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  William Preston (1729-1783) — Born in County Donegal, Ireland, December 25, 1729. Member of Virginia House of Burgesses, 1765-68, 1769-71. Died while attending a muster of the militia, in Botetourt County, Va., June 28, 1783 (age 53 years, 185 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Preston (1700-1747) and Elizabeth (Patton) Preston (1700-1776); married, January 17, 1761, to Susanna Smith (1740-1823); father of Francis Smith Preston and James Patton Preston; uncle of John Breckinridge; grandfather of William Campbell Preston, James McDowell, John Buchanan Floyd, John Smith Preston and George Rogers Clark Floyd; granduncle of Joseph Cabell Breckinridge and Robert Jefferson Breckinridge (1800-1871); great-grandfather of Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, Jr. and William Campbell Preston Breckinridge; great-granduncle of John Cabell Breckinridge and Peter Augustus Porter (1827-1864); second great-grandfather of Levin Irving Handy, Desha Breckinridge and Henry Skillman Breckinridge; second great-granduncle of Clifton Rodes Breckinridge and Peter Augustus Porter (1853-1925); first cousin twice removed of James Douglas Breckinridge.
  Political families: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell-Henry family of Virginia; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Grayson-Breckinridge-Smallwood family of Virginia and Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Matthew Clay (1754-1815) — of Halifax, Halifax County, Va. Born in Halifax County, Va., March 25, 1754. Democrat. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1790-94; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1797-1813, 1815 (at-large 1797-1807, 14th District 1807-13, 15th District 1815); died in office 1815. Died suddenly while making a speech at Halifax Court House, Halifax County, Va., May 27, 1815 (age 61 years, 63 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Pittsylvania County, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Clay (1716-1789) and Martha 'Patsy' (Green) Clay (1719-1793); brother of Green Clay; father of Matthew Clay; uncle of Brutus Junius Clay (1808-1878) and Cassius Marcellus Clay; granduncle of Thomas Clay McCreery and Brutus Junius Clay (1847-1932); first cousin by marriage of John Williams and Lewis Williams; first cousin once removed of Henry Clay (1777-1852) and Porter Clay; first cousin twice removed of Thomas Hart Clay, Henry Clay, Jr. and James Brown Clay; first cousin thrice removed of Henry Clay (1849-1884); first cousin four times removed of Oliver Carroll Clay; first cousin five times removed of Archer Woodford; second cousin by marriage of Archibald Henderson, Leonard Henderson (1772-1833), Robert Overton Williams and Marmaduke Williams; second cousin once removed of Clement Comer Clay; second cousin twice removed of Clement Claiborne Clay, Jr..
  Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Clay family of Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Joshua Mathiot (1800-1849) — of Ohio. Born in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pa., April 4, 1800. Mayor of Newark, Ohio, 1834; U.S. Representative from Ohio 12th District, 1841-43. While attending a temperance convention, contracted cholera, from which he later died, in Newark, Licking County, Ohio, July 30, 1849 (age 49 years, 117 days). Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of George Friedrich Mathiot (1759-1840) and Ruth (Davies) Mathiot (1771-1860); married 1828 to Mary Ellen Culbertson; first cousin of John Mathiot (1784-1843).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Josiah McNair Anderson (1807-1861) — also known as Josiah M. Anderson — of Fairview, Williamson County, Tenn. Born near Pikeville, Bledsoe County, Tenn., November 29, 1807. Whig. Lawyer; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1833-37; member of Tennessee state senate, 1843-49; Speaker of the Tennessee State Senate, 1843-45, 1847-49; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 3rd District, 1849-51. Just after having made a secession speech, was stabbed and killed, Looneys Creek, Marion County, Tenn., November 8, 1861 (age 53 years, 344 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Sequatchie County, Tenn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Hines Holt (1805-1865) — of Georgia. Born near Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Ga., April 27, 1805. Georgia state treasurer, 1829-32; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1841; member of Georgia state senate, 1859; Representative from Georgia in the Confederate Congress, 1862-63; delegate to Georgia state constitutional convention, 1865; died in office 1865. Died while attending state constitutional convention at Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Ga., November 4, 1865 (age 60 years, 191 days). Interment at Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Ga.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George Washington Smyth (1803-1866) — also known as George W. Smyth — of Jasper, Jasper County, Tex. Born in North Carolina, May 16, 1803. Democrat. Delegate to Texas Republic Republic constitutional convention from District of Jasper, 1836; signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; member of Texas Republic House of Representatives, 1844-45; delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1845; U.S. Representative from Texas 1st District, 1853-55; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1866. Died in session of state constitutional convention in Austin, Travis County, Tex., February 21, 1866 (age 62 years, 281 days). Interment at Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Tex.
