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in chronological order

  Thomas Lynch, Jr. (1749-1779) — of South Carolina. Born in South Carolina, August 5, 1749. Member of South Carolina state legislature, 1776; Delegate to Continental Congress from South Carolina, 1776; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776. While on an ocean voyage to France, was lost at sea, in the North Atlantic Ocean, 1779 (age about 29 years). His remains were not recovered.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Lynch, Sr. (1727-1776).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Samuel Holden Parsons (1737-1789) — Born in Lyme, New London County, Conn., May 14, 1737. Lawyer; member of Connecticut colonial assembly, 1762-74; general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1784-85; justice of Northwest Territory supreme court, 1788-89. Drowned in a canoe accident, near Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, November 17, 1789 (age 52 years, 187 days). Cenotaph at Mortimer Cemetery, Middletown, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Jonathan Parsons and Phoebe (Griswold) Parsons; father of Lucia Parsons (who married Stephen Titus Hosmer (1763-1834)); nephew of Matthew Griswold.
  Political family: Hosmer-Griswold-Parsons family of Middletown, Connecticut (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Moses Cockrell (1767-1800) — of Lee County, Va. Born in Augusta County, Va., 1767. Member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1799-1800. Dreamed one night that there was a white otter down in his salt well; in the morning, he had himself lowered into the well in a basket; the basket broke, and he fell to his death, or perhaps drowned, in Lee County, Va., 1800 (age about 33 years). Interment somewhere in Lee County, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Simon Cockrell and Mary Magdalene (Vardeman) Cockrell (1752-1819); married to Barthenia Chadwell (1775-1848); uncle by marriage of Jeremiah Weldon South; uncle of Elisha Logan Cockrell, Harrison Cockrill, Jeremiah Vardaman Cockrell and Francis Marion Cockrell; granduncle of John T. Crisp and Ewing Cockrell; great-granduncle of Egbert Railey Cockrell and James Harris Baldwin (1876-1944).
  Political family: Cockrell-South family of Kentucky.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nathaniel Williams, Jr. (1742-1805) — of Guilford County, N.C. Born in Hanover County, Va., October 1, 1742. Lawyer; planter; delegate to North Carolina provincial congress, 1775. Accidentally drowned while trying to ford a swollen stream, in Rockingham County, N.C., January 25, 1805 (age 62 years, 116 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of John Williams (1740-1804), Robert Williams and Joseph Williams of Shallow Ford; first cousin of John Williams of Montpelier, Richard Henderson and Thomas Henderson.
  Political family: Williams family of North Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Thomas Sandford (1762-1808) — of Kentucky. Born in Westmoreland County, Va., 1762. Democrat. Member of Kentucky state senate, 1800; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1802; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1803-07. Drowned in the Ohio River near Covington, Kenton County, Ky., December 10, 1808 (age about 46 years). Interment at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  James Carr (1777-1818) — of Massachusetts. Born in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, September 9, 1777. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1806-11; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 17th District, 1815-17. Drowned in the Ohio River, at Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., August 24, 1818 (age 40 years, 349 days). His body was apparently not recovered. Cenotaph at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Francis Carr (1751-1821).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Morris Birkbeck (1764-1825) — also known as Jonathan Freeman — of Edwards County, Ill. Born in Settle, Yorkshire, England, January 23, 1764. Secretary of state of Illinois, 1824-25. Anti-slavery writer under the pseudonym "Jonathan Freeman". While returning on horseback from a visit to Robert Owen, he drowned while fording the Fox River, Edwards County, Ill., June 4, 1825 (age 61 years, 132 days). Interment at New Harmony Cemetery, New Harmony, Ind.; memorial monument at Courthouse Grounds, Albion, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Morris Birkbeck ; married, April 24, 1794, to Prudence Bush.
  See also Wikipedia article
George Washington Adams George Washington Adams (1801-1829) — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 1801. Lawyer; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1826. En route to New York City aboard the Benjamin Franklin, he apparently killed himself by jumping from the ship and drowning, in Long Island Sound, June 9, 1829 (age 28 years, 58 days). His body washed ashore a few days later. Interment at Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Mass.
  Presumably named for: George Washington
  Relatives: Son of John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) and Louisa Catherine (Johnson) Adams (1775-1852); brother of Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886); married to Mary Freeland; uncle of John Quincy Adams (1833-1894) and Brooks Adams; grandson of John Adams and Joshua Johnson; grandnephew of Thomas Johnson; granduncle of Charles Francis Adams (1866-1954); great-granduncle of Thomas Boylston Adams; first cousin once removed of William Cranch (1769-1855); second cousin of Bradley Tyler Johnson; second cousin twice removed of Samuel Adams; third cousin once removed of Joseph Allen and Edward M. Chapin; third cousin twice removed of Samuel Sewall, Josiah Quincy and Arthur Chapin; fourth cousin of John Milton Thayer; fourth cousin once removed of Jeremiah Mason, Josiah Quincy, Jr., George Bailey Loring and William Vincent Wells.
  Political families: Sewall-Adams-Cony family of Maine; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: National Park Service
  Abner Hammond (1762-1829) — of Georgia. Born in Virginia, January 25, 1762. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; secretary of state of Georgia, 1811-23. Drowned, in Fishing Creek, near Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Ga., July 9, 1829 (age 67 years, 165 days). Original interment at a private or family graveyard, Baldwin County, Ga.; reinterment at Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, Ga.
  Charles Clement Johnston (1795-1832) — of Virginia. Born in Longwood, Prince Edward County, Va., April 30, 1795. U.S. Representative from Virginia 22nd District, 1831-32; died in office 1832. Drowned near one of the docks in Alexandria, Va., June 17, 1832 (age 37 years, 48 days). Interment at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Brother of Joseph Eggleston Johnston (1807-1891); uncle of John Warfield Johnston.
