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John Purroy Mitchel John Purroy Mitchel (1879-1918) — of New York. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., July 19, 1879. Republican. Lawyer; law partner of George V. Mullan, 1902-13; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1913; mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1914-17; defeated in primary, 1917; on April 17, 1914, at Park Row, New York, he was shot at by an Michael P. Mahoney, an unemployed carpenter; the bullet missed the mayor, but struck and wounded Frank L. Polk, the city's Corporation Counsel. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Killed in a plane crash during World War I military training, at Gerstner Field, near Holmwood, Calcasieu Parish, La., July 6, 1918 (age 38 years, 352 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.; memorial monument at Columbia University, Manhattan, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of James Mitchel and Mary (Purroy) Mitchel; married, April 5, 1909, to Olive Child; nephew of Henry D. Purroy (1848-1903).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Maurice Connolly (1877-1921) — of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Born in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, March 13, 1877. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Iowa 3rd District, 1913-15; candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1914; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1916 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee); postmaster at Dubuque, Iowa, 1917-18. Member, Elks. Died in an airplane accident near Indian Head, Charles County, Md., May 28, 1921 (age 44 years, 76 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Thaddeus C. Sweet Thaddeus Campbell Sweet (1872-1928) — also known as Thaddeus C. Sweet — of Phoenix, Oswego County, N.Y. Born in Phoenix, Oswego County, N.Y., November 16, 1872. Republican. Paper manufacturer; member of New York state assembly from Oswego County, 1910-20; Speaker of the New York State Assembly, 1914-20; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916, 1924; U.S. Representative from New York 32nd District, 1923-28; died in office 1928. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks. Died as result of an airplane accident in Whitney Point, Broome County, N.Y., May 1, 1928 (age 55 years, 167 days). Interment at Rural Cemetery, Phoenix, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Anthony Wayne Sweet (1827-1905) and Sarah Elizabeth (Campbell) Sweet (1843-1925).
  The Sweet Memorial Building (village hall, built 1929), in Phoenix, New York, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Image source: Library of Congress
  William Kirk Kaynor (1884-1929) — also known as William K. Kaynor — of Springfield, Hampden County, Mass. Born in Sanborn, O'Brien County, Iowa, November 29, 1884. Republican. Postmaster at Springfield, Mass., 1923-28; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1929; died in office 1929. Killed in the crash of a military plane, shortly after takeoff from the Bolling Field air base, Anacostia, Washington, D.C., December 20, 1929 (age 45 years, 21 days). It was his first time in an airplane. Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, Mass.
  Relatives: Married to Alice Chapin Reed (1884-1968).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Bronson Murray Cutting (1888-1935) — also known as Bronson M. Cutting — of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, N.M. Born in Oakdale, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., June 23, 1888. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 1927-28, 1929-35; died in office 1935; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1932; member of Republican National Committee from New Mexico, 1932. Episcopalian. Member, American Legion. Killed, along with both pilots and one other passenger, when a twin-engine Transcontinental and Western air liner, ran out of fuel in a dense fog, and crashed near Atlanta, Macon County, Mo., May 6, 1935 (age 46 years, 317 days). Nine other passengers were injured. Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of William Bayard Cutting (1850-1912) and Olivia Peyton (Murray) Cutting (1855-1949); great-grandnephew of Henry Walter Livingston; second great-grandson of Walter Livingston; second great-grandnephew of Peter Robert Livingston (1737-1794) and Pieter Schuyler (1746-1792); third great-grandson of Robert Livingston (1708-1790); third great-grandnephew of Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Philip Livingston, William Livingston, Philip John Schuyler, Philip P. Schuyler and Stephen John Schuyler; fourth great-grandson of Johannes Schuyler (1697-1746) and Stephanus Bayard; fourth great-grandnephew of John Livingston, Robert Livingston (1688-1775) and Gilbert Livingston; fifth great-grandson of Stephanus Van Cortlandt, Robert Livingston the Elder, Pieter Schuyler (1657-1724), Pieter Van Brugh and Johannes Schuyler (1668-1747); fifth great-grandnephew of Jacobus Van Cortlandt and Johannes Cuyler; sixth great-grandson of Nicholas Bayard (1644?-1707); seventh great-grandnephew of Pieter Stuyvesant; first cousin twice removed of Edward Livingston (1796-1840); first cousin four times removed of Philip Peter Livingston, Henry Brockholst Livingston, Peter Samuel Schuyler and Philip Jeremiah Schuyler; first cousin five times removed of Robert Gilbert Livingston, Robert R. Livingston (1718-1775) and Nicholas Bayard (1736-1802); first cousin six times removed of Robert Livingston the Younger, Cornelis Cuyler and John Cruger, Jr.; first cousin seven times removed of David Davidse Schuyler and Myndert Davidtse Schuyler; second cousin twice removed of Peter Robert Livingston (1789-1859); second cousin thrice removed of Stephen Van Rensselaer, Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Peter Augustus Jay, Rensselaer Westerlo, Edward Philip Livingston, Philip Schuyler, James Alexander Hamilton (1788-1878), William Jay and Charles Ludlow Livingston (1800-1873); second cousin four times removed of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Robert Van Rensselaer, Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), James Livingston, John Tyler (1747-1813), Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr. and Edward Livingston (1764-1836); second cousin five times removed of Volkert Petrus Douw, James Jay, Henry Cruger, Hendrick Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, John Jay, Frederick Jay and Killian Killian Van Rensselaer; third cousin of Charles Ludlow Livingston (1870-?) and John Eliot Thayer, Jr.; third cousin once removed of Brockholst Livingston; third cousin twice removed of Henry Bell Van Rensselaer and John Jay II; third cousin thrice removed of George Madison, Peter Robert Livingston (1766-1847), Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer, Maturin Livingston, John Tyler (1790-1862), Hamilton Fish and James Adams Ekin; fourth cousin of Herbert Livingston Satterlee; fourth cousin once removed of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Nicholas Fish, Hamilton Fish, Jr., Robert Ray Hamilton, John Kean and Hamilton Fish Kean.
