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John W. Barnes John Wood Barnes (1893-1950) — also known as John W. Barnes — of Paris, Lamar County, Tex. Born April 11, 1893. President, Paris (minor league) baseball club; owner, local Dr. Pepper bottling company; mayor of Paris, Tex., 1942-46. Died January 27, 1950 (age 56 years, 291 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Tex.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Paris News, April 5, 1944
  Ross Bass (1918-1993) — of Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn.; Miami Shores, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla. Born in Giles County, Tenn., March 17, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; florist; soft drink bottler; postmaster; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 6th District, 1955-64; defeated, 1976; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1964-67. Methodist. Member, American Legion; Forty and Eight; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Kiwanis; Elks. Died January 1, 1993 (age 74 years, 290 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Pulaski, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. William Arch Bass and Ethel (Shook) Bass; married, June 28, 1946, to Avanell Keith.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Henry Bruckner (1871-1942) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Bronx, New York County (now Bronx County), N.Y., June 17, 1871. Democrat. President, Bruckner Beverages; director, Milton Realty Co.; director, American Metal Cap Co.; member of New York state assembly from New York County 35th District, 1901; New York City Commissioner of Public Works, 1902-06; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912 (alternate), 1924, 1932 (alternate); U.S. Representative from New York 22nd District, 1913-17; resigned 1917; borough president of Bronx, New York, 1918-33. Member, Freemasons; Rotary; Elks. In 1932, the Seabury investigating committee, looking into corruption in New York City, called him to testify about the wealth he had accumulated; at the conclusion of the investigation, the committee called for his removal as Borough President. Died, from chronic nephritis, in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., April 14, 1942 (age 70 years, 301 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John A. Bruckner and Katharine (Schmidt) Bruckner; married, November 17, 1904, to Helen Zobel (c.1879-1930).
  Bruckner Expressway, Bronx, New York, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Eddie Baza Calvo (b. 1961) — Born in Guam, August 29, 1961. Republican. Manager for Pacific Construction Company and for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Guam; Governor of Guam, 2011-. Still living as of 2012.
  Relatives: Son of Paul McDonald Calvo (1934-); married to Christine Marie Sonido.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Asa Griggs Candler (1851-1929) — also known as Asa G. Candler — of Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga. Born in Villa Rica, Carroll County, Ga., December 30, 1851. Druggist; founder of the Coca-Cola beverage company; mayor of Atlanta, Ga., 1917-19. Died in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., March 12, 1929 (age 77 years, 72 days). Interment at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Charles Candler and Martha Bernetta (Beall) Candler (1819-1897); brother of Milton Anthony Candler (1837-1909) and John Slaughter Candler; married, January 15, 1878, to Lucy Elizabeth Howard (1859-1919); married 1923 to May Little Ragin; nephew of Daniel Gill Candler and Ezekiel Slaughter Candler; uncle of Charles Murphey Candler and Ezekiel Samuel Candler, Jr.; granduncle of George Scott Candler; great-grandson of William Candler; first cousin of Allen Daniel Candler; first cousin once removed of Thomas Slaughter Candler.
  Political family: Candler family of Georgia.
  Books about Asa G. Candler: Kathryn W. Kemp, God's Capitalist: Asa Candler of Coca-Cola — Charles Howard Candler, Asa Griggs Candler: Founder of Coca-Cola
  James Aloysius Farley (1888-1976) — also known as James A. Farley — of Stony Point, Rockland County, N.Y.; Haverstraw, Rockland County, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Grassy Point, Rockland County, N.Y., May 30, 1888. Democrat. Chair of Rockland County Democratic Party, 1919-29; member of New York state assembly from Rockland County, 1923; defeated, 1923; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968; secretary of New York Democratic Party, 1928-30; New York Democratic state chair, 1930-44; Chairman of Democratic National Committee, 1932-40; Presidential Elector for New York, 1932; U.S. Postmaster General, 1933-40; delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933; chairman, Coca-Cola Export Corporation, 1940-73. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Ancient Order of Hibernians; Eagles; Elks; Redmen; Knights of Columbus; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; American Academy of Political and Social Science. Died, from cardiac arrest, in his suite at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., June 9, 1976 (age 88 years, 10 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of James Farley and Ellen (Goldrick) Farley; married, April 26, 1920, to Elizabeth A. Finnegan.
  Cross-reference: Ambrose O'Connell — Lawrence J. Murray, Jr.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ralph Ben Hovermale (1909-1990) — also known as Ralph B. Hovermale — of Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, W.Va. Born in Morgan County, W.Va., March 29, 1909. Democrat. Soft drink bottler; member of West Virginia state house of delegates, 1963-66 (Morgan County 1963-64, 1st District 1965-66); defeated, 1960 (Morgan County), 1966 (1st District), 1968 (1st District). Methodist. Member, Kiwanis; Moose. Died in Winchester, Va., September 19, 1990 (age 81 years, 174 days). Interment at Union Chapel Cemetery, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Orloff Bell Hovermale (1868-1947) and Edna (Unger) Hovermale (1870-1962); married, November 28, 1935, to Anna Winford Hunter (1911-1985); first cousin twice removed of Silas Jefferson Hovermale (1854-1928); third cousin of Freda Emory Hovermale (1896-1943; who married Stark Lloyd Coberly).
  Political family: Coberly-Hovermale family of West Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George G. Jacobs — of Paducah, McCracken County, Ky. Beverage business; mayor of Paducah, Ky., 1956-60; defeated, 1975. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Edward J. Kelley (b. 1897) — of Worcester, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Holyoke, Hampden County, Mass., December 25, 1897. Democrat. Soft drink salesman; hotel manager; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives Fifteenth Worcester District, 1923-36; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1932. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Moose; Eagles. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Kelley and Mary (Shea) Kelley; married, November 26, 1925, to Marie A. Hannabury.