  Political families: Johnston family of Abingdon, Virginia; McLane family of Baltimore, Maryland (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Robert M. Coleman (1799-1837) — also known as R. M. Coleman — of Texas. Born in Kentucky, 1799. Delegate to Texas Consultation of 1835 from District of Mina, 1835; delegate to Texas Republic Republic constitutional convention from District of Mina, 1836; signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836. Drowned in the Brazos River at Velasco, Brazoria County, Tex., July 1, 1837 (age about 38 years). Burial location unknown.
  Coleman County, Tex. is named for him.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Oliver Hillhouse Prince (1782-1837) — also known as Oliver H. Prince — of Macon, Bibb County, Ga. Born in Montville, New London County, Conn., 1782. Member of Georgia state senate, 1824; U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1828-29. Perished in the wreck of the packet ship Home, in the North Atlantic Ocean off Ocracoke Inlet, N.C., October 9, 1837 (age about 55 years); his remains were never recovered.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  James Collinsworth (1806-1838) — Born in Tennessee, 1806. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, 1829-35; served in the Texas Army during the Texas War of Independence; delegate to Texas Republic Republic constitutional convention from District of Brazoria, 1836; signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; Texas Republic Secretary of State, 1836; Attorney General of the Texas Republic, 1836; member of Texas Republic Senate from District of Brazoria, 1836; justice of Texas Republic supreme court, 1837. Member, Freemasons. While a candidate for the presidency of the Texas Republic, jumped off a boat and drowned in Galveston Bay, 1838 (age about 32 years). Interment at Founders Memorial Park, Houston, Tex.
  Collingsworth County, Tex. is named for him.
  William Beatty Rochester (1789-1838) — also known as William B. Rochester — of Bath, Steuben County, N.Y. Born in Hagerstown, Washington County, Md., January 29, 1789. Democrat. Member of New York state assembly from Allegany and Steuben counties, 1816-18; U.S. Representative from New York, 1821-23 (20th District 1821-23, 28th District 1823); candidate for Governor of New York, 1826. One of 128 people who perished on the the steam packet ship Pulaski, en route from Charleston to Baltimore, when it suffered a boiler explosion and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina, June 14, 1838 (age 49 years, 136 days); his remains were never recovered.
  Relatives: Son of Nathaniel Rochester and Sophia (Beatty) Rochester (1768-1845); brother of Thomas Hart Rochester (1797-1874); married 1812 to Harriet Irwin (1793-1815); married, January 31, 1816, to Amanda Hopkins (1799-1831); married, April 9, 1832, to Eliza (Hatch) Powers (1800-1885; widow of Gershom Powers).
  Political family: Rochester family of New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Adams Cameron (1788-1838) — also known as John A. Cameron — of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C.; Florida. Born in Mecklenburg County, Va., 1788. Newspaper editor; member of North Carolina house of commons from Fayetteville, 1810-12, 1820; major in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; U.S. Consul in Veracruz, 1831-32; U.S. District Judge for Florida, 1832-38. Member, Freemasons. Perished in the wreck of the steamer Pulaski, off the coast of North Carolina, in the North Atlantic Ocean, June 14, 1838 (age about 49 years). His remains were probably not recovered.
  Presumably named for: John Adams
  Relatives: Son of Rev. John Cameron (1744-1815) and Anne Owen (Nash) Cameron (1753-1825); brother of Thomas N. Cameron; married 1815 to Eliza Ann Adam (1798-1817); married 1818 to Catherine (McQueen) Halliday; father of Catherine LaFayette Cameron (1825-1866; who married William Marcus Shipp (1819-1890)).
  Political family: Iredell-Johnston-Cameron family of North Carolina.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Linn Banks (1784-1842) — of Virginia. Born in Culpeper County (part now in Madison County), Va., January 23, 1784. Democrat. Member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1812-38; Speaker of the Virginia State House of Delegates, 1817-38; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1838-41 (15th District 1838-39, 1st District 1839-41, 13th District 1841). Accidentally drowned while attempting to ford the Conway River, near Wolftown, Madison County, Va., January 13, 1842 (age 57 years, 355 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Madison County, Va.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John W. Burchard (d. 1844) — of Lansing Township, Ingham County, Mich. Supervisor of Lansing Township, Michigan, 1844; died in office 1844. Drowned, in Lansing Township, Ingham County, Mich., April, 1844. Burial location unknown.
  Douglass Houghton (1809-1845) — of Michigan. Born in Troy, Rensselaer County, N.Y., September 21, 1809. Geologist; mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1842. Drowned with four others, when a sudden storm overturned their boat, at Eagle Harbor, Keweenaw County, Mich., October 13, 1845 (age 36 years, 22 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Stephen Allen Stephen Allen (1767-1852) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born July 2, 1767. Mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1821-24; member of New York state assembly from New York County, 1826; member of New York state senate 1st District, 1829-32. Killed when the steamboat Henry Clay burned and sank, killing about eighty passengers, in the Lower Hudson River, next to what is now the Riverdale section of the Bronx, July 28, 1852 (age 85 years, 26 days). Entombed at New York City Marble Cemetery, Manhattan, N.Y.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: New York Public Library
  Adolph Abeles (1817-1855) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in Petchau, Bohemia (now Czechia), April 3, 1817. Merchant; member of Missouri state house of representatives; elected 1850. Jewish. On the inaugural run of the Pacific Railroad, from St. Louis to Jefferson City, Mo., he was drowned when the bridge over the Gasconade River collapsed, sending the train into the water, near Hermann, Gasconade County, Mo., November 1, 1855 (age 38 years, 212 days). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John B. Macy (1799-1856) — of Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wis. Born in Nantucket, Nantucket County, Mass., March 25, 1799. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 3rd District, 1853-55. Lost his life in the burning and sinking of the steamer Niagara, a few miles from Port Washington, Wisconsin, in Lake Michigan, September 24, 1856 (age 57 years, 183 days). His remains were not found. Cenotaph at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Hamilton, Jr. (1786-1857) — of Charleston, Charleston District (now Charleston County), S.C. Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., May 8, 1786. Major in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; lawyer; intendant of Charleston, South Carolina, 1821-22; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1820; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 2nd District, 1822-29; Governor of South Carolina, 1830-32. While en route from New Orleans to Galveston, through some mishap, was drowned in the Gulf of Mexico, November 15, 1857 (age 71 years, 191 days). His remains were probably never found.