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; VanRensselaer family of Albany, New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Politician named for him: Bronson C. LaFollette
  Epitaph: "Light and understanding and wisdom was found in him. And the common people heard him gladly."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Kristensen Brostuen (1884-1938) — also known as John K. Brostuen; Johannes Kristensen Brostuen — of Alexander, McKenzie County, N.Dak. Born near Ringebu, Norway, August 28, 1884. Republican. Farmer; rancher; newspaper editor and publisher; member of North Dakota state senate, 1920; North Dakota Republican state chair, 1937-38. Norwegian ancestry. Died in an airplane crash near Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 1938 (age about 53 years). Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Williston, N.Dak.
  Relatives: Married to Anna Brostuen (1895-1985).
Abdul Hamid Sufi Abdul Hamid (1903-1938) — also known as Abdul Hamid; Eugene Brown; "The Black Hitler"; "The Harlem Hitler"; "Bishop Amiru-Al-Mu-Minim Sufi Abdul Hamid" — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., January 6, 1903. Self-styled cleric; labor leader; claimed to be from Egypt or Sudan; wore a turban and a green velvet cloak with gold braid; led picketing of stores in Harlem whose proprietors refused to hire African-American employees; conducted street rallies in Harlem where he denounced Jews; said he was "the only one fit to carry on the war against the Jews"; Americo-Spanish candidate for New York state assembly from New York County 17th District, 1933; arrested in october 1934; tried and found guilty on misdemeanor charges of making a public speech without a permit, and selling books without a license, and sentenced to ten days in jail; later suspected of inciting the 1935 riot in Harlem, which led to injunctions against his activities; in January 1938, his estranged wife, Stephanie St. Clair, ambushed him outside his house, and shot at him five times, but he was not seriously hurt; founded the Buddhist Universal Holy Temple of Tranquility. Buddhist or Muslim. African ancestry. Killed, along with his pilot, when his Cessna J-5 airplane ran out of fuel and crashed near Wantagh, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., July 30, 1938 (age 35 years, 205 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: New York Times, August 1, 1938
Ernest Lundeen Ernest Lundeen (1878-1940) — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn.; Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Beresford, Union County, S.Dak., August 4, 1878. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 42, 1911-14; delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1912 (alternate), 1916; U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1917-19, 1933-37 (5th District 1917-19, at-large 1933-35, 3rd District 1935-37); defeated (Independent), 1920; candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1928; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1937-40; defeated, 1923 (Republican primary), 1930 (Farmer-Labor); died in office 1940. Methodist. Swedish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Delta Sigma Rho; United Spanish War Veterans. One of 25 passengers and crew killed in the crash of a Pennsylvania Central Airlines transport plane, bound from Washington to Pittsburgh, during an intense storm, near Lovettsville, Loudoun County, Va., August 31, 1940 (age 62 years, 27 days). Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Charles Henry Lundeen and Christina (Peterson) Lundeen; married, February 5, 1919, to Norma Matheson Ward.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
  Image source: Minnesota Legislative Manual 1917
  William Devereux Byron (1895-1941) — also known as William D. Byron — of Williamsport, Washington County, Md. Born in Danville, Va., May 15, 1895. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; mayor of Williamsport, Md., 1926-30; member of Maryland state senate, 1930-34; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1936; U.S. Representative from Maryland 6th District, 1939-41; died in office 1941. Episcopalian. Killed in an airplane crash at Jonesboro, Clayton County, Ga., February 27, 1941 (age 45 years, 288 days). Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Williamsport, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Col. Joseph C. Byron and Jane (Wilson) Byron; married to Katharine Edgar (1903-1976); father of Goodloe Edgar Byron (who married Beverly Barton Butcher).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Herbert Murphy (1889-1942) — Born in Berlin, Germany, April 11, 1889. Electrical engineer; U.S. Vice Consul in Coburg, as of 1914; served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War I; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. Member, Freemasons. While flying a reconnaissance mission, his plane was shot down over Surabaya, Indonesia, February 3, 1942 (age 52 years, 298 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of George Herbert Murphy (1860-1924) and Margarethe (Schmidt) Murphy (1865-1961); married 1928 to Catharine Probey (1902-1985).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Dee Becker (1876-1943) — also known as William D. Becker — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Ill., October 23, 1876. Republican. Lawyer; Judge, Missouri St. Louis Court of Appeals, 1916-40; defeated, 1940; mayor of St. Louis, Mo., 1941-43; died in office 1943. German ancestry. Member, American Bar Association. Was a passenger in an experimental Army glider, towed by an airplane; the glider's wings suddenly fell off, and it crashed at Lambert-St. Louis Airfield, St. Louis County, Mo., August 1, 1943 (age 66 years, 282 days). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of John Philip Becker and Anna A. (Cammann) Becker; married, June 10, 1902, to Margaret Louise McIntosh.
