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Politicians Who Died of Colon or Intestinal Cancer

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  Howell L. Pickett (1847-1914) — of Tennessee; New Mexico; Tombstone, Cochise County, Ariz. Born in Wilson County, Tenn., August 13, 1847. Lawyer; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1880. Died, from colon cancer, in Tombstone, Cochise County, Ariz., July 12, 1914 (age 66 years, 333 days). Interment somewhere in Tombstone, Ariz.
  Relatives: Son of H. W. Pickett and Jane (Greer) Pickett; brother of Edward Bradford Pickett (1823-1882).
  Pickett County, Tenn. is named for him.
John Kendrick Bangs John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922) — of Yonkers, Westchester County, N.Y.; Ogunquit, Wells, York County, Maine. Born in Yonkers, Westchester County, N.Y., May 27, 1862. Democrat. Magazine editor; author; playwright; candidate for mayor of Yonkers, N.Y., 1894; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1921. Died, from intestinal cancer, in City Hospital, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J., January 21, 1922 (age 59 years, 239 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Francis N. Bangs and Amelia Francis (Bull) Bangs; married, March 3, 1886, to Agnes Lawson Hyde; married, April 27, 1904, to Mary Blakeney Gray.
  Image source: American Review of Reviews, March 1922
  Samuel Waddell Atkinson (1839-1925) — also known as Samuel W. Atkinson — of Wellsburg, Brooke County, W.Va. Born in Brooke County, Va. (now W.Va.), April 28, 1839. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; farmer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates 1st District, 1893-94. Died, of intestinal cancer, in Wellsburg, Brooke County, W.Va., July 22, 1925 (age 86 years, 85 days). Interment at West Alexander Memorial Cemetery, West Alexander, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of John Atkinson (1800-1882) and Margaret (Trimble) Atkinson (1801-1890); married, October 29, 1868, to Clarinda L. Snedeker (1844-1928).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Carl Christian Hansen (1863-1929) — also known as Carl C. Hansen — of Modesto, Stanislaus County, Calif.; Lakawn (now Lampang), Thailand; Bangkok, Thailand. Born in Bornholm, Denmark, May 15, 1863. Naturalized U.S. citizen; physician; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul General in Bangkok, 1909-14; U.S. Vice Consul in Bangkok, as of 1916-29. Died, of intestinal cancer, in Bangkok, Thailand, August 1, 1929 (age 66 years, 78 days). Interment at Christian Cemetery, Lampang, Thailand.
  William E. Whitecotton (1866-1934) — also known as W. E. Whitecotton — of Paris, Monroe County, Mo. Born in Ralls County, Mo., December 26, 1866. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Monroe County, 1919-34; died in office 1934. Died, from hypostatic pneumonia, peritonitis, and colon cancer, in Research Hospital, Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo., September 9, 1934 (age 67 years, 257 days). Interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Madison, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of George A. Whitecotton (1821-1906) and Mary Zerelda (Spalding) Whitecotton (1826-1892); brother of James H. Whitecotton (1854-1944); married, April 29, 1897, to Elizabeth 'Bettie' Boulware (1874-1956).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Frank O. Lowden Frank Orren Lowden (1861-1943) — also known as Frank O. Lowden — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Oregon, Ogle County, Ill. Born in Sunrise, Chisago County, Minn., January 26, 1861. Republican. School teacher; lawyer; law professor; director, National Bank of the Republic; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1900, 1904; member of Republican National Committee from Illinois, 1904-12; U.S. Representative from Illinois 13th District, 1906-11; Governor of Illinois, 1917-21; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1920, 1928. Member, American Bar Association. Died, from rectal cancer, in El Conquistador Hotel, Tucson, Pima County, Ariz., March 20, 1943 (age 82 years, 53 days). Interment at Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Lorenzo Orren Lowden (1833-1899) and Nancy Elizabeth (Breg) Lowden (1836-1908); married, April 29, 1896, to Florence Pullman (1868-1937; daughter of George M. Pullman (1831-1897; industrialist; inventor of Pullman railroad sleeping car)).
