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Politicians Who Died of Emphysema

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in chronological order

  Joseph William Chinn (1866-1936) — also known as Joseph W. Chinn — of Warsaw, Richmond County, Va. Born in Tappahannock, Essex County, Va., February 15, 1866. Democrat. Lawyer; Richmond County Commonwealth Attorney, 1891-1915; president, Northern Neck State Bank, Warsaw, Va., 1908-36; circuit judge in Virginia 12th Circuit, 1915-31; justice of Virginia state supreme court, 1931-36; appointed 1931; died in office 1936. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Died, of emphysema, in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich., August 16, 1936 (age 70 years, 183 days). Interment at St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Warsaw, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph William Chinn and Gaybriella (Brockenbrough) Chinn; married, December 14, 1899, to Sarah Fairfax Douglas (died 1932).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Orville Canada Bullington (1882-1956) — also known as Orville Bullington — of Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Tex. Born in Indian Springs, Vernon County, Mo., February 10, 1882. Republican. Lawyer; president and chairman, Wichita Falls & Southern Railroad; delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1924 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1928 (member, Credentials Committee), 1932, 1936 (member, Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1940 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1944, 1948; candidate for Governor of Texas, 1932; member of Texas Republican State Committee, 1947-51; Texas Republican state chair, 1951. Member, American Bar Association. Died, from mesenteric thrombosis while also suffering from emphysema, in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Tex., November 24, 1956 (age 74 years, 288 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of William Isaac Bullington (1856-1920) and Sarah Elizabeth (Holmes) Bullington (1859-1932); married, June 28, 1911, to Sadie Kell (1886-1960).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Ephram Abell (1887-1963) — also known as Robert E. Abell — of Chester, Chester County, S.C. Born in Chester County, S.C., October 12, 1887. Democrat. Surgeon; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1940. Died, from a suspected coronary occlusion, due to emphysema and pneumonia, in Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., March 9, 1963 (age 75 years, 148 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Joshua L. Abell and Sophia (Erwin) Abell; married to Alice Hall Glenn (1894-1981).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Smith Sample (1895-1963) — also known as John S. Sample — of Saco, Madison County, Mo.; Jewett, Madison County, Mo.; Mineral Point, Washington County, Mo. Born in Fredericktown, Madison County, Mo., June 14, 1895. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; farmer; stockman; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1941-48, 1954-58 (Madison County 1941-48, Washington County 1954-58); defeated, 1948; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1948. Member, Farm Bureau; Freemasons. Died, from cor pulmonale, due to chronic emphysema and asthma, in Bonne Terre Hospital, Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Mo., May 31, 1963 (age 67 years, 351 days). Interment at Marcus Memorial Cemetery, Fredericktown, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Ezekiel Alexander Sample (1861-1928) and Ada Caroline (Smith) Sample (1861-1966); married to Della Berry (1899-1986).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Edward Creager (1873-1964) — also known as Charles E. Creager — of Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla. Born near Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, April 28, 1873. Republican. U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 3rd District, 1909-11. Died, of emphysema, in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., January 11, 1964 (age 90 years, 258 days). Interment at Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, Okla.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Docking (1904-1964) — of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kan. Born in Clay Center, Clay County, Kan., February 23, 1904. Democrat. Governor of Kansas, 1957-61; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1960. Died of respiratory emphysema in a hospital at Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kan., January 20, 1964 (age 59 years, 331 days). Interment at Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
  Relatives: Father of Robert Blackwell Docking (1925-1983).
  See also NNDB dossier
  Harold Dunbar Cooley (1897-1974) — also known as Harold D. Cooley — of Nashville, Nash County, N.C. Born in Nashville, Nash County, N.C., July 26, 1897. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; lawyer; Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1932; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 4th District, 1934-67; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964. Baptist. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Junior Order; Phi Delta Theta; Phi Delta Phi. Died of emphysema in Wilson, Wilson County, N.C., January 15, 1974 (age 76 years, 173 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Nashville, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Roger A. Pryor Cooley and Hattie (Davis) Cooley; married 1923 to Madeline Matilda Strickland.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980) — also known as Alice Roosevelt Longworth; Alice Lee Roosevelt; "Princess Alice" — of Washington, D.C. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 12, 1884. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1936, 1940; newspaper columnist. Female. Died, from pneumonia, emphysema, and cardiac arrest, in Washington, D.C., February 20, 1980 (age 96 years, 8 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and Alice Hathaway (Lee) Roosevelt (1861-1884); half-sister of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.; married, February 17, 1906, to Nicholas Longworth; niece of Corinne Roosevelt Robinson; grandniece of Robert Barnwell Roosevelt; great-grandniece of James I. Roosevelt; second great-grandniece of William Bellinger Bulloch; third great-granddaughter of Archibald Bulloch; first cousin of Theodore Douglas Robinson (1883-1934), Eleanor Roosevelt, Corinne Robinson Alsop and William Sheffield Cowles; first cousin once removed of James Roosevelt, Elliott Roosevelt, Corinne A. Chubb, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. and John deKoven Alsop; second cousin thrice removed of Philip DePeyster; second cousin four times removed of Nicholas Roosevelt, Jr..
