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  William Joseph Akers (b. 1845) — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in England, August 2, 1845. Republican. Proprietor of restaurants, hotels and flour mills; candidate for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1892, 1901. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Akers (c.1815-1858; builder) and Catherine (O'Leary) Akers (died 1894); married to Maud M. Miller.
  Rose Senft Anthony (b. 1898) — also known as Rose S. Anthony — of Dennison, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Born in Dennison, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, September 5, 1898. Republican. Restaurant owner; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1948. Female. Burial location unknown.
  Carmen J. Armenti (1929-2001) — of Trenton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., April 11, 1929. Republican. Restaurant owner; mayor of Trenton, N.J., 1966-70; candidate for New Jersey state senate 15th District, 1981. Catholic. Member, American Legion. Died April 14, 2001 (age 72 years, 3 days). Burial location unknown.
  Carl F. Barney (b. 1878) — of Marion, Grant County, Ind. Born in Whitley County, Ind., July 3, 1878. Republican. Grocer; restaurant owner; mayor of Marion, Ind., 1935-42; defeated, 1942. Methodist. Member, Odd Fellows; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Marc Basnight (b. 1947) — of Manteo, Dare County, N.C. Born in Manteo, Dare County, N.C., May 13, 1947. Democrat. Restaurant business; member of North Carolina state senate 1st District, 1984-2010. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2011.
  The Marc Basnight Bridge (opened 2019), over the Oregon Inlet, from Bodie Island to Pea Island, in Dare County, North Carolina, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Michael H. Baumann (b. 1875) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born January 7, 1875. Democrat. Restaurant owner; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 3rd District, 1907. Burial location unknown.
  Alexander Gillespie Baxter (b. 1859) — also known as Alexander G. Baxter — of Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, N.Y. Born in Bloomingburg, Sullivan County, N.Y., November 6, 1859. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; undertaker; restaurant owner; banker; member of New York state senate 32nd District, 1931-34. Methodist. Member, United Spanish War Veterans; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons; Elks; Kiwanis; Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Brean Baxter and Abigail Jane (Monell) Baxter; married, October 20, 1880, to Sarah E. Teetz; married, May 10, 1908, to Sarah J. Atkinson.
  Frank Thomas Bell (1883-1970) — also known as Frank Bell — of Ephrata, Grant County, Wash. Born in Joplin, Jasper County, Mo., September 21, 1883. Democrat. Grant County Treasurer, 1919-23; private secretary, U.S. Sen. C. C. Dill, 1923-33; U.S. Fish Commissioner, 1933-40; hotel and restaurant owner and operator; promoter of Grand Coulee Dam and other federal dam projects; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1948, 1952. Methodist. Member, Rotary; Elks; Odd Fellows. Died in Ephrata, Grant County, Wash., October, 1970 (age 87 years, 0 days). Interment at Ephrata Cemetery, Ephrata, Wash.
  Relatives: Son of W. Lafayette Bell and Ami (Farrar) Bell; married, December 22, 1908, to Bertha M. Hill (1891-1989).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul M. Berra (b. 1925) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., February 2, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; bookkeeper; restauranteur; member of Missouri state house of representatives from St. Louis City 2nd District, 1953-64; member of Missouri state senate 3rd District, 1965-66. Member, American Legion; Forty and Eight; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Redmen. Still living as of 1966.
  Relatives: Married, June 25, 1950, to Elizabeth Catherine Gilroy.
  Jim Berrios — of Kent, King County, Wash. Restaurant owner; candidate for mayor of Kent, Wash., 2009. Still living as of 2009.