  Cross-reference: Thomas P. Moffat
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Time magazine, October 15, 1923
William T. Henshaw William Thornton Henshaw (1868-1949) — of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va.; South Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va., March 20, 1868. Physician; mayor of Martinsburg, W.Va., 1896-1902; major in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Berkeley County, 1901-02; West Virginia State Health Commissioner, 1921. Member, Kappa Sigma. Died, from colon cancer, in St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., April 13, 1949 (age 81 years, 24 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Norborne Parish Cemetery, Martinsburg, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of William Snodgrass Henshaw (1845-1886) and Nannie Bell (Snodgrass) Henshaw (1846-1925); brother of John Snodgrass Henshaw; married 1897 to Georgia Ingraham Burns; grandnephew of John Fryatt Snodgrass; first cousin once removed of Isaac Breathed Snodgrass and Edgar Craven Henshaw; second cousin once removed of Marion Lee Henshaw; third cousin of Harry Preston Henshaw (1886-1961).
  Political family: Henshaw-Breathitt-Snodgrass-Sappington family of West Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1929
  Charles Louis Valcoulon Acheson (1873-1951) — also known as Charles L. V. Acheson — of Washington, Washington County, Pa. Born in Washington, Washington County, Pa., October 21, 1873. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916 (alternate), 1920, 1932. Died, from carcinoma of colon, in Washington, Washington County, Pa., June 12, 1951 (age 77 years, 234 days). Interment at Washington Cemetery, Washington, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of James Cunningham Acheson (1824-1895) and Mary (Bureau) Acheson (1842-1917); nephew of Marcus Wilson Acheson (1828-1906); first cousin of Alexander Wilson Acheson and Ernest Francis Acheson.
  Political family: Acheson family of Washington, Pennsylvania.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Watkins Anderson (1870-1954) — also known as Henry W. Anderson — of Richmond, Va. Born in Dinwiddie County, Va., December 20, 1870. Republican. Lawyer; active in Red Cross relief work in the Balkans at the end of World War I; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1920; candidate for Governor of Virginia, 1921; delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1924 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1928 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1932, 1936 (member, Resolutions Committee). Died, from colon cancer, January 7, 1954 (age 83 years, 18 days). Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of William Watkins Anderson and Laura Elizabeth (Marks) Anderson.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George R. Seamonds (c.1873-1955) — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born in Barboursville, Cabell County, W.Va., about 1873. Democrat. Mayor of Huntington, W.Va., 1937-39. Died, from intestinal cancer, in Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va., July 3, 1955 (age about 82 years). Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of William Seamonds and Sarah (Luscher) Seamonds.
  Elmer Charless Henderson (1873-1956) — also known as Elmer C. Henderson — of Fulton, Callaway County, Mo. Born in Fulton, Callaway County, Mo., January 30, 1873. Democrat. President, Missouri Hybrid Seed Corn Co.; bank director; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Callaway County, 1947-50. Presbyterian. Member, Rotary; Phi Delta Theta; Freemasons. Died, from rectal cancer, in Callaway Hospital, Fulton, Callaway County, Mo., May 25, 1956 (age 83 years, 116 days). Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Fulton, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Theodore Warner Henderson (1840-1918) and Sarah 'Sallie' (Sheley) Henderson (1841-1916); married, April 8, 1903, to Anne Eugenia Brown (1876-1959); great-grandson of Jessie Bryan Boone (1773-1821); great-grandnephew of Nathan Boone; second great-grandson of Daniel Boone.
  Political family: Boone family of St. Charles County, Missouri (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Otto Emanuel Haab (1880-1957) — also known as Otto E. Haab — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Freedom Township, Washtenaw County, Mich., October 16, 1880. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Washtenaw County 1st District, 1916. Died, from colon cancer, peritonitis following surgery, and pneumonia, in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich., November 15, 1957 (age 77 years, 30 days). Interment at Bethlehem Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Michael Haab and Caroline (Schneeberger) Haab; married, September 17, 1910, to Emilie Lambarth (1882-1959).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frank Austin Bond (1889-1960) — also known as Frank A. Bond — of North Adams, Berkshire County, Mass. Born in North Adams, Berkshire County, Mass., March 11, 1889. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; real estate business; banker; delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940 (alternate), 1944. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons; Elks. Died, of carcinoma of the sigmoid colon, in North Adams, Berkshire County, Mass., May 19, 1960 (age 71 years, 69 days). Interment at South View Cemetery, North Adams, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of John Arnold Bond and Anna Belle (Kimball) Bond; married, July 25, 1929, to Margaret E. Wheeler.
