The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Politicians Who Died of Bladder or Kidney Cancer

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

Hubbard T. Smith Hubbard T. Smith (1854-1903) — Born in Indiana, 1854. Songwriter; U.S. Deputy Consul General in Paris, 1896; Constantinople, 1896-97; Cairo, 1902-03, died in office 1903; U.S. Vice Consul in Osaka, 1898-99; Hiogo, 1898-99; Canton, 1899-1900. Died, from Bright's disease or kidney cancer, in a hospital at Genoa (Genova), Italy, February 10, 1903 (age about 48 years). Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, Vincennes, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Hubbard Madison Smith and Nannie Willis (Pendleton) Smith; first cousin four times removed of Edmund Pendleton, John Walker and Francis Walker; second cousin thrice removed of John Penn, John Pendleton Jr., James Madison, Nathaniel Pendleton, William Taylor Madison, Meriwether Lewis and Zachary Taylor; third cousin of James Benjamin Garnett; third cousin twice removed of Philip Clayton Pendleton, Edmund Henry Pendleton, Nathanael Greene Pendleton, Thomas Walker Gilmer and Coleby Chew; third cousin thrice removed of Robert Brooke, George Madison and Richard Aylett Buckner; fourth cousin of George Cassety Pendleton, Charles M. Pendleton and Daniel Micajah Pendleton; fourth cousin once removed of Henry Gaines Johnson, John Strother Pendleton, Albert Gallatin Pendleton, Philip Coleman Pendleton, George Hunt Pendleton, Joseph Henry Pendleton and Charles Sumner Pendleton.
  Political family: Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Philadelphia Times, October 5, 1890
John A. McDowell John Anderson McDowell (1853-1927) — also known as John A. McDowell — of Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio; Ashland, Ashland County, Ohio. Born in Killibuck, Holmes County, Ohio, September 25, 1853. Democrat. School teacher and principal; superintendent of schools; U.S. Representative from Ohio 17th District, 1897-1901. Died, from a heart problem and bladder cancer, in the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, October 2, 1927 (age 74 years, 7 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of John Coleville McDowell and Sarah Jane (Anderson) McDowell; married to Esther Hole.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Autobiographies and Portraits of the President, Cabinet, etc. (1899)
  Meredith Pinxton Snyder (1859-1937) — also known as Meredith P. Snyder; Pinky Snyder — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., October 22, 1859. Democrat. Mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1896-98, 1900-04, 1919-21; defeated, 1898, 1904, 1917, 1921. Protestant. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died of bladder cancer, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 7, 1937 (age 77 years, 167 days). Interment at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Kehlin D. Snyder and Elizabeth (Hier) Snyder; married to May Ross (daughter of William Wallace Ross; niece of Edmund Gibson Ross); father of Capt. Ross Snyder.
  Political family: Ross family.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Core Serena Ireland (1874-1943) — also known as Core S. Ireland — of Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio. Born in Terre Haute, Champaign County, Ohio, September 24, 1874. Republican. School teacher; banker; delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1916, 1932, 1936. Died, from bladder cancer and uremia, in Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio, August 19, 1943 (age 68 years, 329 days). Interment at Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of James H. Ireland and Margaret Ann (Davis) Ireland; married, November 28, 1895, to Dessie Edna Weaver.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
C. B. Goodspeed Charles Barnett Goodspeed (1885-1947) — also known as C. B. Goodspeed — of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, February 8, 1885. Republican. Steel executive; Treasurer of Republican National Committee, 1936-41. Died, from bladder cancer and uremia, in the Castle Hot Springs Hotel, Castle Hot Springs, Yavapai County, Ariz., February 23, 1947 (age 62 years, 15 days). Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Wilbur Fisk Goodspeed and Harriet (Howe) Goodspeed; married, November 18, 1916, to Elizabeth B. Fuller.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Official Report of the 22nd Republican National Convention (1940)
  Wilson Bell (1897-1947) — of Potosi, Washington County, Mo.; Jefferson City, Cole County, Mo. Born in Potosi, Washington County, Mo., May 24, 1897. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Missouri state treasurer, 1941-45; secretary of state of Missouri, 1945-47; died in office 1947. Died, from metastasis of hydronephroma (renal cell carcinoma, i.e., kidney cancer), in Jefferson City, Cole County, Mo., May 20, 1947 (age 49 years, 361 days). Interment somewhere in Potosi, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Bell and Mamie (Crane) Bell.
  Frederick Ernest Nolting (1872-1955) — also known as Fred E. Nolting — of Richmond, Va. Born in Richmond, Va., December 6, 1872. Investment banker; Honorary Consul for Belgium in Richmond, Va., 1935-44. Died, from bladder cancer, in St. Luke's Hospital, Richmond, Va., January 6, 1955 (age 82 years, 31 days). Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Emil Otto Nolting and Susanne Catherine (Horn) Nolting; brother of William Otto Nolting and Carl Henry Nolting; married to Mary Ross Buford; father of Frederick Ernest Nolting Jr..