  O. Gene Bicknell — of Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kan. Republican. Owner of hundreds of Pizza Hut restaurant franchises; candidate in primary for Governor of Kansas, 1986, 1994. Still living as of 1998.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Sonny Bono (1935-1998) — also known as Salvatore Philip Bono; Sonny Christie; Ronny Sommers; Prince Carter — of Palm Springs, Riverside County, Calif. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 16, 1935. Republican. Songwriter, actor, member of the Sonny & Cher singing and comedy duo;; restaurant owner; mayor of Palm Springs, Calif., 1988-92; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from California, 1992; U.S. Representative from California 44th District, 1995-98; died in office 1998. Catholic or Scientologist. Italian ancestry. Killed in a skiing accident, South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, Calif., January 5, 1998 (age 62 years, 323 days). Interment at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Santo Bono and Jean Bono; married 1954 to Donna Rankin (divorced 1962); married, October 27, 1964, to Cherilyn Sarkasian 'Cher' LaPiere (divorced 1975); married 1981 to Susie Coelho (divorced 1984); married 1986 to Mary Whitaker (1961-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books by Sonny Bono: And the Beat Goes On
  Ricardo Jerome Bordallo (1927-1990) — also known as Ricardo J. Bordallo; Ricky Bordallo — of Agana (now Hagatna), Guam. Born in Agana (now Hagatna), Guam, December 11, 1927. Democrat. Restaurant owner; automobile dealer; member of Guam legislature, 1956-70; Guam Democratic Party chair, 1960-63, 1971-73; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Guam, 1964; Governor of Guam, 1975-78, 1983-86; defeated, 1970; Convicted in 1987 on corruption charges, including bribery, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering; sentenced to nine years in prison and fined; some of the charges were overturned on appeal in 1988; resentenced to four years in prison in December, 1989. Catholic. Chamorro ancestry. Just before he was to report to prison, he chained himself to a statue of Chief Quipuha, in a busy traffic circle at rush hour; wrapped in a Guam flag and wearing a sign saying "I regret I have but one life to give for my island," he shot and killed himself, in Agana (now Hagatna), Guam, February 1, 1990 (age 62 years, 52 days). Interment at Pigo Catholic Cemetery, Hagatna, Guam.
  Relatives: Son of Baltazar Jeronimo 'B. J.' Bordallo (1900-1984) and Josefina Torres (Pangelinan) Bordallo (1906-1945); brother of Paul Joseph Bordallo (1930-2007); married 1953 to Madeleine Mary Zeien.
  Political family: Bordallo family of Minnesota.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Daniel Brown (d. 1936) — of Hammond, Lake County, Ind. Republican. Restaurant owner; mayor of Hammond, Ind., 1918-25; defeated in primary, 1929. Died April 20, 1936. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond, Ind.
  John Young Brown, Jr. (b. 1933) — also known as John Y. Brown, Jr. — of Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. Born in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., December 28, 1933. Democrat. Governor of Kentucky, 1979-83; defeated in primary, 1987; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980. Owner at various times of Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics and Kentucky Colonels basketball teams, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of John Young Brown, Sr. (1900-1985); married to Phyllis George (Miss America 1971); father of John Young Brown III.
  Political family: Brown family of Lexington, Kentucky.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Hatfield C. Brubeck (b. 1909) — also known as "Zip" — of Wayne, Wayne County, W.Va. Born in Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va., August 28, 1909. Republican. Real estate broker; restaurant owner; candidate for West Virginia state house of delegates from Wayne County, 1942; chair of Wayne County Republican Party, 1950-54; member of West Virginia state senate 5th District, 1957; resigned 1957. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks; Sigma Phi Epsilon; American Legion; Forty and Eight. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Arthur Brubeck and Lucy T. (Henderson) Brubeck; married, December 29, 1937, to Louise Henry Lewis.
  Carolyn Caldwell (1871-1943) — of Lake George, Warren County, N.Y. Born in Walden, Orange County, N.Y., October 15, 1871. Democrat. Restaurant owner; member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1942. Female. Died, of chronic myocarditis, in Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, Warren County, N.Y., 1943 (age about 71 years). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Warrensburg, N.Y.
  Relatives: Daughter of Frederick Sedelmeyer and Gertrude (Mehew) Sedelmeyer; married to George Caldwell.
  James Carney (b. 1844) — of Erie, Erie County, Pa. Born in Dunmanway, County Cork, Ireland, May 20, 1844. Democrat. Blacksmith foreman for the Erie Railroad; restaurant owner; chair of Erie County Democratic Party, 1887. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Carney and Marry (Dullea) Carney.
  Andrew L. Cetraro (born c.1976) — of Bozeman, Gallatin County, Mont. Born in Bozeman, Gallatin County, Mont., about 1976. Restaurant owner; mayor of Bozeman, Mont., 2004-05. Arrested at his home in November 2005; accused of assaulting his pregnant wife while intoxicated; arraigned on misdemeanor charges; pleaded not guilty. Still living as of 2005.
  Jacob Ezekiel Chew (1863-1945) — also known as Jacob E. Chew — of East Jordan, Charlevoix County, Mich. Born in Darke County, Ohio, September 25, 1863. Republican. School teacher; flour and grain business; restaurant keeper; farmer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Charlevoix County, 1917-20. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Grange. Died in East Jordan, Charlevoix County, Mich., June 8, 1945 (age 81 years, 256 days). Interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Abel Woolston Chew (1843-1904) and Salome 'Sally' (Haldeman) Chew (1844-1904); married, May 31, 1891, to Lillian Runyan (1866-1943); first cousin thrice removed of Joseph Richard Chew (1800-1879); third cousin once removed of William H. Chew.