  Presumably named for: George Washington
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Elisha Hunt Allen (1804-1883) — also known as Elisha H. Allen — of Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine; Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Born in New Salem, Franklin County, Mass., January 28, 1804. Whig. Lawyer; member of Maine state house of representatives, 1835-40, 1846-47; Speaker of the Maine State House of Representatives, 1838; delegate to Whig National Convention from Maine, 1839 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization; member, Committee to Notify Nominees); U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1841-43; defeated, 1842; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1849-50; U.S. Consul in Honolulu, 1849-53; became a citizen of the Kingdom of Hawaii; Minister of Finance for King Kamehameha III; member, Hawaii House of Nobles, 1854-56; Kingdom of Hawaii Minister to the United States, 1856-83; chief justice, Kingdom of Hawaii Supreme Court, 1857-77. Died suddenly from heart disease, while attending a diplomatic reception at the White House, Washington, D.C., January 1, 1883 (age 78 years, 338 days). Interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Clesson Allen and Mary (Hunt) Allen (1774-1833); married 1828 to Sarah Elizabeth Fessenden; married, March 11, 1857, to Mary Harrod Hobbes; father of William Fessenden Allen and Frederick Hobbes Allen (1858-1937); second great-grandnephew of Roger Wolcott (1679-1767); first cousin thrice removed of Erastus Wolcott and Oliver Wolcott, Sr.; second cousin of Gouverneur Morris; second cousin once removed of Elijah Hunt Mills; second cousin twice removed of Oliver Ellsworth, Oliver Wolcott, Jr., Roger Griswold and Frederick Wolcott; second cousin thrice removed of William Pitkin; third cousin of Chester Ashley; third cousin once removed of Theodore Dwight, Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, William Wolcott Ellsworth, Abijah Blodget, Albert Asahel Bliss and Philemon Bliss; third cousin twice removed of Matthew Griswold (1714-1799), Jonathan Ingersoll, Jared Ingersoll, Daniel Pitkin, Oliver Morgan Hungerford, Judson H. Warner and Josiah Quincy; third cousin thrice removed of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and John Davis Lodge; fourth cousin of Joseph Churchill Strong, Theodore Davenport, Chester William Chapin, Harrison Blodget, John William Allen, William Alfred Buckingham, James Samuel Wadsworth, Henry Titus Backus, George Washington Wolcott, William Dean Kellogg, Christopher Parsons Wolcott, Matthew Griswold (1833-1919) and Roger Wolcott (1847-1900); fourth cousin once removed of Jonathan Brace, Timothy Pitkin, James Kilbourne, Amaziah Brainard, Charles Jared Ingersoll, Joseph Reed Ingersoll, Ralph Isaacs Ingersoll, Greene Carrier Bronson, Charles Anthony Ingersoll, John Adams Taintor, Henry G. Taintor, Joseph Pomeroy Root, Charles Frederick Wadsworth, James Wolcott Wadsworth, John Hill Walbridge, Edward Oliver Wolcott, Walter Harrison Blodget, Henry E. Walbridge, Edwin W. Kellogg, Alfred Wolcott and Samuel Herbert Kellogg.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Morris-Ingersoll family of New York and Connecticut; Wolcott-Wadsworth family of Connecticut and Maryland; Conger-Hungerford family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Barrett Washburn (1820-1887) — also known as William B. Washburn — of Greenfield, Franklin County, Mass. Born in Winchendon, Worcester County, Mass., January 31, 1820. Republican. U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 9th District, 1863-71; Governor of Massachusetts, 1872-74; resigned 1874; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1874-75. Died suddenly, while seated on the platform at a meeting of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Affairs, in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., October 5, 1887 (age 67 years, 247 days). Interment at Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Asa Washburn and Phebe (Whitney) Washburn; married 1847 to Hannah A. Sweetser (1824-1906).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Thomas Ellett (1812-1887) — also known as Henry T. Ellett — of Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Miss. Born in Salem, Salem County, N.J., March 8, 1812. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Mississippi at-large, 1847; member of Mississippi state legislature, 1850. Died suddenly while delivering an address of welcome to President Grover Cleveland in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., October 15, 1887 (age 75 years, 221 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Windom (1827-1891) — of Winona, Winona County, Minn. Born in Belmont County, Ohio, May 10, 1827. Republican. U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1859-69 (at-large 1859-63, 1st District 1863-69); member of Republican National Committee from Minnesota, 1866-68; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1870-71, 1871-81, 1881-83; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1880; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1881, 1889-91; died in office 1891. Quaker. Fell dead, from heart disease, at the annual banquet of the New York Board of Trade and Transportation, just after finishing a speech, in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 29, 1891 (age 63 years, 264 days). Interment at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  The city of Windom, Minnesota, is named for him.
