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Politicians Killed by Earthquake or Volcano

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

Thomas Prentiss Thomas Theodore Prentis (1844-1902) — also known as Thomas T. Prentis — Born in Waitsfield, Washington County, Vt., June 17, 1844. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Consul in Seychelles, 1871-80; Port Louis, 1880-94; St. Pierre, 1900-02, died in office 1902. Killed in the volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée, when a fast-moving cloud of ash and hot gases burned about eight square miles, killing an estimated 30,000 people, in St. Pierre, Martinique, May 8, 1902 (age 57 years, 325 days). Interment somewhere in Fort-de-France, Martinique.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Comstock Prentis and Lydia Cerinthia (Chandler) Prentis; married, December 16, 1873, to Clara Louisa Frye; first cousin seven times removed of Roger Wolcott; second cousin five times removed of Matthew Griswold; third cousin thrice removed of Joshua Coit; fourth cousin once removed of David Edgerton.
  Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Weeks-Bigelow-Andrew-Upham family; Wolcott-Griswold-Packwood-Brandegee family of Connecticut; Hosmer-Griswold-Parsons family of Middletown, Connecticut (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Image source: Cincinnati Enquirer, May 12, 1902
  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.
  Arthur Sanford Cheney (1869-1908) — also known as Arthur S. Cheney — of Connecticut. Born in Joliet, Will County, Ill., October 4, 1869. Physician; U.S. Vice Consul in Reichenberg, 1906-07; U.S. Consul in Messina, 1907-08, died in office 1908. He and his wife were among about 80,000 people killed during the Messina Earthquake, specifically, when the U.S. consulate building collapsed, in Messina, Sicily, Italy, December 28, 1908 (age 39 years, 85 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Hicks Cheney and Sarah (Austin) Cheney; married 1895 to Laura A. Pfeiffer.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Max David Kirjassoff (1888-1923) — also known as Max D. Kirjassoff — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, March 2, 1888. U.S. Vice Consul in Yokohama, as of 1916; U.S. Consul in Taihoku, as of 1917-19; Dairen, as of 1921; U.S. Consul General in Yokohama, 1922-23, died in office 1923. Jewish. One of more than 100,000 people killed during the Great Kanto Earthquake, probably in the collapse of the consulate building or the fire that followed, in Yokohama, Japan, September 1, 1923 (age 35 years, 183 days). Interment at Negishi Foreign Cemetery, Yokohama, Japan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paul E. Jenks (c.1863-1923) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born about 1863. U.S. Vice Consul in Yokohama, 1917-23, died in office 1923. One of more than 100,000 people killed during the Great Kanto Earthquake, probably in the collapse of the consulate building or the fire that followed, in Yokohama, Japan, September 1, 1923 (age about 60 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of Almet Francis Jenks.
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