  Relatives: Brother-in-law of Barnard Elliott Bee (1787-1853).
  Political family: Bee family of Charleston, South Carolina.
  Hamilton County, Tex. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Esbon Blackmar (1805-1857) — of Wayne County, N.Y. Born in Freehold, Greene County, N.Y., June 19, 1805. Merchant; member of New York state assembly from Wayne County, 1838, 1841; U.S. Representative from New York 27th District, 1848-49. Accidentally drowned in a well, in Newark, Wayne County, N.Y., November 19, 1857 (age 52 years, 153 days). Interment at Newark Cemetery, Newark, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Abel Edward Blackmar (1771-1843) and Polly (Trowbridge) Blackmar (1779-1861); married to Arabella Reed (1804-1861); uncle of Abel Edward Blackmar (1852-1931).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Louis Powell Harvey (1820-1862) — also known as Louis P. Harvey — of Shopiere, Rock County, Wis. Born in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., July 22, 1820. Republican. Delegate to Wisconsin state constitutional convention, 1847; member of Wisconsin state senate, 1854-58; delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1856 (member, Credentials Committee); secretary of state of Wisconsin, 1860-62; Governor of Wisconsin, 1862; died in office 1862. While on a trip to inspect Wisconsin troops after the battle of Shiloh, during the Civil War, fell off a boat and drowned in the Tennessee River, near Pittsburg Landing, Hardin County, Tenn., April 19, 1862 (age 41 years, 271 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.
  S. L. Burritt (d. 1865) — of Duval County, Fla. Elected delegate to Florida state constitutional convention from Duval County 1865, but died before taking office. Lost at sea in 1865. Burial location unknown.
  Preston King (1806-1865) — of Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, N.Y. Born in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., October 14, 1806. Lawyer; postmaster at Ogdensburg, N.Y., 1833-41; member of New York state assembly from St. Lawrence County, 1835-38; U.S. Representative from New York 18th District, 1843-47, 1849-53; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1856 (member, Platform Committee), 1860, 1864; U.S. Senator from New York, 1857-63; Presidential Elector for New York, 1864; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1865; died in office 1865. Member, Kappa Alpha Society. Tied bags of lead shot to his body, jumped from the ferryboat Paterson, between New York and Hoboken, and drowned in the Lower Hudson River, November 12, 1865 (age 59 years, 29 days). Interment at Ogdensburg Cemetery, Ogdensburg, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867) — of Montana. Born in Ireland, August 3, 1823. General in the Union Army during the Civil War; secretary of Montana Territory, 1865; Governor of Montana Territory, 1865-66. Fell from a steamboat into the Missouri River and presumably drowned, at Fort Benton, Chouteau County, Mont., July 1, 1867 (age 43 years, 332 days). His body was never found. Statue at State Capitol Grounds, Helena, Mont.
  Meagher County, Mont. is named for him.
  Rufus Wheeler Peckham (1809-1873) — also known as Rufus W. Peckham — of Albany, Albany County, N.Y. Born in Rensselaerville, Albany County, N.Y., December 20, 1809. Democrat. Lawyer; law partner of Lyman Tremain; U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1853-55; Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1861-69; judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1870-73; died in office 1873. Member, Kappa Alpha Society. En route to Europe on the steamer Ville du Havre, he was among 226 passengers and crew who perished when the steamer collided with the Scottish sailing vessel Loch Earn, and sank, in the North Atlantic Ocean, November 22, 1873 (age 63 years, 337 days). His remains were never found. Cenotaph at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Peleg Peckham (1762-1828) and Desire (Watson) Peckham (1767-1852); married to Isabella Adaline Lacey (c.1813-1848) and Mary Elizabeth Foote (c.1830-1873); father of Rufus Wheeler Peckham, Jr. (1838-1909); uncle of Isabella Peckham (1838-1864; daughter-in-law of Andrew Galbraith Miller); first cousin once removed of Nathaniel Hazard; first cousin thrice removed of Stephen E. Peckham; third cousin twice removed of Ezekiel Cornell and Ebenezer Hazard; fourth cousin of Augustus George Hazard; fourth cousin once removed of Erskine Hazard.
  Political families: Cornell family of New York; Miller-Peckham-Walworth-Jenkins family of New York; King family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Kirkland C. Barker (1819-1875) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in East Schuyler, Herkimer County, N.Y., September 8, 1819. Mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1864-65. Drowned, when the sailboat in which he was transporting ballast-lead to his yacht Cora suddenly sank, in the Detroit River near Amherstburg, Ontario, May 20, 1875 (age 55 years, 254 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Benjamin F. Ferris (c.1806-1876) — also known as B. F. Ferris; H. A. Johnson — of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif. Born in New York, about 1806. Justice of the Peace, 1853 to about 1860; mayor of Oakland, Calif., 1865-66; banker. While traveling under the pseudonym 'H. A. Johnson', aboard the steamer Amador on the Sacramento River, he killed himself by taking poison, tying his feet together, and then jumping or falling overboard to drown in the river, near Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., May 20, 1876 (age about 70 years). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
  William Tecumsah Avery (1819-1880) — of Tennessee. Born in Hardeman County, Tenn., November 11, 1819. Democrat. Member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1843; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 10th District, 1857-61; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Accidentally drowned in Ten Mile Bayou, Crittenden County, Ark., May 22, 1880 (age 60 years, 193 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Joseph I. Stein (d. 1880) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 20th District, 1877. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. One of dozens killed in the wreck of the steamboat Seawanhaka, which burned and sank in the East River, June 28, 1880. Interment at Linden Hill Cemetery, Ridgewood, Queens, N.Y.