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on the U.S. $2 silver certificate in the 1890s.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Sidney Hinton (1834-1892) — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born near Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., December 25, 1834. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1872; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1881. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. First Black member of the Indiana legislature. Died of a heart attack while making a speech, in Brazil, Clay County, Ind., November 6, 1892 (age 57 years, 317 days). Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
Claude Matthews Claude Matthews (1845-1898) — of Indiana. Born in Bath County, Ky., December 14, 1845. Democrat. Farmer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1876; secretary of state of Indiana, 1891-93; Governor of Indiana, 1893-97. Suffered a stroke while making a speech in Veedersburg, Ind., and died three days later, April 28, 1898 (age 52 years, 135 days). Interment at City Cemetery, Clinton, Ind.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of James Whitcomb (1795-1852).
  Political family: Whitcomb-Matthews family of Ohio.
  The town of Matthews, Indiana, is named for him.
  Image source: The Parties and The Men (1896)
Hiram Rhodes Revels Hiram Rhodes Revels (1827-1901) — of Natchez, Adams County, Miss. Born in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C., September 27, 1827. Republican. Minister; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Mississippi state senate, 1870; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1870-71; secretary of state of Mississippi, 1873. African Methodist Episcopal. African and Lumbee Indian ancestry. First Black member of the U.S. Senate. Died, from a stroke, while attending a church conference, in Aberdeen, Monroe County, Miss., January 16, 1901 (age 73 years, 111 days). Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Elijah Revels; married to Phoebe Bass (1833-1901).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: James G. Blaine, Twenty Years of Congress, vol. 2 (1886)
William McKinley William McKinley, Jr. (1843-1901) — also known as "Idol of Ohio" — of Canton, Stark County, Ohio. Born in Niles, Trumbull County, Ohio, January 29, 1843. Republican. Major in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1877-84, 1885-91 (17th District 1877-79, 16th District 1879-81, 17th District 1881-83, 18th District 1883-84, 20th District 1885-87, 18th District 1887-91); delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1884, 1888; Governor of Ohio, 1892-96; President of the United States, 1897-1901; died in office 1901. Methodist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Loyal Legion; Freemasons; Grand Army of the Republic; Knights of Pythias; Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Shot by the assassin Leon Czolgosz, at a reception in the Temple of Music, at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., September 6, 1901, and died eight days later, in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., September 14, 1901 (age 58 years, 228 days). Original interment at West Lawn Cemetery, Canton, Ohio; reinterment in 1907 at McKinley Monument, Canton, Ohio; statue at Lucas County Courthouse Grounds, Toledo, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of William McKinley (1807-1892) and Nancy Campbell (Allison) McKinley (1809-1897); married, January 25, 1871, to Ida Saxton (1847-1907); first cousin of William McKinley Osborne; fourth cousin once removed of Henry Prather Fletcher (1873-1959).
  Political family: McKinley-Osborne-Fletcher-Allison family of Ohio.
  Cross-reference: Albert Halstead — Loran L. Lewis — George B. Cortelyou — John Goodnow
  McKinley County, N.M. is named for him.
