The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Politicians Who Died of Asthma

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

Martin Van_Buren Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) — also known as "The Little Magician"; "Old Kinderhook"; "Red Fox of Kinderhook"; "Matty Van"; "American Talleyrand"; "Blue Whiskey Van" — of Kinderhook, Columbia County, N.Y.; Albany, Albany County, N.Y. Born in Kinderhook, Columbia County, N.Y., December 5, 1782. Lawyer; Columbia County Surrogate, 1808-13; member of New York state senate Middle District, 1812-20; New York state attorney general, 1815-19; appointed 1815; delegate to New York state constitutional convention, 1821; U.S. Senator from New York, 1821-28; Governor of New York, 1829; U.S. Secretary of State, 1829-31; U.S. Minister to Great Britain, 1831-32; Vice President of the United States, 1833-37; President of the United States, 1837-41; defeated, 1840 (Democratic), 1848 (Free Soil); candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1844. Christian Reformed. Dutch ancestry. Slaveowner. Died, reportedly due to asthma, but more likely some kind of heart failure, in Kinderhook, Columbia County, N.Y., July 24, 1862 (age 79 years, 231 days). Interment at Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Abraham Van Buren and Maria (Hoes) Van Alen Van Buren; half-brother of James Isaac Van Alen; married to the sister-in-law of Moses I. Cantine; married, February 21, 1807, to Hannah Hoes; father of John Van Buren; second cousin of Barent Van Buren; second cousin twice removed of Dirck Ten Broeck, Cornelis Cuyler and Thomas Brodhead Van Buren; second cousin thrice removed of Harold Sheffield Van Buren; third cousin twice removed of Theodore Roosevelt; fourth cousin of James Livingston; fourth cousin once removed of Stephen Van Rensselaer, Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Rensselaer Westerlo, Edward Philip Livingston and Peter Gansevoort.
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; Cantine family of Marbletown, New York (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Sanford W. Smith — Jesse Hoyt — Charles Ogle
  Van Buren County, Ark., Van Buren County, Iowa, Van Buren County, Mich. and Van Buren County, Tenn. are named for him.
  The city of Van Buren, Arkansas, is named for him.  — The town of Van Buren, New York, is named for him.  — Mount Van Buren, in Palmer Land, Antarctica, is named for him.  — Martin Van Buren High School (opened 1955), in Queens Village, Queens, New York, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Martin Van Buren (built 1943 at Baltimore, Maryland; torpedoed and lost 1944 in the North Atlantic Ocean) was named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: M. V. B. EdgerlyM. V. B. JeffersonM. V. B. BennettVan B. WiskerMartin V. B. RowlandMartin V. B. IvesMartin V. B. ClarkMartin V. Godbey
  Opposition slogan (1840): "Van, Van, is a used-up man."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Martin Van Buren: Major L. Wilson, The Presidency of Martin Van Buren — Joel H. Silbey, Martin Van Buren and the Emergence of American Popular Politics — Jerome Mushkat & Robert G. Rayback, Martin Van Buren : Law, Politics, and the Shaping of Republican Ideology — John Niven, Martin Van Buren : The Romantic Age of American Politics — Ted Widmer, Martin Van Buren
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
  Josiah Bushnell Grinnell (1821-1891) — also known as Josiah B. Grinnell — of Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa. Born in New Haven, Addison County, Vt., December 22, 1821. Republican. Pastor; abolitionist; member of Iowa state senate, 1856-60; lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1860; U.S. Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1863-67; director, Rock Island Railroad; receiver, Iowa Central Railroad; president, First National Bank of Grinnell. Congregationalist. He claimed to be the original recipient of Horace Greeley's famous advice to "Go West, young man.". Died, from a throat ailment and asthma, in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, March 31, 1891 (age 69 years, 99 days). Interment at Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Iowa.
  Relatives: Married to Julia Ann Chapin.
  Cross-reference: Lovell H. Rousseau
  The city of Grinnell, Iowa, (which he founded), is named for him.  — Grinnell College (originally Iowa College), Grinnell, Iowa, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Abner McDonald Bryant (1838-1896) — also known as A. M. Bryant — of Fort Branch, Gibson County, Ind.; Wahoo, Saunders County, Neb.; Gettysburg, Graham County, Kan.; Republican City, Harlan County, Neb.; Falls City, Polk County, Ore. Born in Ohio County, Ky., March 1, 1838. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; minister; school teacher and principal; superintendent of schools; member of Nebraska state senate 16th District, 1877; president, McPherson Normal College, Republican City, Neb., 1886-87. Presbyterian. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Died, of asthma, in Falls City, Polk County, Ore., June 4, 1896 (age 58 years, 95 days). Interment at Falls City Cemetery, Falls City, Ore.
  Relatives: Married, March 30, 1865, to Susan C. Davis.
