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

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  Charles Nelms Lewis (d. 1814) — of Greenup County, Ky. Member of Kentucky state senate, 1814; died in office 1814. Died, of cholera, in Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., 1814. Burial location unknown.
  Charles Ewing (1780-1832) — of Trenton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, N.J., June 8, 1780. Lawyer; Federalist candidate for New Jersey state house of assembly, 1815; chief justice of New Jersey state supreme court, 1824-32. Died, from cholera, in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., August 5, 1832 (age 52 years, 58 days). Interment at First Presbyterian Churchyard, Trenton, N.J.; cenotaph at Riverview Cemetery, Trenton, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of James Ewing and Martha (Boyd) Ewing; married to Eleanor Graeme Armstrong.
  The township of Ewing, New Jersey, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Gabriel Richard (1767-1832) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in La Ville de Saintes, France, October 15, 1767. Catholic priest; founder in 1817 of a school which later became the University of Michigan.; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Michigan Territory, 1823-25. Catholic. Died, of cholera, in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., September 13, 1832 (age 64 years, 334 days). Entombed at St. Anne's Church, Detroit, Mich.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Daniel Lynn (1782-1833) — also known as Dann Lynn — of Indiana. Born in Christian County, Ky., January 24, 1782. Delegate to Indiana state constitutional convention, 1816; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1816-18, 1819-20. Died, of cholera, in West Franklin, Posey County, Ind., 1833 (age about 51 years). Interment a private or family graveyard, Posey County, Ind.
  William Shaler (c.1778-1833) — of Massachusetts. Born about 1778. U.S. Special Diplomatic Agent to Mexico, 1810-12; Cuba, 1832; U.S. Consul General in Algiers, 1815-28; U.S. Consul in Havana, 1829-33, died in office 1833. Died, of cholera, in Havana (La Habana), Cuba, March 28, 1833 (age about 55 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Alexander Buckner (1785-1833) — of Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, Mo. Born in Jefferson County, Ky., 1785. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention from Cape Girardeau County, 1820; member of Missouri state senate 13th District, 1822-25; U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1831-33; died in office 1833. Slaveowner. Died of Asiatic cholera during an epidemic, in Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Mo., June 6, 1833 (age about 47 years). Original interment at a private or family graveyard, Cape Girardeau County, Mo.; reinterment in 1897 at Old Lorimier Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Abram Marshall Scott (1785-1833) — of Mississippi. Born in South Carolina, 1785. Member of Mississippi state senate, 1822, 1826-27; Governor of Mississippi, 1832-33. Died of cholera, July 12, 1833 (age about 48 years). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Miss.
  See also National Governors Association biography
  Ninian Edwards (1775-1833) — of Kaskaskia, Randolph County, Ill.; Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Born in Montgomery County, Md., March 17, 1775. Democrat. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1796-97; state court judge in Kentucky, 1803; justice of Kentucky state supreme court, 1808; Governor of Illinois Territory, 1809-18; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1818-24; Governor of Illinois, 1826-30; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1832. Baptist. Slaveowner. Died of cholera, in Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill., July 20, 1833 (age 58 years, 125 days). Original interment somewhere in Belleville, Ill.; reinterment in 1855 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.; statue at Ninian Edwards Plaza, Edwardsville, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Margaret (Beall) Edwards and Benjamin Edwards; brother of Cyrus Edwards; married, February 20, 1803, to Elvira Lane; father of Julia Catherine Edwards (who married Daniel Pope Cook) and Ninian Wirt Edwards; uncle of Lucy Amanda Gray (who married Finis Ewing McLean); grandfather of John Pope Cook; granduncle of Richard Lee Metcalfe; great-granduncle of Theodore W. Metcalfe.
  Political family: Edwards-Cook family (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Edwards County, Ill. is named for him.
  The city of Edwardsville, Illinois, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article
  Isaac Veatch (1786-1833) — of Indiana. Born in Tennessee, February 18, 1786. Member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1827-28; defeated, 1828. Baptist. Died of cholera, in Floyd County, Ind., July 31, 1833 (age 47 years, 163 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of James Clifford Veatch.
  George Bryan Porter (1791-1834) — also known as George B. Porter — Born in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pa., February 9, 1791. Major in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, 1824-29; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1827; Governor of Michigan Territory, 1831-34; died in office 1834. Presbyterian. Died in a cholera epidemic in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 6, 1834 (age 43 years, 147 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Porter and Elizabeth (Parker) Porter; brother of David Rittenhouse Porter and James Madison Porter; uncle of Horace Porter; granduncle of Mary Todd Lincoln; great-granduncle of Robert Todd Lincoln and Martha Dee Todd.