  Political family: Pendleton-Lee family (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Dwight Child (b. 1875) — also known as James D. Child — Born in Bath, Grafton County, N.H., May 12, 1875. Hotel steward; restauranteur; building supplies business; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Vice Consul in Bordeaux, 1919-29; Strasbourg, 1929-32. Burial location unknown.
  Clifford E. Clinton — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; cafeteria owner; candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1945. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Albert Collier (1921-2004) — also known as Tom Collier — of Jacksonville, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in Tupelo, Jackson County, Ark., November 20, 1921. Democrat. Restaurant owner; member of Arkansas state house of representatives, 1971-93. Baptist. Died in Jacksonville, Pulaski County, Ark., April 18, 2004 (age 82 years, 150 days). Interment at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Newport, Ark.
  Nimbus Couzin — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Brewer; university professor; coffee house owner; Independent candidate for mayor of Louisville, Ky., 2010. Still living as of 2010.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Emil F. Danciu — of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Fla. Republican. Contractor; restaurant owner; mayor of Boca Raton, Fla., 1969-70, 1987-93; candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 9th District, 1970. Still living as of 1993.
  Dominick J. DeLucco — of Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Democrat. Restaurant owner; mayor of Hartford, Conn., 1953-55, 1960-61. Italian ancestry. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Dominick A. DeVarti (c.1924-2001) — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in New Jersey, about 1924. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; restaurant owner; candidate for mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., 1957 (Republican primary), 1957. Italian ancestry. Died, of heart failure, in the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich., June 1, 2001 (age about 77 years). Interment at Arborcrest Memorial Park, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  Jennifer P. Dougherty (b. 1961) — of Frederick, Frederick County, Md. Born in Alexandria, Va., 1961. Democrat. Restaurant business; mayor of Frederick, Md., 2002-06; defeated in primary, 2005; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2004. Female. Irish ancestry. Still living as of 2006.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Clinton Eastwood, Jr. (b. 1930) — also known as Clint Eastwood — of Pebble Beach, Monterey County, Calif.; Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County, Calif. Born in St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, Calif., May 31, 1930. Republican. Movie actor, producer, director; restaurant and hotel owner; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972; speaker, 2012; mayor, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 1986-88. Scottish, Irish, Dutch, and English ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Clinton Eastwood, Sr. and Margaret Ruth (Runner) Eastwood; married, December 19, 1953, to Maggie Johnson (divorced 1978); married, March 31, 1996, to Dinia Ruiz.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Raleigh W. Falbe (1890-1957) — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., March 21, 1890. Republican. Police officer; restaurant and tavern operator; real estate broker; insurance agent; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Milwaukee County 15th District, 1949-54. Suffered a heart attack, while duck hunting on Rush Lake, and died five days later in Ripon Municipal Hospital, Ripon, Fond du Lac County, Wis., October 6, 1957 (age 67 years, 199 days). Interment at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Wis.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Charles W. Fowell, Jr. Charles W. Fowell, Jr. (1901-1973) — of Viroqua, Vernon County, Wis. Born in Sullivan town, Richland County, Wis., May 7, 1901. Republican. Locomotive fireman; restaurant owner; Vernon County Sheriff; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Vernon County, 1939-42; defeated (Independent), 1954. Died December 6, 1973 (age 72 years, 213 days). Interment at Viroqua Cemetery, Viroqua, Wis.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  Gerald Michael Gabbard (b. 1948) — also known as Mike Gabbard — Born in Fagatogo, American Samoa, January 15, 1948. School teacher; restauranteur; candy manufacturer; Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from Hawaii 2nd District, 2004; member of Hawaii state senate, 2007-20 (19th District 2007-12, 20th District 2013-20). Samoan ancestry. Still living as of 2021.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Harrison Gabbard, Jr. and Aknesis Agnes (Yandall) Gabbard; father of Tulsi Gabbard (1981-).
Bill Gelineau William Gelineau (born c.1959) — also known as Bill Gelineau — of Lowell, Kent County, Mich. Born in Michigan, about 1959. Libertarian. Restauranteur; title agency manager; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2000, 2012; candidate for Michigan state senate 29th District, 2010; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 2012. Member, Jaycees. Still living as of 2012.
  Image source: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  Greg Gordon — of Austin, Travis County, Tex. Caterer; candidate for mayor of Austin, Tex., 2001. Still living as of 2001.
