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  Philip Livingston (1716-1778) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., January 15, 1716. Member of New York colonial assembly, 1769, 1776; Delegate to Continental Congress from New York, 1775-78; died in office 1778; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; member of New York state senate Southern District, 1777-78; died in office 1778. Presbyterian. Died while attending the sixth session of the Continental Congress in York, York County, Pa., June 12, 1778 (age 62 years, 148 days). Entombed at Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Philip Livingston (1686-1749) and Catrina (Van Brugh) Livingston (1689-1756); brother of Robert Livingston (1708-1790), Peter Van Brugh Livingston and William Livingston; married, April 14, 1740, to Christina Ten Broeck (1718-1801); nephew of John Livingston, Robert Livingston (1688-1775) and Gilbert Livingston; uncle by marriage of James Duane and William Duer; uncle of Peter Robert Livingston (1737-1794), Walter Livingston, Philip Peter Livingston, Catherine Livingston (who married Nicholas Bayard), Susannah Livingston (1748-1840; who married John Cleves Symmes (1742-1814)), Susanna Livingston (1755-1833; who married John Kean (1756-1795)), Sarah Van Brugh Livingston (1756-1802; who married John Jay) and Henry Brockholst Livingston; grandson of Robert Livingston the Elder and Pieter Van Brugh; grandfather of Stephen Van Rensselaer, Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Rensselaer Westerlo and Edward Philip Livingston; grandnephew of Pieter Schuyler (1657-1724), Johannes Cuyler and Johannes Schuyler (1668-1747); granduncle of Henry Walter Livingston, Peter Augustus Jay (1776-1843), William Jay and Charles Ludlow Livingston (1800-1873); great-grandfather of Philip Schuyler, Edward Livingston (1796-1840) and Henry Bell Van Rensselaer; great-granduncle of Peter Robert Livingston (1789-1859) and John Jay II; second great-grandfather of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer; second great-granduncle of Nicholas Fish, Hamilton Fish, Jr. (1849-1936), John Kean (1852-1914), Hamilton Fish Kean and Charles Ludlow Livingston (1870-?); third great-grandfather of Robert Reginald Livingston; third great-granduncle of Herbert Livingston Satterlee, Peter Augustus Jay (1877-1933), Bronson Murray Cutting, Hamilton Fish, Jr. (1888-1991), Robert Winthrop Kean and Brockholst Livingston; fourth great-grandfather of John Eliot Thayer, Jr.; fourth great-granduncle of Hamilton Fish, Jr. (1926-1996) and Thomas Howard Kean; fifth great-granduncle of Hamilton Fish (1951-), Alexa Fish Ward and Thomas Howard Kean, Jr.; ancestor *** of Robert Livingston Beeckman; first cousin of Robert Gilbert Livingston and Robert R. Livingston (1718-1775); first cousin once removed of Robert Livingston the Younger, Johannes Schuyler (1697-1746), Cornelis Cuyler, John Cruger, Jr., Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr. and Edward Livingston (1764-1836); first cousin twice removed of David Davidse Schuyler, Myndert Davidtse Schuyler and Hamilton Fish (1808-1893); first cousin thrice removed of Gilbert Livingston Thompson and John Jacob Astor III; first cousin four times removed of William Waldorf Astor and Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright; first cousin five times removed of Guy Vernor Henry, William Astor Chanler, Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler and Montgomery Schuyler, Jr.; second cousin of Stephanus Bayard, Philip P. Schuyler, Stephen John Schuyler and Henry Cruger; second cousin once removed of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Robert Van Rensselaer, Pieter Schuyler (1746-1792), James Livingston, Peter Samuel Schuyler and Philip Jeremiah Schuyler; second cousin twice removed of Peter Robert Livingston (1766-1847), Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer, Maturin Livingston, James Alexander Hamilton, George Washington Schuyler and Philip N. Schuyler; second cousin thrice removed of Gerrit Smith, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, James Adams Ekin and Eugene Schuyler; second cousin four times removed of Robert Ray Hamilton, John Sluyter Wirt, Cortlandt Schuyler Van Rensselaer and Karl Cortlandt Schuyler.
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Samuel Hardy (c.1758-1785) — of Virginia. Born in Isle of Wight County, Va., about 1758. Lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1778, 1780-82; Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, 1782; Delegate to Continental Congress from Virginia, 1783-85; died in office 1785. Died while attending the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., October 17, 1785 (age about 27 years). Interment at Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pa.