  Political family: Nolting family of Richmond, Virginia.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Marcus Daly (1908-1969) — of Lincroft, Monmouth County, N.J. Born in Long Branch, Monmouth County, N.J., September 18, 1908. Republican. College professor; Director General, Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration, 1958-61; candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1964. Catholic. Member, Holy Name Society. Died, from bladder cancer, in Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, Monmouth County, N.J., July 25, 1969 (age 60 years, 310 days). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, N.Y.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973) — also known as Emanuel Goldenberg — Born in Bucharest, Romania, December 12, 1893. Democrat. Actor; honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1960. Jewish. Romanian ancestry. Died, from bladder cancer, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 26, 1973 (age 79 years, 45 days). Entombed at Beth El Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married, January 21, 1927, to Gladys (Cassell) Lloyd; married, January 16, 1958, to Jane (Bodenheimer) Arden.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
Lewis G. Christman Lewis G. Christman (1888-1979) — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Archbold, Fulton County, Ohio, March 10, 1888. Republican. Lawyer; business executive; banker; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Washtenaw County 1st District, 1945-54; member of Michigan state senate 33rd District, 1955-60; candidate for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from 33rd Senatorial District, 1961. Presbyterian. Member, Elks; Freemasons; Exchange Club. Died, from complications of bladder cancer, in the Huron View Lodge nursing home, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich., June 29, 1979 (age 91 years, 111 days). Interment at Washtenong Memorial Park, Ann Arbor Township, Washtenaw County, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Philip D. Christman and Rachel (Sprow) Christman; married to Arietta O. VanNess.
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
  Meade Henry Esposito (1909-1993) — also known as Meade H. Esposito; Amadeo Henry Esposito — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., December 28, 1909. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964; vice-president, Lafayette National Bank, 1965; insurance broker; leader of Kings County Democratic Party, 1969-83. Catholic. Italian ancestry. Member, NAACP. Indicted in 1987 on federal charges that he had given bribes to U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi in in return for influence on federal contracts for a Brooklyn ship-repair company; convicted on September 22, 1987 of giving an illegal gratuity; fined $500,000; indicted in 1988 on bribery and tax charges, but the case was dismissed due to his age and poor health. Died, from renal failure caused by a heart attack, while suffering from lung cancer and bladder cancer, in North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., September 3, 1993 (age 83 years, 249 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Felicia Esposito; married to Anne De Cunzo.
  Albert Shanker (1928-1997) — of Mamaroneck, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 14, 1928. Democrat. School teacher; president, American Federation of Teachers, 1974-97; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1984 (speaker), 1988, 1996. Jewish. Russian ancestry. Member, American Federation of Teachers. Died, of complications from bladder cancer, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., February 22, 1997 (age 68 years, 161 days). Interment at King David Cemetery, Putnam Valley, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Morris Shanker and Mamie Shanker; married 1960 to Edith Gerber.
  Epitaph: "A visionary and fiery union leader, loved by family, friends, and colleagues."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Albert Shanker: Richard Kahlenberg, Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy — Dickson A. Mungazi, Where He Stands: Albert Shanker of the American Federation of Teachers
  Joe Serna Jr. (c.1939-1999) — of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif. Born in Stockton, San Joaquin County, Calif., about 1939. Democrat. Served in the Peace Corps; college professor; mayor of Sacramento, Calif., 1993-99; died in office 1999; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996. Hispanic ancestry. Died of kidney cancer and complications of diabetes, in Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., November 7, 1999 (age about 60 years). Burial location unknown.
  Biagio DiLieto (1922-1999) — also known as Ben DiLieto — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn. Born November 25, 1922. Democrat. Police chief; mayor of New Haven, Conn., 1980-89; defeated in primary, 1977. Catholic. Italian ancestry. Died of lung and bladder cancer, at Connecticut Hospice, Branford, New Haven County, Conn., November 8, 1999 (age 76 years, 348 days). Interment at St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven, Conn.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Francis Xavier McCloskey (1939-2003) — also known as Frank McCloskey — of Bloomington, Monroe County, Ind. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., June 12, 1939. Democrat. Mayor of Bloomington, Ind., 1972-82; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1972; U.S. Representative from Indiana 8th District, 1983-85, 1985-95; defeated, 1970, 1994. Catholic. Died, of bladder cancer, November 2, 2003 (age 64 years, 143 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Presumably named for: Francis Xavier
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Warren Minor Christopher (1925-2011) — also known as Warren Christopher; "The Cardinal" — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Scranton, Bowman County, N.Dak., October 27, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, 1949-50; special counsel to Gov. Edmund G. Brown, 1959; deputy U.S. Attorney General, 1967-69; deputy U.S. Secretary of State, 1977-81; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964; U.S. Secretary of State, 1993-97. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Order of the Coif; Council on Foreign Relations; American Philosophical Society. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on January 16, 1981. Died, from kidney and bladder cancer, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., March 18, 2011 (age 85 years, 142 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ernest William Christopher and Catharine (Lemen) Christopher; married, December 21, 1956, to Marie Josephine Wyllis.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books by Warren Christopher: Chances of a Lifetime : A Memoir (2001)
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