  Silas Henry Phillips (1841-1911) — also known as Silas H. Phillips — of Holt, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Michigan, June 5, 1841. Democrat. Supervisor of Delhi Township, Michigan, 1886-91, 1898-1901; Ingham County Treasurer, 1891-94. Died, from asthma and heart disease, in Holt, Ingham County, Mich., July 3, 1911 (age 70 years, 28 days). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery, Holt, Mich.
  Relatives: Married to Adelphia Caroline 'Dell' Ferguson and Lucy C. Wright.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Washington Gordon (1836-1911) — also known as George W. Gordon — of Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Born in Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn., October 5, 1836. Democrat. Civil engineer; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; lawyer; Tennessee Railroad Commissioner, 1883-85; Special U.S. Indian Agent in Arizona and Nevada, 1885-89; superintendent of schools; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 10th District, 1907-11; died in office 1911. Member, United Confederate Veterans. Slaveowner. Died, from asthma and uremia, in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., August 9, 1911 (age 74 years, 308 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.
  Presumably named for: George Washington
  Relatives: Married 1876 to Ora Susan Paine; uncle by marriage of Rowlett Paine.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William A. Smyth (1852-1919) — of Owego, Tioga County, N.Y. Born in Owego, Tioga County, N.Y., March 14, 1852. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; bank director; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1896, 1904 (alternate); postmaster at Owego, N.Y., 1897-1914; director, Owego Power & Light Company. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arch Masons; Scottish Rite Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Royal Arcanum; Redmen. Died, from arteriosclerosis and asthma, in Owego, Tioga County, N.Y., August 11, 1919 (age 67 years, 150 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Owego, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of William Smyth and Martha (MacKay) Smyth; married, December 21, 1887, to Fannie Louise Bristol (daughter of Wheeler Hutchison Bristol); father of Stuart Worthington Smyth.
  Political family: Smyth-Bristol family of Owego, New York.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Peter Henry Wessel (1838-1924) — also known as Peter H. Wessel — of Moline, Rock Island County, Ill. Born in Germany, January 4, 1838. Republican. Physician; banker; mayor of Moline, Ill., 1889-93, 1899-1903. Died, from asthma and a stroke, in Moline, Rock Island County, Ill., December 10, 1924 (age 86 years, 341 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Ill.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Robert M. LaFollette Robert Marion LaFollette (1855-1925) — also known as Robert M. LaFollette; "Fighting Bob"; "Battling Bob" — of Madison, Dane County, Wis. Born in Primrose, Dane County, Wis., June 14, 1855. Lawyer; Dane County District Attorney, 1880-84; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 3rd District, 1885-91; delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1896 (member, Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1904; Governor of Wisconsin, 1901-06; U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1906-25; died in office 1925; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1908, 1916; Progressive candidate for President of the United States, 1924. French ancestry. Died of heart disease complicated by asthma and pneumonia, in Washington, D.C., June 18, 1925 (age 70 years, 4 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Josiah LaFollette and Mary (Ferguson) LaFollette (who later married John Z. Saxton); married, December 31, 1881, to Belle Case; father of Robert Marion LaFollette Jr. and Philip Fox LaFollette; uncle of Charles Sumner Eastman; grandfather of Bronson Cutting LaFollette.
  Political family: LaFollette family of Madison, Wisconsin (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article
  Books about Robert M. LaFollette: Nancy C. Unger, Fighting Bob La Follette : The Righteous Reformer — Bernard A. Weisberger, The LaFollettes of Wisconsin : Love and Politics in Progressive America
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, September 1902
  George Brinton McClellan Harvey (1864-1928) — also known as George Harvey — of Deal, Monmouth County, N.J. Born in Peacham, Caledonia County, Vt., February 16, 1864. Newspaper reporter; New Jersey Insurance Commissioner, 1890-91; builder and president of electric railroads, 1894-98; editor and publisher, North American Review and Harper's Weekly; U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, 1921-23. Died, from a heart attack and asthma, in Dublin, Cheshire County, N.H., August 20, 1928 (age 64 years, 186 days). Interment at Peacham Cemetery, Peacham, Vt.
  Presumably named for: George B. McClellan
  Relatives: Son of Duncan Harvey and Margaret S. (Varnum) Harvey; married, October 13, 1887, to Alma A. Parker.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Arnette Towne (1858-1928) — also known as Charles A. Towne — of Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.; New York, New York County, N.Y.; Tucson, Pima County, Ariz. Born near Pontiac, Oakland County, Mich., November 21, 1858. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 6th District, 1895-97; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1900-01; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904; U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1905-07. Died, from asthma and pneumonia, in Southern Methodist Hospital, Tucson, Pima County, Ariz., October 22, 1928 (age 69 years, 336 days). Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park, Tucson, Ariz.
  Relatives: Son of Judson Towne and Laura (Fargo) Towne.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  McQuown F. Gose (1859-1942) — also known as Mack F. Gose — of Pomeroy, Garfield County, Wash.; Olympia, Thurston County, Wash. Born in Sullivan County, Mo., July 8, 1859. Republican. Lawyer; justice of Washington state supreme court, 1910; delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1932. Died, from bronchial asthma and bronchiectasis, in Pomeroy, Garfield County, Wash., January 31, 1942 (age 82 years, 207 days). Interment somewhere in Pomeroy, Wash.
