Austin Currie

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About Austin Currie

Between 1964 and 1972, this Social Democratic and Labour Party politician represented the East Tyrone constituency in the Parliament of Northern Ireland. Then, from 1999 to 2002, as a Fine Gael party member, he served Dublin West in the lower house of the Irish Parliament.

Early life

After attending Queen’s University Belfast, he joined Northern Ireland’s Nationalist Party and subsequently became active in the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association. While involved with this group, he helped establish the Social Democratic and Labour Party.

Trivia

Before retiring from politics in 2002, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for President of Northern Ireland and also served as Minister of Education, Justice and Health.

Family of Austin Currie

He was raised in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, as a member of a Catholic family. His marriage to Annita Currie produced five children.

Close associates of Austin Currie

He and Brian Cowen both held the office of Teachta Dala (member of Ireland’s lower parliamentary house).

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George McMillan

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About George McMillan

This Democratic Party politician served from 1979 until 1983 as Alabama’s twenty-third Lieutenant Governor. Previously, he had served in both the Alabama House of Representatives and the Alabama Senate.

Early life

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, he received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Trivia

In the late 1980s, he established the popular City Stages music and arts festival in Birmingham, Alabama.

Family of George McMillan

He and his wife Ann became parents to a son and a daughter.

Close associates of George McMillan

He entered the Alabama gubernatorial primary race in 1982, but was defeated by fellow Democrat George Wallace.

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Albert F. Polk

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About Albert F. Polk

Lawyer, politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as a U.S. Representative of Delaware from 1917 until 1919.

Early life

He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1889 and studied law while being admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1892.

Trivia

He became an attorney for the Delaware State Senate in 1899.

Family of Albert F. Polk

He grew up with his family in Frederica, Delaware.

Close associates of Albert F. Polk

He served in office during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency.

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Ike Skelton

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About Ike Skelton

From the late 1970s until 2011, this Democratic Party politician served the fourth congressional district of Missouri in the United States House of Representatives and also chaired the House Armed Services Committee.

Early life

After earning his law degree from the University of Missouri, he worked as an attorney in Lafayette County, Missouri. He entered politics as a Missouri State Senator.

Trivia

Only two weeks before he passed away, his memoir, Achieve the Honorable, was published.

Family of Ike Skelton

The child of Isaac Newton Skelton III and Carolyn Marie Boone Skelton, he was raised in Lexington, Missouri. Following the 2005 death of his wife of nearly five decades, Susan Anding Skelton, he married Patty Martin.

Close associates of Ike Skelton

Skelton’s father was a close friend of Harry S. Truman, and the young Skelton was in attendance at Truman’s presidential inauguration.

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