  Hiland R. Hulburd (1829-1880) — of Great Neck, Queens County (now Nassau County), Long Island, N.Y. Born in Ohio, 1829. Lawyer; U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, 1867-72. One of dozens killed in the wreck of the steamboat Seawanhaka, which burned and sank in the East River, June 29, 1880 (age about 50 years). Interment at Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana, Ohio.
  Relatives: Married to Rebecca Corwin (1830-1895).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — Comptrollers of the Currency
  John W. Dwinelle (1816-1881) — of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif. Born in New York, September 7, 1816. Mayor of Oakland, Calif., 1866-67; member of California state assembly 9th District, 1867-69. While trying to board a ferryboat in the dark, he fell into the water and drowned, at Port Costa, Contra Costa County, Calif., January 28, 1881 (age 64 years, 143 days). Burial location unknown.
  Stephen Coburn (1817-1882) — of Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine. Born in Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine, November 11, 1817. Republican. U.S. Representative from Maine 5th District, 1861. Drowned in the Kennebec River, at Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine, July 4, 1882 (age 64 years, 235 days). Interment at Southside Cemetery, Skowhegan, Maine.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Oscar Anthony Iasigi (1846-1884) — also known as Oscar Iasigi — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., October 18, 1846. Importer and exporter; treasurer, Vassalboro woolen mills; Vice-Consul for Turkey in Boston, Mass., 1871-77; Consul-General for Turkey in Boston, Mass., 1877-84. Armenian and French ancestry. Perished in the wreck of the steamship SS City of Columbus, which hit a reef and sank, in Vineyard Sound, January 18, 1884 (age 37 years, 92 days). Interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Iasigi (1800-1877) and Eulalie (Loir) Iasigi (1821-1883); brother of Joseph Andrew Iasigi; father of Nora Iasigi (who married William Marshall Bullitt).
  Political family: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  A. C. Rand (1832-1885) — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., December 31, 1832. Republican. Mayor of Minneapolis, Minn., 1878-82. Drowned in a boat explosion on Lake Minnetonka, July 12, 1885 (age 52 years, 193 days). Burial location unknown.
  Andrew Jackson Bryant (1831-1888) — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Effingham, Carroll County, N.H., October 30, 1831. Democrat. Gold miner; wholesale liquor merchant; importer and dealer in safes and locks; insurance business; mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1875-79. Jumped or fell from the ferry steamer Encinal, and drowned in San Francisco Bay, May 11, 1888 (age 56 years, 194 days). Original interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery (which no longer exists), San Francisco, Calif.; reinterment at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
  Presumably named for: Andrew Jackson
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Terry (1824-1888) — of Virginia. Born in Virginia, August 14, 1824. Democrat. General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1871-73, 1875-77 (8th District 1871-73, 9th District 1875-77); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1880 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization). Drowned while trying to ford Reed Creek, near Wytheville, Wythe County, Va., September 5, 1888 (age 64 years, 22 days). Interment at East End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  James Thomas Stocker (1824-1889) — also known as James T. Stocker — of San Francisco, Calif.; San Rafael, Marin County, Calif.; Glenbrook, Douglas County, Nev.; Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, Calif. Born in Talbot County, Md., October 3, 1824. Carpenter; member of California state assembly 11th District, 1858-59; Marin County Sheriff. Drowned, in Tillamook Bay, near Tillamook, Tillamook County, Ore., September 7, 1889 (age 64 years, 339 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, December 23, 1847, to Josephine E. Smith.
  Thomas Taylor Minor (1844-1889) — also known as Thomas T. Minor — of Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Wash.; Seattle, King County, Wash. Born, of American parents, in Manepy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), February 20, 1844. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; physician; one of the founders of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad; delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington Territory, 1880; mayor of Port Townsend, Wash., 1881; mayor of Seattle, Wash., 1887-88. Member, Freemasons. Last seen traveling by canoe to Whidbey Island, with others, on a duck huting trip, and was never heard from again; presumed drowned in a watercraft accident, in Puget Sound, December 2, 1889 (age 45 years, 285 days). His canoe was recovered, but his remains were not found.
  Relatives: Son of Eastman Strong Minor and Judith (Manchester) Minor (1814-1900); married, August 20, 1872, to Sarah Montgomery (1840-1931); grandfather of Thomas Minor Pelly (1902-1973).
  Political family: Moriarty-Minor family of Seattle, Washington.
