869) and Catherine Jane (Tappan) Condit (1826-1901); married 1881 to Ida Frances Rafter (1858-1921); first cousin thrice removed of Silas Condict (1738-1801); second cousin once removed of Alfred Henry Condict; second cousin twice removed of John Condit and Lewis Condict; third cousin once removed of Silas Condit and Israel Dodd Condit; fourth cousin of Augustus William Cutler, Albert Pierson Condit, Amzi Condit and Elias Mulford Condit; fourth cousin once removed of Simeon Harrison.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Eastman family; Condit family of Orange, New Jersey (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Floyd J. Cook (b. 1883) — of Medford, Jackson County, Ore.; Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., March 16, 1883. Republican. Manufacturer; inventor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1928, 1932; Oregon Republican state chair, 1931; candidate for Presidential Elector for Oregon, 1936. Member, American Legion. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, January 2, 1923, to Helen Colvig Gale.
  Peter Cooper (1791-1883) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 12, 1791. Manufacturer, inventor, philanthropist, creator of first U.S. steam locomotive; founder of Cooper Union; Greenback candidate for President of the United States, 1876. Unitarian. Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1900. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., April 4, 1883 (age 92 years, 51 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Father of Sarah Amelia Cooper (who married Abram Stevens Hewitt) and Edward Cooper; uncle of Martha Clowes (who married Daniel Fawcett Tiemann (1805-1899)).
  Political family: Cooper-Ashley family of New York City, New York.
  See also Wikipedia article
  George Henry Corliss (1817-1888) — also known as George H. Corliss — of North Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Easton, Washington County, N.Y., June 2, 1817. Republican. Mechanical engineer; inventor; developed the Corliss steam engine; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1868-70; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1876. Congregationalist. Died in Providence, Providence County, R.I., February 21, 1888 (age 70 years, 264 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Dr. Hiram Corliss (1793-1877) and Susan (Sheldon) Corliss (1794-1843); married 1839 to Phebe F. Frost (1814-1859); married 1866 to Emily Shaw (1835-1910).
  Corliss Street, in Providence, Rhode Island, is named for him.  — Corliss High School (opened 1974), in Chicago, Illinois, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS G. H. Corliss (built 1942, scrapped 1972) was named for him.
  Epitaph: "Serving God in his life and with his wealth. Serving men with a kindness that was both careful and generous. By the gift of God, he increased magnificently as an inventor the world's resources in the use of steam machinery."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Francis Craver (1842-1925) — of Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa; Harvey, Cook County, Ill.; Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla. Born in Franklinville, Gloucester County, N.J., September 3, 1842. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1876. Methodist. One of the founders of Craver & Steele, farm equipment manufacturers; invented the first successful twelve-foot binder for cutting and binding small grain; later, he was an oil producer based in Oklahoma. Died, of heart trouble, in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., May 12, 1925 (age 82 years, 251 days). Interment at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, Okla.
  James G. Cutler (1848-1927) — of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., April 24, 1848. Republican. Architect; Presidential Elector for New York, 1896, 1916; Presidential Elector for New York, 1896; mayor of Rochester, N.Y., 1904-07. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Society of Colonial Wars; Union League. Patented the mail chute for tall buildings. Died in 1927 (age about 79 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John N. Cutler and Mary E. (Goold) Cutler; married, September 27, 1871, to Anna K. Abbey.
  John Deere (1804-1886) — of Moline, Rock Island County, Ill. Born in Rutland, Rutland County, Vt., February 7, 1804. Blacksmith; inventor of the first successful steel plow; founder of John Deere & Company, manufacturers of farm implements; president, National Bank of Moline; mayor of Moline, Ill., 1873-75. Died in Moline, Rock Island County, Ill., May 17, 1886 (age 82 years, 99 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Ill.; statue at John Deere Historic Site, Grand Detour, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of William Rinold Deere and Sarah (Yates) Deere (1780-1826); married, January 28, 1827, to Demarias Lamb (1805-1865; aunt of Charles Otis Nason (1828-1903)); married 1867 to Lucenia Lamb (1809-1888; aunt of Charles Otis Nason (1828-1903)).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Weeks-Bigelow-Andrew-Prescott family; Greene family of Providence, Rhode Island (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  George R. Dempster (1887-1964) — of Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn. Born in Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., 1887. Democrat. Manufacturer; inventor of Dempster Dumpster; mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., 1952-55. Died in 1964 (age about 77 years). Burial location unknown.