  Hardy County, W.Va. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Samuel John Atlee (1739-1786) — of Pennsylvania. Born in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., 1739. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; Delegate to Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1778-82; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1782, 1785-86. Member, Society of the Cincinnati. Died at a session of the Pennsylvania Assembly at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., November 25, 1786 (age about 47 years). Interment at Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Abner Nash (1740-1786) — of Jones County, N.C. Born near Farmville, Prince Edward County, Va., August 8, 1740. Lawyer; member of Virginia House of Burgesses, 1761-65; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1777-78, 1782, 1784-85; member of North Carolina state senate from Jones County, 1779; Governor of North Carolina, 1780-81; Delegate to Continental Congress from North Carolina, 1782-86; died in office 1786. Welsh ancestry. Died while attending a session of the Continental Congress, in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 2, 1786 (age 46 years, 116 days). Original interment at St. Paul's Churchyard, Manhattan, N.Y.; reinterment at Pembroke Plantation Cemetery, New Bern, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Abner Nash (1685-1732) and Elizabeth (Hinton) Nash (1688-1711); brother of Francis Nash (1742-1777); married 1766 to Justina Davis Dobbs (1747-1771); married 1774 to Mary Whiting Jones (1757-1799).
  The World War II Liberty ship SS Abner Nash (built 1942, scrapped 1964) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Benjamin Andrew (1730-1790) — of Georgia. Born in Dorchester, Charleston District (now Dorchester County), S.C., 1730. Planter; member of Georgia State Executive Council, 1777; elected Delegate to Continental Congress from Georgia 1780, but did not serve. Died on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives, in the then state capitol building, Augusta, Richmond County, Ga., December 16, 1790 (age about 60 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  John Caldwell (1757-1804) — of Kentucky. Born in Prince Edward County, Va., 1757. Member of Kentucky state senate, 1792; Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1804; died in office 1804. Died, of an "inflammation of the brain" (probably a stroke), while presiding over the Kentucky State Senate, at the then state capitol building, Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., 1804 (age about 47 years). Interment at Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.
  Caldwell County, Ky. is named for him.
  Thomas Tyler Bouldin (1781-1834) — of Virginia. Born near Charlotte Court House, Charlotte County, Va., 1781. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1829-33, 1833-34 (5th District 1829-33, 8th District 1833-34); died in office 1834. Died while addressing the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., February 11, 1834 (age about 52 years). Interment in private or family graveyard; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Brother of James Wood Bouldin (1792-1854); ancestor *** of David M. Steele III.
  Political family: Bouldin family of Charlotte County, Virginia.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) — also known as "Old Man Eloquent"; "The Accidental President"; "The Massachusetts Madman" — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Quincy, Norfolk County, Mass. Born in Braintree (part now in Quincy), Norfolk County, Mass., July 11, 1767. Lawyer; U.S. Minister to Netherlands, 1794-97; Prussia, 1797-1801; Russia, 1809-14; Great Britain, 1815-17; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1802; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1803-08; resigned 1808; U.S. Secretary of State, 1817-25; President of the United States, 1825-29; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1831-48 (11th District 1831-33, 12th District 1833-43, 8th District 1843-48); died in office 1848; candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1834. Unitarian. English ancestry. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1905. Suffered a stroke while speaking on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, February 21, 1848, and died two days later in the Speaker's office, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., February 23, 1848 (age 80 years, 227 days). Original interment at Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Mass.; reinterment at United First Parish Church, Quincy, Mass.; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of John Adams and Abigail (Smith) Adams (1744-1818); brother of Abigail Amelia Adams (1765-1813; who married William Stephens Smith); married, July 26, 1797, to Louisa Catherine Johnson (1775-1852; daughter of Joshua Johnson; sister-in-law of John Pope; niece of Thomas Johnson); father of George Washington Adams and Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886); grandfather of John Quincy Adams and Brooks Adams; great-grandfather of Charles Francis Adams (1866-1954); second great-grandfather of Thomas Boylston Adams; first cousin of William Cranch; second cousin once removed of Samuel Adams; second cousin twice removed of Edward M. Chapin; second cousin thrice removed of Arthur Chapin; second cousin five times removed of Denwood Lynn Chapin; third cousin of Joseph Allen; third cousin once removed of Samuel Sewall, Josiah Quincy and John Milton Thayer; third cousin twice removed of William Vincent Wells; third cousin thrice removed of Lyman Kidder Bass, Daniel T. Hayden, Arthur Laban Bates and Almur Stiles Whiting; fourth cousin of Jeremiah Mason, Josiah Quincy, Jr. and George Bailey Loring; fourth cousin once removed of Asahel Otis, Erastus Fairbanks, Charles Stetson, Henry Brewster Stanton, Charles Adams, Jr., Isaiah Stetson (1812-1880), Joshua Perkins, Eli Thayer, Bailey Frye Adams and Samuel Miller Quincy.
  Political families: Kidder family of Connecticut; Greene family of Providence, Rhode Island; DuPont family of Wilmington, Delaware; Thayer-Capron-Aldrich-Stetson family; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Stetson family of New York and Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: John Smith — Thurlow Weed
  Adams counties in Ill. and Ind. are named for him.
