Who Dat? – C (Part 2)

The identities of several more of those “C” unknown campaign buttons have been ascertained (see Feb. 22 PJ).   Here’s the latest:

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(1) Louis Collins, a Republican, was elected lt. gov. of Minnesota in 1920.  He got the “little corporal” nickname for his bravery in World War I.

(2)  Thomas Carmody, a Democrat, was elected attorney general of New York in 1910.  “Little Yates” refers to Yates County, N.Y.

(3)  She was the Republican nominee in Delaware in 1962.

Here are some more unknown “C” candidates.  I fear, though, that these may be much tougher to identify.

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18 thoughts on “Who Dat? – C (Part 2)”

  1. There was a William F. Condon who was in the New York State Senate from 1939 to 1954/ Could he have been trying a comeback in 1960? His Wikipedia biography has no mention of such but he would have been 63 at the time, surely not too old to try to regain his old seat.

  2. I think I got one! Ward Combs for County Commissioner appears to be Ward Combs of Billings, Missouri, running for (and winning) school commissioner of Christian County in 1898. (see Official Manual of State of Missouri, 1899-1900, p203). Mr. Combs was also principal and superintendent of schools in Billings, as well as an orchestra conductor, justice of the peace, notary public, insurance agent, and optometrist (see Missouri School Journal #39, p40 and, for picture as optometrist, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26866333).

  3. T.O. Crawford was Superintendent of Schools for Alameda County, CA, (Oakland Area) in the early 1900s, though not sure when he was elected. (See Western Journal of Education, Vol 7, p617 & San Francisco Call, 28 March 1905.)

  4. Pinky Casaletto: Augustino “Pinky” Casaletto. His wife Mary (DiBattista) Casaletto died in 2010 as a lifetime resident of East Boston. According to the Congressional Record he was a building inspector in East Boston in 1965 who was trying to do something about the drug problem in East Boston. Born in 1914, died in 1988. From the picture on that last linked page, it looks like he was a Navy veteran. Doesn’t show up in Thomas.loc.gov as ever having gotten elected. Couldn’t find a list to see if he ever made it to the State House…

    • Augustino “Pinky” Casaletto, my father, was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy Sea Bees and a Korean War veteran. ran three times for the Ma. House of Representatives but never succeeded. He was a Chief Plumbing Inspector for the City of Boston.
      He participated in numerous political campaigns while serving as president of the Ward One Club, including those of John F. Kennedy for the Senate, Christian Herter for Governor, and George Feingold for Governor of Massachusetts to name a few. Tragically, Mr. Feingold died the day after launching his governorship campaign at a banquet hosted by the Ward One Club at the Sons of Italy in East Boston.
      He was fondly known as Pinky by most and helped many of the locals with various situations.

  5. Casey, Eggers, McGovern, Potterton, and Prout were the losing ticket of the Frank Hague machine in the 1949 Jersey City municipal election. Frank Hague Eggers was Hague’s nephew and successor as mayor, 1947-49. The other four were incumbent city commissioners Daniel Casey, Philip McGovern, Arthyr Potterton, and John Prout. All five were swept out by the reform ticket headed by John V. Kenny (who later went to jail himself, I believe). See N.Y. Times, 5/8/49 and 5/11/49.

  6. Pinky Casaletto was my Grandfather. And no he was never elected and also he was the Chief plumbing inspector for the city of Boston. And yes he was in the Navy

  7. Jeannie Carson was an actress. I don’t think she ever ran for office; the button must be a publicity item. (If it helps any, she appeared on Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow.)


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