  Harry M. Greer (1888-1949) — of Lanesboro, Fillmore County, Minn. Born in Lanesboro, Fillmore County, Minn., August 31, 1888. Cafe owner; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 1, 1949; died in office 1949. Member, Freemasons. Suffered a heart attack, and died a week later, in Lanesboro, Fillmore County, Minn., July 3, 1949 (age 60 years, 306 days). Interment at Lanesboro Cemetery, Lanesboro, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Robert R. Greer and Sadie Marie (Roberts) Greer (1853-1910); brother of Herbert Lincoln Greer (1892-1941); married, December 22, 1909, to Mary Bakke (1880-1955).
  Political family: Greer family of Lanesboro, Minnesota.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
  Nelson Gerard Gross (1932-1997) — also known as Nelson G. Gross — of Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J.; Saddle River, Bergen County, N.J. Born January 9, 1932. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Bergen County, 1962-63; candidate for New Jersey state senate District 13, 1965; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1968; chair of Bergen County Republican Party, 1969; New Jersey Republican state chair, 1969; candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1970; real estate developer; restaurant owner. Jewish. Indicted in May 1973 on charges of falsifying a $5,000 contribution to the 1969 campaign of Gov. William T. Cahill, conspiring to commit tax evasion by disguising the contribution as a business expense, and counseling a witness to commit perjury; convicted in March 1974, and sentenced to two years jail; served six months. Kidnapped in Edgewater, N.J., robbed of $20,000, taken to New York, and stabbed to death, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 17, 1997 (age 65 years, 251 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Gross.
  David Edward Heaton (b. 1941) — also known as Dave Heaton — of Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. Born in Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa, February 2, 1941. School teacher; restauranteur; member of Iowa state house of representatives 91st District, 1995-. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Farm Bureau. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Ward Heaton and Jean Heaton.
  See also Wikipedia article
  John Wright Hickenlooper (b. 1952) — also known as John Hickenlooper — of Denver, Colo. Born in Narberth, Montgomery County, Pa., February 7, 1952. Democrat. Geologist; restaurant owner; mayor of Denver, Colo., 2003-10; Governor of Colorado, 2011-19. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Married to Helen Thorpe.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  George R. Hubbard — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Restaurant owner; candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1950. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Faizi Husain (1952-2006) — also known as Faz Husain — of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Patna, Bihar, India, January 21, 1952. Pizzeria owner; Independent candidate for mayor of Ypsilanti, Mich., 1993. Muslim. Indian subcontinent ancestry. Died, of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, in University Hospital, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich., March 9, 2006 (age 54 years, 47 days). Interment at Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Safdar Husain; grandson of Tajamul Husain (Member of Parliament, India).
  Yorgen Jesperson (1878-1957) — of Petoskey, Emmet County, Mich. Born near Hadersleben, Denmark, April 14, 1878. Republican. Telegraph operator; restaurant owner; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Emmet District, 1939-44; defeated in primary, 1936, 1944. Died in 1957 (age about 79 years). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Petoskey, Mich.
  Relatives: Married 1910 to Edith Walrond (1879-1961).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alfred E. Jones (b. 1920) — of Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa. Born in Clarke County, Iowa, January 20, 1920. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; restaurant business; member of Iowa state house of representatives from Clarke County; elected 1950. Methodist. Member, Farm Bureau; American Legion; Toastmasters. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Floyd Jones (1890?-?) and Elizabeth (Tice) Jones; married to Catherine Dickinson.
  Leopold Kabis (1846-1919) — of Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyo. Born in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, February 4, 1846. Democrat. Restauranteur; Laramie County Clerk, 1870-72; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming Territory, 1888 (member, Credentials Committee); member of Wyoming state senate, 1891-95; candidate for Governor of Wyoming, 1892. German ancestry. Member, Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died, due to heart failure, in Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyo., July 18, 1919 (age 73 years, 164 days). Interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Cheyenne, Wyo.
  Relatives: Son of Martin Kabis and Maria Anna (Ufheil) Kabis.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Marc Katz — of Austin, Travis County, Tex. Born in Far Rockaway, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Restaurant owner; candidate for mayor of Austin, Tex., 2003. Still living as of 2003.
  Mercedes Kinnee (born c.1945) — of Flint, Genesee County, Mich. Born about 1945. Republican. Cafeteria manager at Flint City Hall; candidate for Michigan state senate 29th District, 1998; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2000 (alternate), 2004. Female. Still living as of 2004.