  Mount Quincy Adams, in the White Mountains, Coos County, New Hampshire, is named for him.  — Mount Quincy Adams, on the border between British Columbia, Canada, and Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska, is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: John Q. A. BrackettJohn Q. A. SheldenJ. Q. A. Reber
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about John Quincy Adams: Paul C. Nagel, John Quincy Adams : A Public Life, a Private Life — Lynn Hudson Parsons, John Quincy Adams — Robert V. Remini, John Quincy Adams — Joseph Wheelan, Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
  John C. Bell (c.1831-1860) — of El Dorado County, Calif. Born about 1831. Member of California state assembly 18th District, 1860; died in office 1860. During an argument just outside the Assembly session in the California State Capitol, was shot and stabbed by Dr. W. H. Stone, mortally wounded, and died four days later, in Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., April 15, 1860 (age about 29 years). Interment at Sacramento City Cemetery, Sacramento, Calif.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett (1821-1864) — of Virginia. Born in Essex County, Va., July 25, 1821. Democrat. Delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1850-51; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1853-57; U.S. Representative from Virginia 1st District, 1856-61; Representative from Virginia in the Confederate Congress, 1862-64; died in office 1864. Contracted typhoid fever while attending the Confederate Congress, in the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., and died at his home in Essex County, Va., February 14, 1864 (age 42 years, 204 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Essex County, Va.
  Relatives: Nephew of Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (1809-1887); grandson of James Mercer Garnett.
  Political family: Garnett family of Virginia.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Jeremiah Weldon South (1805-1880) — also known as Jere South; "The Father of Breathitt County" — of Owsley County, Ky. Born in Madison County, Ky., July 10, 1805. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1840; member of Kentucky state senate, 1843-47. Died on the floor of the Kentucky State Senate, old State Capitol Building, Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., April 15, 1880 (age 74 years, 280 days). Interment at Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel South; father-in-law of Thomas Perrin Cardwell; nephew by marriage of Moses Cockrell; grandson-in-law of Simon Cockrell; grandson of John South; grandfather-in-law of Enoch Edgar Hume and Christine Bradley South; grandfather of South Trimble, Jerry Curtis South and John Glover South; great-grandfather of South Strong (1880-1939) and Eleanor Hume Offutt; cousin by marriage of Elisha Logan Cockrell and Harrison Cockrill.
  Political family: Cockrell-South family of Kentucky.
  Leonidas Johnson Rountree (1868-1923) — also known as Lee J. Rountree — of Texas. Born in Dripping Springs, Hays County, Tex., July 15, 1868. Newspaper publisher; member of Texas state house of representatives, 1921-23; died in office 1923. Died of a stroke, after giving a passionate speech in the House of Representatives, in the Texas Capitol, Austin, Travis County, Tex., May 2, 1923 (age 54 years, 291 days). Interment at Bryan City Cemetery, Bryan, Tex.
  Relatives: Married to Francis Mitchell Rountree; grandson of Samuel Johnson (1804-1882).
  Political family: Harrison-Rountree family of Austin, Texas.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Edward Everett Eslick (1872-1932) — also known as Edward E. Eslick — of Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn. Born near Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn., April 19, 1872. Democrat. Lawyer; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1916; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 7th District, 1925-32; died in office 1932. Died suddenly while addressing the U.S. House of Representatives, in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., June 14, 1932 (age 60 years, 56 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Pulaski, Tenn.
  Presumably named for: Edward Everett
  Relatives: Son of Merritt Eslick and Martha Virginia (Abernathy) Eslick; married, June 6, 1906, to Willa McCord Blake (1878-1961).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Morris Michael Edelstein (1888-1941) — also known as M. Michael Edelstein — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Meseritz (Międzyrzec), Poland, February 5, 1888. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1940-41; died in office 1941. Jewish. Completed delivery of a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, and then died nearby in the House cloakroom, in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., June 4, 1941 (age 53 years, 119 days). Interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens, N.Y.
  The World War II Liberty ship SS M. Michael Edelstein (built 1944, scrapped 1969) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Russell Vernon Mack (1891-1960) — also known as Russell V. Mack — of Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Wash. Born in Hillman, Montmorency County, Mich., June 13, 1891. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; newspaper publisher; U.S. Representative from Washington 3rd District, 1947-60; died in office 1960. Episcopalian. Member, American Legion; Elks. Died suddenly, from a coronary occlusion, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., March 28, 1960 (age 68 years, 289 days). Interment at Fern Hill Cemetery, Aberdeen, Wash.
  Relatives: Son of Cornelius W. Mack and Lucy (Deacon) Mack; married, January 26, 1947, to Laura E. Prohaska.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William B. Hoyt (c.1938-1992) — also known as Bill Hoyt — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born about 1938. Democrat. School teacher; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972; member of New York state assembly 144th District, 1975-92; died in office 1992; candidate for mayor of Buffalo, N.Y., 1989. Suffered a heart attack and collapsed, during an Assembly session, in the State Capitol Building, and died soon after in the Albany Medical Center, Albany, Albany County, N.Y., March 25, 1992 (age about 54 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Susan Curran.
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