Political

Original photos of the politicians and political events throughout the past few centuries.
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Democracies, republics, monarchies, communism, fascism, dictatorships . . . there are, and have been, all forms of governments in the world - and all sorts of men and women who have been a part of those governments. "Politics" is defined as "the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power." Wherever there are governments, then, there are politics. And whether it was a primitive village or clan or a modern country, there are people who have been involved in the political process. Those not in power always have an opposition, comprised of those who want that power.

This has lead to a lot of interesting personalities in world history. Some "good" and some "bad" (depending on your point of view), all fascinating because of their principles and ideas - or lack thereof.

Some interesting - and often fun - facts about politics and politicians:

  • The word “politics” - the title of a book by Aristotle, translated around 1460 - was the first known time that the word appeared in English.
  • Aristotle - in the same book "Politics" - suggested that those in government “have their friends for a great number of eyes, ears, hands and legs,” because one man cannot "see and hear everything or be everywhere".
  • Bolivia may have the highest rate of political turnover of any country - around 200 governments since 1825.
  • Plato wrote that "one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”.
  • The world "politician" originally meant “a schemer or plotter; a shrewd, sagacious or crafty person”. Many people believe that this is still the meaning!
  • P.J. O'Rourke wrote that “since problems are the only excuse for government, solving them is out of the question." Cynical?
  • Theodore Roosevelt read at least one book a day.
  • The world’s largest democracy, with around 700 million registered voters, is India.
  • Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was the first woman to run for office of US President - in 1872 at age 34. Not that she could have won - she was too young (the Constitution says that you have to be 35), women couldn't vote, and she was in jail at the time - on obscenity charges for publishing a story about the alleged adulterous affair between minister Henry Ward Beecher and Elizabeth Tilton.
  • The youngest active government type is communism, introduced in 1848 by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx.
  • U.S. President William Henry Harrison served the shortest term of office as president. He served for 32 days, from 4 March to 4 April 1841, dying of pneumonia.