  Gouverneur Morris Carnochan (1892-1943) — also known as Gouverneur M. Carnochan — of New City, Rockland County, N.Y. Born in Riverdale, Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., June 28, 1892. Democrat. Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1916; served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; stockbroker; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Member, Freemasons. While in wartime service, he was killed in a plane crash, in South America or the Atlantic Ocean, October 12, 1943 (age 51 years, 106 days). Interment at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Bernardsville, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Gouverneur Morris Carnochan (1865-1915) and Mathilda Grosvenor (Goodridge) Carnochan (1869-1905); married 1915 to Eleanor Taylor (1894-1922); married 1928 to Sierra Baldwin Bliss (1903-1966); father of Gouverneur Morris Carnochan (1919-1944; private in U.S. Army, killed in action in Luxembourg); second great-grandnephew of Richard Valentine Morris; third great-grandson of Lewis Morris (1726-1798); third great-grandnephew of Richard Morris (1730-1810) and Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816); fourth great-grandnephew of Robert Hunter Morris; fifth great-grandson of Lewis Morris (1671-1746); first cousin four times removed of Lewis Richard Morris; second cousin thrice removed of Gouverneur Morris (1809-1894).
  Political family: Morris-Ingersoll family of New York and Connecticut (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John William Ditter (1888-1943) — also known as J. William Ditter — of Ambler, Montgomery County, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., September 5, 1888. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 17th District, 1933-43; died in office 1943. Protestant. Member, Freemasons; Moose; Rotary. Died in an airplane crash near Columbia, Lancaster County, Pa., November 21, 1943 (age 55 years, 77 days). Interment at Whitemarsh Memorial Cemetery, Prospectville, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of George Ditter and Elizabeth (Weissgerber) Ditter; married, September 2, 1913, to Mabel Sylvester Bearné.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr. (1915-1944) — also known as Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. — of Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Hull, Plymouth County, Mass., July 25, 1915. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Catholic. Killed when his Liberator bomber exploded, over the English Channel, August 12, 1944 (age 29 years, 18 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr. and Rose (Fitzgerald) Kennedy (1890-1995); brother of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Robert Francis Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith and Edward Moore Kennedy; uncle of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr., Mark Kennedy Shriver (1964-) and Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1967-); grandson of Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1858-1929) and John Francis Fitzgerald.
  Political family: Kennedy family.
  Suggett Louis Edwards (1906-1944) — also known as Suggett L. Edwards — of Mexico, Audrain County, Mo. Born in Callaway County, Mo., July 23, 1906. Democrat. Member of Missouri state house of representatives from Audrain County, 1937-40; served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. Killed in a B-29 bomber crash, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, December 13, 1944 (age 38 years, 143 days). Cenotaph at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaii.
  Relatives: Son of Isham Lewis Edwards (1874-1947) and Janette Edwards.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Conover Nichols (1896-1945) — also known as Jack Nichols — of Eufaula, McIntosh County, Okla. Born in Joplin, Jasper County, Mo., August 31, 1896. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 2nd District, 1935-43; resigned 1943. Died in an airplane crash at Asmara, Eritrea, November 7, 1945 (age 49 years, 68 days). Original interment at United States Military Cemetery, Asmara, Eritrea; reinterment at Greenwood Cemetery, Eufaula, Okla.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Earl Wilcox Snell (1895-1947) — also known as Earl Snell — of Arlington, Gilliam County, Ore. Born near Olex, Gilliam County, Ore., July 11, 1895. Republican. Secretary of state of Oregon, 1935-43; Governor of Oregon, 1943-47; died in office 1947. While flying to southern Oregon on a hunting trip, along with Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell, Jr. and State Senate President Marshall E. Cornett, was killed when the small plane crashed in stormy weather near Dog Lake, Lake County, Ore., October 28, 1947 (age 52 years, 109 days). Interment at Belcrest Memorial Park, Salem, Ore.