  Ronald Klink (b. 1951) — also known as Ron Klink — of Murrysville, Westmoreland County, Pa. Born in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, September 23, 1951. Democrat. Television news reporter, 1978-93; partner, Dagwood's restaurant; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 1993-2001; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996, 2000; candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 2000. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  John Carl Kluczynski (1896-1975) — also known as John C. Kluczynski — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., February 15, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; restaurant owner; caterer; member of Illinois state house of representatives 4th District, 1933-48; member of Illinois state senate 4th District, 1949; U.S. Representative from Illinois 5th District, 1951-75; died in office 1975. Polish ancestry. Member, American Legion; Forty and Eight; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Polish National Alliance; Polish Roman Catholic Union; Elks. Died January 26, 1975 (age 78 years, 345 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Kluczynski and Mary (Sulaski) Kluczynski; married to Stephanie Polowy.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Tony Knowles (b. 1943) — also known as Anthony Carroll Knowles — of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., January 1, 1943. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; restaurant owner; mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, 1982-87; Governor of Alaska, 1994-2002; defeated, 1990, 2006; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska, 1996, 2000, 2008; candidate for U.S. Senator from Alaska, 2004. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Delta Kappa Epsilon. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married to Susan Morris.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Donald Steven Lane (b. 1956) — also known as Don Lane — of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, Calif. Born in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 12, 1956. Democrat. Founder and president of Saturn Cafe, a vegetarian restaurant in Santa Cruz; mayor of Santa Cruz, Calif., 1991-92. Jewish. Still living as of 1992.
  Relatives: Son of Bert Lane and Ann (Reiss) Lane; married, May 10, 1985, to Diane Hansch (divorced 1989).
  Albert Lewis (1923-2006) — also known as Al Lewis; Albert Meister; "Grampa"; "Grandpa" — of Roosevelt Island, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., April 30, 1923. Green. Worked as a circus performer and later as an actor; most famous role was as "Grandpa Munster" on the television comedy series The Munsters, 1964-66; owned an Italian restaurant in New York; candidate for Governor of New York, 1998; radio talk show host on WBAI-FM. Jewish. Died, in a hospital in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., February 3, 2006 (age 82 years, 279 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Married, November 1, 1956, to Marge Domowitz (divorced 1977); married 1984 to Karen Ingenthron.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul Melton Lindberg (1907-1990) — also known as Paul M. Lindberg — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., June 11, 1907. Railway brakeman; automobile salesman; candidate for mayor of Galesburg, Ill., 1953; restauranteur. Died, in Adventist Convalescent Hospital, Glendora, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 23, 1990 (age 82 years, 226 days). Interment at Oakdale Memorial Park, Glendora, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Peter Wilhelm Lindberg (1857-1937) and Elna (Nilsdotter) Lindberg (1876-1957); brother of David Phillip Lindberg (1903-1981); married, April 7, 1928, to Catherine Comer (died 1976); married, August 5, 1979, to Dorothy Bruce.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Clifford Lofvegren (b. 1903) — also known as Cliff Lofvegren — of Alexandria, Douglas County, Minn. Born in Mitchell County, Iowa, May 10, 1903. Farmer; cafe owner; member of Minnesota state senate, 1949-66 (47th District 1949-62, 25th District 1963-66). Burial location unknown.
  See also Minnesota Legislator record
  Benjamin J. Madden — also known as Ben Madden — of Laurens, Laurens County, S.C. Republican. Restaurant owner; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928. Burial location unknown.
  Lester Garfield Maddox (1915-2003) — also known as Lester Maddox — of Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga. Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., September 30, 1915. Restaurant owner; became nationally known as an outspoken racial segregationist; closed his restaurant rather than serve Black customers; Governor of Georgia, 1967-71; candidate in inconclusive election, subsequently chosen 1966; Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, 1971-75; American Independent candidate for President of the United States, 1976. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Moose; Junior Order. Died, while suffering from cancer and the effects of a fall, in a hospice at Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., June 25, 2003 (age 87 years, 268 days). Interment at Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, Atlanta, Ga.
  Relatives: Son of Dean G. Maddox and Flonnie Maddox; married to Virginia Cox.
  See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Gino Martorana (b. 1947) — of Kingsburg, Fresno County, Calif. Born in 1947. Republican. Restaurant owner; candidate for Governor of California, 2003. Still living as of 2003.
  Mack McAllister — of Tuscola Township, Tuscola County, Mich. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; restaurant owner; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 7th District, 1958. Member, Rotary. Still living as of 1958.
