The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
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; candidate for Presidential Elector for California; 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 and Hannah Leavitt (Waters) Otis; married 1858 to Lucy Hamilton Macondray; 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.; fourth cousin of Oran Gray Otis, Asa H. Otis, David Perry Otis, Harris F. Otis and Harrison Gray Otis (1837-1917).
  Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Otis family of Connecticut (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul Edward Rapier (1875-1937) — also known as Paul E. Rapier — of Mobile, Mobile County, Ala. Born in Alabama, August 28, 1875. Democrat. Newspaper advertising manager; alternate delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Alabama, 1896; Consul for Costa Rica in Mobile, Ala., 1900-07; accountant. Died, from pneumonia and diphtheria, along with myocarditis, in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., January 18, 1937 (age 61 years, 143 days). Interment at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.
  Relatives: Son of John Lawrence Rapier and Regina (Demouy) Rapier; married to Mary Clare Moran.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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