  Robert S. Farrell, Jr. (c.1906-1947) — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born about 1906. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1940, 1944; secretary of state of Oregon, 1943-47; died in office 1947. While flying to southern Oregon on a hunting trip, along with Gov. Earl Snell and State Senate President Marshall E. Cornett, was killed when the small plane crashed in stormy weather, near Dog Lake, Lake County, Ore., October 28, 1947 (age about 41 years). Interment at River View Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
  Marshall E. Cornett (c.1899-1947) — of Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Ore. Born about 1899. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1944; member of Oregon state senate, 1947; died in office 1947. While flying to southern Oregon on a hunting trip, along with Gov. Earl Snell and Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell, Jr. was killed with the small plane crashed in stormy weather, near Dog Lake, Lake County, Ore., October 28, 1947 (age about 48 years). Burial location unknown.
  Robert Lewis Coffey, Jr. (1918-1949) — also known as Robert L. Coffey, Jr. — of Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa. Born in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn., October 21, 1918. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 26th District, 1949; died in office 1949. Died in an airplane accident in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.M., April 20, 1949 (age 30 years, 181 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George Joseph Bates (1891-1949) — also known as George J. Bates — of Salem, Essex County, Mass. Born in Salem, Essex County, Mass., February 25, 1891. Republican. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives Eighteenth Essex District, 1918-24; mayor of Salem, Mass., 1924-37; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1937-49; died in office 1949. Killed in an airplane collision between an Eastern Air Lines DC-4 passenger airliner and a war surplus P-38 fighter plane purchased by Bolivia, near Washington National Airport, Arlington, Arlington County, Va., November 1, 1949 (age 58 years, 249 days). Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas F. Bates and Annie (Burns) Bates; married, October 31, 1911, to Nora Jennings; father of William Henry Bates (1917-1969).
  Bates Elementary School, in Salem, Massachusetts, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Michael Joseph Kennedy (1897-1949) — also known as Michael J. Kennedy — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., October 25, 1897. Democrat. U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1939-43; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940; leader of New York County Democratic Party, 1942. Member, Tammany Hall. Killed in an airplane collision between an Eastern Air Lines DC-4 passenger airliner and a war surplus P-38 fighter plane purchased by Bolivia, near Washington National Airport, Arlington, Arlington County, Va., November 1, 1949 (age 52 years, 7 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Laurence Adolph Steinhardt (1892-1950) — also known as Laurence A. Steinhardt — of New York. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., October 6, 1892. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; U.S. Minister to Sweden, 1933-37; U.S. Ambassador to Peru, 1937-39; Soviet Union, 1939-41; Turkey, 1942-45; Czechoslovakia, 1945-48; Canada, 1948-50, died in office 1950. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association. Died in a plane crash near Ramsayville, Ontario, March 28, 1950 (age 57 years, 173 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Married 1923 to Dulcie Yates Hoffman (1895-1974); nephew of Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940).
  Political family: Untermyer-Steinhardt family of New York City, New York.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Tudor Gardiner (1892-1953) — also known as William T. Gardiner — of Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine. Born in Newton, Middlesex County, Mass., June 12, 1892. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of Maine state house of representatives, 1921-26; Speaker of the Maine State House of Representatives, 1925-26; Governor of Maine, 1929-33; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1932; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; he and Gen. Maxwell Taylor landed in Italy in 1943, before the American invasion, traveled to Rome undetected, and held a conference with the Italian High Command, obtaining information helpful to the Allies. Episcopalian. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Military Order of the World Wars; Sons of Union Veterans; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Odd Fellows; Grange; American Bar Association. Killed when his Beechcraft Bonanza airplane exploded in midair, and crashed in Schnecksville, Lehigh County, Pa., August 2, 1953 (age 61 years, 51 days). Interment at Christ Church Cemetery, Gardiner, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Hallowell Gardiner (died 1924) and Alice (Bangs) Gardiner; married, September 16, 1916, to Margaret Thomas (1892?-?); second great-grandson of Robert H. Gardiner.
  Cross-reference: Edward E. Chase
  Edward E. Chase (d. 1953) — of Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine. Delegate to Maine convention to ratify 21st amendment from Cumberland County, 1933; member of Maine state house of representatives, 1940; member of Maine state senate, 1953; died in office 1953. Killed in an airplane explosion and crash, along with former Governor William Tudor Gardiner, in Schnecksville, Lehigh County, Pa., August 2, 1953. Burial location unknown.
  Kimber Cornellus Sigler (1894-1953) — also known as Kim Sigler; "The White Knight" — of Hastings, Barry County, Mich.; Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich.; Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Schuyler, Colfax County, Neb., May 2, 1894. Democratic candidate for Michigan state attorney general, 1928; candidate in Republican primary for Michigan state senate 8th District, 1942; Governor of Michigan, 1947-48; defeated (Republican), 1948; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1948. Member, Rotary. While flying his airplane on a foggy night, collided with a television broadcast tower; he and three passengers died in the crash, near Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Mich., November 30, 1953 (age 59 years, 212 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Hastings, Mich.
