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Politicians Who Died of Gallbladder Ailments

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

John F. Dryden John Fairfield Dryden (1839-1911) — also known as John F. Dryden — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Temple, Franklin County, Maine, August 7, 1839. Republican. Founder and president, Prudential Insurance Company of America; director, U.S. Steel Corporation; candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1902-07; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1904. Presbyterian. Died, from pneumonia two weeks after surgery to remove gallstones, in Newark, Essex County, N.J., November 24, 1911 (age 72 years, 109 days). Entombed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of John Fairfield Dryden and Elizabeth (Butterfield) Dryden; married 1864 to Cynthia Jennings Fairchild; grandfather of John Dryden Kuser; great-grandfather of Anthony Dryden Marshall.
  Political family: Dryden-Marshall family of New York City, New York.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, March 1902
  Albert Sidney Brookes (1870-1913) — also known as Albert S. Brookes — Born August 14, 1870. Adjutant General of New Mexico, 1910-13; died in office 1913. Died, from pneumonia following gallstone surgery, in Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, N.M., November 5, 1913 (age 43 years, 83 days). Interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.M.
  Relatives: Son of Willis Swan Brookes and Elizabeth Elvira (Word) Brookes.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Elsworth Raymond Bathrick (1863-1917) — also known as Elsworth R. Bathrick — of Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Born near Pontiac, Oakland County, Mich., January 6, 1863. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1911-15, 1917 (19th District 1911-15, 14th District 1917); died in office 1917. Underwent surgery for gallstones, and died ten days later, probably from infection, in Akron, Summit County, Ohio, December 23, 1917 (age 54 years, 351 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery, Akron, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Sumner Bathrick and Louisa Bathrick; married 1889 to May L. Clark.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Arthur H. Murphy (d. 1922) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Democrat. Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York; chair of Bronx County Democratic Party, 1913-22; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916, 1920. Died, following gallstone surgery, in St. Vincent's Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., February 6, 1922. Interment at St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  Alison J. Shumway (1869-1926) — of Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County, Neb. Born in New Windsor, Mercer County, Ill., May 1, 1869. Newspaper editor; abstractor. Member, Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Modern Woodmen. Died, during gall bladder surgery, in a hospital at Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb., February 16, 1926 (age 56 years, 291 days). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Scottsbluff, Neb.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Paris Roscoe Vanover Sr. (1863-1927) — also known as Roscoe Vanover, Sr. — Born in Wise County, Va., September 7, 1863. Republican. Lawyer; circuit judge in Kentucky 35th District, 1920-21. Christian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died, from a gall bladder infection, in Pike County, Ky., September 18, 1927 (age 64 years, 11 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Hill Vanover and Keziah (Landireth) Vanover; married, September 10, 1885, to Martha Jane Potter; first cousin once removed of Edward Jackson Picklesimer, Sr..
  Russell Harry Dunn (1873-1928) — also known as Russell H. Dunn — of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Tex. Born in Texas, April 12, 1873. Republican. U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909-10, 1927; delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1916 (alternate), 1920; real estate agent. Died, from cholecystitis and post-operative aspiration pneumonia, in St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, Harris County, Tex., June 27, 1928 (age 55 years, 76 days). Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, Tex.
  Relatives: Brother of Simpson Ira Dunn.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James J. Byrne (1863-1930) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., April 8, 1863. Democrat. Member of New York state assembly from Kings County 9th District, 1905; borough president of Brooklyn, New York, 1926-30; died in office 1930. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Elks; Knights of Columbus. Died, from gallstones, in Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., March 14, 1930 (age 66 years, 340 days). Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Byrne and Bridget (Lawrey) Byrne; married 1906 to May A. Sesnon (sister-in-law of John Henry McCooey); uncle by marriage of John Henry McCooey Jr..
  Political family: McCooey-Ambro family of Brooklyn, New York.
  John A. Pilgard (c.1866-1935) — of Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Denmark, about 1866. Democrat. Grocer; banker; elected mayor of Hartford, Conn. 1935, but died before taking office. Danish ancestry. Died, following gall bladder surgery, in St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., November 14, 1935 (age about 69 years). Burial location unknown.
  Timothy Thomas Ansberry (1871-1943) — also known as Timothy T. Ansberry — of Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio; Washington, D.C. Born in Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio, December 24, 1871. Democrat. Lawyer; Defiance County Prosecuting Attorney, 1895-1903; U.S. Representative from Ohio 5th District, 1907-15; defeated, 1904; Judge, Ohio Court of Appeals, 1915-16; candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1920; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924 (alternate), 1928; law partner of Joseph E. Davies. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Ancient Order of Hibernians. Died following a gall bladder operation complicated by heart disease, in Doctors Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., July 5, 1943 (age 71 years, 193 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Edmond Ansberry and Elizabeth (Fitzpatrick) Ansberry; married, December 26, 1898, to Nellie Kettenring.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Vance McCormick Vance Criswell McCormick (1872-1946) — also known as Vance C. McCormick — of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. Born in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa., June 19, 1872. Democrat. Mayor of Harrisburg, Pa., 1902-05; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912 (member, Credentials Committee); candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1914; Chairman of Democratic National Committee, 1916-19; newspaper publisher. Died, from cholecystitis and heart disease, in Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County, Pa., June 16, 1946 (age 73 years, 362 days). Entombed at Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Henry McCormick and Annie Jane (Criswell) McCormick; married 1925 to Gertrude Howard.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Library of Congress
  William Philip Banach (1903-1951) — also known as William Banach — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., March 30, 1903. Democrat. Tavern owner; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Milwaukee County 12th District, 1947-51; died in office 1951; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1948. Catholic. Member, Polish National Alliance; Knights of Columbus. Died, from a hemorrhage following gall bladder surgery, in St. Luke's Hospital, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., March 24, 1951 (age 47 years, 359 days). Burial location unknown.
  Albert Rozell (c.1879-1951) — of Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y., about 1879. Republican. Statistician for New York Central Railroad; mayor of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., 1939-51; defeated, 1951; died in office 1951. Had gall bladder surgery, and died three weeks later, in Ossining Hospital, Ossining, Westchester County, N.Y., March 30, 1951 (age about 72 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Minnie B. Merchant.
  Cavendish Welles Cannon (1895-1962) — also known as Cavendish W. Cannon — of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Born in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, February 1, 1895. School teacher; served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Vice Consul in Zurich, 1927-30; Sofia, 1933-35; U.S. Consul in Sofia, 1935-38; Athens, 1939-41; U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia, 1947-49; Portugal, 1952-53; Greece, 1953-56; Morocco, 1956-58; U.S. Minister to Syria, 1950-52. Died following gall bladder surgery in the hospital of the U.S. Air Force Base, near Seville, Spain, October 7, 1962 (age 67 years, 248 days). Interment somewhere in Seville, Spain.
  Relatives: Married 1921 to Lily Horsetzky.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  James Joseph Lyons (1890-1966) — also known as James J. Lyons — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 12, 1890. Democrat. Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933; borough president of Bronx, New York, 1934-61; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1948, 1952, 1956. Died, from complications of gall bladder surgery, in Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., January 7, 1966 (age 75 years, 329 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married 1917 to Gertrude Rose O'Brien.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
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