  Political family: Lincoln-Lee family (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  The World War II Liberty ship SS George B. Porter (built 1943 at Richmond, California; scrapped 1966) was named for him.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Adams (1783-1843) — of Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill. Born in Simsbury, Hartford County, Conn., January 24, 1783. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; lawyer; one of the first nine men to receive the "Endowment" ordinance from Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church; participated in a long-running newspaper battle with Abraham Lincoln, over the transfer of a city lot; probate judge in Illinois, 1830; candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1834. Mormon. Member, Freemasons. Died, of cholera, in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Ill., August 11, 1843 (age 60 years, 199 days). Interment at Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds, Nauvoo, Ill.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Louis P. Cooke (1811-1849) — of Texas. Born in Tennessee, 1811. Colonel in the Texas Army during the Texas War of Independence; member of Texas Republic House of Representatives, 1838-39, 1841-42; Texas Republic Secretary of the Navy, 1839-41. Charged in 1843 with the murder of Captain Mark Lewis; at trial, the jury deadlocked, and he escaped before a second trial could be held. Wounded in an Indian raid on Corpus Christi in 1844 and lost an eye. Died, of cholera, in Brownsville, Cameron County, Tex., 1849 (age about 38 years). Interment somewhere in New Orleans, La.
  Isaac Sherman Jr. (1800-1849) — of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in November, 1800. Whig. Harness and saddle business; mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., 1836-37; postmaster at Bridgeport, Conn., 1841-45. Died, from cholera, in Freeport, Stephenson County, Ill., May 22, 1849 (age 48 years, 0 days). Interment at Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Sterling Sherman.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
James K. Polk James Knox Polk (1795-1849) — also known as James K. Polk; "Young Hickory"; "Napoleon of the Stump" — of Tennessee. Born in Pineville, Mecklenburg County, N.C., November 2, 1795. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1823-25; U.S. Representative from Tennessee, 1825-39 (6th District 1825-33, 9th District 1833-39); Speaker of the U.S. House, 1835-39; Governor of Tennessee, 1839-41; President of the United States, 1845-49. Presbyterian or Methodist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Slaveowner. Died, of cholera, in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., June 15, 1849 (age 53 years, 225 days). Original interment at Polk Place Grounds (which no longer exists), Nashville, Tenn.; reinterment in 1893 at Tennessee State Capitol Grounds, Nashville, Tenn.; cenotaph at Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbia, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Polk and Jane Gracy (Knox) Polk; brother of William Hawkins Polk; married, January 1, 1824, to Sarah Childress (daughter of Joel Childress); nephew of Mary Ophelia Polk (who married Thomas Jones Hardeman); uncle of Marshall Tate Polk and Tasker Polk; first cousin once removed of Edwin Fitzhugh Polk; second cousin once removed of Mary Adelaide Polk (who married George Davis) and Richard Tyler Polk; second cousin twice removed of Rufus King Polk and Frank Lyon Polk; second cousin thrice removed of Elizabeth Polk Guest; second cousin four times removed of Raymond R. Guest; third cousin once removed of Charles Polk and Augustus Caesar Dodge; fourth cousin of Trusten Polk; fourth cousin once removed of Albert Fawcett Polk.
  Political families: Ashe-Polk family of North Carolina; Polk family; Manly-Haywood-Polk family of Raleigh, North Carolina (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Aaron V. Brown — John Charles Frémont
  Polk counties in Ark., Fla., Ga., Iowa, Minn., Neb., Ore., Tenn., Tex. and Wis. are named for him.
  The city of Polk City, Florida, is named for him.  — The city of Polk City, Iowa, is named for him.  — The borough of Polk, Pennsylvania, is named for him.  — James K. Polk Elementary School, in Alexandria, Virginia, is named for him.  — James K. Polk Elementary School, in Fresno, California, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS James K. Polk (built 1942 at Wilmington, North Carolina; torpedoed in the North Atlantic Ocean, 1943; towed away and scrapped) was named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: James Knox Polk HallJames P. LattaJames K. P. FennerJ. K. P. Marshall
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail — Tennessee Encyclopedia
  Books about James K. Polk: Sam W. Haynes, James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse — Paul H. Bergeron, The Presidency of James K. Polk — Thomas M. Leonard, James K. Polk : A Clear and Unquestionable Destiny — Eugene Irving McCormac, James K. Polk: A Political Biography to the Prelude to War 1795-1845 — Eugene Irving McCormac, James K. Polk: A Political Biography to the End of a Career 1845-1849 — Richard B. Cheney & Lynne V. Cheney, Kings Of The Hill : How Nine Powerful Men Changed The Course of American History — John Seigenthaler, James K. Polk: 1845 - 1849
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
  William Grayson Carter (d. 1849) — Lawyer; member of Kentucky state senate, 1834-38. Died, of cholera, in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., July 11, 1849. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Carter and Hebe (Grayson) Carter; grandson of William Grayson.