  Political families: Roosevelt family of New York City, New York; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Monroe family of Virginia and Washington (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Alice Roosevelt Longworth: Carol Felsenthal, Princess Alice: The Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth
  Image source: Time magazine, February 7, 1927
  Leo Joseph Callanan (1900-1982) — also known as Leo J. Callanan — of Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Md. Born in South Boston, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., January 18, 1900. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Vice Consul in Genoa, 1924-26; Melbourne, 1926-27; Adelaide, 1926-29; Nassau, 1929-30; U.S. Consul in Port Said, as of 1931; Madras, as of 1932; Malaga, as of 1938; Oporto, as of 1940; Pernambuco, as of 1943; Victoria, as of 1947; U.S. Consul General in Hankow, as of 1949. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died, from chronic emphysema, in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Md., January 5, 1982 (age 81 years, 352 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Edward John Callanan (c.1867-1948) and Helena Clare (Murphy) Callanan (c.1868-1951); married, February 20, 1935, to Helene English Bradley (1904-1996).
  Horace Jeremiah Voorhis (1901-1984) — also known as Jerry Voorhis — of San Dimas, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Ottawa, Franklin County, Kan., April 6, 1901. Democrat. Candidate for California state assembly, 1934; U.S. Representative from California 12th District, 1937-47; defeated, 1946; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1940. Member, Americans for Democratic Action. Died, of emphysema, at Claremont Manor retirement home, Claremont, Los Angeles County, Calif., September 11, 1984 (age 83 years, 158 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Calif.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lionel Cade (1918-1990) — of Compton, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Stockton, San Joaquin County, Calif. Born in Texas, August 14, 1918. Accountant; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of Compton, Calif., 1977-81; defeated, 1973, 1981. African ancestry. Member, Rotary. Died, while suffering from emphysema, April 3, 1990 (age 71 years, 232 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, Calif.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. (1911-1993) — also known as Vincent Price — Born in St. Louis, Mo., May 27, 1911. Democrat. Actor; honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1960. Member, Alpha Sigma Phi. Died, from lung cancer and emphysema, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., October 25, 1993 (age 82 years, 151 days). Cremated; ashes scattered in North Pacific Ocean.
  Relatives: Son of Vincent Leonard Price, Sr. (1871-1948) and Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) Price (1874-1946); married, April 23, 1938, to Edith Barrett; married, August 25, 1949, to Mary Grant; married, October 24, 1974, to Coral Browne (1913-1991).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Leon Paul Weaver (1912-1995) — also known as George L. P. Weaver — of Washington, D.C. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., May 8, 1912. Democrat. Railroad worker; director, civil rights committee, CIO; executive secretary, civil rights committee, AFL-CIO, 1955-58; assistant to the president, International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers; U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for International Affairs, 1961-69; special assistant to the Director-General, International Labor Organization; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1960, 1964. African ancestry. Died, from complications of emphysema and asthma, in George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., July 14, 1995 (age 83 years, 67 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George J. Weaver and Josephine (Snell) Weaver; married, September 7, 1941, to Mary F. Sullivan.
  Coleman Alexander Young (1918-1997) — also known as Coleman A. Young — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Ala., May 24, 1918. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; national representative, UAW-CIO, 1946-47; director of organization, Wayne County CIO Council, 1947-48; executive secretary, National Negro Labor Council, 1951-55; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives, 1959, 1962 (Democratic primary); delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 9th District, 1961-62; member of Michigan state senate 4th District, 1965-73; defeated (Progressive), 1948; resigned 1973; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984 (speaker), 1988 (speaker), 1996; member of Democratic National Committee from Michigan, 1969-81; mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1974-94; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992; defeated (Democratic), 1988. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; NAACP. Received the Spingarn Medal in 1981. Died, of emphysema, while hospitalized for heart problems, at Sinai Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 29, 1997 (age 79 years, 189 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Coleman Young and Ida (Jones) Young; father of Coleman A. Young II (1982-).
  Cross-reference: Conrad L. Mallett, Jr.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books by Coleman A. Young: Hard Stuff : The Autobiography of Coleman Young (1994)
  Books about Coleman A. Young: Wilbur C. Rich, Coleman Young and Detroit Politics : From Social Activist to Power Broker
  Helen Cobb (c.1922-1999) — of San Diego, San Diego County, Calif. Born in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan., about 1922. Candidate in primary for mayor of San Diego, Calif., 1963. Female. Member, League of Women Voters. Indicted in 1970 on bribery conspiracy charges in connection with the "Yellow Cab Scandal"; acquitted. Died, from complications of emphysema and diabetes, at Chase Medical Center, El Cajon, San Diego County, Calif., March 8, 1999 (age about 77 years). Burial location unknown.
  Patricia Ruth Sher (c.1931-2001) — also known as Patricia R. Sher; Patricia Hesse — of Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Md. Born in Washington, D.C., about 1931. Democrat. Member of Maryland state house of delegates, 1979-90; member of Maryland state senate, 1991-95; defeated in primary, 1994. Female. Died, of emphysema, in Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Md., June 30, 2001 (age about 70 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Mother of Tod David Sher (1958?-).
