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  Jabe B. Alford (1850-1927) — of Madison, Dane County, Wis. Born September 21, 1850. Laundry owner; mayor of Madison, Wis., 1895-96. Died September 10, 1927 (age 76 years, 354 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Hubert Severe Amiot (1876-1937) — also known as Hubert S. Amiot — of Wyandotte, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Windsor, Ontario, February 26, 1876. Naturalized U.S. citizen; clothing merchant; dry cleaning business; mayor of Wyandotte, Mich., 1922-28; defeated, 1918. French Canadian ancestry. Died in Wyandotte, Wayne County, Mich., May 7, 1937 (age 61 years, 70 days). Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Wyandotte, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Severe Desire Amiot and Anna (Reaume) Amiot; married, September 10, 1904, to Ida Beatrice Murphy (1879-1962).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Johnson Ashworth (1909-2008) — also known as Robert J. Ashworth — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in McDowell County, W.Va., May 8, 1909. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; chair of Raleigh County Republican Party, 1949-54; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1956; president and part owner, Richmond Cleaners and Laundry; circuit judge in West Virginia, 1988. Baptist. Member, Lions; Elks; Moose; Freemasons; Shriners; Phi Delta Theta. Died in Beaver, Raleigh County, W.Va., October 2, 2008 (age 99 years, 147 days). Interment at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Dr. Robert A. Ashworth and Darthula (Johnson) Ashworth; married to Virginia Isabel Hill (died 1986) and Blanche Woods.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Rudolph Bauer — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Cleaning and dyeing business; director, Bensonhurst National Bank; publisher, West End News; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 16th District, 1934; defeated (City Fusion), 1934. Burial location unknown.
  Howard F. Baxter (1886-1969) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., June 8, 1886. Republican. Telephone engineer; laundry business; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1923-24; member of Michigan state senate 16th District, 1925-28. Episcopalian. Member, Alpha Delta Phi; Tau Beta Pi; Rotary. Died in 1969 (age about 83 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Alfred Baxter and Kate (Lockwood) Baxter; married, January 26, 1910, to Elizabeth Clapperton.
  Gary Becker (b. 1957) — of Racine, Racine County, Wis. Born in St. Mary's Hospital, Racine, Racine County, Wis., 1957. Dry cleaning business; mayor of Racine, Wis., 2003-. Member, Rotary. Still living as of 2005.
  Relatives: Son of Tom Becker and Nancy Becker; married, February 14, 1981, to Julie Fischer.
  Cecil William Bishop (1890-1971) — also known as C. W. 'Runt' Bishop — of Carterville, Williamson County, Ill. Born near West Vienna, Johnson County, Ill., June 29, 1890. Republican. Tailor; laundry business; coal miner; professional football and baseball player and manager; postmaster; U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1941-55 (25th District 1941-49, 26th District 1949-53, 25th District 1953-55); defeated, 1954. Christian. Member, Lions; Elks; Eagles; Odd Fellows; Woodmen; Knights of Pythias. Died in Marion, Williamson County, Ill., September 21, 1971 (age 81 years, 84 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Carterville, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of William C. Bishop and Belle Z. (Ragsdale) Bishop; married, December 25, 1913, to Elizabeth Hutton.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Andrew Broaddus (1900-1972) — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., May 15, 1900. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; laundry business; mayor of Louisville, Ky., 1953-57. Died, from a heart attack, in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., September 7, 1972 (age 72 years, 115 days). Interment at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Russell Broaddus (1873-1946) and Julia Ducan (Ely) Broaddus (1876-1961); married, September 24, 1924, to Elizabeth Robertson (1900-1993); third cousin twice removed of Elbridge Jackson Broaddus; fourth cousin once removed of Joseph Broaddus and Bower Slack Broaddus (1888-1949).
  Political family: Broaddus family of Madison County, Kentucky.