  Political families: Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia; Roosevelt family of New York; Monroe-Grayson-Roosevelt-Breckinridge family of Virginia and Kentucky; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Carter County, Ky. is named for him.
  Joshua Mathiot (1800-1849) — of Ohio. Born in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pa., April 4, 1800. Mayor of Newark, Ohio, 1834; U.S. Representative from Ohio 12th District, 1841-43. While attending a temperance convention, contracted cholera, from which he later died, in Newark, Licking County, Ohio, July 30, 1849 (age 49 years, 117 days). Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of George Friedrich Mathiot and Ruth (Davies) Mathiot; married 1828 to Mary Ellen Culbertson; first cousin of John Mathiot.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William A. Sparks (d. 1849) — of South Carolina. U.S. Consul in Venice, 1845-49, died in office 1849. Died, of cholera, Venice, Italy, August 18, 1849. Burial location unknown.
  Thomas Holdsworth Blake (1792-1849) — also known as Thomas H. Blake — of Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind. Born in Calvert County, Md., June 14, 1792. Lawyer; candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana; U.S. Attorney for Indiana, 1817-18; state court judge in Indiana, 1818; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1819-20, 1823-24; member of Indiana state senate, 1821-22, 1829-30; U.S. Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1827-29; Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1842-45. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died of cholera in a hotel at Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, November 28, 1849 (age 57 years, 167 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Ind.
  Relatives: Brother-in-law of William Crawford Linton.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  James Clarke (1812-1850) — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pa., July 5, 1812. Secretary of Iowa Territory, 1839-41; mayor of Burlington, Iowa, 1844-45; delegate to Iowa state constitutional convention from Des Moines County, 1844; Governor of Iowa Territory, 1845-46. Died in a cholera epidemic, in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, July 28, 1850 (age 38 years, 23 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of Henry Dodge.
  Political families: Polk family; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Clarke County, Iowa is named for him.
  Joseph Darlington (1765-1851) — of Fayette County, Pa.; Limestone (now Maysville), Mason County, Ky.; West Union, Adams County, Ohio. Born near Winchester, Frederick County, Va., July 19, 1765. Member of Northwest Territory legislature, 1799-1801; delegate to Ohio state constitutional convention from Adams County, 1802; member of Ohio state senate, 1803. Presbyterian. Died, of cholera, in West Union, Adams County, Ohio, August 2, 1851 (age 86 years, 14 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Meredith Darlington and Sarah (Davis) Darlington; married, March 18, 1790, to Sarah Wilson.
  William Alvan Robards (c.1816-1851) — also known as William A. Robards — of Boonville, Cooper County, Mo. Born in Jessamine County, Ky., about 1816. Lawyer; Missouri state attorney general, 1849-51; died in office 1851. Died, from cholera, in Jefferson City, Cole County, Mo., September 3, 1851 (age about 35 years). Interment at Woodland-Old City Cemetery, Jefferson City, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of William R. Robards and Dorca (Maxwell) Robards; married 1844 to Edmonia Randolph Neilson.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Willard J. Chapin (1791-1852) — of Perry, Genesee County (now Wyoming County), N.Y. Born in Livonia, Livingston County, N.Y., March 6, 1791. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; tanner; postmaster at Perry, N.Y., 1836. Baptist. Died, probably of cholera, in Perry, Wyoming County, N.Y., July 28, 1852 (age 61 years, 144 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery, Perry, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Chapin and Sibyl (Joslyn) Chapin; married 1813 to Nancy Cooley; second cousin once removed of Alphonso Taft; second cousin twice removed of Charles Phelps Taft, William Howard Taft and Henry Waters Taft; second cousin thrice removed of George Franklin Chapin, Walbridge S. Taft, Robert Alphonso Taft and Charles Phelps Taft II; second cousin four times removed of William Howard Taft III, Robert Taft Jr. and Seth Chase Taft; second cousin five times removed of Eleanor Repass and Robert Alphonso Taft III; third cousin once removed of Edward M. Chapin; third cousin twice removed of Samuel Adams, Samuel Huntington, Daniel Chapin (1761-1821) and Arthur Chapin; fourth cousin of Calvin Fillmore, Bela Edgerton, Heman Ticknor and John Milton Thayer; fourth cousin once removed of Jonathan Elmer, Joseph Allen, Ebenezer Elmer, Eli Elmer, Elijah Boardman, John Allen, William Bostwick, Samuel H. Huntington, Bennet Bicknell, Daniel Warner Bostwick, Daniel Chapin (1791-1878), Chester William Chapin, Graham Hurd Chapin, Millard Fillmore, John Leslie Russell, Alfred Peck Edgerton, Joseph Ketchum Edgerton and Staley N. Wood.