  Mount McKinley (the highest peak in North America, now known by its traditional name, Denali), in Denali Borough, Alaska, was named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: William McKinley ThomasWilliam McKinley ThomasWilliam M. BellWilliam M. Branch
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on the U.S. $500 bill in 1928-46.
  Campaign slogan (1896): "The Full Dinner Pail."
  Campaign slogan (1896): "The Advance Agent of Prosperity."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about William McKinley: Lewis L. Gould, The Presidency of William McKinley — Kevin Phillips, William McKinley — H. Wayne Morgan, William McKinley and His America
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, October 1901
  John McPherson Pinckney (1845-1905) — also known as John M. Pinckney — of Hempstead, Waller County, Tex. Born near Hempstead, Grimes County, Tex., May 4, 1845. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; state court judge in Texas, 1900-03; U.S. Representative from Texas 8th District, 1903-05; died in office 1905. Assaulted and killed at a meeting of the Waller County Prohibition League, Hempstead, Waller County, Tex., April 24, 1905 (age 59 years, 355 days). Interment at City Cemetery, Hempstead, Tex.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Amos Poynter (1848-1909) — also known as William A. Poynter — of Albion, Boone County, Neb. Born May 29, 1848. Member of Nebraska state house of representatives, 1885; member of Nebraska state senate, 1891; Governor of Nebraska, 1899-1901. While making a speech, in the Nebraska State Capitol, was stricken by apoplexy, and died soon after, in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb., April 5, 1909 (age 60 years, 311 days). Interment at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Neb.
  George Washington Stone (1849-1921) — also known as George W. Stone — of Michigan. Born in New Bern, Craven County, N.C., August 27, 1849. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Michigan state auditor general, 1891-92. Died of a heart attack while playing the drum in an Armistice Day parade, in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., November 11, 1921 (age 72 years, 76 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lansing, Mich.
  Presumably named for: George Washington
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Nelson A. Miles Nelson Appleton Miles (1839-1925) — also known as Nelson A. Miles — Born in Westminster, Worcester County, Mass., August 8, 1839. Democrat. General in the Union Army during the Civil War; received the Medal of Honor in 1892 for action at the battle of Chancellorsville, 1863; general in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; Governor of Puerto Rico; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1904. Suffered a heart attack and died, while attending a circus, in Washington, D.C., May 15, 1925 (age 85 years, 280 days). Entombed at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Miles (1799-1875) and Mary (Curtis) Miles (1802-1875); married, June 30, 1868, to Mary Hoyt Sherman (1842-1904; daughter of Charles Taylor Sherman; niece of William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), Lampson Parker Sherman and John Sherman; granddaughter of Charles Robert Sherman); third cousin once removed of Chauncey Fitch Cleveland, Augustus Sabin Chase (1828-1896), Marden Sabin and Joseph Spalding; third cousin twice removed of Irving Hall Chase; third cousin thrice removed of Augustus Sabin Chase (1897-1970); fourth cousin of William Dean Kellogg; fourth cousin once removed of John Larkin Payson.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Sherman family of Connecticut; Ewing family of Yonkers and New York City, New York; Keeler-Floyd-Sherman-Bangs family of New York; Cameron family of Pennsylvania (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, July, 1897
  Henry Vroman Borst (1857-1925) — also known as Henry V. Borst — of Amsterdam, Montgomery County, N.Y. Born in Cobleskill, Schoharie County, N.Y., July 4, 1857. Democrat. Justice of New York Supreme Court 4th District, 1913-25; appointed 1913; resigned 1925. Methodist. Suffered a heart attack while speaking at a dinner, in the parish house of St. Casimir's Church, Amsterdam, N.Y., and died soon after, in Memorial Hospital, Albany, Albany County, N.Y., November 25, 1925 (age 68 years, 144 days). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Borst and Susan (Vrooman) Borst; married to Alida Yerdon (1858-1917) and Daisy Snook (1886-1957).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Oscar Taylor Corson (1857-1928) — also known as Oscar T. Corson — of Ohio. Born near Camden, Preble County, Ohio, May 3, 1857. Republican. School teacher and principal; Ohio commissioner of common schools, 1892-98. Presbyterian. Dutch and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died suddenly while addressing a conference at Ohio State University, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, April 14, 1928 (age 70 years, 347 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Corson (1823-1893) and Elizabeth (McBurney) Corson (died 1901); married, August 2, 1881, to Ella M. Jacoby.