  Jesse Lynn Webb, Jr. (1923-1956) — also known as Jesse L. Webb, Jr. — of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La. Born December 8, 1923. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948; mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, 1953-56; died in office 1956. En route to a conference, he was killed with two others when their private plane exploded and burned, near Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Mich., April 28, 1956 (age 32 years, 142 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Maude (Borski) Webb and Jesse Lynn Webb, Sr.; married to Mary Eustus Jones Webb (1924-1995).
  Political family: Webb family of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Donald Grant Nutter (1915-1962) — also known as Donald G. Nutter — of Montana. Born November 28, 1915. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; Montana Republican state chair, 1958-60; Governor of Montana, 1961-62; died in office 1962. En route from Helena to Cut Bank, he was killed, along with five others, when the twin-engine C-47 plane crashed into a mountain and burned, during a snowstorm, near Wolf Creek, Lewis and Clark County, Mont., January 25, 1962 (age 46 years, 58 days). Interment at Sidney City Cemetery, Sidney, Mont.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Clement Woodnutt Miller (1916-1962) — of California. Born in Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., October 28, 1916. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Representative from California 1st District, 1959-62; defeated, 1956; died in office 1962. Died in the crash of a twin-engine private plane, near Eureka, Humboldt County, Calif., October 7, 1962 (age 45 years, 344 days). Interment at Point Reyes National Seashore Park, Point Reyes, Calif.
  Relatives: Nephew of Thomas Woodnutt Miller; grandson of Charles Robert Miller (1857-1927).
  Political family: Miller family of Wilmington, Delaware.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  de Lesseps Story Morrison (1912-1964) — also known as de Lesseps S. Morrison; "Chep" — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born in New Roads, Pointe Coupee Parish, La., January 18, 1912. Democrat. Member of Louisiana state house of representatives, 1941; mayor of New Orleans, La., 1946-61; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1952, 1956, 1960 (alternate). Catholic. Killed in a plane crash in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, May 22, 1964 (age 52 years, 125 days). Interment at Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, La.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Haight Morrison III (1875-1929) and Anita (Oliver) Morrison; half-brother of Jacob Haight Morrison IV; married, October 3, 1942, to Corinne Adele Waterman (1921-1959); first cousin once removed of Corinne Claiborne Boggs (1916-2013); first cousin twice removed of Barbara Boggs Sigmund and Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr..
  Political family: Claiborne-Dallas family of Virginia and Louisiana (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Epitaph: "The hope of mankind lies in the hands of youth and action."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Herndon (d. 1966) — of Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1952; candidate for Governor of Idaho 1966, but died before election. Died in a plane crash, 1966. Burial location unknown.
  Walter Edwin Alessandroni (1914-1966) — also known as Walter E. Alessandroni — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., December 27, 1914. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1959-61; Pennsylvania state attorney general, 1963-66; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964. Italian ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; American Legion. As a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, was flying to a planned campaign speech in a twin-engine Aztec plane, in rainy and snowy weather, when the plane crashed near Connellsville, Fayette County, Pa., May 8, 1966 (age 51 years, 132 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Alessandroni and Sally Alessandroni; married 1935 to Ethel Decius.
  Leroy George Augenstein (1928-1969) — also known as Leroy G. Augenstein — of Holt, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Decatur, Macon County, Ill., March 6, 1928. Republican. Biophysicist; university professor; member of Michigan state board of education, 1967-69; died in office 1969. Protestant. Member, Sigma Xi; Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Killed when his twin-engine plane crashed during the landing approach to Beech Airport, near Charlotte, Eaton County, Mich., November 8, 1969 (age 41 years, 247 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Roy H. Augenstein; married 1950 to Elizabeth Schmalfuss (1927-1998).
  Books by Leroy G. Augenstein: Come, let us play God
  Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr. (1914-1972) — also known as Hale Boggs — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born in Long Beach, Harrison County, Miss., February 15, 1914. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 2nd District, 1941-43, 1947-72; died in office 1972; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948, 1956, 1960, 1968; Parliamentarian, 1964; chair, Resolutions and Platform Committee, chair, 1968; candidate in primary for Governor of Louisiana, 1952; Vice-Chair of Democratic National Committee, 1957; member, President's Commission on the Assassination of President KNDY, 1963-64. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Amvets; Catholic War Veterans; Sons of the American Revolution; Knights of Columbus; American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Phi Beta Kappa; Beta Theta Pi; Omicron Delta Kappa. Disappeared while on a campaign flight from Anchorage to Juneau, and presumed killed in a plane crash, somewhere in Alaska, October 16, 1972 (age 58 years, 244 days). The wreckage was never found. Cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of William Robertson Boggs and Claire Josephine (Hale) Boggs; married, January 22, 1938, to Corinne Claiborne (1916-2013); father of Barbara Boggs Sigmund, Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr. and Cokie Roberts (National Public Radio reporter and commentator).
