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Musical Instrument and Sporting Goods Politicians

Very incomplete list!

  Horace Lincoln Abbe (1865-1916) — also known as Horace L. Abbe — of Enfield, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Enfield, Hartford County, Conn., July 26, 1865. Piano and organ dealer; Prohibition candidate for Connecticut state house of representatives from Enfield, 1902, 1906, 1910. Methodist. Died in Enfield, Hartford County, Conn., November 29, 1916 (age 51 years, 126 days). Interment at Enfield Street Cemetery, Enfield, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Levi Pease Abbe and Lucinda (Abbe) Abbe.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alexander Samuel Bacon (1853-1920) — also known as Alexander S. Bacon — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., November 20, 1853. Lawyer; lecturer; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 9th District, 1887; candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1906 (Independence League), 1915 (American); candidate for Presidential Elector for New York; vice-president and director, Webster Piano Company. Baptist. Member, Freemasons. Attorney for New York Gov. William Sulzer at his impeachment trial in 1913. Died, from complications of pneumonia, in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., May 29, 1920 (age 66 years, 191 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John Arthur Bacon and Harriet (Smith) Bacon; married, September 1, 1886, to Harriet Whittlesey Schroter.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Rosalyn H. Baker — also known as Roz Baker — of Lahaina, Island of Maui, Maui County, Hawaii. Democrat. Sporting goods merchant; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 1984, 1992, 1996 (alternate), 2000 (alternate); member of Hawaii state house of representatives; elected 1988; member of Hawaii state senate; appointed 1993; elected 1994, 2002. Female. Member, Rotary; Soroptimists. Still living as of 2002.
  Robert A. Beckwith (1862-1946) — of East Hampton, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in Connecticut, August, 1862. Foreman in bell factory; Prohibition candidate for Connecticut state house of representatives, 1904 (Chatham), 1906 (Chatham), 1916 (East Hampton); member of Connecticut Prohibition Party State Central Committee, 1922-27. Died in 1946 (age about 83 years). Interment at Lakeview Cemetery, East Hampton, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas S. Beckwith and Sarah A. (Harris) Beckwith.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Berkley Warren Bedell (b. 1921) — also known as Berkley Bedell — of Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa. Born in Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa, March 5, 1921. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; founder and owner of the Berkley fishing tackle company; U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1975-87; defeated, 1972. Methodist. Member, Phi Delta Theta; Kiwanis; American Legion; Izaak Walton League. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Warren Berkley Bedell and Virginia Price Bedell; married, August 29, 1943, to Elinor Healy Bedell.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  John James Bell (1864-1929) — also known as John J. Bell — of Port Huron, St. Clair County, Mich. Born in Palmerston, Ontario, April 6, 1864. Naturalized U.S. citizen; music store owner; mayor of Port Huron, Mich., 1907-12, 1927-28. Methodist; later Congregationalist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Modern Maccabees; Maccabees of the World; Foresters; Woodmen of the World; Elks; Knights of Pythias. Died in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Mich., April 1, 1929 (age 64 years, 360 days). Interment at Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of John Bell and Catherine Julia (Sides) Bell; married, May 1, 1895, to Ellen Gertrude 'May Bell' Cooke.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Riley Alvin Bender (1890-1973) — also known as Riley A. Bender — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., July 8, 1890. Prize fighter; hotel manager; music store manager; seed wholesaler; candidate in Democratic primary for Illinois state senate 11th District, 1938; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1944, 1948, 1952. Church of Christ. German and Welsh ancestry. Died, in Illinois Central Hospital, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., March 6, 1973 (age 82 years, 241 days). Interment at Onarga Cemetery, Onarga, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Bender and Rachel Josephine 'Josie' (Davis) Bender.
  Frederick W. Carberry (1875-1938) — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, February 3, 1875. Republican. Music teacher; musical instrument dealer; director of community singing; performed, Republican National Convention, 1920 ; blind in his later years. Died, from heart disease, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., January 27, 1938 (age 62 years, 358 days). Interment at Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.
  Relatives: Married to Alma Charlotte Schwanke.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Demarus Kay Carlson (born c.1938) — also known as De Carlson — of Crofton, Knox County, Neb. Born about 1938. Republican. Gun dealer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1992, 2004, 2008; member of Republican National Committee from Nebraska, 2008. Still living as of 2008.