George H. Dern George Henry Dern (1872-1936) — also known as George H. Dern — of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Born in Dodge County, Neb., September 8, 1872. Democrat. General Manager of the Mercur Gold Mining and Milling Company; joint inventor, with Theodore P. Holt, of the Holt-Dern ore roaster; member of Utah state senate, 1915-23; Governor of Utah, 1925-33; U.S. Secretary of War, 1933-36; died in office 1936; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1936. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons. Died, in a hospital, of influenza and kidney failure, August 27, 1936 (age 63 years, 354 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  Relatives: Son of John Dern and Elizabeth (Dern) Dern; married, June 7, 1899, to Charlotte Brown.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Amos F. Dixon (b. 1877) — of Stillwater Township, Sussex County, N.J. Born near Victoria, Knox County, Ill., December 5, 1877. Engineer and executive in the Bell System, 1902-40; granted more than 60 patents for inventions; dairy farmer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Sussex County, 1945-49; delegate to New Jersey state constitutional convention from Sussex County, 1947. Member, Rotary; Freemasons; Grange. Burial location unknown.
  Solomon Robert Dresser (1842-1911) — also known as Solomon R. Dresser — of Bradford, McKean County, Pa. Born in Litchfield, Hillsdale County, Mich., February 1, 1842. Republican. Inventor; manufacturer; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 21st District, 1903-07. Died in Bradford, McKean County, Pa., January 21, 1911 (age 68 years, 354 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Bradford, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Parker Dresser and Lydia (Cronkhite) Dresser; married 1863 to Vesta E. Stimson (died 1883); married, December 21, 1883, to Caroline Kirsch.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
George Eastman George Eastman (1854-1932) — of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. Born in Waterville, Oneida County, N.Y., July 12, 1854. Republican. Inventor; founder, Eastman Kodak Company; philanthropist; Presidential Elector for New York, 1900, 1916; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928. English ancestry. Died from a self-inflicted gunshot, in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., March 14, 1932 (age 77 years, 246 days). His suicide note was just six words: "My work is done. Why wait?". Interment at Kodak Park, Rochester, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of George Washington Eastman (1815-1862) and Maria (Kilbourn) Eastman (1821-1907); first cousin of Harvey Gridley Eastman (1832-1878); third cousin of Frederick Walker Pitkin; third cousin twice removed of James Kilbourne and Daniel Kellogg (1791-1875); fourth cousin once removed of Silas Condict, Byron H. Kilbourn, Harrison Blodget, George Bradley Kellogg, Daniel Kellogg (1835-1918), Clarence Horatio Pitkin, Carroll Peabody Pitkin, Caleb Seymour Pitkin and Eldred C. Pitkin.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Eastman family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about George Eastman: Carl W. Ackerman, George Eastman: Founder of Kodak and the Photography Business — Elizabeth Brayer, George Eastman: A Biography — Lynda Pflueger, George Eastman: Bringing Photography to the People (for young readers)
  Image source: Time Magazine, March 31, 1924
  Samuel Etheridge (1788-1864) — Born in Adams, Berkshire County, Mass., April 15, 1788. Miller; inventor; member of Michigan state senate 7th District, 1839-40. English ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died in Quincy, Branch County, Mich., February 18, 1864 (age 75 years, 309 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Coldwater, Mich.
  Relatives: Married to Cynthia Maria Ingham (1806-1888).
  Gregory E. Fischer (b. 1958) — also known as Greg Fischer — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., January 14, 1958. Democrat. Co-founder and president of SerVend International, and co-inventor of a now widely used ice-beverage dispenser; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 2008; mayor of Louisville, Ky., 2011-. Still living as of 2012.
  Relatives: Son of George Fischer and Mary Lee Fischer; married to Alexandra Gerassimides.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Henry Ford (1863-1947) — of Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Greenfield Township (now part of Detroit), Wayne County, Mich., July 30, 1863. Engineer; inventor; founder, Ford Motor Company, 1903; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1916; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1918; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1924. Episcopalian. Scotch-Irish and Belgian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Publisher, in 1919-27, of the Dearborn Independent newspaper, which promoted anti-Semitic ideas through articles such as "The International Jew: The World's Problem," which were reprinted as pamphlets and books. In 1927, a libel lawsuit against Ford over these writings led him to shut down the paper and publicly recant its contents. Died, from a stroke, in Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich., April 7, 1947 (age 83 years, 251 days). Interment at Ford Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of William Ford (1826-1905) and Mary (Litogot) Ford (c.1839-1876); married, April 11, 1888, to Clara Jane Bryant (1866-1950); uncle of Clarence M. Ford (1895?-?).