  Boggs Peak in the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage, Alaska, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Thomas Hale Boggs: Gary Boulard, The Big Lie: Hale Boggs, Lucille May Grace, and Leander Perez
  Nicholas Joseph Begich (1932-1972) — also known as Nick Begich — of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Eveleth, St. Louis County, Minn., April 6, 1932. Democrat. Member of Alaska state senate, 1963-71; U.S. Representative from Alaska at-large, 1971-72; died in office 1972; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska, 1972. Alaska Native and Croatian ancestry. Disappeared while on a campaign flight from Anchorage to Juneau, and presumed killed in a plane crash, somewhere in Alaska, October 16, 1972 (age 40 years, 193 days). The wreckage was never found. Cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Brother of Joseph R. Begich (1930-); married 1956 to Margaret Jendro; father of Nicholas J. Begich, Thomas Begich and Mark Begich (who married Deborah Bonito).
  Political family: Begich family of Anchorage, Alaska.
  Begich Peak in the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage, Alaska, is named for him.  — Begich Middle School, in Anchorage, Alaska, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  George Washington Collins (1925-1972) — also known as George W. Collins — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., March 5, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1964 (alternate), 1968; U.S. Representative from Illinois 6th District, 1970-72; died in office 1972. Baptist. African ancestry. Died in an airplane crash during landing approach at Midway Airport, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 8, 1972 (age 47 years, 278 days). Interment at Burr Oak Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Presumably named for: George Washington
  Relatives: Married to Cardiss Hortense Robertson (1931-2013).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Jerry Lyle Pettis (1916-1975) — also known as Jerry L. Pettis — of Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, Calif. Born in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., July 18, 1916. Republican. U.S. Representative from California, 1967-75 (33rd District 1967-75, 37th District 1975); died in office 1975. Seventh-Day Adventist. Died in a plane crash near Banning, Riverside County, Calif., February 14, 1975 (age 58 years, 211 days). Interment at Montecito Memorial Park, Colton, Calif.
  Relatives: Married to Shirley Neil Pettis (1924-2016).
  The Jerry L. Pettis Memorial V.A. Hospital, in Loma Linda, California, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Jerry Lon Litton (1937-1976) — also known as Jerry Litton — of Chillicothe, Livingston County, Mo. Born near Lock Springs, Daviess County, Mo., May 12, 1937. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Missouri 6th District, 1973-76; died in office 1976. Member, Omicron Delta Kappa; Alpha Zeta. While running for U.S. Senator, died in the crash of a private plane, shortly after takeoff from the Municipal Airport, Chillicothe, Livingston County, Mo., August 3, 1976 (age 39 years, 83 days). Interment at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chillicothe, Mo.
  Relatives: Married to Sharon Summerville.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Ralph Frederick Beermann (1912-1977) — of Dakota City, Dakota County, Neb. Born near Dakota City, Dakota County, Neb., August 13, 1912. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Representative from Nebraska, 1961-65 (3rd District 1961-63, 1st District 1963-65). Lutheran. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Farm Bureau; Kiwanis. Died in an airplane crash at the Municipal Airport in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, February 17, 1977 (age 64 years, 188 days). Interment at Dakota City Cemetery, Dakota City, Neb.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Richard Dudley Obenshain (1935-1978) — also known as Richard D. Obenshain — of Richmond, Va. Born in Abingdon, Washington County, Va., October 31, 1935. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1964; candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 3rd District, 1964; candidate for Virginia state attorney general, 1969; Virginia Republican state chair, 1972-73; candidate for U.S. Senator from Virginia 1978, but died before election. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Freemasons; Phi Delta Phi. Killed when his small plane crashed during a nighttime landing at Chesterfield County Airport, Chesterfield County, Va., August 2, 1978 (age 42 years, 275 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Shockley Obenshain (1904-2000; soil scientist) and Josephine Mathews (Dudley) Obenshain; married, July 15, 1961, to Helen Nottingham Wilkins; father of Mark Obenshain (1962-) and Kate Obenshain Griffin.
  Political family: Obenshain family of Richmond, Virginia.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Lawrence Patton McDonald (1935-1983) — also known as Larry McDonald — of Georgia. Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., April 1, 1935. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Georgia 7th District, 1975-83; died in office 1983. Member, John Birch Society. Killed when the Korean Airlines jet on which he was a passenger was shot down by the Soviet military, over the Sea of Japan, September 1, 1983 (age 48 years, 153 days). His remains were never recovered.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Jim Waltermire (1949-1988) — of Montana. Born in Choteau, Teton County, Mont., February 15, 1949. Secretary of state of Montana, 1980-88; died in office 1988. While returning from a campaign appearance, was killed in a plane crash near Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Mont., April 8, 1988 (age 39 years, 53 days). Burial location unknown.
  Arnold Lewis Raphel (1943-1988) — also known as Arnold L. Raphel — of New Jersey. Born in 1943. Foreign Service officer; U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, 1987-88, died in office 1988. Killed when a plane in which he was a passenger was blown up in midair by terrorists, near Bahawalpur, Pakistan, August 17, 1988 (age about 45 years). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  George Thomas Leland (1944-1989) — also known as Mickey Leland — of Houston, Harris County, Tex. Born in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Tex., November 27, 1944. Democrat. Member of Texas state house of representatives, 1972-79; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1972, 1980, 1988 (speaker); delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1974; U.S. Representative from Texas 18th District, 1979-89; died in office 1989. Catholic. African ancestry. Died in an airplane crash near Gambela, Ethiopia, August 7, 1989 (age 44 years, 253 days). Interment at Golden Gate Cemetery, Houston, Tex.