  Marilyn Chambers (1952-2009) — also known as Marilyn Ann Briggs; Evelyn Lang; Marilyn Chambers Taylor — Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., April 22, 1952. Model; Actress in pornographic movies; gun dealer; Personal Choice candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2004. Female. Bisexual. Died, from a cerebral hemorrhage and an aneurysm, in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 12, 2009 (age 56 years, 355 days). Cremated; ashes scattered in North Pacific Ocean.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Alexis U. Coates (1858-1943) — also known as A. U. Coates — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Excelsior, Richland County, Wis., June 21, 1858. School teacher; music store manager; grocer; real estate dealer; Prohibition candidate for Governor of Iowa, 1901; Prohibition candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1936. Church of Christ. English ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, January 21, 1943 (age 84 years, 214 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of William Harvey Coates and Anna French (Knowlton) Coates; married, August 31, 1875, to Isabel Lein.
  Edwin Stapleton Conway (b. 1850) — also known as Edwin S. Conway — of Oak Park, Cook County, Ill. Born in Ontario, 1850. Republican. Secretary and general superintendent, W. W. Kimball Piano Co.; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896; candidate for Presidential Elector for Illinois. Baptist. Member, Union League. Burial location unknown.
  Edmond Cote (b. 1863) — of Fall River, Bristol County, Mass. Born in Beaumont, Quebec, February 22, 1863. Republican. Piano dealer; member of Massachusetts Governor's Council 1st District, 1931-36. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Burial location unknown.
  Joseph H. Dickinson (b. 1855) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born, of American parents, at Chatham, Ontario, June 22, 1855. Republican. Organ manufacturer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1897-1900. African ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Dickinson and Jane Dickinson.
  Jacob Estey (1814-1890) — of Vermont. Born in Hinsdale, Cheshire County, N.H., September 30, 1814. Republican. Organ manufacturer; member of Vermont state house of representatives, 1869-70; member of Vermont state senate, 1872; candidate for Governor of Vermont, 1876; candidate for Presidential Elector for Vermont. Died in Brattleboro, Windham County, Vt., April 15, 1890 (age 75 years, 197 days). Interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, Vt.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Estey and Patty Forbes Estey; married 1837 to Desdemona Wood; father-in-law of Levi Knight Fuller.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lawrence J. Fitzgerald — of Cortland, Cortland County, N.Y. President, Cortland Wagon Co. manfacturers of carriages, wagons, and bicycles; vice-president, National Bank of Cortland; village president of Cortland, New York, 1882; New York state treasurer, 1886-89. Burial location unknown.
  Rea Hanna (b. 1878) — of Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Aurora, Kane County, Ill., March 11, 1878. Musical instrument salesman; customhouse broker; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Amoy, 1906-07; U.S. Consul in Iquique, 1907-11; Georgetown, 1913. Interment at Cementerio de Santa Inés, Viña del Mar, Chile.
  Relatives: Son of George Hanna and Julia (Mandigo) Hanna.
  Andrew George Katcher (1905-1966) — also known as Andrew G. Katcher — of Ambridge, Beaver County, Pa. Born in Ambridge, Beaver County, Pa., December 10, 1905. Democrat. Furniture and piano merchant; candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 25th District, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948. Catholic. Member, Elks; Eagles; Knights of Columbus. Died in 1966 (age about 60 years). Interment at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Ambridge Heights, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Katcher and Julia (Panchura) Katcher; married to Agnes Fedorchak.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Kaye (1813-1890) — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Yorkshire, England, February 13, 1813. Machinist; founder and owner of the Kaye & Company brass works; bell manufacturer; mayor of Louisville, Ky., 1863-65. Died November 19, 1890 (age 77 years, 279 days). Interment at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  See also Wikipedia article
John T. Kostuck John T. Kostuck (1892-1960) — of Stevens Point, Portage County, Wis. Born in Stevens Point, Portage County, Wis., October 7, 1892. Piano dealer; piano tuner; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Portage County, 1931-60. A blasting accident made him blind at age 14. Died in 1960 (age about 67 years). Interment at Guardian Angel Cemetery, Stevens Point, Wis.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  Jonas B. Lambert (1845-1927) — of Hastings, Dakota County, Minn. Born in Bucksport, Hancock County, Maine, May 17, 1845. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; music teacher; music store owner; mayor of Hastings, Minn., 1878-80. Died in Hastings, Dakota County, Minn., 1927 (age about 82 years). Interment at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Cemetery, Hastings, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Lambert and Eliza Lambert; married 1871 to Barbara Schaller.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Harold W. Mason Harold Whitney Mason (1895-1944) — also known as Harold W. Mason — of Brattleboro, Windham County, Vt. Born in Worcester, Worcester County, Mass., April 21, 1895. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; boot and shoe business; vice-president, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; director for power companies, insurance companies, the Central Vermont Railway, and the Estey Organ Co.; delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1932; Convention Secretary, 1940, 1944; secretary, Arrangements Committee, secretary, 1940; speaker, 1940; candidate for Presidential Elector for Vermont; delegate to Vermont convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933; member of Republican National Committee from Vermont, 1936-44; Secretary of Republican National Committee, 1937-44. Member, American Legion; Military Order of the World Wars; Sons of the American Revolution; Society of Colonial Wars; Union League; Sigma Nu. Died, from a heart attack, in his room at the Savoy-Plaza Hotel, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 3, 1944 (age 49 years, 196 days). Interment at Morningside Cemetery, Brattleboro, Vt.