  The T.T. Minor School (built 1890, demolished 1940, rebuilt 1941, closed 2010, renovated and reopened 2016), in Seattle, Washington, is named for him.  — Minor Avenue, in Seattle, Washington, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Ray Hamilton (1851-1890) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., March 18, 1851. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 11th District, 1881, 1886-89; in July 1889, while staying in Atlantic City, he was caught in a national scandal, after his wife, Eva, stabbed a nurse; she was arrested and tried; it came out that Eva was still married to another man, that she had bought a baby for $10 and told Hamilton he was the father, to induce him to marry her; when this was publicized, Hamilton sued for divorce; as the case dragged on, he moved to Wyoming to help a friend establish a hotel. While on a hunting trip, he drowned while attempting to ford the Snake River, in Uinta County (part now in Teton County), Wyo., August 23, 1890 (age 39 years, 158 days). Original interment somewhere in Teton County, Wyo.; reinterment in 1892 at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Schuyler Hamilton (1822-1903) and Cornelia (Ray) Hamilton (1829-1867); grandnephew of James Alexander Hamilton (1788-1878); great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton; great-grandnephew of Philip Jeremiah Schuyler; second great-grandson of Philip John Schuyler; second great-grandnephew of Stephen John Schuyler, Jeremiah Van Rensselaer and Robert Van Rensselaer; third great-grandson of Johannes Schuyler (1697-1746); fourth great-grandson of Stephanus Van Cortlandt, Robert Livingston the Younger and Johannes Schuyler (1668-1747); fourth great-grandnephew of Jacobus Van Cortlandt; fifth great-grandson of Pieter Schuyler (1657-1724); fifth great-grandnephew of Robert Livingston the Elder; first cousin twice removed of Philip Schuyler; first cousin thrice removed of Pieter Schuyler (1746-1792) and Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer; first cousin four times removed of Stephanus Bayard, Volkert Petrus Douw, Hendrick Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, James Livingston and Killian Killian Van Rensselaer; first cousin five times removed of John Livingston, Robert Livingston (1688-1775), Gilbert Livingston and Philip P. Schuyler; first cousin six times removed of David Davidse Schuyler and Myndert Davidtse Schuyler; second cousin twice removed of Henry Walter Livingston; second cousin thrice removed of Nicholas Bayard, Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), Leonard Gansevoort, Leonard Gansevoort, Jr., Edward Livingston (1764-1836), Peter Robert Livingston (1766-1847) and Maturin Livingston; second cousin four times removed of Robert Livingston (1708-1790), Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Robert Gilbert Livingston, Philip Livingston, Robert R. Livingston (1718-1775), William Livingston, James Jay, John Jay, Frederick Jay and Peter Samuel Schuyler; second cousin five times removed of Matthew Clarkson; third cousin once removed of Edward Livingston (1796-1840), Cortlandt Schuyler Van Rensselaer and John Eliot Thayer, Jr.; third cousin twice removed of Stephen Van Rensselaer, Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Peter Gansevoort, Peter Robert Livingston (1789-1859), Gerrit Smith and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; third cousin thrice removed of Peter Robert Livingston (1737-1794), Walter Livingston, Philip Peter Livingston, Henry Brockholst Livingston, Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr., Peter Augustus Jay and William Jay; fourth cousin once removed of Henry Bell Van Rensselaer, James Adams Ekin, John Jacob Astor III, Charles Ludlow Livingston and Bronson Murray Cutting.
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; VanRensselaer family of Albany, New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Henry Platt, Jr. (1837-1894) — also known as James H. Platt, Jr. — of Norfolk, Va. Born in Canada, July 13, 1837. Republican. Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1867; U.S. Representative from Virginia 2nd District, 1869-75. Drowned in Green Lake, near Georgetown, Clear Creek County, Colo., August 13, 1894 (age 57 years, 31 days). Interment at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
  Relatives: Married to Sarah Sophia Chase (1856-1912).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Daniel Sherwood (1833-1895) — also known as Charles D. Sherwood — of Rushford, Fillmore County, Minn.; Sherwood, Franklin County, Tenn. Born in New Milford, Litchfield County, Conn., November 18, 1833. Republican. Physician; lawyer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives, 1859-61, 1863 (District 9 1859-60, District 14 1861, 1863); postmaster; Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 1864-66. Drowned, reportedly as a suicide, in Lake Michigan, near Chicago, Illinois, July 2, 1895 (age 61 years, 226 days). Interment at Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Sherwood (1793-1871) and Fanny (Shore) Sherwood (1796-1859); married to Charlotte Phoebe Ferris (1841-1900).
  The community of Sherwood, Tennessee, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Rounsevelle Wildman (1864-1901) — of California. Born in Batavia, Genesee County, N.Y., March 19, 1864. U.S. Consul in Singapore, 1889-97; U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong, 1897-1901, died in office 1901. En route from Hong Kong to San Francisco on the SS City of Rio de Janeiro, he and his family were among 135 who perished when the ship struck a reef in dense fog, and quickly sank, in San Francisco Bay, February 22, 1901 (age 36 years, 340 days); his remains were not found.
  Relatives: Son of Edwin Wildman (1829-1887) and Helen Pamela (Rounsevelle) Wildman (1834-1869); brother of Edwin Rounsevelle Wildman; married to Letitia Sherman Aldrich (1865-1901); third cousin once removed of Charles Beers Hatch, Joseph Russell Hatch and Norris Hatch; third cousin twice removed of David DeForest Wildman; third cousin thrice removed of Zalmon Wildman (1775-1835) and Nathaniel Hibbard Wildman.
  Political families: Wildman family of Danbury, Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Otto Phillipp Max Adae (1840-1907) — also known as Otto M. Adae — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; San Diego, San Diego County, Calif. Born in Möckmühl, Germany, September 26, 1840. Consul for Austria-Hungary in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1873-77. German ancestry. Took his own life by drowning in San Diego Bay, August 8, 1907 (age 66 years, 316 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Johann Mattheaus Adae (1814-1899) and Marie Friederika Luis (Schwarz) Adae (1817-1859); brother of Carl Adolphus Gottlieb Adae; nephew of Carl Friedrich Adae (1815-1868).
  Political family: Adae family of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Henry Peirce (1870-1908) — also known as Joseph H. Peirce — Born in Messina, Sicily, Italy, November 6, 1870. U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Messina, 1900-06; newspaper correspondent. He and his family were among about 80,000 people killed during an earthquake and tsunami, specifically, when his house collapsed, in Messina, Sicily, Italy, December 28, 1908 (age 38 years, 52 days). Burial location unknown.
