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Politicians Killed By Animals

Very incomplete list!

Note: see also the page on death from horses and horsedrawn vehicles.

in chronological order

  Burroughs Abbott (1830-1906) — of Le Sueur County, Minn.; Kandiyohi County, Minn.; Columbia, Brown County, S.Dak. Born in Franklin County, Ind., November 8, 1830. Farmer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives, 1859-60, 1859-60, 1870 (District 16 1859-60, 1859-60, District 6 1870); member of South Dakota state senate 33rd District, 1891-92. Died, from being kicked by a horse, in Eugene, Lane County, Ore., December 4, 1906 (age 76 years, 26 days). Interment at Eugene Pioneer Cemetery, Eugene, Ore.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Jackson Abbott (1789-1855) and Mary Polly (Osborn) Abbott (1795-1877); married, April 4, 1854, to Angeline Ruggles (1833-1915).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record — Minnesota Legislator record
  John William Messer Appleton (1832-1913) — also known as John W. M. Appleton — of Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va.; Union, Monroe County, W.Va. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., April 1, 1832. Republican. Major in the Union Army during the Civil War; Adjutant General of West Virginia, 1897-1901. Killed by a mad bull, in Union, Monroe County, W.Va., October 26, 1913 (age 81 years, 208 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Elizabeth Marshall (Messer) Appleton and John Appleton (1809-1869); married, September 21, 1858, to Mary Rice Marsh; first cousin twice removed of John Appleton (1758-1829) and Thomas Appleton (1763-1840); second cousin once removed of John James Appleton.
  Political family: Appleton family of Massachusetts (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Jeremiah Haralson (1846-c.1916) — of Selma, Dallas County, Ala. Born near Columbus, Muscogee County, Ga., April 1, 1846. Republican. Member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1870; member of Alabama state senate, 1872; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1872 (alternate), 1876; U.S. Representative from Alabama 1st District, 1875-77. African ancestry. Killed by wild animals near Denver (unknown county), Colo., about 1916 (age about 70 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Elmer Severson (1922-1999) — of Montana. Born in Anoka, Anoka County, Minn., May 3, 1922. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Montana state house of representatives, 1977-79; member of Montana state senate, 1979-90. Suffered spinal cord injuries when he "lost a tussle with a cow," and died as a result, in a hospital at Missoula, Missoula County, Mont., July 19, 1999 (age 77 years, 77 days). Cremated.
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