  Andrew Jackson Stewart (1872-1945) — of Bluefield, Mercer County, W.Va. Born near Louisa, Lawrence County, Ky., November 26, 1872. Coal mine superintendent; mayor of Bluefield, W.Va., 1924-28. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Kiwanis. Died, from asthma and a heart condition, in Bluefield, Mercer County, W.Va., June 12, 1945 (age 72 years, 198 days). Interment at Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Bluefield, W.Va.
  Presumably named for: Andrew Jackson
  Relatives: Son of Leander Cox Stewart and Ellen Frances (Savage) Stewart; married, October 1, 1896, to Lola Montry Boyd.
  James William Cherry (1872-1949) — also known as James W. Cherry — of Utah; Mesa, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Hancock County, Ill., April 5, 1872. Republican. Justice of Utah state supreme court, 1923-33; chief justice of Utah state supreme court, 1929-33. Unitarian. Member, Freemasons. Died, of cardiac asthma, in Mesa, Maricopa County, Ariz., March 23, 1949 (age 76 years, 352 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Manti Cemetery, Manti, Utah.
  Relatives: Son of A. N. Cherry and Mary (Banks) Cherry.
  Frank Hague (1876-1956) — also known as "Sphinx of Jersey City"; "The Boss"; "The Leader" — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., January 17, 1876. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1916, 1932; mayor of Jersey City, N.J., 1917-47; member of Democratic National Committee from New Jersey, 1922-52; Vice-Chair of Democratic National Committee, 1929-39; delegate to New Jersey convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Elks; Knights of Columbus. Powerful leader of Hudson County Democratic "machine"; famously quoted as declaring "I am the law!" Indicted for various crimes but never convicted. Died, from complications of bronchitis and asthma, in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 1, 1956 (age 79 years, 349 days). Entombed at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of John D. Hague and Maragaret (Fagen) Hague; married, April 15, 1903, to Jennie W. Warner; uncle of Frank Hague Eggers.
  Opposition slogan (1939): "Home rule, not Hague rule."
  Books about Frank Hague: Richard J. Connors, A Cycle of Power : The Career of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague — Gerald Leinwand, Mackerels in the Moonlight : Four Corrupt American Mayors
  John Smith Sample (1895-1963) — also known as John S. Sample — of Saco, Madison County, Mo.; Jewett, Madison County, Mo.; Mineral Point, Washington County, Mo. Born in Fredericktown, Madison County, Mo., June 14, 1895. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; farmer; stockman; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1941-48, 1954-58 (Madison County 1941-48, Washington County 1954-58); defeated, 1948; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1948. Member, Farm Bureau; Freemasons. Died, from cor pulmonale, due to chronic emphysema and asthma, in Bonne Terre Hospital, Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Mo., May 31, 1963 (age 67 years, 351 days). Interment at Marcus Memorial Cemetery, Fredericktown, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Ezekiel Alexander Sample and Ada Caroline (Smith) Sample; married to Della Berry.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Oren Ethelbirt Long (1889-1965) — also known as Oren E. Long — of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Born in Altoona, Wilson County, Kan., March 4, 1889. Democrat. Secretary of Hawaii Territory, 1946-51; Governor of Hawaii Territory, 1951-55; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1952; member of Hawaii territorial senate, 1956-59; U.S. Senator from Hawaii, 1959-63; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 1960. Disciples of Christ. Member, Freemasons; Lions. Died, following an attack of asthmatic bronchitis, in Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, May 6, 1965 (age 76 years, 63 days). Interment at Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaii.
  Relatives: Son of George Riley Long and Malissa Jeanette (Johnson) Long; married, June 28, 1917, to Geneva Rule.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  George Leon Paul Weaver (1912-1995) — also known as George L. P. Weaver — of Washington, D.C. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., May 8, 1912. Democrat. Railroad worker; director, civil rights committee, CIO; executive secretary, civil rights committee, AFL-CIO, 1955-58; assistant to the president, International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers; U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for International Affairs, 1961-69; special assistant to the Director-General, International Labor Organization; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1960, 1964. African ancestry. Died, from complications of emphysema and asthma, in George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., July 14, 1995 (age 83 years, 67 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George J. Weaver and Josephine (Snell) Weaver; married, September 7, 1941, to Mary F. Sullivan.
  John Emerson Moss (1915-1997) — also known as John E. Moss — of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif. Born in Hiawatha, Carbon County, Utah, April 13, 1915. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; member of California state assembly, 1949-52; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952 (alternate), 1956, 1960, 1964; U.S. Representative from California 3rd District, 1953-78. Died, from complications of asthma and pneumonia, in a hospital at San Francisco, Calif., December 5, 1997 (age 82 years, 236 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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