  Isidor Straus (1845-1912) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Otterberg, Germany, February 6, 1845. Democrat. U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1894-95. Jewish. One of the owners of the R. H. Macy & Co. department store in New York. Perished in the wreck of the steamship Titanic, in the North Atlantic Ocean, April 15, 1912 (age 67 years, 69 days); his body was subsequently recovered. Originally entombed at Beth El Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, N.Y.; later interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.; memorial monument at Straus Park, Manhattan, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Lazarus Straus (1809-1898) and Sara (Straus) Straus (1823-1876); brother of Oscar Solomon Straus; married, July 12, 1871, to Ida Blum (1849-1912); father of Jesse Isidor Straus (1872-1936); uncle of Nathan Straus, Jr.; grandfather of Stuart Scheftel; granduncle of Ronald Peter Straus.
  Political family: Straus family of New York City, New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Straus Hall (built 1926), a dormitory at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is named for him and his wife.  — Straus Park (established 1895 as Schuyler Square; renamed 1907 as Bloomingdale Square; renamed 1915 as Straus Park), at Broadway and West End Avenue in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, New York, is named for him and his wife.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Isidor Straus: June Hall McCash, A Titanic Love Story: Ida and Isidor Straus
  Solomon Luna (1858-1912) — of Los Lunas, Valencia County, N.M. Born October 18, 1858. Republican. Member of Republican National Committee from New Mexico Territory, 1896, 1908; delegate to New Mexico state constitutional convention, 1910. Reportedly fell into a sheep dip vat and drowned, August 29, 1912 (age 53 years, 316 days). Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Albuquerque, N.M.
  Relatives: Married to Adelaida Otero.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Walter Wedemeyer (1873-1913) — also known as William W. Wedemeyer — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Washtenaw County, Mich., March 22, 1873. Republican. Lawyer; law partner of Martin J. Cavanaugh, from 1896; U.S. Consul in Georgetown, 1905; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1907; U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1911-13; defeated, 1912; died in office 1913. German ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Knights of Pythias. Accidentally drowned in the harbor at Colón, Panama, January 2, 1913 (age 39 years, 286 days); his remains were never recovered.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Frederick Van Dyne (1861-1915) — Born in Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y., 1861. U.S. Consul in Lyon, 1915, died in office 1915. While a passenger on the steamship Sant'Anna, en route from New York to Naples, he jumped overboard and was presumed drowned, in the North Atlantic Ocean, April 21, 1915 (age about 53 years); his remains were not recovered.
  Robert Ney McNeely (1883-1915) — also known as Robert McNeely — of Monroe, Union County, N.C. Born in Union County, N.C., November 12, 1883. Lawyer; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1909-10; U.S. Consul in Aden, 1915, died in office 1915. While en route to Aden as a passenger on the British liner Persia, he was one of 385 passengers and crew who perished when the ship was hit by a German torpedo, and sank, in the Mediterranean Sea, December 20, 1915 (age 32 years, 38 days). His body was apparently not recovered.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alfred Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1873-1918) — also known as Alfred L. M. Gottschalk — Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 8, 1873. Newspaper correspondent; sugar grower; U.S. Consul in Callao, 1903-05; U.S. Consul General in Callao, 1905-06; Mexico City, 1906-08; , 1908-11; Rio de Janeiro, 1916-18, died in office 1918. Member, Delta Kappa Epsilon. While en route from Bahia, Brazil to Baltimore on the U.S. Navy ship Cyclops, during World War I, he was one of 306 sailors and passengers who perished when the ship sank, in the North Atlantic Ocean, March, 1918 (age 45 years, 0 days). The wreckage was never found.
  Relatives: Son of L. G. Gottschalk and Louise de L. (Boucher) Gottschalk.
  John Arthur Elston (1874-1921) — also known as John A. Elston; J. A. Elston — of Berkeley, Alameda County, Calif. Born in Woodland, Yolo County, Calif., February 10, 1874. Republican. School teacher; lawyer; U.S. Representative from California 6th District, 1915-21; died in office 1921. Killed himself by drowning in the Potomac River, Washington, D.C., December 15, 1921 (age 47 years, 308 days). In his suicide note, he wrote that he was "caught in a chain of circumstances that spelled ruin.". Cremated.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Samuel Hollister Jackson (1875-1927) — also known as Hollister Jackson; Samuel Hollister Jackson — of Barre, Washington County, Vt. Born in Toronto, Ontario, December 7, 1875. Republican. Washington County State's Attorney, 1904-06; member of Vermont state house of representatives, 1906-07; Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 1927; died in office 1927. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Knights of Pythias. Drowned in a flood near his home, Barre, Washington County, Vt., November 2, 1927 (age 51 years, 330 days). Interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vt.