  William P. McCormick (b. 1939) — also known as Bill McCormick — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., August 18, 1939. Restaurant business; U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, 2005-Samoa, 2005-. Still living as of 2014.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier
  Mark Randall Meadows (b. 1959) — also known as Mark Meadows — of Highlands, Macon County, N.C.; Skyland, Buncombe County, N.C. Born in a U.S. Army hospital at Verdun, France, of American parents, July 28, 1959. Republican. Restauranteur; real estate developer; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 11th District, 2013-. Member, Sigma Chi. Still living as of 2018.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
  Edward Francis Mertz (1890-1970) — also known as Edward F. Mertz — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., August 15, 1890. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; building contractor; restaurant and tavern operator; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1944 (alternate), 1948 (alternate), 1952; member of Wisconsin state assembly, 1949-56, 1965-68 (Milwaukee County 16th District 1949-54, Milwaukee County 1st District 1955-56, Milwaukee County 9th District 1965-68). German ancestry. Member, American Legion; Forty and Eight; Eagles. Died in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., May 3, 1970 (age 79 years, 261 days). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph M. Mertz (1864-1928) and Catherine (Dickmann) Mertz (1867-1950); married to Meta Fluck (1889-1959).
  See also Wikipedia article
W. L. Mills Willard Lawrence Mills (b. 1905) — also known as W. L. Mills — of Kimball, McDowell County, W.Va. Born in Camp Creek, Mercer County, W.Va., July 31, 1905. Democrat. Coal miner; restauranteur; pool room operator; deputy sheriff; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from McDowell County, 1947-52, 1955-58. Baptist; later Methodist. Member, Moose. Interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Wesley Mills and Mary Lieuvena (Foley) Mills; married, May 20, 1945, to Opaline Gentry.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Matt Myre (born c.1965) — of Casselberry, Seminole County, Fla. Born about 1965. Restaurant business; candidate for mayor of Casselberry, Fla., 2008. Still living as of 2008.
  Michael Novak (1917-2003) — also known as Mike Novak — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 25, 1917. Democrat. Bailiff; restaurant business; professional golfer; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1943-46, 1949-64, 1967-76 (Wayne County 1st District 1943-46, 1949-54, Wayne County 7th District 1955-64, 13th District 1967-72, 10th District 1973-76); defeated, 1940 (Wayne County 1st District), 1946 (Wayne County 1st District), 1964 (13th District), 1976 (10th District); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952, 1956, 1960 (alternate), 1964. Greek Orthodox. Died January 2, 2003 (age 85 years, 311 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Anthony Novak and Christina Novak; married 1940 to Ruth Gillespie.
  Edward H. Nutting (b. 1869) — of Leominster, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Leominster, Worcester County, Mass., July 6, 1869. Republican. Caterer; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives Eleventh Worcester District, 1913, 1915-16, 1918, 1923-30; member of Massachusetts state senate Third Worcester District, 1931-36; candidate for mayor of Leominster, Mass., 1939. Member, Elks; Odd Fellows; Redmen; Moose; Knights of Pythias; Eagles; Royal Arcanum; Freemasons; Sons of Veterans. Burial location unknown.
Benjamin B. Odell, Sr. Benjamin Barker Odell, Sr. (1825-1916) — also known as Benjamin B. Odell, Sr. — of Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y. Born in New Windsor, Orange County, N.Y., September 25, 1825. Republican. Restaurant owner; ice business; Orange County Sheriff, 1880-83; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884; mayor of Newburgh, N.Y., 1884-90, 1894-1900. Christian Reformed. French and English ancestry. Died July 21, 1916 (age 90 years, 300 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Mary Ann (Barker) Odell (1798-1879) and Isaac Odell (1799-1856); married 1850 to Ophelia Bookstaver (1824-1902); father of Benjamin Barker Odell, Jr. (1854-1926).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, December 1902
  William Atchinson O'Neill (1930-2007) — also known as William A. O'Neill — of East Hampton, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., August 11, 1930. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict; restaurant owner; member of Connecticut state house of representatives 52nd District; elected 1970; Governor of Connecticut, 1980-91. Died, from emphysema, in East Hampton, Middlesex County, Conn., November 24, 2007 (age 77 years, 105 days). Interment at Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph O'Neill and Frances O'Neill; married 1962 to Natalie Scott 'Nikki' Damon.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Hilton Ray Parrish (1926-1995) — also known as Hilton R. Parrish — of Dothan, Houston County, Ala. Born in Dothan, Houston County, Ala., September 13, 1926. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; restaurant business; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1964, 1968. Died in Dothan, Houston County, Ala., February 10, 1995 (age 68 years, 150 days). Interment at Memory Hill Cemetery, Dothan, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Jay Nathaniel Parrish (1905-1964) and Lois (Evans) Parrish (1907-1989); married to Carolyn Roundtree (1928-2001).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Theodore F. Prochnow (1875-1944) — of Northfield Township, Washtenaw County, Mich.; Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Northfield Township, Washtenaw County, Mich., September 26, 1875. Democrat. Supervisor of Northfield Township, Michigan, 1899-1900; restaurant owner; candidate for mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., 1915. Lutheran. German ancestry. Member, Elks; American Woodmen. Died in 1944 (age about 68 years). Interment at Bethlehem Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick Prochnow and Lovena (Steffee) Prochnow; brother of Thad C. Prochnow (1879-1968); married 1902 to Carrie Ludwig (1879-1953).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Edward Reilly, Sr. (1893-1963) — also known as John E. Reilly, Sr. — of Wilmington, New Castle County, Del. Born in Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., July 27, 1893. Democrat. Machinist; fire fighter; cafe manager; member of Delaware state house of representatives from New Castle County 1st District, 1945-46; defeated, 1946; member of Delaware state senate from New Castle County 2nd District, 1949-63; died in office 1963. Catholic. Member, Holy Name Society; Knights of Columbus; Moose; Eagles. Died, from cancer, in St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., February 26, 1963 (age 69 years, 214 days). Interment at Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington, Del.