  William E. Kreger (born c.1916) — of Wyandotte, Wayne County, Mich. Born about 1916. Republican. Owner and manager, Wyandotte Coca-Cola Company; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1948; mayor of Wyandotte, Mich., 1950-57; candidate for secretary of state of Michigan, 1960. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Daniel J. Leary — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Democrat. Brewer; carbonated beverage business; Waterbury city controller, 1930-37; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1932. Charged in May, 1938, along with Mayor T. Frank Hayes and 25 others, with conspiracy to cheat and defraud the city of Waterbury of more than a million dollars; tried in 1938-39 and convicted; sentenced to 10-to-15 years in prison; his plea for a reduced sentence was rejected by the State Board of Pardons in 1949. Burial location unknown.
  William Amory Gardner Minot (1916-1963) — also known as William A. G. Minot — of Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Berlin, Germany, of American parents, December 8, 1916. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; soft drink bottler; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1956, 1960; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1959-60. Died, in Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn., July 1, 1963 (age 46 years, 205 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Grafton Winthrop Minot (1892-1983) and Constance (Gardner) Minot (1894-1941); married to Molly Cummings; grandson of Augustus Peabody Gardner; great-grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge; second great-grandnephew of Robert Charles Winthrop; third great-grandson of Thomas Lindall Winthrop, Elijah Hunt Mills and David Sears; fourth great-grandson of John Lowell (1743-1802), George Cabot and Jonathan Mason; fourth great-grandnephew of Timothy Pickering; fifth great-grandson of James Bowdoin; sixth great-grandnephew of Fitz-John Winthrop; seventh great-grandson of John Winthrop (1606-1676); first cousin once removed of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and John Davis Lodge; first cousin twice removed of John Gardner Coolidge; second cousin of George Cabot Lodge; second cousin twice removed of William Caleb Loring, Josiah Quincy and Charles Francis Adams; second cousin four times removed of Dudley Leavitt Pickman; second cousin five times removed of John Wingate Weeks; fourth cousin of John Forbes Kerry; eighth great-grandson of John Winthrop (1588-1649).
  Political families: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Saltonstall-Davis-Frelinghuysen-Appleton family of Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Thomas E. Morrissey, Sr. (c.1869-1940) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., about 1869. Democrat. Mineral water business; delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks. Died in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 3, 1940 (age about 71 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1888 to Margaret Dempsey; father of Thomas E. Morrissey, Jr. (1900?-1975).
  Benjamin Hilborn Oehlert, Jr. (1909-1985) — also known as Benjamin H. Oehlert, Jr. — of Orlando, Orange County, Fla.; Georgia. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., September 13, 1909. Lawyer; vice-president, Coca-Cola Company; president, Minute Maid Company; U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, 1967-69. Member, American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Order of the Coif; Phi Delta Phi; Theta Xi. Died in 1985 (age about 75 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin H. Oehlert and Sarah (Landis) Oehlert; married, March 27, 1937, to Alice Greene.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
John B. Ries John B. Ries (b. 1870) — of Shakopee, Scott County, Minn. Born in Shakopee, Scott County, Minn., 1870. Bottling business; member of Minnesota state senate 21st District, 1915-18. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: Minnesota Legislative Manual 1917
  Sharon Percy Rockefeller (b. 1944) — also known as Sharon Percy — of Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Born in Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., December 10, 1944. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1976, 1996; president and CEO of WETA public radio and television in Washington, D.C.; director of PepsiCo (food and soft drink maker). Female. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Daughter of Charles Harting Percy; sister of Valerie Percy (1944-1966; twin sister, murdered); married, April 1, 1967, to John Davison Rockefeller IV (1937-).
  Political family: Rockefeller family of New York City, New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Rudolph I. Roulier (d. 1960) — of Cohoes, Albany County, N.Y. Democrat. Furniture business; soft drink bottler; member of New York state assembly from Albany County 3rd District, 1927-32; defeated, 1925; mayor of Cohoes, N.Y., 1940-59. Member, Modern Woodmen of America; Elks. Died December 17, 1960. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Waterford, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Frances 'Fannie' Laware.
  Harry Richard Sheppard (1885-1969) — also known as Harry R. Sheppard — of Yucaipa, San Bernardino County, Calif. Born in Mobile, Mobile County, Ala., January 10, 1885. Democrat. Railroad worker; beverage business; U.S. Representative from California, 1937-65 (19th District 1937-43, 21st District 1943-53, 27th District 1953-63, 33rd District 1963-65); delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1940, 1944, 1956, 1960. Member, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Died of pneumonia at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., April 28, 1969 (age 84 years, 108 days). Interment at National Memorial Park, Near Falls Church, Fairfax County, Va.
  Relatives: Married, May 24, 1933, to Mary O'Keefe Olson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Peter Victor Ueberroth (b. 1937) — also known as Peter V. Ueberroth — of Newport Beach, Orange County, Calif. Born in Evanston, Cook County, Ill., September 2, 1937. Republican. President and organizer of the 1984 Summer Olympics; commissioner of Major League Baseball, 1984-89; chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee; corporate director of Coca-Cola and Hilton Hotels; candidate for Governor of California, 2003. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  William M. Williams — of Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Democrat. Soft drink bottler; candidate for mayor of Akron, Ohio, 1921. Burial location unknown.
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