  Cross-reference: Rodney Ellis
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Larkin I. Smith (1944-1989) — of Mississippi. Born in Mississippi, June 26, 1944. Republican. U.S. Representative from Mississippi 5th District, 1989; died in office 1989. Died in an airplane crash, August 13, 1989 (age 45 years, 48 days). Interment at Floral Hills Cemetery, Gulfport, Miss.
  Relatives: Married to Sheila Smith (1950?-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Henry John Heinz III (1938-1991) — also known as H. John Heinz III — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., October 23, 1938. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 18th District, 1971-77; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-91; died in office 1991. Died in the crash of a small plane at Merion, Montgomery County, Pa., April 4, 1991 (age 52 years, 163 days). Interment at Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Henry John Heinz II and Joan (Diehl) Heinz; married 1966 to Teresa Simoes-Ferreira (who later married John Forbes Kerry (1943-)).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Saltonstall-Davis-Frelinghuysen-Appleton family of Massachusetts; Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; King family; Winthrop-Hamlin family of Massachusetts and Connecticut; Saltonstall-Weeks family of Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  John Goodwin Tower (1925-1991) — also known as John G. Tower — of Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Tex.; Dallas, Dallas County, Tex. Born in Houston, Harris County, Tex., September 29, 1925. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; university professor; candidate for Texas state house of representatives 81st District, 1954; delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 (delegation chair), 1980; U.S. Senator from Texas, 1961-85; defeated, 1960. Methodist. Member, American Legion; Kappa Sigma; Kiwanis; American Political Science Association; American Association of University Professors. Nominated for Secretary of Defense in 1989, but defeated amid allegations of heavy drinking and womanizing. Killed in the crash of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311, two miles short of the runway of Glynco Airport, near Brunswick, Glynn County, Ga., April 5, 1991 (age 65 years, 188 days). Interment at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Joe Z. Tower (1898-1970) and Beryl Tower (1898-1990); married 1952 to Lou Bullington (divorced 1976); married 1977 to Lila Burt Cummings (divorced 1987).
  Cross-reference: Larry Combest
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  George Speaker Mickelson (1941-1993) — of South Dakota. Born January 31, 1941. Republican. Governor of South Dakota, 1987-93; died in office 1993; Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1992. Died in a plane crash in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, April 19, 1993 (age 52 years, 78 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Brookings, S.Dak.
  Relatives: Son of George Theodore Mickelson (1903-1965).
  See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ronald Harmon Brown (1941-1996) — also known as Ronald H. Brown — of Washington, D.C. Born August 1, 1941. Democrat. Chairman of Democratic National Committee, 1989-93; U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1993-96; died in office 1996. African ancestry. Member, Urban League. Killed in a plane crash, during a storm, in Croatia, April 3, 1996 (age 54 years, 246 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Critical books about Ronald Brown: Jack Cashill, Ron Brown's Body : How One Man's Death Saved the Clinton Presidency and Hillary's Future
  Cecil Franklin Weeding (1934-1998) — of Montana. Born in Miles City, Custer County, Mont., February 16, 1934. Member of Montana state house of representatives, 1970-72; member of Montana state senate, 1985-94. Killed in a plane crash near Lodge Pole, Blaine County, Mont., April 6, 1998 (age 64 years, 49 days). Interment at Butte Creek Cemetery, Near Jordan, Garfield County, Mont.
  John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999) — also known as John F. Kennedy, Jr.; "John-John"; "The American Son" — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Washington, D.C., November 25, 1960. Democrat. Lawyer; speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1988 ; founder, George magazine. Catholic. Killed, along with his wife and sister-in-law, in a plane crash, near Martha's Vineyard, in the North Atlantic Ocean, July 16, 1999 (age 38 years, 233 days). Cremated; ashes scattered in North Atlantic Ocean.
  Relatives: Son of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline (Bouvier) Kennedy (1929-1994); married, September 21, 1996, to Carolyn Jeanne Bessette (1966-1999); nephew of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr., Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Robert Francis Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith and Edward Moore Kennedy; grandson of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr.; great-grandson of Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1858-1929) and John Francis Fitzgerald; first cousin of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (1951-), Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, Mark Kennedy Shriver and Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1967-).
  Political family: Kennedy family.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Grover C. Robinson III (c.1944-2000) — of Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla. Born about 1944. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; lawyer; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1972-84. Died in a helicopter crash at Lake Manapouri, New Zealand, March 28, 2000 (age about 56 years). Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: Grover Cleveland
  Thomas Allgood, Sr. (1928-2000) — of Augusta, Richmond County, Ga. Born in Augusta, Richmond County, Ga., September 10, 1928. Lawyer; member of Georgia state senate, 1977-91. Member, American Judicature Society; American Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Killed in the crash of a single-engine airplane, during takeoff from Daniel Field airport, Augusta, Richmond County, Ga., August 4, 2000 (age 71 years, 329 days). Interment at Westover Memorial Park, Augusta, Ga.