  The Mayor Andrew Broaddus, a floating life-saving station in Louisville, Kentucky, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles H. Burnett — of Albion, Calhoun County, Mich. Democrat. Laundry owner; mayor of Albion, Mich., 1913-14; defeated, 1912. Burial location unknown.
  Howard Cattle (1904-1992) — also known as Richard William Cattle — of Chino, San Bernardino County, Calif. Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, December 23, 1904. Dry cleaning business; clothing merchant; mayor of Chino, Calif., 1956-59. English ancestry. Died in San Bernardino County, Calif., February 17, 1992 (age 87 years, 56 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Henry Cattle (1877-1947) and Janet Mary Florence (Proudfoot) Cattle (1878-1952); married to Vera Pearl Cook.
  Howard Cattle Elementary School, in Chino, California, is named for him.
  George W. Chadwick (1825-1885) — of Chadwicks Mills, Oneida County, N.Y. Born in Sauquoit, Oneida County, N.Y., June 16, 1825. Republican. President and general manager, Willowvale Bleachery; director, Oneida National Bank; director, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad; member of New York state assembly from Oneida County 1st District, 1871, 1874. Episcopalian. Died, from "congestion of the brain" (probably stroke), in Chadwicks Mills, Oneida County, N.Y., December 4, 1885 (age 60 years, 171 days). Interment at Sauquoit Valley Cemetery, Clayville, N.Y.
  Ralph L. Custer (d. 1950) — of Garden City, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Logansport, Cass County, Ind. Chemical engineer; vice-president, Federated Laundry Corporation; mayor of Garden City, N.Y., 1949-50; died in office 1950. Died, probably from a brain aneurysm, in Nassau Hospital, Mineola, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., March 24, 1950. Burial location unknown.
  Samuel E. Daigneau (1852-1931) — of Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Mich. Born in Brandon, Rutland County, Vt., May 17, 1852. Republican. Laundry business; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Berrien County 2nd District, 1915-18; defeated, 1912. French ancestry. Died in 1931 (age about 79 years). Interment at Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Township, Berrien County, Mich.
  Relatives: Married, December 31, 1874, to Carrie Stone (1855-1944).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward O. Davies (b. 1869) — of Ilion, Herkimer County, N.Y. Born in Bridgewater town, Herkimer County, N.Y., November 24, 1869. Republican. Laundry owner; member of New York state assembly from Herkimer County, 1917-20, 1932-33. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  W. H. Gardiner (b. 1889) — of Hartford City, Blackford County, Ind. Born in Fredericksburg, Wayne County, Ohio, June 21, 1889. Cleaning, pressing and tailoring business; mayor of Hartford City, Ind., 1935-44. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Anson Foster Keeler (1887-1943) — also known as Anson F. Keeler — of South Norwalk, Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., September 22, 1887. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; laundry owner; mayor of Norwalk, Conn., 1927-31; member of Connecticut state senate 26th District, 1931; Connecticut state comptroller, 1933-35. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Moose; Redmen. Died, from a heart ailment, in Veterans Hospital, Newington, Hartford County, Conn., September 29, 1943 (age 56 years, 7 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Foster Keeler (born 1854) and Mary Gazetta (Foster) Keeler (born 1856); seventh great-grandson of Thomas Welles; first cousin thrice removed of Martin Keeler; first cousin four times removed of Aaron Burr; second cousin twice removed of Stephen Hiram Keeler; third cousin twice removed of Calvin Frisbie; third cousin thrice removed of Joseph Silliman, Gold Selleck Silliman and Benjamin Silliman; fourth cousin of Alfred Walstein Bangs and John Clarence Keeler; fourth cousin once removed of Edwin Olmstead Keeler (1846-1923), Tracy R. Bangs and Frank D. Bangs.