  William Alexander Cunnea II (1905-1963) — also known as William A. Cunnea — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., November 8, 1905. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1960. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died, of colon cancer, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., April 22, 1963 (age 57 years, 165 days). Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of William Alexander Cunnea (1868-1937).
Herbert Hoover Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) — also known as Herbert Hoover; "The Great Engineer"; "The Grand Old Man" — of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, Calif.; Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in West Branch, Cedar County, Iowa, August 10, 1874. Republican. Mining engineer; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1920; U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1921-28; President of the United States, 1929-33; defeated, 1932; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1940, 1952, 1960. Quaker. Swiss and Dutch ancestry. Inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame, Leadville, Colorado. Died, of intestinal cancer, in his suite at the Waldorf Towers Hotel, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 20, 1964 (age 90 years, 71 days). Interment at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, West Branch, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of Jesse Clark Hoover (1846-1880) and Hulda Randall (Minthorn) Hoover (1848-1883); married, February 10, 1899, to Lou Henry (1874-1944); father of Herbert Clark Hoover, Jr. (1903-1969); distant cousin *** of Charles Lewis Hoover.
  Political family: Hoover family of Pasadena and Palo Alto, California.
  Cross-reference: Horace A. Mann — Walter H. Newton — Christian A. Herter — Lewis L. Strauss — Clarence C. Stetson
  Hoover Dam (built 1931-36 as Boulder Dam; renamed 1947), on the Colorado River between Clark County, Nevada, and Mohave County, Arizona, is named for him.  — Herbert Hoover High School, in Glendale, California, is named for him.  — Herbert Hoover High School, in Des Moines, Iowa, is named for him.  — Herbert Hoover High School, in San Diego, California, is named for him.  — Herbert Hoover High School, in Fresno, California, is named for him.  — Herbert Hoover High School, in Elkview, West Virginia, is named for him.
  Campaign slogan (1928): "A chicken in every pot."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by Herbert Hoover: The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson
  Books about Herbert Hoover: Martin L. Fausold, The Presidency of Herbert C. Hoover — Joan Hoff Wilson, Herbert Hoover : Forgotten Progressive — George H. Nash, Life of Herbert Hoover : The Humanitarian, 1914-1917 — George H. Nash, The Life of Herbert Hoover : Masters of Emergencies, 1917-1918 — William E. Leuchtenburg, Herbert Hoover: The 31st President, 1929-1933 — Glen Jeansonne, The Life of Herbert Hoover: Fighting Quaker, 1928-1933 — Kendrick A. Clements, The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928 — David Holford, Herbert Hoover (for young readers)
  Image source: U.S. postage stamp (1965)
  Garland Smith Garriss (1908-1968) — also known as Garland S. Garriss — of Troy, Montgomery County, N.C. Born in Margarettsville, Northampton County, N.C., February 23, 1908. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of North Carolina state senate, 1947-48, 1959-60, 1964-65. Methodist. Member, Rotary; American Legion. Died, of pneumonia and colon cancer, in Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, Moore County, N.C., July 21, 1968 (age 60 years, 149 days). Interment at Glendon Christian Church Cemetery, Glendon, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Walter Garriss and Mamie (Smith) Garriss; cousin *** of Malcolm Buie Seawell (1900?-1976).
  Political family: Seawell family of North Carolina.
  Glenard Paul Lipscomb (1915-1970) — also known as Glenard P. Lipscomb — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., August 19, 1915. Republican. Accountant; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of California state assembly, 1947-53; U.S. Representative from California 24th District, 1953-70; died in office 1970; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956, 1960 (member, Resolutions Committee). Baptist. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Kiwanis; Elks. Died, of intestinal cancer, at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., February 1, 1970 (age 54 years, 166 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, Calif.