  Relatives: Son of William Lysander Mason and Margaret Etta (Matthews) Mason; married, March 17, 1918, to Evelyn Hawley Dunham.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Official Report of the 22nd Republican National Convention (1940)
  Charles W. Masterson (c.1862-1958) — of Washington. Born about 1862. Democrat. Piano tuner; candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 4th District, 1916. Blind from age eight, due to an overdose of quinine (used to treat cholera). Died in Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Wash., 1958 (age about 96 years). Interment somewhere in Walla Walla, Wash.
  Relatives: Uncle of Salathiel Charles Masterson.
  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.
  Gerald L. Murphy (1912-1976) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., September 25, 1912. Democrat. Secretary-treasurer, E. E. Wilson Sporting Goods, Inc.; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1941-46, 1951-54; defeated, 1938, 1946; candidate for Michigan state senate 21st District, 1954. Died in 1976 (age about 63 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of Lawrence J. Murphy.
  William B. Ormsbee (1873-1942) — of Flint, Genesee County, Mich. Born in Maple Grove, Saginaw County, Mich., August 3, 1873. Republican. Sporting goods merchant; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Genesee County 2nd District, 1915-18, 1923-26; defeated, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1936. Died in Flint, Genesee County, Mich., July 4, 1942 (age 68 years, 335 days). Interment at Aventine Cemetery, Flint, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Freelove Janie (Franklin) Ormsbee and Ira George Ormsbee; married 1893 to Cora B. Herrick; second cousin four times removed of Charles Turner Jr.; third cousin thrice removed of Asa Evans Stratton Jr.; fourth cousin once removed of Charles Edward Adams.
  Political family: Ormsbee family of Michigan and Massachusetts.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Merritt Osband (b. 1836) — of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Arcadia, Wayne County, N.Y., June 15, 1836. Republican. College professor; furniture business; newspaper editor; pipe organ manufacturer; chair of Washtenaw County Republican Party, 1886-90. Methodist. English ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Wilson Osband and Susanna (Sherman) Osband; married, August 7, 1861, to Lucy Aldrich.
  David Perry Otis (1809-1890) — also known as David P. Otis — of Salem, New London County, Conn.; Norwich, New London County, Conn.; Niantic, East Lyme, New London County, Conn. Born in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., February 28, 1809. Merchant; piano manufacturing business; member of Connecticut state senate 9th District, 1860. Died December 30, 1890 (age 81 years, 305 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Otis and Nancy (Perry) Otis; married, March 21, 1832, to Hannah Comstock; married, October 4, 1837, to Julia Ann Florence; first cousin twice removed of Ralph Chester Otis; second cousin of Oran Gray Otis and Harrison Gray Otis (1837-1917); second cousin once removed of Lauren Ford Otis; second cousin twice removed of Samuel Allyne Otis; third cousin of Asa H. Otis; third cousin once removed of Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848) and Norton Prentiss Otis; fourth cousin of John Otis, William Shaw Chandler Otis, Harris F. Otis and James Otis.
  Political family: Otis family of Connecticut (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  John G. Roy (b. 1859) — of East Barnet, Barnet, Caledonia County, Vt. Born in Barnet, Caledonia County, Vt., 1859. Democrat. Croquet set manufacturer; member of Vermont state house of representatives from Barnet, 1910. Burial location unknown.