  Political families: Sherman family of Connecticut; Keeler-Floyd-Sherman-Bangs family of New York; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Adelard Laflesh (1895-1973) — of Plainfield, Windham County, Conn. Born in Connecticut, March 14, 1895. Democrat. Rug cleaning business; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Plainfield, 1945-49. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus. Died March 26, 1973 (age 78 years, 12 days). Interment at St. John Cemetery, Plainfield, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Laflesh and Eva (Lepage) Laflesh; married to Malvina Chaput (1898-1965).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Washington List (1871-1949) — also known as George W. List — of Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Ark. Born in Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, September 22, 1871. Democrat. Steam laundry owner; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1924 (alternate), 1928. German ancestry. Died in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Ark., December 21, 1949 (age 78 years, 90 days). Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: George Washington
  Relatives: Son of Frederick List and Elizabeth (Biegler) List; married 1895 to Mamie Beulah Chestnutt (1877-1969).
  James Simpson MacKinnon (b. 1897) — of Juneau, Alaska. Born in Juneau, Alaska, 1897. Republican. Laundry and dry cleaning business; member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 1st District, 1951-52. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Lockie MacKinnon and Martha (Lokke) MacKinnon; married, December 5, 1923, to Hazel Jaeger.
  Murray P. McCluskey (1915-2003) — of Sylacauga, Talladega County, Ala. Born in Decatur, Morgan County, Ala., December 29, 1915. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; co-owned Clean Cleaners, Inc. with Bill Nichols; owned motels; lawyer; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1970-78. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Rotary. Died June 18, 2003 (age 87 years, 171 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Sylacauga, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Decker Andrew McCluskey and Annie (Ogletree) McCluskey; first cousin once removed of Thomas Avery Ogletree (1890-1958).
  Harold A. McCormick (born c.1901) — of Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. Born about 1901. Republican. Laundry business; candidate for borough president of Richmond, New York, 1953. Burial location unknown.
  Martin G. McCue (b. 1875) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born February 18, 1875. Democrat. Hotel-keeper; laundry supply business; real estate agent; member of New York state assembly, 1907-20 (New York County 16th District 1907-17, New York County 12th District 1918-20); member of New York state senate 16th District, 1921; resigned 1921; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928, 1932. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Foresters; Ancient Order of Hibernians. Burial location unknown.
  William F. R. Mills (b. 1856) — of Denver, Colo. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., September 8, 1856. Republican. Mayor of Denver, Colo., 1918-19; president, City Elite Laundry Co. Universalist. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1881 to Corwina Rouse.
  Walthall M. Moore (1881-1960) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in Marion, Perry County, Ala., May 1, 1881. Republican. Postal clerk; laundry business; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1921-22, 1925-30 (St. Louis City 6th District 1921-22, St. Louis City 3rd District 1925-30); defeated, 1936; delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1928. African ancestry. Died in St. Louis, Mo., April 8, 1960 (age 78 years, 343 days). Interment at Oakdale Cemetery, St. Louis County, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of John Moore and Sarah Moore; married, December 29, 1911, to Fern A. Ferguson.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Earl David Morton (b. 1918) — also known as Earl D. Morton — of Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wis. Born in Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wis., November 28, 1918. Republican. Machine tool inspector; chemical analyst for laundry; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Kenosha County 2nd District, 1957-60; candidate for Wisconsin state senate 22nd District, 1964. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
John J. Mullennex John Jefferson Mullennex (b. 1905) — also known as John J. Mullennex — of Parsons, Tucker County, W.Va. Born in Whitmer, Randolph County, W.Va., February 16, 1905. Republican. Farmer; railroad employee; dry cleaning business; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Tucker County; elected 1950; defeated, 1952, 1954. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Kiwanis. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Mullennex and Sallie (Mullennaux) Mullennex; married, April 24, 1929, to Ruth Swartz.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  James William Robertson — also known as James Robertson — of Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Mich. Born in Cattaraugus, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Cartoonist; laundry owner; mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., 1952-57. Episcopalian. Member, Kiwanis. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Barr Robertson and Mary Hay (Stewart) Robertson; married, June 24, 1930, to Gwendolyn Brown.