  The nuclear-powered U.S. Navy submarine USS Glenard P. Lipscomb (launched 1973, scrapped 1997) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
George W. Coan, Jr. George William Coan, Jr. (1892-1975) — also known as George W. Coan, Jr. — of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C. Born in Virginia, June 2, 1892. Democrat. Banker; mayor of Winston-Salem, N.C., 1929-35, 1943-45; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1944. Died, from colon cancer, in Ziglar's Home for the Aged, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, N.C., May 1, 1975 (age 82 years, 333 days). Interment at Salem Cemetery, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of George William Coan (1867-1939) and Lula (Brown) Coan (1868-1939); married, December 14, 1914, to Mary Elizabeth Wiggins (1890-1958); married to Dorothy Lindsey.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: City of Winston-Salem
  Sala Galant Burton (1925-1987) — also known as Sala Burton; Sala Galant — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Bialystock, Poland, April 1, 1925. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1976, 1980, 1984; U.S. Representative from California 5th District, 1983-87; died in office 1987. Female. Jewish. Died, of colon cancer, at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., February 1, 1987 (age 61 years, 306 days). Interment at San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.
  Relatives: Married to Phillip Burton (1926-1983) (brother of John Lowell Burton).
  Political family: Burton family of San Francisco, California.
  Cross-reference: Kevin Shelley
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James H. Donovan (1923-1990) — of Chadwicks, Oneida County, N.Y. Born in Marcy, Oneida County, N.Y., November 12, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; member of New York state senate, 1966-90 (51st District 1966, 46th District 1967-82, 47th District 1983-90); died in office 1990; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1980. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Knights of Columbus. Represented Oneida County in the New York State Senate longer than any other senator in the history of the county. Died, of colon cancer, in Chadwicks, Oneida County, N.Y., August 31, 1990 (age 66 years, 292 days). Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Clayville, N.Y.
  Donovan Middle School, and Donovan Hall, at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, Utica, New York, are named for him.
  Rudolph George Perpich (1928-1995) — also known as Rudy Perpich; "Governor Goofy" — of Hibbing, St. Louis County, Minn. Born in Carson Lake (now part of Hibbing), St. Louis County, Minn., June 27, 1928. Democrat. Dentist; member of Minnesota state senate, 1963-71; Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 1971-76; Governor of Minnesota, 1976-79, 1983-91; defeated, 1978; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1984. Catholic. Croatian ancestry. Died of colon cancer, in Minnetonka, Hennepin County, Minn., September 21, 1995 (age 67 years, 86 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Patrick Layton Paulsen (1927-1997) — also known as Pat Paulsen — Born in South Bend, Pacific County, Wash., July 6, 1927. Actor; comedian; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1992; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1996. Norwegian ancestry. Ill with colon and brain cancer, he died of complications from pneumonia and kidney failure, in Tijuana, Baja California, April 24, 1997 (age 69 years, 292 days). Burial location unknown.
  Campaign slogan: "Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny."
  Campaign slogan: "If elected, I will win."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Pat Paulsen: How to wage a successful campaign for the Presidency (1972)
  Dante Bruno Fascell (1917-1998) — also known as Dante B. Fascell — of Coral Gables, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla.; Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Clearwater, Pinellas County, Fla. Born in Bridgehampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., March 9, 1917. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1951-54; U.S. Representative from Florida, 1955-93 (4th District 1955-67, 12th District 1967-73, 15th District 1973-83, 19th District 1983-93); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1956 (delegation vice-chair), 1968 (alternate). Italian ancestry. Member, American Legion; Lions; American Bar Association; Council on Foreign Relations; Military Order of the World Wars; Jaycees; Kappa Sigma. Received Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1998. Died, of colon cancer, in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Fla., November 28, 1998 (age 81 years, 264 days). Interment at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of Charles A. Fascell and Mary (Gullotti) Fascell; married, September 19, 1941, to Jean-Marie Pelot.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Doris Allen (1936-1999) — of California. Born in Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo., May 26, 1936. Republican. Member of California state assembly, 1982-95; Speaker of the California State Assembly, 1995; candidate for California state senate, 1990. Female. Was recalled from office in 1995 after becoming Speaker with mainly Democratic support. Died, of stomach and colon cancer, at a hospice in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo., September 22, 1999 (age 63 years, 119 days). Interment somewhere in Cripple Creek, Colo.