  John Gardner Murray (1857-1929) — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala.; Baltimore, Md.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Lonaconing, Allegany County, Md., August 31, 1857. Democrat. Episcopal priest; Bishop of Maryland, 1911-29; Presiding Bishop of the United States, 1926-29; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1912. Methodist; later Episcopalian. Scottish ancestry. Died, of a stroke, during a session of the House of Bishops, in St. James Church, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J., October 3, 1929 (age 72 years, 33 days). Interment at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, Md.
  Relatives: Son of James Murray (1830-1878) and Ann (Kirkwood) Murray (1830-1888); married, October 13, 1881, to Harriet May 'Hattie' Sprague (1860-1884; drowned in steamboat accident); married, December 4, 1889, to Clara Alice Hunsicker (1864-1937).
  James B. Furber (c.1868-1930) — of Rahway, Union County, N.J.; Linden, Union County, N.J. Born in Allegan, Allegan County, Mich., about 1868. Traveling salesman for National Cash Register Company; newspaper publisher; real estate developer; lawyer; mayor of Rahway, N.J., 1906, 1922-24; resigned 1906; charged with assault in connection with his participation in a Socialist rally in Rahway, N.J., May 31, 1919, which was ended by spraying the speaker and audience with a fire hose; Socialist candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1920; Progressive candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1924; elected (Democratic) mayor of Linden, N.J. 1930, but died before taking office. Suffered a paralytic stroke, while addressing a meeting of the Parent Democratic Club, and died soon after in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., November 12, 1930 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of Helen Josephine Furber (niece by marriage of George McGillivray (1871?-1959)).
  Paul M. Crandell (c.1877-1935) — of New Rochelle, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., about 1877. Lawyer; mayor of New Rochelle, N.Y., 1934-35; appointed 1934; nominated, but died before the election 1935; died in office 1935. After completing a speech at a meeting of the New Rochelle Teachers Club, at Albert Leonard Junior High School, suffered a heart attack and died, from coronary thrombosis, in New Rochelle, Westchester County, N.Y., October 23, 1935 (age about 58 years). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  Edmund Bigelow Chaffee (1887-1936) — also known as Edmund B. Chaffee — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Rose Center, Oakland County, Mich., February 19, 1887. Minister; Dry candidate for delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933. Presbyterian. Dropped dead, while making a speech, at a social work conference in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., September 15, 1936 (age 49 years, 209 days). Interment at Rose Center Cemetery, Rose Center, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of John K. Chaffee and Marietta (Bigelow) Chaffee.
  Epitaph: "Servant for God and Man, Toiler for Justice and Peace."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George John Schneider (1877-1939) — also known as George J. Schneider — of Appleton, Outagamie County, Wis. Born in Grand Chute, Outagamie County, Wis., October 30, 1877. Republican. Papermaker; second vice-president, International Brotherhood of Paper Makers; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, 1923-33, 1935-39 (9th District 1923-33, 8th District 1935-39); alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1924. Died while attending a labor meeting in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, March 12, 1939 (age 61 years, 133 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, Wis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Ralph E. Williams Ralph Edward Williams (1869-1940) — also known as Ralph E. Williams — of Dallas, Polk County, Ore.; Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Polk County, Ore., September 14, 1869. Republican. Banker; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1908; member, Arrangements Committee, 1936; vice-chair, Arrangements Committee, vice-chair, 1940; member of Republican National Committee from Oregon, 1908-40; Vice-Chair of Republican National Committee, 1921-40. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Elks. Died, while attending a meeting of the Committee on Arrangements for the 1940 Republican National Convention, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., May 16, 1940 (age 70 years, 245 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James John Williams and Ralph (Eckersley) Williams; married, December 3, 1911, to Grace Noyes.
