Was Your Ancestor Involved in Politics?

Dan Murphy lending support to his candidate.

Dan Murphy lending support to his candidate.

Whether your candidate won or didn’t, the 2016 election is finally over. But imagine one of your descendants searching old newspaper stacks (or the web or whatever form of news distribution there will be in the future) for news of this election.

Do you have an ancestor that was involved in politics at the local, state or national level in America or another country? Did he/she run for office? Involved in a campaign? Here’s a picture of my grandfather Dan Murphy “campaigning” for Sheriff M.B. “Tiny” Taylor in Grays Harbor County in the 1930s.

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2 comments on “Was Your Ancestor Involved in Politics?

  1. Charles Hansen says:

    I found in my grandfathers house a campaign button that said Charles Kelly for Sheriff. My mom laughed and said it was a joke button.

  2. Sonji Ruttan says:

    My Mother was involved in local politics all her life, elected Precinct Committee Person for about 10 years running, active in several local political and advisory groups. Her brother, Earl Mix, was Mayor of Deer Park WA for 26 years. Two cousins by marriage, father & son (2&3x removed) were Montana State Senators. And I’ve discovered several ancestors have been elected to local offices (sheriff, county commissioner, etc). Looks like the entire family was in politics!

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