  Relatives: Married to Maude Parkyn (1874-1968).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frank Tetes Johns (1889-1928) — also known as Frank T. Johns — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born February 23, 1889. Socialist. Carpenter; Industrial Labor candidate for U.S. Representative from Oregon 3rd District, 1920, 1922; Socialist Labor candidate for President of the United States, 1924. Interrupting an outdoor campaign speech, he dove into the Deschutes River in an attempt to save a 10-year-old boy who had fallen in, but both drowned, in Bend, Deschutes County, Ore., May 20, 1928 (age 39 years, 87 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Charles Blakeslee Law (1872-1929) — also known as Charles B. Law — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Hannibal, Oswego County, N.Y., February 5, 1872. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 1905-11; defeated, 1910; state court judge in New York, 1916; candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1924. Baptist. Member, Union League. Died while swimming (presumably drowned) at his summer home on Kattskill Bay, near Lake George, Warren County, N.Y., September 15, 1929 (age 57 years, 222 days). Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery, Jordan, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Eli B. Law and Mary Louisa (Payne) Law; married, November 20, 1901, to Ilma Best.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Hans Adolph Aune (1878-1931) — also known as Hans A. Aune; H. A. Aune — of Baldwin, St. Croix County, Wis.; Osseo, Trempealeau County, Wis. Born in Baldwin, St. Croix County, Wis., December 19, 1878. School teacher and principal; superintendent of schools; lawyer; member of Wisconsin state assembly, 1931; died in office 1931. Norwegian ancestry. Killed himself by drowning in Lake Monona, Madison, Dane County, Wis., February 25, 1931 (age 52 years, 68 days). He left a note saying, "You will find my body in the lake east of the Capitol," but it was not found until almost two months later. Interment at Woodside Cemetery, Baldwin, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Indianna (Alte) Aune (1851-1906) and Carl R. Aune (1852-1911); married 1905 to Hannah Eline Anderson (1883-1981).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Edwin Schaak (1872-1934) — also known as William E. Schaak — of Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pa. Born in South Londonderry Township, Lebanon County, Pa., July 30, 1872. Democrat. Lawyer; postmaster at Lebanon, Pa., 1913-17; chair of Lebanon County Democratic Party, 1927. Christian Reformed. Member, Elks; Eagles. Died, from an accidental drowning, while swimming in Lake Conewago, South Londonderry Township, Lebanon County, Pa., June 27, 1934 (age 61 years, 332 days). Interment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Elias Kettering Schaak (1835-1890) and Mary Louise (Erb) Schaak (1846-1920); married, November 24, 1896, to Elizabeth Behney.
  James Robert Hogg (1863-1934) — also known as Jim Hogg — of Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Mo. Born in Jennings County, Ind., January 4, 1863. Republican. Farmer; meat merchant; distillery owner; produced Jim Hogg's Corn Whiskey; Butler County Sheriff, 1892-96, 1902-06, 1920-24; mayor of Poplar Bluff, Mo., 1897-99. Member, Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Redmen. Fell into the Black River, and drowned, in Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Mo., July 12, 1934 (age 71 years, 189 days). Interment at Poplar Bluff City Cemetery, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Marion Hogg (1832-1899) and Mary Belle (Winslow) Hogg (1833-1896); married, September 5, 1880, to Ida Dillard (1864-1888; divorced); married, December 13, 1884, to Susan S. 'Susie' Klutts (divorced); married, November 19, 1887, to Ida Dillard (1864-1888; died); married, December 7, 1889, to Clara Catherine Smith (1869-1946; divorced); married, August 14, 1914, to Naoma Ruth Hawas (or Haas; divorced).
  Epitaph: "Peace be thy silent slumber."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
George W. Borowitz George W. Borowitz (1870-1938) — of Wausau, Marathon County, Wis. Born in Germany, December 7, 1870. Tailor; mayor of Wausau, Wis., 1935-38. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Catholic Order of Foresters; Eagles; Elks. While on a hunting and fishing trip, he and three other men from Wausau (N. P. Beck, Herman Belter, and J. William Delaney) drowned when their boat capsized, in Island Lake, Vilas County, Wis., November 12, 1938 (age 67 years, 340 days). The overturned boat was found two days later; the bodies were recovered from the lake the following April. Interment at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Wausau, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Michael Borowitz and Hulda (Lambs) Borowitz; married, January 20, 1899, to Josephine Kroupa.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent, November 14, 1938
  John W. Speakman (1900-1942) — of Danville, Vermilion County, Ill. Born in Vermilion County, Ill., March 5, 1900. Republican. Lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives; elected 1936, 1938; member of Illinois state senate 22nd District; elected 1940. Member, Freemasons. Drowned when his boat capsized, June 7, 1942 (age 42 years, 94 days). Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville, Ill.
  Carl Frederick Zeidler (1908-1942) — also known as Carl Zeidler; "Singing Mayor"; "Boy Mayor" — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., January 4, 1908. Mayor of Milwaukee, Wis., 1940-42; resigned 1942; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Killed when the munitions ship La Salle was struck by torpedos, exploded, and sank, about 350 miles southeast of the Cape of Good Hope, in the Indian Ocean, November 7, 1942 (age 34 years, 307 days); his remains were never found. Cenotaph at Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis.
  Relatives: Brother of Frank P. Zeidler (1912-2006).
  Carl F. Zeidler Park (now Zeidler Union Square), in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Arthur A. Shonbeck (1878-1945) — of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in 1878. Democrat. Gold miner; implement dealer; oil business; farmer; candidate for mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, 1924; trustee, Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines (now University of Alaska), 1925-33; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska Territory, 1932, 1944 (member, Credentials Committee; member, Platform and Resolutions Committee; member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee; member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee); Alaska Territory Democratic Party chair, 1934-37. Drowned in a river when his pickup truck went off the road, near Ophir, Yukon-Koyukuk census area, Alaska, June 20, 1945 (age about 66 years). Interment at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, Anchorage, Alaska.
  Relatives: Married to Ann Peckenpaugh.
  Clarence A. Dahle (1894-1949) — also known as "Whiff" — of Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn. Born in Spokane, Spokane County, Wash., January 22, 1894. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 57, 1933-36; member of Minnesota state senate 57th District, 1937-49; died in office 1949. Episcopalian. Member, Delta Tau Delta; Freemasons; Elks. During a fishing trip, he drowned while swimming off an island in Lake Kabetogama, St. Louis County, Minn., July 26, 1949 (age 55 years, 185 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1922 to Helen C. Jenswold.
