I am fortunate to have had relatives that have lived memorable lives and dedicated years to American public service. Below are some of my more memorable ancestors:
General John Sevier
My 5th great-grandfather was General John Sevier. John Sevier was the first Governor of Tennessee, taking office in 1796 and serving 6 two year terms. Prior to his election as Governor, Sevier fought in the Revolutionary War as a North Carolina militia commander as well as more than 30 Indian battles. On October 7, 1780, then Colonel Sevier helped lead an army of Patriots in the defeat of British Major Patrick Ferguson and a detachment of Loyalists at King’s Mountain (South Carolina). “The Battle of King’s Mountain” is considered by many historians as the turning point of the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson later recalled that battle as “the joyful annunciation of that turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War.” In 1790, Sevier was also elected as a representative to North Carolina in the First U.S. Congress.
Senator William J. McConnell
My 2nd great-grandfather was Senator William J. McConnell. In 1890, he became one of the First US Senators from Idaho and was later elected as the third Governor of Idaho in 1893. McConnell was also known as a founding member of the Payette Valley Vigilance Committee and served as a Deputy U.S. Marshall in 1865.
Senator William E. Borah
My great grand uncle was Senator William E. Borah, also known as the “Lion of Idaho”. Mr. Borah served the US Senate from 1907 to 1940. He was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations for nine years and the Dean of the United States Senate from 1933 until his death in 1940.
Captain Aubrey I. Eagle
My great-grandfather, Captain Aubrey I. Eagle, was a US Army Air Corps pilot in the early 1920s and an early explorer of the Philippines. He was rumored to have beeen the first man to send a radio transmission from an airplane to the ground and was one of the first members of the elite aviator club known as the “Quiet Birdmen”. It is also rumored that Eagle Air Field in California bares his name. His wife, my great-grandmother Victoria Campbell, was an early Mayo Clinic nurse and a direct descendant of the Duke of Argyle.
My great-grandfather Max Lueddemann was a veteran of World War I, an attorney, a United States Commissioner, a real estate investor and a newspaper man. Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1873, Mr. Lueddemann attended the University of Alabama (graduating in 1894) and received a law degree from Cumberland University (graduating in 1896). In 1898, Mr. Lueddemann moved his family to Oregon where he became a prominent newspaper man. By 1910, Mr. Lueddemann had invested in five Oregon newspapers: The Antelope Herald, the Madras Pioneer, the Silver Lake Leader, the Ashford Prospector and the Bend Bulletin. On October 7, 1903, Mr. Lueddemann married Ollie May McConnell, the daughter of Governor and Mrs. W.J.McConnell of Idaho.
My 2nd great-grandfather Mr. Guido Lueddemann was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1839 to a Prussian military family. At the age of 7 years old, Guido Lueddemann moved to the United States with his family, settling in Wisconsin. At the age of 18, Mr. Lueddemann enlisted as a Union soldier in the Civil War serving in Company A, 41st Infantry Regiment NY from June 6, 1861 until his mustered out in June 9, 1864.
John Abraham Browne
My 10th great-grandfather was “Gentleman” John Browne of Rehoboth, Massachussetts. John Browne came from a prominent British family and settled in Massachusetts in the early 1600s becoming a Commissioner of the United Colonies. He married Dorothy Beauchamp on December 22, 1611.