  Elizabeth Virginia Hallanan (1925-2004) — also known as Elizabeth V. Hallanan — of Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Born in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., January 10, 1925. Republican. Lawyer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Kanawha County, 1957; defeated, 1954; resigned 1957; candidate for West Virginia state senate 8th District, 1958; U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia, 1984-96. Female. Catholic. Member, Pi Beta Phi; American Bar Association; Altrusa. Died, from complications of emphysema, in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., June 8, 2004 (age 79 years, 150 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Walter Simms Hallanan (1890-1962); married to Harold "Kenny" Kennison (divorced).
  Frederick H. Hobbs (1934-2005) — also known as Fred Hobbs — of Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa. Born in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa., January 6, 1934. Republican. Lawyer; member of Pennsylvania state senate 29th District, 1967-76. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Lions; Sons of the American Revolution; Freemasons; Amvets. Died, of emphysema, in Pottsville Hospital, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa., July 24, 2005 (age 71 years, 199 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Marian (Hause) Hobbs; married to Pamela Watkins (daughter of G. Harold Watkins (1903-1993)); father of Christopher Hobbs (son-in-law of James J. Rhoades).
  Political family: Watkins-Rhoades-Hobbs family of Pennsylvania.
  William Atchinson O'Neill (1930-2007) — also known as William A. O'Neill — of East Hampton, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., August 11, 1930. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict; restaurant owner; member of Connecticut state house of representatives 52nd District; elected 1970; Governor of Connecticut, 1980-91. Died, from emphysema, in East Hampton, Middlesex County, Conn., November 24, 2007 (age 77 years, 105 days). Interment at Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph O'Neill and Frances O'Neill; married 1962 to Natalie Scott 'Nikki' Damon.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Douglas Andrew Fraser (1916-2008) — also known as Douglas A. Fraser; Doug Fraser — of Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, December 18, 1916. Democrat. Automobile worker; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1960, 1968 (alternate), 1972, 1976; president, United Auto Workers, 1977-83. Scottish ancestry. Died, from emphysema, in Providence Hospital, Southfield, Oakland County, Mich., February 23, 2008 (age 91 years, 67 days). His body was donated to Wayne State University Medical School.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Douglas Fraser; married to Eva Falk (died 1970).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Frank Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008) — also known as William F. Buckley, Jr. — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., November 24, 1925. Conservative. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; candidate for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1965. Catholic. Irish and Swiss ancestry. Member, Skull and Bones. Leader of the conservative movement; founder and editor of National Review magazine; author and lecturer; host of television news show "Firing Line"; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 18, 1991. Died, probably of diabetes and emphysema, in Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn., February 27, 2008 (age 82 years, 95 days). Cremated; ashes interred at St. Bernard Cemetery, Sharon, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of William Frank Buckley, Sr. (1881-1958) and Aloise (Steiner) Buckley (1895-1985); brother of James Lane Buckley and Patricia Lee Buckley (1927-2008; who married Leo Brent Bozell (1926-1997)); married 1950 to Patricia Alden Austin Taylor (1926-2007).
  Political family: Buckley family of New York and Connecticut.
  Cross-reference: Frederic R. Coudert, Jr.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by William F. Buckley, Jr.: Getting It Right (2003) — God and Man at Yale : The Superstitions of 'Academic Freedom' (1951) — Spytime : The Undoing of James Jesus Angleton (2000) — Nearer, My God : An Autobiography of Faith (1997) — The Lexicon : A Cornucopia of Wonderful Words for the Inquisitive Word Lover (1998) — Airborne : A Sentimental Journey (1984) — In Search of Anti-Semitism (1992) — Brothers No More (1995) — Up From Liberalism (1959) — The Committee and its critics : a calm review of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (1962) — Elvis in the Morning (2001) — Execution eve, and other contemporary ballads (1975) — Four reforms : a guide for the seventies (1973) — Gratitude : reflections on what we owe to our country (1990) — Nuremberg : the reckoning (2002) — Overdrive : a personal documentary (1983) — United Nations Journal : A Delegate's Odyssey (1974) — The unmaking of a mayor (1966) — Ronald Reagan: An American Hero (2001) — The Reagan I Knew (2008)
  Fiction by William F. Buckley, Jr.: Stained Glass : A Blackford Oakes Novel — Marco Polo, If You Can : A Blackford Oakes Mystery — Saving the Queen : A Blackford Oakes Mystery — See You Later, Alligator : A Blackford Oakes Mystery — Tucker's Last Stand : A Blackford Oakes Mystery — Mongoose, R.I.P. : A Blackford Oakes Mystery — A Very Private Plot : A Blackford Oakes Mystery — High Jinx : A Blackford Oakes Mystery — Who's on First : A Blackford Oakes Mystery — The Redhunter : a novel based on the life of Senator Joe McCarthy
  Books about William F. Buckley, Jr.: John B. Judis, William F. Buckley, Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives — Lee Edwards, William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement — Carl T. Bogus, Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism
  Critical books about William F. Buckley, Jr.: David Miller, Chairman Bill: A Biography of William F. Buckley, Jr.
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