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Andy Osterdahl (#47760571)
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Bio Photo What to say...I spend far to much time occupying myself with goofy history based projects that most would consider eccentric....and then some. If I had to describe myself in one sentence, it would be "A purveyor of the historically obscure and the factually trivial." That pretty much sums it up! Also be sure to visit my Facebook page as well as the Strangest Names In American Political History Facebook page for even more needless information!!

The above caption is a small bio that appears on my blog/website called "The Strangest Names In American Political History". The title of the primary work that the blog is based upon is called by the same title. The written project highlights various American politicians, jurists and candidates with strange, odd, unusual and sometimes humorous names. The time frame consists of the colonial era to the present day. This project was started on December 31, 1999 by myself and my cousin and has since expanded to lengths we couldn't have possibly imagined.

This project/blog allows only American political figures to be added, and while the exact definition of strange or unusual will consistently be in flux, the aforementioned rule will not be. Biographies of the men and women in question will be added here with some regularity, and a picture will usually accompany the biography, as its always nice to have a face to place with the name.
The purpose of this blog is mainly to point out some of the silly named individuals that have held or ran for public office since the founding of our country. As an amateur historian, its something that I've been truly fascinated by for the majority of my life. For example, the current United States Congress is made up of 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 Senators. Exactly two hundred years ago in 1811, the U.S. Congress was home to 36 Senators and 143 representatives. Amongst these 179 persons were men with such names as Harmanus Bleecker (a Representative from N.Y.), Epaphroditus Champion (a Representative from Connecticut), Barzillai Gannett (a Representative from Massachusetts), Outerbridge Horsey (a Senator from Delaware) and Arunah Metcalf (a Representative from New York) amongst others.

Overall, I find it fascinating that some of the aforementioned people were elected to public office with names like those. The primary aim of all this is to create yet another corner of internet silliness, albeit with a historical/political bent to it. Most of the politicians that will be profiled here are extremely unknown, and some are so obscure that maybe 1 in 1,000,000 people have heard of them. Any prospective readers/lurkers on the site are welcome to contribute comments or politicians that I might not know about, but as there are nearly 2200 politicians on the written list already, that might prove to be difficult!

And now on to why I'm here.....I established an account here a year or so ago under the name "aladdinsane85" and my contributions mainly centered on adding portraits and info on some of the men/women profiled in my project. Unfortunately for me my original account is no longer active (unforeseeable e-mail account problems) and it was deleted last year.
This being what I would call a "new" start, I must admit that I've managed to compile a substantial backlog of portraits/gravesite pictures taken over the last year or so and will try to add them with some regularity. I developed a keen interest in history (as well as cemeteries) at a fairly early age and many of the photos I've taken deal with local political/historical figures buried in the Chautauqua/Cattaraugus/Erie/Warren County areas. Most (if not all) of the gravestone pictures taken by me have also (or will eventually) appear on the aforementioned blog.
With all that being said, I greatly look forward to contributing here and who knows? I might make a few friends here as well!I'd also like to please ask (if you want to use any pictures/information from my site on Find-a-Grave)contact me and please list my site as the source! Thank you!

Also be sure to visit the site and its Facebook Page at the following links!
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Sure, I like your work. I am a historian by training and self-made genealogist. I like to find images and put them to people. Usually, I scour State Digital Archives. FindaGrave is just one of the places I share the ones -out- of copyright to. My passion is working on military profiles, especially those who died at Pearl Harbor. But here is one you will like especially:
Added by ET on Oct 06, 2016 1:08 PM
RE: Pictures...
Sorry, I thought the rule was to credit a primary source and not a secondary one.
Added by ET on Oct 05, 2016 11:31 AM
Diann House
Craven P. Hester
Would like permission to use his picture on my Ancestry tree. Hesters are my husbands relatives.
Diann House
Added by Diann House on Jul 01, 2016 5:24 PM
RE: Peru I.B. Ping photo
It is the same picture as published by the legislature. No copyright.
Added by ET on Mar 02, 2016 4:22 PM
Gay Hobt Morton
Union Co., Tn.
Thanks for permission to use the photo of Coram Acuff and the additional information
Added by Gay Hobt Morton on Aug 07, 2014 6:55 PM
Gay Hobt Morton
Union Co., Tn.
The Union County Cemeteries Association is working to post photographs of Civil War soliders buried in Union Co., Tn, to the Union Co. Cemeteries Association website, in the Civil War section. We are currently looking for pictures of the soldiers in Carr Cemetery in Union Co., and we found your picture of Coram Acuff. We would like to post your photograph from Find a Grave. I read on Find a Grave where you generously gave permission for individuals to use your photos, and wanted you to know how UCCA plans to use yours. Please know full credit will be given to Andy Osterdahl. While this is not for anyone's personal use, it is very important to the UCCA community.

We would also like to use this CW soldier photo on our Facebook page. Again you will be given full credit on both sites for your photos. It is not our intention to publish this photo in any way. We know that you have done much to preserve both history and heritage on Find a Grave. We hope that you will share this photo with us.

Added by Gay Hobt Morton on Aug 07, 2014 11:26 AM
Justin P
RE: Morvalden Angerstoff Taylor

I do not have great pictures of Morvalden. I have group pictures of him, but no portraits. I can email my cousin and see what he has, as my aunt did lots of work on preserving family history.

Added by Justin P on Jun 03, 2014 3:22 PM
cathy lindeman
RE: Delmora Mercer Douthett
Thanks so much for the helpful information. I was able to read the bio in the blue book. It certainly ties him to Butler Co. PA and his 2nd wife Nancy E Wilson Douthett who was also from that area. There's never been any mention of his having been a state Senator.
It's interesting that the date he came to Nebraska is his death date for several family trees.
Certainly his unusual name-a family name I believe-(that was a typo on my part, I know the correct spelling)would indicate it was the same man that married Julie Ann. There's actually a Butler Co. obit for a Delorma Mercer Douthett, who died in 2008. I'm ordering other obits from the library, perhaps I'll order that one as well to see if there's anything mentioned about the name.
by the way, I think you have a very interesting hobby.
Thanks again for the help,
Cathy Lindeman
Added by cathy lindeman on Dec 04, 2013 3:01 PM
cathy lindeman
Delmora Mercer Douthett
I've been researching this man and there seems to be conflicting death dates and bio inforamtion for the same man on family trees. I'm trying to sort it out. Some have him married to Julie Ann Davis and dying in 1886 and some have him married to her and then married to Nancy E Watson and dying in Nebraska in 1933.
There is evidence to support both marriages, but it's unclear if it's the same Delmora Mercer Douthett as Julie Ann always claimed on census data she was a widow and he claimed on census data he had only been married once.
I was curious about the source for your picture and if you had additional bio info especially about his life between 1880 and 1900. I can find no information on either of them for that time period.
Thanks for your help.
Cathy Lindeman
Added by cathy lindeman on Dec 04, 2013 4:42 AM
Janis Samuels
Green Berry Samuels
May I use the photos you have of Green Berry Samuels in my Samuels family tree. Thank you Janis Conner Samuels
Added by Janis Samuels on Feb 07, 2013 11:01 AM
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