  Forest Sale (1911-1985) — also known as Aggie Sale — of Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Ky. Born in Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Ky., June 25, 1911. Democrat. Famed college basketball player; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; school teacher; athletic coach; sporting goods merchant; member of Kentucky state house of representatives 55th District, 1972-83. Christian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Lions. Died, following a heart attack, in St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., December 4, 1985 (age 74 years, 162 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Don William Samuelson (1913-2000) — also known as Don W. Samuelson — of Sandpoint, Bonner County, Idaho. Born in Woodhull, Henry County, Ill., July 27, 1913. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; sporting goods merchant; member of Idaho state senate, 1960-66; Governor of Idaho, 1967-71; defeated, 1970. Methodist. Member, American Legion; Elks; Kiwanis; National Rifle Association. Died, of a heart attack, at the Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, King County, Wash., January 20, 2000 (age 86 years, 177 days). Interment at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Sandpoint, Idaho.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Freeborn Garretson Smith (c.1827-1911) — also known as Freeborn G. Smith — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in a log cabin, near Baltimore (unknown county), Md., about 1827. Piano manufacturing business; Prohibition candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1890 (3rd District), 1894 (2nd District); Prohibition candidate for mayor of Brooklyn, N.Y., 1891, 1895; candidate for Presidential Elector for New York. Died in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., October 9, 1911 (age about 84 years). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Presumably named for: Freeborn Garrettson
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Homer Peter Snyder (1863-1937) — also known as Homer P. Snyder — of Little Falls, Herkimer County, N.Y. Born in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, N.Y., December 6, 1863. Republican. Manufacturer of knitting machinery and bicycles as Homer P. Snyder Manufacturing Co.; vice-president, Little Falls National Bank; director, Little Falls and Johnstown Railroad; director, Little Falls Hotel Co.; U.S. Representative from New York 33rd District, 1915-25; defeated, 1912; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916, 1920; delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933. Died in Little Falls, Herkimer County, N.Y., December 30, 1937 (age 74 years, 24 days). Interment at Church Street Cemetery, Little Falls, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Edwin Snyder and Mary E. (Rivenburg) Snyder; married, June 27, 1882, to Jessie Falla Breese.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Albert Morris Steinert (1868-1927) — also known as Albert M. Steinert — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., 1868. Democrat. Musical instrument dealer; candidate for Presidential Elector for Rhode Island. Died in Providence, Providence County, R.I., 1927 (age about 59 years). Burial location unknown.
  Oramel Whittlesey (born c.1802) — of Salem, New London County, Conn. Born about 1802. Whig. Pianoforte maker; member of Connecticut state senate 9th District, 1847. Interment at Mosswood Glen Cemetery, Salem, Conn.
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
  Horace C. Wilcox (1824-1890) — of Meriden, New Haven County, Conn. Born January 24, 1824. President, Meriden Britannia Company; president, Wilcox & White Organ Company; member of Connecticut state senate, 1874, 1877; mayor of Meriden, Conn., 1875-76. Died August 27, 1890 (age 66 years, 215 days). Interment at Wilcox Cemetery, Middletown, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Elisha B. Wilcox and Hepzibah (Cornwall) Wilcox; married to Charlotte Smith and Ellen M. Parker.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas E. Willmott — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Piano maker; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 15th District, 1912-13; American candidate for New York state senate 7th District, 1916. Burial location unknown.
Samuel E. Winslow Samuel Ellsworth Winslow (1862-1940) — also known as Samuel E. Winslow — of Worcester, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Worcester, Worcester County, Mass., April 11, 1862. Republican. President, Samuel Winslow Skate Manufacturing Co.; director, U.S. Envelope Co., State Mutual Life Assurance Co. of Worcester, Mass., and Mechanics National Bank; trustee, Worcester City Hospital; chairman, U.S. Board of Railway Labor Mediation; Massachusetts Republican state chair, 1893-94; delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1908; speaker, 1924; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 4th District, 1913-25. Unitarian. Died in Worcester, Worcester County, Mass., July 11, 1940 (age 78 years, 91 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Winslow and Mary Weeks (Robbins) Winslow; married, April 17, 1889, to Bertha Lucenia Russell.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Munsey's Magazine, June 1919
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