Robert Sabonjian Robert V. Sabonjian (1916-1992) — also known as "The Rock" — of Waukegan, Lake County, Ill. Born in Waukegan, Lake County, Ill., January 4, 1916. Served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II; dry cleaning business; acting postmaster at Waukegan, Ill., 1952-53; mayor of Waukegan, Ill., 1957-77, 1985-89; defeated, 1977; bank director; candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1966. Disciples of Christ. Armenian ancestry. Member, Eagles; Moose; Disabled American Veterans; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Amvets; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners. Died in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., August 19, 1992 (age 76 years, 228 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Lazurus Sabonjian and Zaruhey (Mooradian) Sabonjian; married, June 7, 1947, to Lorene Terrill; father of Robert Sabonjian, Jr. (1965?-).
  Image source: City of Waukegan
  Morris Schreiber (1901-1951) — of Galveston, Galveston County, Tex. Born in New York, October 3, 1901. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; customs inspector; laundry and dry cleaning business; jeweler; candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 9th District, 1947; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1948. Jewish. Died in Galveston, Galveston County, Tex., June 2, 1951 (age 49 years, 242 days). Interment at Beth Jacob Cemetery, Galveston, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of Sarah (Karten) Schreiber (1873-1933) and Max Schreiber (1875-1950); married to Sonia Shulman (1908-1953).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Raymond Shepard (b. 1908) — of Athens, Athens County, Ohio. Born in Corning, Perry County, Ohio, April 11, 1908. Dry cleaning business; mayor of Athens, Ohio, 1962-71. Burial location unknown.
  John Leroy Shores — also known as Leroy Shores — of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Fla. Laundry owner; real estate business; mayor of Boca Raton, Fla., 1956-58. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Richard Gardner Shoup (1923-1995) — also known as Richard G. Shoup — of Missoula, Missoula County, Mont. Born in Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho, November 29, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; laundry and dry cleaning business; mayor of Missoula, Mont., 1967-70; U.S. Representative from Montana 1st District, 1971-75; director, Union Pacific Railroad, 1975-84. Died in 1995 (age about 71 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Great-grandson of George Laird Shoup (1836-1904).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Willard Everett Townsend (1904-1985) — also known as Willard E. Townsend — of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Beatrice, Gage County, Neb., April 23, 1904. Democrat. Laundry business; chair of Lancaster County Democratic Party, 1936-40; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1952 (member, Credentials Committee), 1956 (delegation vice-chair); Nebraska Democratic state chair, 1956. Christian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Hidalgo County, Tex., May 27, 1985 (age 81 years, 34 days). Interment at Valley Memorial Gardens, McAllen, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Jackson Townsend and Nellie (Dewey) Townsend; married, August 15, 1925, to Katherine Elizabeth Fellows.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Burr Oscar Twichell (1900-1975) — also known as Burr O. Twichell — of East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Eaton County, Mich., February 15, 1900. Dry cleaning business; mayor of East Lansing, Mich., 1949-51. Died in East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., November 5, 1975 (age 75 years, 263 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick Eliab Twitchell (1875-1958) and Martha Florence (Skinner) Twitchell (1881-1948).
Arthur H. Wicks Arthur H. Wicks (1887-1985) — also known as A. H. Wicks — of Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y.; Lake Katrine, Ulster County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 24, 1887. Republican. Worked in piano manufacturing business; employed in the engineering department of the New York City Board of Water Supply, and then in construction of subways; owner and operator of steam laundry in Kingston; director, Governor Clinton Hotel; member of New York state senate, 1927-56 (29th District 1927-44, 34th District 1945-56); delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1948, 1952 (Honorary Vice-President), 1956; resigned in November 1953 as Senate Majority Leader and acting Lieutenant Governor, while under threat of ouster over his Sing Sing prison visits to convicted extortionist and labor leader Joseph S. Fay. Member, Freemasons; Junior Order; Rotary. Died in Lake Katrine, Ulster County, N.Y., February 18, 1985 (age 97 years, 56 days). Burial location unknown.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
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