  Cross-reference: James Couzens — Herman Bernstein — Alfred J. Murphy — Martin C. Ansorge
  Personal motto: "Efficiency."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books about Henry Ford: Douglas Brinkley, Wheels for the World : Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, 1903-2003 — William A. Levinson, Henry Ford's Lean Vision — Pat McCarthy, Henry Ford : Building Cars for Everyone (for young readers) — David Weitzman, Model T : How Henry Ford Built a Legend (for young readers)
  Critical books about Henry Ford: Max Wallace, The American Axis : Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich — Neil Baldwin, Henry Ford and the Jews : The Mass Production of Hate
Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) — also known as "Silence Dogood"; "Anthony Afterwit"; "Poor Richard"; "Alice Addertongue"; "Polly Baker"; "Harry Meanwell"; "Timothy Turnstone"; "Martha Careful"; "Benevolus"; "Caelia Shortface" — of Pennsylvania. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., January 17, 1706. Delegate to Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1775; U.S. Postmaster General, 1775-76; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; delegate to Pennsylvania state constitutional convention, 1776; U.S. Minister to France, 1778-85; Sweden, 1782-83; President of Pennsylvania, 1785-88; member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787. Deist. Member, Freemasons; American Philosophical Society; American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Famed for his experiments with electricity; invented bifocal glasses and the harmonica. Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1900. Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., April 17, 1790 (age 84 years, 90 days). Interment at Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pa.; statue erected 1856 at Old City Hall Grounds, Boston, Mass.; statue at La Arcata Court, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Josiah Franklin (1657-1745) and Abiah Lee (Folger) Franklin (1667-1752); married, September 1, 1730, to Deborah Read; father of Sarah 'Sally' Franklin (1743-1808; who married Richard Bache); uncle of Franklin Davenport; grandfather of Richard Bache, Jr. and Deborah Franklin Bache (1891-1863; who married William John Duane); great-grandfather of Alexander Dallas Bache (1806-1867; physicist), Mary Blechenden Bache (1808-1873; who married Robert John Walker) and Sophia Arabella Bache (1815-1904; who married William Wallace Irwin); second great-grandfather of Robert Walker Irwin; fifth great-grandfather of Daniel Baugh Brewster and Elise du Pont; first cousin four times removed of Charles James Folger, Benjamin Dexter Sprague and Wharton Barker (1846-1921); first cousin six times removed of Thomas Mott Osborne; first cousin seven times removed of Charles Devens Osborne and Lithgow Osborne; second cousin five times removed of George Hammond Parshall.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Bache-Dallas family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Franklin counties in Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kan., Ky., La., Maine, Mass., Miss., Mo., Neb., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., Tenn., Vt., Va. and Wash. are named for him.
  Mount Franklin, in the White Mountains, Coos County, New Hampshire, is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: Benjamin F. ButlerBenjamin F. WadeBenjamin Franklin WallaceBenjamin Cromwell FranklinBenjamin Franklin PerryBenjamin Franklin RobinsonBenjamin F. RandolphBenjamin Franklin MasseyBenjamin F. RawlsBenjamin Franklin LeiterBenjamin Franklin ThomasBenjamin F. HallBenjamin F. AngelBenjamin Franklin RossBenjamin F. FlandersBenjamin F. BomarBenjamin F. MudgeBenjamin F. ButlerBenjamin F. LoanBenjamin F. SimpsonBenjamin Franklin TerryBenjamin Franklin JunkinBenjamin F. PartridgeB. F. LangworthyBenjamin F. HardingBenjamin MebaneB. F. WhittemoreBenjamin Franklin BradleyBenjamin Franklin ClaypoolBenjamin F. CoatesB. Franklin MartinBenjamin Franklin HoweyBenjamin F. MartinBenjamin Franklin RiceBenjamin F. RandolphBenjamin F. HopkinsBenjamin F. TracyBenjamin F. GradyBenjamin F. FarnhamBenjamin F. MeyersBenjamin Franklin WhiteBenjamin Franklin PrescottBenjamin F. JonasB. Franklin FisherBenjamin Franklin PottsBenjamin F. FunkBenjamin F. MarshFrank B. ArnoldBenjamin F. HeckertBenjamin F. BradleyBenjamin F. HowellBenjamin F. MahanBen Franklin CaldwellBenjamin Franklin TilleyBenjamin F. HackneyB. F. McMillanBenjamin F. ShivelyB. Frank HiresB. Frank MebaneB. Frank MurphyBenjamin F. StarrBenjamin Franklin Jones, Jr.Benjamin F. WeltyBenjamin F. JonesBenjamin Franklin BoleyBen Franklin LooneyBenjamin F. BledsoeBenjamin Franklin WilliamsBenjamin Franklin KelleyBenjamin Franklin ButlerBenjamin F. JamesFrank B. HeintzlemanBenjamin F. FeinbergB. Franklin BunnBen F. CameronBen F. BlackmonB. Frank WhelchelB. F. Merritt, Jr.Ben F. HornsbyBen Dillingham II