  Relatives: Son of Mary (Canavan) Reilly (1855-1931) and James P. Reilly (1856-1926); married 1917 to Alice Magdala Scanlan (1894-1968).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lynn Nancy Rivers (b. 1956) — also known as Lynn N. Rivers — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Au Gres, Arenac County, Mich., December 19, 1956. Democrat. Caterer and chef; lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives 53rd District, 1993-94; U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1995-2003; defeated in primary, 2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996, 2000. Female. Protestant. Still living as of 2020.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Harry E. Rodenhizer, Jr. (1927-2007) — of Durham, Durham County, N.C. Born in Durham, Durham County, N.C., December 20, 1927. Served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict; owner and operator, Pizza Palace restaurant, 1978-2004; mayor of Durham, N.C., 1979-81, 1991-93. Died in Durham, Durham County, N.C., October 10, 2007 (age 79 years, 294 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, N.C.
  Relatives: Married to Dorris Fay Taylor.
  See also Wikipedia article
  William Romano (1911-1966) — of Van Dyke (now part of Warren), Macomb County, Mich. Born in Cherokee, Crawford County, Kan., January 22, 1911. Democrat. Deputy sheriff; police chief; restaurant business; shoe merchant; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1945-64 (Macomb County 2nd District 1945-54, Macomb County 1st District 1955-64); member of Michigan state senate 27th District, 1965-66. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Eagles. At the scene of a hotel fire, he lifted up a heavy fire hose which had pinned a woman to a car; then suffered a fatal heart attack, 1966 (age about 55 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, November 27, 1937, to Angela Tranchida.
  J. F. Saltis — of Minnesota. Socialist. Waiter; delegate to Socialist National Convention from Minnesota, 1920. Burial location unknown.
  Terence John Scanlon (1931-1992) — also known as Terry Scanlon — Born in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo., July 26, 1931. Democrat. Businessman who owned Pizza Hut restaurant franchises, a beer distributorship, and was publisher of the Wichita Business Journal; Kansas Democratic state chair, 1977-79. Irish ancestry. Died, of pancreatic cancer, in St. Francis Medical Center, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan., January 15, 1992 (age 60 years, 173 days). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Wichita, Kan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Kurt W. Schuller (b. 1955) — of Eden, Fond du Lac County, Wis. Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., June 21, 1955. Republican. Restauranteur; Wisconsin state treasurer, 2011-15. Still living as of 2015.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Peter Finley Secchia (1937-2020) — also known as Peter F. Secchia — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; Ferrysburg, Ottawa County, Mich. Born in Englewood, Bergen County, N.J., April 15, 1937. Republican. Chief executive, Universal Forest Products, 1971-89; owner of restaurants; real estate developer; member of Republican National Committee from Michigan, 1980-88; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1984, 2000 (alternate), 2004; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1988; U.S. Ambassador to Italy, 1989-93. Italian ancestry. Died, from COVID-19 and other health issues, in East Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., October 21, 2020 (age 83 years, 189 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Cesare 'Charlie' Secchia and Valerie (Smith) Secchia; married 1964 to Joan Peterson.
  Secchia Stadium (baseball field) at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
  Fred J. Smith (b. 1862) — of Whiting, Lake County, Ind. Born in LaPorte, LaPorte County, Ind., 1862. Democrat. Baker; restauranteur; banker; mayor of Whiting, Ind., 1906-10. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Louis Smith and Sophia Smith; married, April 11, 1888, to Helen Maas.