  Political family: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Spencer Jarnagin (1792-1853) — of Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn.; Athens, McMinn County, Tenn.; Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Born in Grainger County, Tenn., 1792. Whig. Lawyer; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1833-35; candidate for Presidential Elector for Tennessee; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1843-47. Slaveowner. Became ill with cholera, subjected to "heroic treatment" by his doctor, and died, in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., June 25, 1853 (age about 60 years). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Chesley Jarnagin and Martha (Barton) Jarnagin.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Metcalfe (1780-1855) — also known as "Old Stonehammer" — of Carlisle, Nicholas County, Ky. Born in Fauquier County, Va., March 20, 1780. Whig. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1812-16; U.S. Representative from Kentucky, 1819-28 (4th District 1819-23, 2nd District 1823-28); resigned 1828; Governor of Kentucky, 1828-32; member of Kentucky state senate, 1834; delegate to Whig National Convention from Kentucky, 1839 (Convention Vice-President; member, Balloting Committee; member, Committee to Notify Nominees; speaker); U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1848-49. Slaveowner. During an epidemic, died of cholera, near Carlisle, Nicholas County, Ky., August 18, 1855 (age 75 years, 151 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Nicholas County, Ky.
  Cross-reference: William T. Casto
  Metcalfe County, Ky. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography
  John Winchester Dana (1808-1867) — also known as John W. Dana — of Fryeburg, Oxford County, Maine. Born in Fryeburg, Oxford County, Maine, June 21, 1808. Democrat. Member of Maine state house of representatives, 1841-42; member of Maine state senate, 1843; Governor of Maine, 1844, 1847-50; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Bolivia, 1854; U.S. Minister to Bolivia, 1854-59; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1864. Died, from cholera, in Argentina, December 22, 1867 (age 59 years, 184 days). Original interment somewhere in Buenos Aires, Argentina; reinterment at Fryeburg Village Cemetery, Fryeburg, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Judah Dana and Elizabeth (Ripley) Dana; married to Eliza Ann Osgood; nephew of Eleazar Wheelock Ripley and James Wheelock Ripley.
  Political family: Dana-Ripley family of Fryeburg, Maine.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Amos Rogers Nelson (1812-1873) — of Elizabethton, Carter County, Tenn.; Jonesborough, Washington County, Tenn.; Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn. Born in Kingston, Roane County, Tenn., March 19, 1812. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1st District, 1859-61; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1868; justice of Tennessee state supreme court, 1870-71. Presbyterian. Slaveowner. Died, from cholera, in Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., August 24, 1873 (age 61 years, 158 days). Interment at Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of David Nelson and Phoebe (White) Nelson.
  Cross-reference: James H. Clanton
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Franklin Augustus Alberger (1825-1877) — also known as Franklin A. Alberger — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born in Baltimore, Md., January 14, 1825. Republican. Mayor of Buffalo, N.Y., 1860-61; member of New York state assembly from Erie County 3rd District, 1871-74. Died, of cholera, in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., August 24, 1877 (age 52 years, 222 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
  See also Wikipedia article
  William Frederick Havemeyer (1874-1904) — also known as William F. Havemeyer — of New York. Born in New York, May 25, 1874. Republican. U.S. Consular Agent in Bassorah, 1904, died in office 1904. German and Scottish ancestry. Died, of cholera, in Bassorah, Mesopatamia (Basra, Iraq), June 25, 1904 (age 30 years, 31 days). Interment somewhere in Iraq.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Havemeyer and Mary Jean 'Jeanie' (Moller) Havemeyer; grandson of William Frederick Havemeyer (1804-1874); great-grandson of Hector Craig.
  Political family: Havemeyer-Craig family of New York.
  Charles Frederick Brissel (c.1879-1916) — also known as Charles F. Brissel — of New Jersey. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., about 1879. U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Amoy, 1910-14; U.S. Consul in Baghdad, 1914-16, died in office 1916. Died, of cholera, in Baghdad, Mesopotamia (now Iraq), October 31, 1916 (age about 37 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Marcus Brissel.
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