  Coins and currency: His portrait appears on the U.S. $100 bill, and formerly on the U.S. half dollar coin (1948-63).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — Early American Foreign Service Database
  Books by Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin — An Account of the Newly Invented Pennsylvanian Fire-Place (1744)
  Books about Benjamin Franklin: H. W. Brands, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin — Edmund S. Morgan, Benjamin Franklin — Stacy Schiff, A Great Improvisation : Franklin, France, and the Birth of America — Gordon S. Wood, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin — Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin : An American Life — Carl Van Doren, Benjamin Franklin — Philip Dray, Stealing God's Thunder : Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod and the Invention of America
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Carlos French (1835-1903) — of Seymour, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Humphreysville (now Seymour), New Haven County, Conn., August 6, 1835. Democrat. Inventor; president and treasurer, Fowler Nail Co.; vice-president, H. A. Matthews Manufacturing Co.; director, Union Horse Shoe Nail Co.; director, Second National Bank of New Haven; director, New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1860, 1868; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1887-89; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1892. Died, from a heart attack, in Seymour, New Haven County, Conn., April 14, 1903 (age 67 years, 251 days). Interment at Seymour Union Cemetery, Seymour, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Raymond French (1805-1886) and Olive (Curtis) French; married, April 29, 1863, to Julia H. Thompson; father of Raymond Thompson French (1864-1934); third cousin twice removed of James Levi Hotchkiss.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Hay-Morton-Turner-Wadsworth family of Taunton, Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Epitaph: "A native of Seymour, always identified with its interests, and one of its most honored and successful citizens .. an honest man, a wise counselor, a devoted husband and father, and a faithful friend. Those who knew him best most deeply mourn his loss."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Raymond Earl Garvey (1893-1975) — also known as Raymond E. Garvey — of Ironwood, Gogebic County, Mich. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 4, 1893. Plumber; inventor; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 12th District, 1936 (Farmer-Labor), 1940 (Democratic primary), 1942 (Democratic primary); mayor of Ironwood, Mich., 1936-38; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Gogebic County, 1939-40; defeated in Democratic primary, 1934. Catholic. Member, Eagles. Died in 1975 (age about 81 years). Interment at Fairview Memorial Park, Albuquerque, N.M.
  Relatives: Married, August 2, 1919, to Matilda M. Lanfald.
Joseph F. Glidden Joseph F. Glidden (b. 1813) — of DeKalb, DeKalb County, Ill. Born in Charlestown, Sullivan County, N.H., January 18, 1813. Democrat. Farmer; DeKalb County Sheriff, 1852; hotel proprietor; inventor of the barbed-wire fence; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1880, 1884; mayor of DeKalb, Ill., 1881-83. Member, Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Glidden and Polly (Hurd) Glidden; married 1837 to Clarissa Foster (died 1844); married 1851 to Lucinda Warne.
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of De Kalb County (1885)
  James Hartness (1861-1934) — of Springfield, Windsor County, Vt. Born in Schenectady, Schenectady County, N.Y., September 3, 1861. Republican. Engineer; inventor; Governor of Vermont, 1921-23. Died February 2, 1934 (age 72 years, 152 days). Interment at Summer Hill Cemetery, Springfield, Vt.
  Relatives: Son of John Williams Hartness and Ursilla (Jackson) Hartness; married, May 13, 1885, to Lena Sanford Pond.
  David S. Heebner (b. 1810) — of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pa. Born June 25, 1810. Republican. Inventor; manufacturer; burgess of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 1873-74, 1876-79. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Balthasar Heebner (1770-1848) and Susanna (Schultz) Heebner; married to Anna Derstein (died 1853) and Regina Schultz; father of William D. Heebner (1848-?).
  George E. Hilton (b. 1846) — of Fremont, Newaygo County, Mich. Born in Leighton, Bedfordshire, England, August 25, 1846. Republican. Building contractor; inventor; bee keeper; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Newaygo County, 1893-96; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1900. Burial location unknown.