  See also Minnesota Legislator record
  Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1889-1951) — also known as E. Haldeman-Julius; Emanuel Julius — of Girard, Crawford County, Kan. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., July 30, 1889. Socialist. Author; editor of the Socialist newspaper Appeal to Reason; founder of Haldeman-Julius Publications, publisher of many five-cent paperback books, called "Little Blue Books"; there were more than 6,000 titles, mostly literature, biography, self-improvement, and other educational topics, to make them widely accessible to the public; all together, from 1919 to 1951, over 500 million copies were printed and sold; candidate for U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1932; indicted by a federal grand jury in March, 1950 for income tax evasion; tried and convicted in April, 1951; sentenced to six months in prison, and fined $12,500; released pending appeal. Jewish; later Agnostic. Drowned in his swimming pool, in Girard, Crawford County, Kan., July 31, 1951 (age 62 years, 1 days). Possibly suicide, but the coroner ruled his death to be accidental. Interment at Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of David Julius and Elizabeth (Zamost) Julius; married, June 1, 1916, to Anna Marcet Haldeman (1887-1941; author, editor, playwright; niece of Jane Addams; granddaughter of John Huy Addams (1822-1881)); married 1942 to Susan Haney.
  Political family: Addams-Haldeman family of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albert Denis Cash (1897-1952) — also known as Albert D. Cash — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, August 21, 1897. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1940; mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1948-51. Catholic. Was fishing when a freak storm overturned his boat and drowned him, on a lake in Michigan, August 2, 1952 (age 54 years, 347 days). Burial location unknown.
  Henry Endicott Stebbins (1905-1973) — also known as Henry E. Stebbins — of Milton, Norfolk County, Mass. Born in Milton, Norfolk County, Mass., June 16, 1905. Foreign Service officer; U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, 1959-66; Uganda, 1966-69. Apparently fell from the deck of the ocean liner Leonardo da Vinci, and drowned, in the North Atlantic Ocean, March 28, 1973 (age 67 years, 285 days). His body was apparently never found.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Roderick Stebbins (1859-1928) and Edith Endicott (Marean) Stebbins; married, June 22, 1951, to Barbara Jennifer Worthington; great-grandnephew of Charles Endicott; third great-grandson of James Endicott; first cousin twice removed of Eugene Frances Endicott (1848-1914).
  Political family: Tweedy family.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Maxwell Lewis Rafferty (1917-1982) — also known as Max Rafferty — of La Canada (now part of La Canada Flintridge), Los Angeles County, Calif.; Alabama. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., May 9, 1917. Republican. School teacher and principal; superintendent of schools; newspaper columnist; California superintendent of public instruction, 1963-70; defeated, 1970; candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1968; dean, Education Department, Troy State University, 1971-82. Episcopalian. Irish ancestry. Member, Phi Delta Kappa; Lions; Rotary. Drowned when his car went off the road into a pond, in Troy, Pike County, Ala., June 13, 1982 (age 65 years, 35 days). Interment at Green Hills Cemetery, Troy, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of Maxwell Lewis Rafferty (1886-1967) and DeEtta (Cox) Rafferty (1891-1972); married, June 4, 1944, to Frances Luella Longman (1918-1978).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Renz L. Jennings (1899-1983) — also known as Lorenzo Jennings — of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Taylor, Navajo County, Ariz., August 5, 1899. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of Arizona state house of representatives, 1931-32; Maricopa County Attorney, 1933-34; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1934, 1964; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Arizona, 1942; superior court judge in Arizona, 1949-60; justice of Arizona state supreme court, 1960-64; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1960, 1968 (alternate). Mormon. Member, Eagles; Moose; Woodmen of the World. Suffered a heart attack in his swimming pool, and drowned, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., February 11, 1983 (age 83 years, 190 days). Interment at Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary, Phoenix, Ariz.
  Relatives: Son of Cyrus Morgan Jennings (1849-1909) and Hannah Jane (Hansen) Jennings (1858-1905); brother of Irving Anthony Jennings; married 1927 to Leola Lesueur (1903-2005); father of Renz D. Jennings; second cousin four times removed of Jonas Mapes; third cousin twice removed of George Hammond Parshall (1843-?); third cousin thrice removed of David Parshall Mapes and George Mortimer Beakes.
  Political families: Mapes-Jennings-Denby-Neuman family of New York and Arizona; Bache-Dallas family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Bertram Thomas Combs (1911-1991) — also known as Bert T. Combs — of Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky. Born in Manchester, Clay County, Ky., August 13, 1911. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals, 1951-55; state court judge in Kentucky, 1957-59; Governor of Kentucky, 1959-63; defeated, 1955, 1971; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1960, 1964; member of Democratic National Committee from Kentucky, 1966; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 1967-70. Baptist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Shriners; Order of the Coif; Phi Delta Phi. Drowned when his automobile was washed from the roadway into the Red River, during a flood, near Rosslyn, Powell County, Ky., December 4, 1991 (age 80 years, 113 days). Interment at Beech Creek Cemetery, Manchester, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Stephen Gibson Combs and Martha (Jones) Combs; married, June 15, 1937, to Mabel Hall.
  The Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, which runs through Clark, Powell, Wolfe, Morgan, and Magoffin counties in Kentucky, is named for him.  — Bert T. Combs Lake, in Clay County, Kentucky, is named for him.
  See also NNDB dossier
  James Benjamin Payton (1943-1994) — also known as James Payton — of Sylacauga, Talladega County, Ala. Born June 12, 1943. Mayor of Sylacauga, Ala., 1984-94; died in office 1994. Drowned while swimming to retrieve a radio-controlled miniature boat, in Lake Howard, Sylacauga, Talladega County, Ala., July 28, 1994 (age 51 years, 46 days). Interment at Fort Williams Cemetery, Sylacauga, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of W. Ross Payton (1923?-1998?).
  Epitaph: "His memory is blessed."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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