These are the pictures of those who participated in many forms of government and politics over the last several centuries.
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Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, served from 1969 to 1974. Mr. Nixon was the only president to resign from the White House.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Jul 31, 2013 by: Chris Rubio
Chris Rubio
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A photo of Nelson Mandela, taken in 1958. He was born July 18, 1918 in Mvezo in Cape Province, now a part of South Africa. Given the name Rolihlahla ("troublemaker"), some would say that he lived up to the name in the best way. Actively working against apartheid in his native South Africa, he was jailed in 1962 and remained in jail (under very poor conditions) until February, 1990. From 1994 through 1999, Mandela was President of South Africa and presided over the move from apartheid to a multi-cultural democracy in South Africa. While retiring in "active" politics in 1999, he continued to be active for causes internationally. Certainly, the "troublemaker" hasn't caused trouble for the poor and downtrodden.
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Jul 18, 1918 - Dec 5, 2013
Added Jun 24, 2013 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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Shaking hands: A photo of Newsman Thomas L. Dycus Jr. - aka Charlie Brown - shaking hands with then actor Ronald Reagan.
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Sep 19, 1930 - Jun 19, 1998
Added Mar 31, 2013 by: Barbie Dycus
Barbie Dycus
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Thomas L Dycus Jr aka Charlie Brown interview Robert Kennedy.
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Sep 19, 1930 - Jun 19, 1998
Added Mar 25, 2013 by: Barbie Dycus
Barbie Dycus
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16th President of The United States of America
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Feb 12, 1809 - Apr 15, 1865
Added Jan 3, 2013 by: LaFaye Lincoln
LaFaye Lincoln
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Abraham Lincoln and His Son Tad Lincoln.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Jan 3, 2013 by: LaFaye Lincoln
LaFaye Lincoln
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The first televised United States presidential debate was held in Chicago on September 26th, 1960 between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon. There were a total of four televised debates between these two candidates however the first debate gathered the most attention with upwards of 70 million viewers. Most Americans believed that Kennedy had won the first presidential debate. Nixon did not prepare well for the televised event. He had campaigned until a few hours before the debate, refused makeup, and was still recovering from a hospital stay, resulting in his appearing ill. In contrast, Kennedy was well rested, prepared and appeared confident and healthy. While the Kennedy / Nixon presidential debate was the first televised debate, there were previous political debates, most notably the 1858 Senate debates between Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen A. Douglas.
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May 29, 1917 - Nov 22, 1963
A photo of President William Howard Taft - his trip to Hutchinson, KS (from the Hutchinson Newspaper) in which he placed a time capsule in the cornerstone of memorial hall.
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Sep 15, 1857 - Mar 8, 1930
Michael Collins was born on October 16th 1890, and died August 22nd 1922. Michael "Mick" Collins was an Irish revolutionary leader who played various leadership roles in Irish government including Minister for Finance, Director of Intelligence for the IRA, Commander-in-chief for the National Army and President of the Irish Republic. Michael Collins was killed on 22 August 1922 during an ambush while he was still engaged to Kitty Kiernan.
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Oct 16, 1890 - Unknown
Added Mar 17, 2012 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
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Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States, serving in the presidential office from March 4th, 1801 - March 4th, 1909. Thomas Jefferson was preceded by John Adams and was succeeded by James Madison. Thomas Jefferson was a founding father of the United States of America, and was a main author of the United States Declaration of Independence. This portrait of Thomas Jefferson was done by Rembrandt in 1800.
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Apr 13, 1743 - Jul 4, 1826
A photo of Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin in Yalta for the conference in which they discussed splitting up Germany after its defeat in World War Two. Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Franklin D Roosevelt was the President of the United States, and Joseph Staliin was the Premier of the Soviet Union. The Yalta Conference was held February 4–11, 1945. "The Big Three" discussed how to reorganize Europe after the end of World War Two. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.
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Unknown - Unknown
Image of Governor Simon Bradstreet, born March 18th 1603, and died March 27th 1697, was a powerful businessman and magistrate, in addition to being the last governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
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c. Mar 18, 1602 - Mar 27, 1697
A photo of a socialist group at the White House, 1920
Added Jan 11, 2012 by: Ancient Faces
Ancient Faces
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Mar 15, 1933 - Sep 18, 2020
Added Sep 19 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
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The strong, courageous "Moses of Her People" Harriet Tubman.
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March 1822 - Mar 10, 1913
This is a photo of George H. W. Bush added by Amy Jones on September 2, 2020.
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Jun 12, 1924 - Nov 30, 2018
Added Sep 2 by: Amy Jones
Amy Jones
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This is a photo of Shirley Chisholm added by Amanda S. Stevenson on August 11, 2020.
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Nov 30, 1924 - Jan 1, 2005
This is a photo of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Peter Lawford added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 21, 2020.
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Sep 7, 1923 - Dec 24, 1984
This is a photo of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Peter Lawford added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 21, 2020.
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Sep 7, 1923 - Dec 24, 1984
This is a photo of Jean Ann (Kennedy) Smith added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 19, 2020.
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Feb 20, 1928 - Jun 17, 2020
Added Jun 19 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Jean Ann (Kennedy) Smith added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 19, 2020.
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Feb 20, 1928 - Jun 17, 2020
Added Jun 19 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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Portrait of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley - the dressmaker to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Born into slavery in 1818, in November 1855 she purchased her and her son's freedom in St. Louis Missouri. She later moved to Washington D.C. where she began a dressmaking business employing 20 seamstresses who provided fashion to the wives of elite politicians including Varina Davis (wife of Jefferson Davis), Mary Anna Custis Lee (wife of Robert E. Lee) and of course the First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
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February 1818 - May 26, 1907
Elizabeth Keckley- dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln. She was born into slavery and became a successful seamstress, civil activist, author and dressmaker to the First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
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February 1818 - May 26, 1907
My friend, the writer Gerald Gardner, was his speech writer.
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Nov 20, 1925 - Jun 6, 1968
Added Jun 8 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of John Fitzgerald Kennedy added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 7, 2020.
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May 29, 1917 - Nov 22, 1963