  William T. Smith II (b. 1916) — of Big Flats, Chemung County, N.Y. Born in Corning, Steuben County, N.Y., January 25, 1916. Republican. Farmer; restaurant owner; member of New York state senate, 1963-86 (49th District 1963-65, 56th District 1966, 51st District 1967-82, 52nd District 1983-86). Presbyterian. Member, Farm Bureau; Rotary. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Cross-reference: George H. Winner, Jr.
  Aaron Martin Spainhour (1928-2016) — also known as Aaron Spainhour — of Ringgold, Bienville Parish, La. Born in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Ark., August 9, 1928. Democrat. Restauranteur; automobile dealer; furniture merchant; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1968. Member, Kiwanis; Elks; Freemasons; Shriners. Died in Ringgold, Bienville Parish, La., July 10, 2016 (age 87 years, 336 days). Interment at Providence Cemetery, Ringgold, La.
  Relatives: Son of J. I. Spainhour and Marie Spainhour.
  Solomon Chester Stahlman (1898-1936) — also known as S. C. Stahlman — of Monongahela, Washington County, Pa. Born in Zollarsville, Washington County, Pa., August 9, 1898. Republican. Dentist; restaurant owner; mayor of Monongahela, Pa., 1928-35; defeated in primary, 1935. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners. Died, following a heart attack, in Monongahela, Washington County, Pa., July 25, 1936 (age 37 years, 351 days). Interment at Monongahela Cemetery, Monongahela, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Dr. Frederick C. Stahlman (c.1869-1953) and Mary Martha (Church) Stahlman; married, June 3, 1922, to Gladys Ann Yohe.
  Nicholas Stepovich (born c.1958) — also known as Nick Stepovich — of Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. Born in Juneau, Alaska, about 1958. Republican. Restaurant owner; member of Alaska state house of representatives 10th District, 2003; appointed 2003; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska, 2008. Still living as of 2008.
  Relatives: Son of Michael Anthony Stepovich (1919-?).
  Jonas I. Taylor — of Fort Stockton, Pecos County, Tex. Cafe owner; mayor of Fort Stockton, Tex., 1961. Still living as of 1961.
  Lewis C. Waller (c.1860-1932) — also known as L. C. Waller — of Greenwood, Greenwood County, S.C. Born in Greenwood, Greenwood County, S.C., about 1860. Republican. Postmaster at Greenwood, S.C., 1883-84; restaurant keeper; fish seller; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928. African ancestry. Suffered a stroke of paralysis, and died a few weeks later, in Greenwood, Greenwood County, S.C., December 13, 1932 (age about 72 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Allen Waller and Caroline Waller.
  Kathy Webb (b. 1950) — of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in 1950. Democrat. Restauranteur; member of Arkansas state house of representatives 37th District, 2007-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 2008. Female. Lesbian. Still living as of 2008.
  Mary Rose Wilcox (b. 1949) — also known as Mary Rose Garrido — of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Superior, Pinal County, Ariz., November 21, 1949. Democrat. Special assistant to U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini, 1977-83; member Phoenix City Council, 1983-93; Maricopa County Commissioner, 1993-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1996, 2000, 2004 (alternate), 2008; shot and wounded on August 13, 1997, by Larry Marvin Naman, who was angry over her support for a quarter-cent sales tax to fund a sports stadium; newspaper publisher; restaurant owner. Female. Catholic. Mexican ancestry. Still living as of 2009.
  Relatives: Daughter of John Garrido and Betty (Nunez) Garrido; married 1971 to Earl V. Wilcox.
  Dallas Wolfe (b. 1895) — of Grafton, Taylor County, W.Va.; Rowlesburg, Preston County, W.Va. Born in Colebank, Preston County, W.Va., September 1, 1895. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; school teacher; farmer; millwright; lumber business; service station operator; restaurant owner; motel owner; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Taylor County, 1935-36; member of West Virginia state senate 15th District, 1961-72. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Lions; Ruritan. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Oliver Wolfe and Beuna (Lindsey) Wolfe; married, October 2, 1928, to Virginia Jones; married, June 28, 1971, to Gladys McDaniel.
  Richard L. Young (b. 1923) — also known as Dick Young — of Buckhannon, Upshur County, W.Va. Born in Grafton, Taylor County, W.Va., March 26, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; school teacher; restaurant owner; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Upshur County, 1953-58; resigned 1958; defeated, 1962. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Elks; National Education Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Moose. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
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