  Roger Sherman Hoar (1887-1963) — also known as Roger S. Hoar; Ralph Milne Farley — of Concord, Middlesex County, Mass.; South Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Waltham, Middlesex County, Mass., April 8, 1887. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1911; candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 5th District, 1916; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; author; cartoonist; inventor. Died in South Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., October 10, 1963 (age 76 years, 185 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Caroline Prescott (Wood) Hoar (1860-1891) and Sherman Hoar; married, June 25, 1913, to Elva Stuart Pease; grandson of Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar; grandnephew of George Frisbie Hoar; great-grandson of Samuel Hoar; second great-grandson of Roger Sherman; first cousin once removed of Rockwood Hoar; first cousin twice removed of Roger Sherman Baldwin, Sherman Day and William Maxwell Evarts; second cousin once removed of Simeon Eben Baldwin, Maxwell Evarts and Arthur Outram Sherman (1864-?); third cousin of Edward Baldwin Whitney and Henry de Forest Baldwin; third cousin once removed of Archibald Cox; fourth cousin of Chauncey Mitchell Depew and John Frederick Addis; fourth cousin once removed of John Adams Dix and John Stanley Addis.
  Political families: Sherman family of Connecticut; Sewall-Adams-Cony family of Maine; Hoar-Sherman family of Massachusetts; Baldwin-Greene-Upson-Hoar family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Fiction by Roger Sherman Hoar: The Radio Gun Runners — The Radio Flyers — The Radio Man — The Radio Planet — The Radio Menace — The Radio Man Returns — The Radio Man — The Immortals — The Danger From The Deep — The Golden City — The Radio Beasts — Eric of Atzalan — The Radio Pirates — The Radio Minds
  Herbert Clark Hoover, Jr. (1903-1969) — also known as Herbert Hoover, Jr. — of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, Calif.; San Marino, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in London, England, August 4, 1903. Republican. Petroleum geologist; mining engineer; inventor; president, Aeronautical Radio, Inc., 1930; U.S. Undersecretary of State, 1954-57; director, Monsanto Chemical Company; director, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation; director, Southern California Edison Company; director, Hanna Mining Company; director, Pacific Mutual Insurance Company; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960. Died, of cancer, in Huntington Community Hospital, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 9, 1969 (age 65 years, 248 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Lou (Henry) Hoover (1874-1944) and Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964); married, June 25, 1925, to Margaret Watson (1904-1982).
  Political family: Hoover family of Pasadena and Palo Alto, California.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John F. Kane (c.1914-2007) — of Fall River, Bristol County, Mass. Born in Fall River, Bristol County, Mass., about 1914. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; inventor; songwriter; mayor of Fall River, Mass., 1952-57; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952, 1956. Died, in St. Patrick's Manor nursing home, Framingham, Middlesex County, Mass., February 24, 2007 (age about 93 years). Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of James Kane and Ann (Mulligan) Kane; married to Mary M. Leddy.
  William Vinson Kidder (1881-1934) — also known as William V. Kidder — of La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wis. Born in Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio, August 10, 1881. Republican. Newspaper reporter; inventor; automobile accessories business; Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1924; delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1928. Died, from a heart attack, in La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wis., April 5, 1934 (age 52 years, 238 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Hannah Susan (Vinsonheller) Kidder (1854-1920) and George Winslow Kidder (1856-1934); third cousin once removed of Fannie Kidder Tyler; fourth cousin of Randolph Appleton Kidder (1913-1996).
  Political families: Kidder family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Appleton family of Massachusetts; Adams-Waite-Forshee-Cowan family of Dexter, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Harvey Link (1824-1906) — of Douglas County, Neb. Born in Washington County, Tenn., February 4, 1824. Co-inventor of the "Robertson and Link Pattern Sheet and Proof Measure System of Garment Cutting"; physician; member of Nebraska territorial House of Representatives, 1867. Died September 11, 1906 (age 82 years, 219 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Link (1777-1851) and Barbara (Harnsbarger) Link (died 1875); married, June 1, 1852, to Mary Elizabeth Lloyd (1827-1885); father of Helena Barbara Link (1854-1938; who married Phillip Louis Hall); second cousin thrice removed of Albert Link (1882-?) and Dennis Daniels Link.
  Political family: Link-Jones family.