This is a photo of Wilton Burton Persons added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 5, 2020.
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Jan 19, 1896 - Sep 5, 1977
Added Jun 5 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Ann Cook Whitman added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 1, 2020.
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Jun 11, 1908 - Oct 15, 1991
Added Jun 1 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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Daguerreotype of Andrew Jackson, possibly taken by Edward Anthony
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Mar 15, 1767 - 1845
Added May 30 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
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A photo of Benjamin Rosenthal
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Jun 8, 1923 - Jan 4, 1983
Added Oct 16, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Ross Perot in 1949 when he was President of his class at Texarkana Junior College. Henry Ray Perot was born to Lula May and Gabriel Ross Perot (a commodity broker) in Texarkana TX in 1930. (He later changed his middle name to Ross to honor his father.) He went to Patty Hill (a private school), Texas High School, and Texarkana Junior College (where this picture was taken). An Eagle Scout, he then graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1956, he married his wife, Margot. (They had 5 children.) After 5 years as a salesman for IBM, Perot founded his own company - Electronic Data Systems, EDS - in Dallas. A large contract was the computerizing of Medicare records for the government. In 1984, he sold controlling interest of the company to General Motors for $2.4 billion. In 1988, he founded Perot Systems Corporation, Inc. and later sold it to Dell for $3.9 billion. Perot is best known for his 3rd party Presidential runs in 1992 and 1996. While not winning any electoral votes in his 1992 run, he received almost 20 million votes - the largest share of votes by any 3rd party candidate (a record which still stands). His policies: "balancing the federal budget, [in] opposition to gun control, ending the outsourcing of jobs and enacting electronic direct democracy via electronic town halls". He was also "pro-choice, supported gay rights, stricter gun controls such as an assault rifle ban and increased research in AIDS" as well as a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood. In 2019, Perot was named the 167th richest person in America by Forbes and was worth an estimated $4.1 billion. He died on July 9th, 2019 of leukemia and is survived by his wife, 5 children, and 16 grandchildren.
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Jun 27, 1930 - Jul 9, 2019
Added Jul 9, 2019 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Bella Abzug
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Jul 24, 1920 - Mar 31, 1998
Added Apr 15, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of John Sidney McCain III - son and grandson of 4 star admirals in the U.S. Navy. He attended the United States Naval Academy (graduating, as he joked, 5th from the bottom in his class in 1958 - he was a bit of a rebel) and after graduation became a naval aviator. In 1967, he requested combat duty and was assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Gulf in Tonkin. On October 26, 1967 his plane was shot down and he became a prisoner of war. After 5 and a half years as a prisoner of war and being severely tortured, John was released. The physical effects of his torture lasted the rest of his life. In the early 1980s, he entered politics in the state of Arizona, eventually becoming a U.S. Senator. While he was nominated for President by the Republican Party in 2008, he lost the race to Democrat Barack Obama. He remained the senior Senator from Arizona until his death from brain cancer in 2018.
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Aug 29, 1936 - Aug 25, 2018
Added Aug 25, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of James G Jr Bosang
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c. 1920 - Unknown
Added May 19, 2018 by: Rick Bosang
Rick Bosang
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A photo of caricatures of Mayors of Birzai, Lithuania. These are in the Museum Sela, Krisius is standing 3rd from the left.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Apr 18, 2018 by: Mary Strovink Daukas
Mary Strovink Daukas
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A photo of Krisius Wagner and his staff while mayor - Krisius is 3rd from the left
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Apr 18, 2018 by: Mary Strovink Daukas
Mary Strovink Daukas
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A photo of Krisius Wagner, who was mayor of Birzai Lithuania in 1932, with his staff
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Apr 18, 2018 by: Mary Strovink Daukas
Mary Strovink Daukas
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Krisius E. Vagneris Wagner was mayor/burogmeister of Birzai Lithuania in 1932.
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of Ciil War hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, taken when he was Governor of Maine (January 2, 1867 – January 4, 1871)
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Sep 8, 1828 - Feb 24, 1914
Added Feb 21, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Robert Kennedy, just after he was shot. He had just won the Democratic primary for President in California.
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Nov 20, 1925 - Jun 6, 1968
Added Jan 17, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, taken after their nomination for President and Vice-President at the Republican convention in 1968.
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Added Jan 17, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo taken just after the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr. The men on the balcony are pointing to where the shot originated - which was not the location of the accused shooter.
Added Jan 17, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of President Lyndon Johnson, announcing on tv that he would not be running for re-election. His decision was based on the trajectory of the Vietnam War.
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Aug 27, 1908 - Jan 22, 1973
Added Jan 17, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Kathleen Ann Horizon with retired senator Leon Panetta.
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Sep 13, 1959 - Jan 22, 2004
Added Jan 16, 2018 by: Isabel Streets
Isabel Streets
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A photo of Colonel Serge Obolensky at El Morocco with Jackie Kennedy. Serge Obolensky was a Prince and was very popular.
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Oct 3, 1890 - September 1978
Added Jul 15, 2017 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Jack Kennedy with Jackie (Bouvier) Kennedy when he was a Senator.
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1929 - May 19, 1994
Added Dec 2, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of James Smith Bush, great-grandfather of George H. W. Bush. He was an Episcopal priest, religious writer, and attorney.
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1825 - 1889
Added Nov 20, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Thomas Stewart "Tom" Udall, U.S. Senator from New Mexico and a member of the Udall political dynasty.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Nov 20, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of David King Udall, representative to the Arizona Territorial Legislature and an early member of the Mormon church.
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Sep 7, 1851 - Feb 18, 1938
Added Nov 20, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A portrait of John Adams, Second President of the United States, and his wife Abagail Adams.
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Oct 30, 1735 - Jul 4, 1826
Added Nov 20, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Gerry Kerr
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Jun 22, 2016 by: Valerie Kerr
Valerie Kerr
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A photo Max Scruggs and Al Gore
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Feb 8, 2016 by: Max Scruggs
Max Scruggs
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A photo of Greg Lannes, Sr. - Justice of the Peace, Democratic Primary, December 5, 1959
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of Senator Thomas H Baker (1817- 1883)
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Aug 13, 1817 - Mar 1, 1883
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