  Charles B. Yates (1939-2000) — of Edgewater Park, Burlington County, N.J.; Princeton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., September 27, 1939. Democrat. Business executive; banker; candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 6th District, 1970, 1974; member of New Jersey state house of assembly, 1972-77 (District 4-C 1972-73, 7th District 1974-77); defeated, 1969; member of New Jersey state senate 7th District, 1978-81; defeated, 1971. Killed, along with his family, in the crash of a small plane he was piloting, at Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Mass., October 6, 2000 (age 61 years, 9 days). Burial location unknown.
  Melvin Eugene Carnahan (1934-2000) — also known as Mel Carnahan — of Rolla, Phelps County, Mo. Born in Birch Tree, Shannon County, Mo., February 11, 1934. Democrat. Municipal judge in Missouri, 1951-52; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Phelps County, 1963-67; Democratic candidate for Missouri state senate, 1966, 1968 (primary); Missouri state treasurer, 1981-85; Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1989-93; Governor of Missouri, 1993-2000; defeated in primary, 1984; died in office 2000; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1996 (delegation chair), 2000; U.S. Senator from Missouri; elected 2000. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Kiwanis; American Legion; Order of the Coif. Died, in a plane crash while running for U.S. Senator, near Goldman, Jefferson County, Mo., October 16, 2000 (age 66 years, 248 days). Interment at Carson Hill Cemetery, Near Ellsinore, Carter County, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Sidney Johnson Carnahan and Mary Kathel (Schupp) Carnahan; married, June 12, 1954, to Jean Anne Carpenter; father of John Russell Carnahan (1958-) and Robin Carnahan.
  Political family: Carnahan family of St. Louis, Missouri.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Jasper Baxter (1957-2001) — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., January 28, 1957. Democrat. Candidate in primary for Pennsylvania state house of representatives 186th District, 1986. African ancestry. Was conducting a seminar on the 93rd floor of 2 World Trade Center, when an airliner hijacked by terrorists was deliberately crashed into the building, causing an explosion, fire, and collapse of the structure, killing almost 3,000, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 11, 2001 (age 44 years, 226 days). Cenotaph at National September 11 Memorial, Manhattan, N.Y.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul David Wellstone (1944-2002) — also known as Paul Wellstone; "Senator Welfare" — of Minnesota. Born in Washington, D.C., July 21, 1944. Democrat. College professor; arrested during a Vietnam War protest at the federal building in Minneapolis, 1970; arrested again during a protest of farm foreclosures at a bank in Paynesville, Minn., 1984; candidate for Minnesota state auditor, 1982; member of Democratic National Committee from Minnesota, 1984-91; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1991-2002; died in office 2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1996, 2000. Jewish. Member, Phi Beta Kappa. Killed in a plane crash, along with his wife and daughter, near Eveleth, St. Louis County, Minn., October 25, 2002 (age 58 years, 96 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Leon Wexelstein and Minnie (Danishevsky) Wexelstein; married 1963 to Sheila Ison (1944-2002).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by Paul Wellstone: The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda (2001) — How the Rural Poor Got Power: Narrative of a Grass-Roots Organizer (1978) — Powerline: The First Battle of America's Energy War, with Barry M. Casper (1981)
  Books about Paul Wellstone: Terry Gydesen, Twelve Years and Thirteen Days: Remembering Paul and Sheila Wellstone — Dennis J. McGrath & Dane Smith, Professor Wellstone Goes to Washington: The Inside Story of a Grassroots U.S. Senate Campaign — Don Jacobs & James Fetzer, American Assassination: The Strange Death Of Senator Paul Wellstone
  Mary McEvoy (d. 2002) — of Minnesota. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2000. Female. Killed in a plane crash, near Eveleth, St. Louis County, Minn., October 25, 2002. Burial location unknown.
  Theodore Fulton Stevens (1923-2010) — also known as Ted Stevens — of Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska; Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., November 18, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the 4th District of Alaska Territory, 1954-56; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska, 1964, 1972 (delegation chair); member of Alaska state house of representatives, 1965-68; U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1968-2009; defeated, 1962; appointed 1968. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Rotary; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Indicted in July 2008 on federal charges of failing to report gifts from VECO Corporation and its CEO; tried and convicted in October 2008; his conviction was later vacated due to prosecutorial misconduct. Killed in a plane crash, in Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska, August 9, 2010 (age 86 years, 264 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Married 1952 to Ann Mary Cherrington (killed in plane crash, 1978); father of Ben Stevens (1953?-).
  Cross-reference: Lesil McGuire
  Mount Stevens, in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, is named for him.  — The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, in Anchorage, Alaska, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
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