  Lodian W. Lodian (b. 1866) — of San Francisco, Calif.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Hartford County, Conn., July 15, 1866. Civil engineer; metallurgist; world traveler; inventor; claimed to be first American to cross the Himalayan mountains, 1895; secretary, international antisemitic convention, Paris, 1900; candidate for New York state assembly from New York County 1st District, 1918 (Prohibition), 1921 (Prohibition), 1933 (Law Preservation); Prohibition candidate for New York state senate 12th District, 1922; Law Preservation candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1932. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Kalos I. Lodian and Anita (Mana) Lodian.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Mads Hansen Madsen (1863-1944) — also known as Mads H. Madsen — of Kimballton, Audubon County, Iowa; Solvang, Santa Barbara County, Calif.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Denmark, March 28, 1863. Naturalized U.S. citizen; farmer; inventor; candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 9th District, 1924. Danish ancestry. Patented several farm implements, including a wagon brake (1894), a corn-husking machine (1899), a hay-handling mechanism (1909), a manure spreader (1914), and a corn-planter dropper mechanism (1917). Died in Los Angeles County, Calif., April 21, 1944 (age 81 years, 24 days). Interment at Solvang Cemetery, Solvang, Calif.
  Epitaph: "KÆMP FOR ALT HVAD DU HAR KÆRT" ("Fight for everything you hold dear", from a Danish hymn)
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Horatio Matchett (1843-1919) — also known as Charles H. Matchett — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Needham (part now in Wellesley), Norfolk County, Mass., May 15, 1843. Socialist. Served in the Union Navy during the Civil War; inventor; carpenter; electrician; Socialist Labor candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1892; Socialist Labor candidate for mayor of Brooklyn, N.Y., 1895; Socialist Labor candidate for President of the United States, 1896; Social Democratic candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1900; Social Democratic candidate for chief judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1904; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1910 (7th District), 1914 (6th District); candidate for New York state assembly from Kings County 10th District, 1915. Died in Allston, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., October 23, 1919 (age 76 years, 161 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Horatio Matchett and Clarissa (Batchelder) Matchett.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
Cyrus H. McCormick Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884) — also known as Cyrus H. McCormick — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Rockbridge County, Va., February 15, 1809. Democrat. One of the inventors of the McCormick reaper, and the founder of the farm implement manufacturing company which became International Harvester; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1862; member of Democratic National Committee from Illinois, 1876. Presbyterian. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., May 13, 1884 (age 75 years, 88 days). Interment at Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Robert McCormick (1780-1846) and Mary Ann 'Polly' (Hall) McCormick (1780-1853); married, January 26, 1858, to Nancy Maria 'Nettie' Fowler (1835-1923); uncle of Robert Sanderson McCormick (son-in-law of Joseph Meharry Medill); granduncle of Joseph Medill McCormick and Robert Rutherford McCormick; great-granduncle of William McCormick Blair, Jr. (1916-2015).
  Political family: McCormick-Guggenheim-Morton-Medill family of Illinois and New York.
  See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: U.S. postage stamp (1940)
  Vernon Ream McMillan (1892-1968) — also known as Vernon R. McMillan — of Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind. Born in Morrill, Brown County, Kan., September 15, 1892. Founded sporting goods business; invented the football face mask and the basketball inflator; mayor of Terre Haute, Ind., 1943-48. Died in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., December 1, 1968 (age 76 years, 77 days). Interment at Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Ind.
Samuel F. B. Morse Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) — also known as Samuel F. B. Morse — of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, N.Y. Born in Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., April 27, 1791. Artist; inventor of the telegraph; candidate for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1841; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1854. Member, Phi Beta Kappa. Died, of pneumonia, in New York, New York County, N.Y., April 2, 1872 (age 80 years, 341 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826; geographer) and Elizabeth Ann Finley (Breese) Morse (1766-1828); married, September 29, 1818, to Lucretia Pickering Walker (died 1825); married, August 10, 1848, to Sarah Elizabeth Griswold.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: U.S. postage stamp (1940)
  Eugene Hermann Plumacher (1837-1910) — also known as Eugene H. Plumacher — of Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn. Born in Germany, 1837. Naturalized U.S. citizen; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; university professor; inventor; U.S. Consul in Maracaibo, 1883-1909. German ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Founded a leprosy hospital in Venezuela. Died in Washington, D.C., September 25, 1910 (age about 73 years). Interment at Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Married to Olga Maria Pauline Hunerwadel (1839-1895).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Francis J. Plym (1869-1940) — of Niles, Berrien County, Mich. Born in Sweden, 1869. Republican. Architect; inventor; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1928 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee). Swedish ancestry. Died in 1940 (age about 71 years). Interment at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles, Mich.