  Charles B. Garrigus (1914-2000) — also known as Gus Garrigus — of Reedley, Fresno County, Calif. Born June 13, 1914. Democrat. College professor; candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1956, 1960; member of California state assembly, 1958-66; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960. California poet laureate, 1996-2000. Died, of colon cancer, at Hinds Hospice, Fresno, Fresno County, Calif., 2000 (age about 86 years). Interment at Reedley Cemetery, Fresno, Calif.
  Thomas C. Maloney (c.1942-2000) — also known as Tom Maloney — of Wilmington, New Castle County, Del. Born in Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., about 1942. Democrat. Mayor of Wilmington, Del., 1973-77; candidate for U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1976. Died, of colon cancer, in Wilmington, New Castle County, Del., July 19, 2000 (age about 58 years). Burial location unknown.
  William James McCuen (c.1943-2000) — also known as Bill McCuen — of Hot Springs, Garland County, Ark.; Heber Springs, Cleburne County, Ark. Born in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Ark., about 1943. Democrat. School teacher; Arkansas land commissioner, 1981-85; secretary of state of Arkansas, 1985-94; defeated in primary, 1994; candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1992. After leaving office as Secretary of State, he admitted accepting kickbacks from two supporters he gave jobs, and not paying taxes on the money. He also admitted to conspiring with a political consultant to split $53,560 embezzled from the state in a sham transaction. He was indicted on corruption charges in 1995. On January 5, 1996, he pleaded guilty to felony counts of tax evasion and accepting a kickback; he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of trading in public office. Sentenced to 17 years in prison, and fined. Released on parole (due to illness) in February 1999. Died of colon cancer and a stroke, in Heber Springs, Cleburne County, Ark., September 9, 2000 (age about 57 years). Interment somewhere in Van Buren, Ark.
  Edward J. Bonior (1922-2001) — of East Detroit (now Eastpointe), Macomb County, Mich.; Pompano Beach, Broward County, Fla. Born February 21, 1922. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of East Detroit, Mich., 1963-67; defeated, 1967; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964. Died, of colon cancer, in Pompano Beach, Broward County, Fla., January 5, 2001 (age 78 years, 319 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Father of David Edward Bonior (1945-).
  Loree Sumling (1932-2002) — of Detroit west side, Wayne County, Mich. Born June 17, 1932. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2000. Female. Died, of colon cancer, October 3, 2002 (age 70 years, 108 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Memorial Gardens, Livonia, Mich.
  Vince Demuzio (1941-2004) — of Carlinville, Macoupin County, Ill. Born in Gillespie, Macoupin County, Ill., May 7, 1941. Democrat. Member of Illinois state senate, 1974-2004; died in office 2004; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000; Illinois Democratic state chair, 1986-89. Died, of colon cancer, in Macoupin County, Ill., April 27, 2004 (age 62 years, 356 days). Interment at New Calvary Cemetery, Carlinville, Ill.
  Relatives: Married to Deanna Demuzio (1964?-).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Mark John Dalton (c.1915-2004) — also known as Mark Dalton — Born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., about 1915. Democrat. Lawyer; law clerk to U.S. Judge John C. Mahoney, 1941-42; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; his intelligence report from Utah Beach, Normandy, paved the way for the D-Day invasion; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1954; aide to President John F. Kennedy. Died, of colon cancer, in South Woodstock, Woodstock, Windsor County, Vt., May 2, 2004 (age about 89 years). Interment at Highland Cemetery, Dover, Mass.
  Relatives: Married 1949 to Barbara Higgins.
