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Politicians Who Died of Diphtheria

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  James Otis (1826-1875) — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., August 11, 1826. Republican. Went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; importer and exporter; Presidential Elector for California, 1860; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1872 (delegation chair); mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1873-75; died in office 1875. Unitarian. Died, of diphtheria, in San Francisco, Calif., October 30, 1875 (age 49 years, 80 days). Original interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery (which no longer exists), San Francisco, Calif.; reinterment at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of George Washington Otis (1775-1858) and Hannah Leavitt (Waters) Otis (c.1787-1880); married 1858 to Lucy Hamilton Macondray (1832-1922); second cousin twice removed of Samuel Allyne Otis; third cousin of John Otis and William Shaw Chandler Otis; third cousin once removed of Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848) and Charles Augustus Otis, Sr. (1827-1905); fourth cousin of Oran Gray Otis, Asa H. Otis, David Perry Otis, Harris F. Otis and Harrison Gray Otis (1837-1917).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Otis family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
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