  Asa Porter Prather (1883-1956) — also known as Asa P. Prather — of Georgetown, Scott County, Ky. Born in Kentucky, May 7, 1883. Garage business; inventor; mayor of Georgetown, Ky., 1933-49, 1953-55. Died, in John Graves Ford Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, Scott County, Ky., March 22, 1956 (age 72 years, 320 days). Interment at Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of John Cabell Breckinridge Prather (1853-1927) and Emma Dora (Works) Prather (1859-1930); married to Addie May Perry (1882-1969); second cousin twice removed of Hiram Prather; third cousin once removed of Alonzo Smith Prather (1840-1910).
  Political family: Prather family of North Vernon, Indiana.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Arthur Purtell (1897-1978) — also known as William A. Purtell — of West Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., May 6, 1897. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; inventor; business executive; candidate for Governor of Connecticut, 1950; U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1952, 1953-59; appointed 1952; defeated, 1958; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1956. Member, American Legion. Died in West Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., May 31, 1978 (age 81 years, 25 days). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford, Conn.
  Relatives: Married to Katherine Cassidy.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Samuel William Raymond (1872-1950) — also known as Samuel W. Raymond — of Adrian, Lenawee County, Mich. Born in Fairfield Township, Lenawee County, Mich., March 23, 1872. Democrat. Farmer; automobile dealer; banker; inventor; member of Michigan state senate 19th District, 1933-34; defeated, 1926. Episcopalian. Swiss and Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Elks. Died in 1950 (age about 78 years). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Raymond and Rebecca (Burgess) Raymond; married, March 2, 1898, to Kate Bell Bryant (1873-1949); father of Russell Bryant Raymond (1901-1970).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albert Fenimore Rockwell (1862-1925) — also known as Albert F. Rockwell — of Bristol, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Woodhull, Steuben County, N.Y., April 8, 1862. Republican. Inventor; manufacturer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Bristol, 1907-10. Died in New Britain, Hartford County, Conn., February 16, 1925 (age 62 years, 314 days). Interment at West Cemetery, Bristol, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Leander Rockwell (1828-1883) and Fidelia (Locke) Rockwell (1828-1896); married, May 22, 1884, to Nettie Louise Beebe (1867-1937).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Friend William Smith, Jr. (1829-1917) — also known as Friend W. Smith, Jr. — of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Delaware County, N.Y., May 11, 1829. Republican. Inventor; manufacturer; bank director; postmaster at Bridgeport, Conn., 1861-69. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died, from pneumonia, in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn., March 3, 1917 (age 87 years, 296 days). Interment at Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Friend William Smith (1799-1871) and Mary (Esmond) Smith (1799-1886); married to Angeline A. Weed (1833-1911).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Hezekiah Bradley Smith (1816-1887) — also known as Hezekiah B. Smith — of Smithville, Burlington County, N.J. Born in Bridgewater, Windsor County, Vt., July 24, 1816. Democrat. U.S. Representative from New Jersey 2nd District, 1879-81; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1880 (Convention Vice-President); member of New Jersey state senate from Burlington County, 1883-85. Took out more than forty patents for original inventions. Died in Smithville, Burlington County, N.J., November 3, 1887 (age 71 years, 102 days). Interment at St. Andrew's Graveyard, Mt. Holly, N.J.
  Relatives: Married 1846 to Eveline Veronica English (1821-1897); married 1865 to Agnes Mitilda Gilkerson (1838-1881); third great-grandfather of James Creel Marshall (1948-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
George E. Somers George Edwin Somers (1833-1915) — also known as George E. Somers — of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Newtown, Fairfield County, Conn., January 21, 1833. Republican. Machinist; inventor; superintendent, later president, Bridgeport Brass Company; bank director; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Bridgeport, 1897. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died December 18, 1915 (age 82 years, 331 days). Interment at Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Esther (Peck) Somers (1798-1884) and Rufus Somers (1800-1857); married 1858 to Sarah J. Noble (died 1863); married, December 6, 1865, to Fannie Elizabeth (French) Clark (1840-1926).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Men of Mark in Connecticut (1908)
  Ingebert J. Thomsen (b. 1873) — also known as I. J. Thomsen — of Minden, Kearney County, Neb. Born in North Albid, Denmark, August 4, 1873. Republican. Farmer; inventor of Nu-Matic horse collar; Kearney County Clerk, 1916-23; postmaster; real estate dealer; abstractor; chair of Kearney County Republican Party, 1940. Presbyterian. Danish ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Peter H. Thomsen and Marie (Johansen) Thomsen; married, November 18, 1903, to Hedvig E. Holstein.
