The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Taxicab, Limousine, and Motorbus Industry Politicians

Very incomplete list!

  John Henry Annett (1903-1976) — also known as John Annett — of Staytonville, Sussex County, Del. Born December 15, 1903. Republican. Merchant; school and charter bus contractor; member of Delaware state house of representatives from Sussex County 2nd District, 1961-64; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1972. Member, Rotary; Farm Bureau. Suffered a heart attack, and was dead on arrival at Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford, Sussex County, Del., August 26, 1976 (age 72 years, 255 days). Interment at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood, Del.
  Relatives: Son of John Annett and Blanche H. Annett.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  J. E. T. Bowden (c.1857-1930) — of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. Born in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, S.C., about 1857. Democrat. Promoter of the Corbett-Mitchell boxing match in Jacksonville, January 25, 1894; mayor of Jacksonville, Fla., 1899-1901, 1915-17; taxicab owner; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1904 (member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee), 1920, 1924. Died, of a heart attack, in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., November 19, 1930 (age about 73 years). Burial location unknown.
  James Bernard Cochran (1901-1989) — also known as James B. Cochran — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Woolwine, Patrick County, Va., February 8, 1901. Inspector; bus driver; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1947-48; defeated, 1940 (Democratic primary), 1942 (Democratic primary), 1944 (Democratic primary), 1948 (Republican), 1950 (Republican primary), 1954 (Democratic primary), 1960 (Democratic primary). Member, Freemasons. Died, in Appalachian Regional Hospital, Whitesburg, Letcher County, Ky., June 7, 1989 (age 88 years, 119 days). Interment at Potter Cemetery, Ashcamp, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of James David Cochran and Mary Ellen (Wood) Cochran; married, July 4, 1920, to Ruth J. Watson; married, March 18, 1946, to Josephine Janules; married, December 22, 1951, to Bernice Mae (Lackey) Johnson; married, February 1, 1984, to Goldie (Potter) Childress.
  Clayton C. Davidson (b. 1917) — of Huntington, Wayne County, W.Va. Born in Iaeger, McDowell County, W.Va., June 1, 1917. Democrat. Bus driver; president, Local 1050, Amalgamated Transit Union; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Wayne County, 1963-74; resigned 1974. Christian. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Elisha E. Davidson and Clara (Roberts) Davidson; married, January 11, 1943, to Edith Lawson.
  Adolph A. Deering (b. 1888) — of Green Bay, Brown County, Wis. Born in Shawano County, Wis., 1888. Republican. Bus driver; undersheriff; union president; legislative rep, Green Bay Labor Council; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Brown County 2nd District, 1959-60. Burial location unknown.
  Erle Roy Dickover (1888-1963) — also known as Erle R. Dickover — of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, Calif. Born in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 20, 1888. Bookkeeper; manager of an auto livery company, 1909; interpreter; U.S. Vice Consul in Dairen, 1916; Kobe, 1916-21; U.S. Consul in Kobe, 1921-32; U.S. Consul General in Melbourne, as of 1943. Episcopalian. Member, Kappa Alpha Order; Sons of the American Revolution. Died April 18, 1963 (age 75 years, 88 days). Interment at Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Dr. John J. Dickover and Anna A. (Meek) Dickover; married, December 1, 1933, to Helen (McNary) Ballard.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  David Donaldson (b. 1894) — Born in Fleming, Ray County, Mo., March 10, 1894. Chauffeur; mechanic; stenographer; U.S. Vice Consul in Prince Rupert, 1918-19; Hamilton, as of 1921-22. Burial location unknown.
  Henry J. Drury (1886-1947) — of Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. Born in Bloomsdale, Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., May 1, 1886. Republican. Farmer; automobile and tire repair business; taxicab service; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Ste. Genevieve County, 1945-46. Died, from a heart ailment, in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., March 2, 1947 (age 60 years, 305 days). Interment at Valle Spring Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Cyrus Drury and Caroline (Herman) Drury; married, April 20, 1909, to Philomina K. Ehler.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Carol Ernst — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Bus driver; Human Rights candidate for mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., 1975. Female. Still living as of 1975.
  Glenn Walter Gainer (1896-1981) — also known as Glenn W. Gainer; "Pop" — of Elkins, Randolph County, W.Va. Born in Montrose, Randolph County, W.Va., August 24, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; owner, Gainer's Taxi Cab Service; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1948. Baptist. Died in April, 1981 (age 84 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Matthew L. Gainer and Lydia Ann (Phares) Gainer; married to Martha H. Gall; third cousin once removed of Carl Edwin Gainer, Sr..
  Edmund Prentice Hyde (b. 1894) — also known as Edmund P. Hyde — of Stonington, New London County, Conn.; Pawcatuck, Stonington, New London County, Conn. Born in Stonington, New London County, Conn., November 4, 1894. Republican. Chauffeur; taxicab service; bus line owner; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Stonington; elected 1930; defeated, 1932. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Eugene P. Hyde.
  William C. Marshall (1921-2000) — also known as William Marshall; Bill Marshall — of Taylor, Wayne County, Mich.; Delta Township, Eaton County, Mich. Born in Tunica, Tunica County, Miss., 1921. Democrat. Bus driver; president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1303 for ten years; exective vice-president, secretary-treasurer, and then president Michigan AFL-CIO, 1971-83; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from 21st Senatorial District, 1961-62; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980; member of Democratic National Committee from Michigan, 1973-81. Episcopalian. Died, of heart failure, in Gilbert, Maricopa County, Ariz., August 22, 2000 (age about 79 years). Burial location unknown.
  Dale A. Reed — of Austin, Travis County, Tex. Taxicab driver; candidate for mayor of Austin, Tex., 2000. Still living as of 2000.
  George J. Sarraf (1901-1966) — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., March 14, 1901. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; taxicab driver; physician; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Allegheny County 2nd District, 1935-56; major in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Pennsylvania state senate 38th District, 1956-66; died in office 1966. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Elks; Eagles; Moose; Odd Fellows. Died September 13, 1966 (age 65 years, 183 days). Interment at Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of John Sarraf and Helena Sarraf; married to Amanda Gilmore.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
J. Lynn Swiger J. Lynn Swiger (b. 1903) — of Hinton, Summers County, W.Va. Born in Wilsonburg, Harrison County, Va. (now W.Va.), March 30, 1903. Democrat. Automobile dealer; taxicab operator; member of West Virginia state senate 10th District, 1951-54. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Moose; Farm Bureau. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951
  Gordon L. Willford (1919-2006) — of Gladwin, Gladwin County, Mich. Born in Gladwin, Gladwin County, Mich., May 7, 1919. Republican. Farmer; automobile mechanic; school bus driver; candidate for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Arenac District, 1961. Died in Gladwin, Gladwin County, Mich., May 7, 2006 (age 87 years, 0 days). Interment at Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of William Gordon Willford and Helen (Walker) Willford; married, January 22, 1940, to Geneva Thorington.
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