  Peter F. Flaherty (1924-2005) — also known as Pete Flaherty; "Nobody's Boy" — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., June 25, 1924. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; mayor of Pittsburgh, Pa., 1970-77; candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1974, 1980; candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1978; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1992; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996. Died, from colon cancer, in Mt. Lebanon, Allegheny County, Pa., April 18, 2005 (age 80 years, 297 days). Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, South Hills, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Pete Flaherty and Anne (O'Toole) Flaherty; married, August 29, 1958, to Nancy Houlihand.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Wilhelmina Jackson Rolark (1916-2006) — also known as Wilhelmina J. Rolark; M. Wilhelmina Jackson — of Washington, D.C. Born in Portsmouth, Va., September 12, 1916. Democrat. Lawyer; co-founder of Washington Informer newspaper; member, Washington, D.C. city council, 1977-92; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1980. Female. African ancestry. Inducted in 2001 to the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame. Died, of colon cancer, in Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, D.C., February 14, 2006 (age 89 years, 155 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Calvin Rolark (1927-1994).
  James Elton West (1951-2006) — also known as James E. West; Jim West — of Spokane, Spokane County, Wash. Born in Salem, Marion County, Ore., March 28, 1951. Republican. Deputy sheriff; member of Washington state house of representatives, 1982-86; member of Washington state senate 6th District, 1986-2003; mayor of Spokane, Wash., 2004-05. Member, Rotary; Gay. Following a scandal involving use of his position to obtain sex with young men, and an FBI investigation, he was recalled from office as mayor in 2005. Died, from complications of colon cancer, in the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, King County, Wash., July 22, 2006 (age 55 years, 116 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jack West; married 1990 to Ginger Marshall (divorced 1995).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  James Prather Jontz (1951-2007) — also known as Jim Jontz — of Brookston, White County, Ind. Born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., December 18, 1951. Democrat. Member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1974-84; member of Indiana state senate, 1984-86; U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1987-93; defeated, 1992; candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1994. Member, Phi Beta Kappa. Died, of colon cancer, in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., April 14, 2007 (age 55 years, 117 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Step-son of Paul Lennon; son of Polly Jontz.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Juanita Millender-McDonald (1938-2007) — also known as Juanita M. McDonald — of Carson, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., September 7, 1938. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004; member of California state assembly, 1993-96; U.S. Representative from California 37th District, 1996-2007; died in office 2007. Female. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Alpha Kappa Alpha. Died, of colon cancer, in Carson, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 22, 2007 (age 68 years, 227 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.
  Relatives: Married to James McDonald, Jr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  William B. Fitzgerald, Jr. (1942-2008) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Grosse Pointe Farms, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., June 12, 1942. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1971-74 (4th District 1971-72, 12th District 1973-74); member of Michigan state senate 1st District, 1975-78; Democratic candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1978, 1982 (primary). Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; Delta Theta Phi. Died, of colon cancer, February 3, 2008 (age 65 years, 236 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William B. Fitzgerald (1914-1970); married 1986 to Margaret O'Neill; nephew of George S. Fitzgerald.
  Political family: Fitzgerald family of Detroit, Michigan.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  William Louis Dickinson (1925-2008) — also known as William L. Dickinson; Bill Dickinson — of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Born in Opelika, Lee County, Ala., June 5, 1925. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; common pleas court judge in Alabama, 1953-59; circuit judge in Alabama, 1959-63; assistant vice president, Southern Railway System, 1963-64; U.S. Representative from Alabama 2nd District, 1965-93. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Kiwanis; American Bar Association. Died, from colon cancer, in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., March 31, 2008 (age 82 years, 300 days). Interment at Rosemere Cemetery, Opelika, Ala.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Rodney Dwight Grams (1948-2013) — also known as Rod Grams — of Crown, Isanti County, Minn. Born in Princeton, Mille Lacs County, Minn., February 4, 1948. Republican. Television news anchor; builder; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 6th District, 1993-95; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1995-2001; defeated, 2000; radio station owner. Lutheran. Died, from colon cancer, in Crown, Isanti County, Minn., October 8, 2013 (age 65 years, 246 days). Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Crown, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Morgan Grams and Audrey (Sandey) Grams; married to Christine Gunhus.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
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