  Daniel Tomlinson (1776-1863) — of Brookfield, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Newbury (now Brookfield), Fairfield County, Conn., 1776. Inventor; manufacturer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Brookfield, 1828; member of Connecticut state senate at-large, 1829. Died in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Conn., 1863 (age about 87 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Tomlinson; married to Lucia (Ruggles) Holman.
  William Erastus Upjohn (1853-1932) — also known as William E. Upjohn — of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Mich. Born in 1853. Physician; inventor of the "friable pill" to make medicines more digestible; founder of the Upjohn Pill and Granule Company, which later became the The Upjohn Company; mayor of Kalamazoo, Mich., 1918. Died in 1932 (age about 79 years). Interment at Mountain Home Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Dr. Uriah Upjohn; married to Rachel Babcock and Carrie (Sherwood) Gilmore.
  Samuel Matthews Vauclain (1856-1940) — also known as Samuel M. Vauclain — of Rosemont, Montgomery County, Pa. Born in Port Richmond, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., May 18, 1856. Republican. Locomotive manufacturer; inventor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920. French and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; American Philosophical Society. Died, of a heart attack, in Rosemont, Montgomery County, Pa., February 4, 1940 (age 83 years, 262 days). Interment at Church of the Redeemer Cemetery, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Constant Vauclain and Mary Ann (Campbell) Vauclain; married, April 17, 1879, to Annie Kearney (1854-1923).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Webster Wagner (1817-1882) — of Palatine Bridge, Montgomery County, N.Y. Born in Palatine Bridge, Montgomery County, N.Y., October 2, 1817. Republican. Railway station agent; inventor; founder of the Wagner Car Company, makers of sleeping cars and "drawing room" cars for railroad passenger service; member of New York state assembly from Montgomery County, 1871; member of New York state senate, 1872-82 (15th District 1872-79, 18th District 1880-82); died in office 1882; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1880. German ancestry. Killed in a railroad accident on the Hudson River Railroad, at Spuyten Duyvil, New York County (now part of Bronx, Bronx County), N.Y., January 13, 1882 (age 64 years, 103 days). Interment at Palatine Bridge Cemetery, Palatine Bridge, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Susan Davis.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Benjamin Harrison Waigand (1900-1998) — also known as Ben H. Waigand — of Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., July 8, 1900. Democrat. Electrical engineer; inventor; refrigeration equipment dealer; mayor of Nampa, Idaho, 1939-43; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1944 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee). German ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks. Died in Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho, May 6, 1998 (age 97 years, 302 days). Interment at Cloverdale Memorial Park, Boise, Idaho.
  Presumably named for: Benjamin Harrison
  Relatives: Son of Charles Waigand (1854-1938) and Wilhelmina (Honig) Waigand (1854-1904); married, October 1, 1920, to Grace Woodward (1902-1930); married, July 17, 1931, to Jessie L. Harker (1908-1986); married 1986 to Maxine (Tapp) Davidson (1914-2011).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Ames Washburn (1822-1889) — also known as Charles A. Washburn — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine, March 16, 1822. Republican. Went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1856 (member, Credentials Committee); Presidential Elector for California, 1860; U.S. Diplomatic Commissioner to Paraguay, 1861-63; U.S. Minister to Paraguay, 1863-68; novelist; invented an early typewriter. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 26, 1889 (age 66 years, 316 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Israel Washburn; brother of Israel Washburn, Jr., Elihu Benjamin Washburne, Cadwallader Colden Washburn and William Drew Washburn; nephew of Reuel Washburn; uncle of Charles Fox Washburn, Hempstead Washburne, Robert Charles Washburn, William Drew Washburn, Jr. and Stanley Washburn; fourth cousin once removed of Charles Sumner (1811-1874) and Dwight May Sabin.
  Political family: Washburn family of Raynham, Massachusetts (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Cyrenus Wheeler, Jr. (1817-1899) — of Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y. Born in Michigan, March 17, 1817. Republican. Inventor and manufacturer of agricultural implements; mayor of Auburn, N.Y., 1881-86, 1889-90. English ancestry. Died March 25, 1899 (age 82 years, 8 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thirza (Evans) Wheeler; married to Harriet Trumbull, Susan Tracy and Jane Barker.
  John A. Wilson (born c.1916) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., about 1916. Republican. Inventor; city street inspector; candidate for Missouri state senate 3rd District, 1960. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
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