  Image source: Official Report of the 21st Republican National Convention (1936)
  Isaac Adler (1868-1941) — of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. Born in Medina, Orleans County, N.Y., May 10, 1868. Republican. Lawyer; mayor of Rochester, N.Y., 1930-31. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association. Died suddenly while attending a city planning meeting at the Chamber of Commerce, Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., June 24, 1941 (age 73 years, 45 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Levi Adler and Theresa (Wile) Adler; married, April 25, 1900, to Cora Barnet.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Otis Smith (1871-1944) — of Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine. Born in Hodgdon, Aroostook County, Maine, February 22, 1871. Republican. Geologist; director, U.S. Geological Survey, 1907-30 (except 1922-23); chair, Federal Power Commission, 1930-33; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1936. Baptist. Member, American Forestry Association; Phi Beta Kappa. Suffered a heart attack during a meeting of the board of directors of the Central Maine Power Company, and died soon after, in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, January 10, 1944 (age 72 years, 322 days). Interment at Southside Cemetery, Skowhegan, Maine.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph O. Smith and Emma (Mayo) Smith; married, November 18, 1896, to Grace M. Coburn (1871-1931).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ralph Edwin Church (1883-1950) — also known as Ralph E. Church — of Evanston, Cook County, Ill. Born near Catlin, Vermilion County, Ill., May 5, 1883. Lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives 6th District, 1917-32; U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1935-41, 1943-50 (10th District 1935-41, 1943-49, 13th District 1949-50); defeated (Independent), 1932; died in office 1950; candidate in Republican primary for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1940. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Shriners; Kiwanis; Delta Chi; Phi Kappa Psi; American Society for International Law. Died in a committee meeting in the House Office Building, Washington, D.C., March 21, 1950 (age 66 years, 320 days). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Henry George Church and Lola (Douglas) Church; married, December 21, 1918, to Marguerite Stitt (1892-1990).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
N. J. Holmberg Nathaniel John Holmberg (1878-1951) — also known as N. J. Holmberg — of Renville, Renville County, Minn. Born near Renville, Renville County, Minn., July 24, 1878. Republican. Farmer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 22, 1907-14; member of Minnesota state senate 23rd District, 1915-18; candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota at-large, 1932; candidate for U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1934 (Republican), 1936 (Independent); member of Minnesota railroad and warehouse commission, 1941-47. Lutheran. Member, Freemasons. Died, right after having given a speech about city parks, in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., June 13, 1951 (age 72 years, 324 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Minnesota Legislator record
  Image source: Minnesota Legislative Manual 1917
  L. Preston Collins (c.1897-1952) — of Marion, Smyth County, Va. Born in Lynchburg, Va., about 1897. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1940, 1944 (alternate), 1948, 1952; Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, 1946-52; died in office 1952. Suffered a heart attack, and died, at the dedication of the Robert S. Sheffey Consolidated Elementary School, near Austinville, Wythe County, Va., September 20, 1952 (age about 55 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Lewis Preston Collins and Ella (Moorman) Collins; married to Pauline Hull Staley.
Howard N. Allen Howard N. Allen (1873-1953) — of Pawling, Dutchess County, N.Y. Born in Pawling, Dutchess County, N.Y., February 21, 1873. Republican. Farmer; president, Pawling Savings Bank; director, National Bank of Pawling; member of New York state assembly from Dutchess County 1st District, 1923-44. Methodist. Member, Grange; Farm Bureau; Freemasons. Suffered a heart attack at a Pawling Savings Bank board of directors meeting, and died the next day, in Pawling, Dutchess County, N.Y., January 7, 1953 (age 79 years, 321 days). Interment at Pawling Cemetery, Pawling, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Ruth A. Howard (1874-1948).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  Willis Winter Bradley (1884-1954) — also known as Willis W. Bradley — of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Ransomville, Niagara County, N.Y., June 28, 1884. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; Governor of Guam, 1929-31; U.S. Representative from California 18th District, 1947-49; defeated, 1948; member of California state assembly, 1953-54; died in office 1954. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks; Moose. Received the Medal of Honor, for action on U.S.S. Pittsburgh, July 23, 1917. Suffered a heart attack during the noon recess of a legislative hearing, and died soon after at Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, Calif., August 27, 1954 (age 70 years, 60 days). Interment at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Willis W. Bradley and Sarah Anne (Johnson) Bradley; married, October 16, 1907, to Sue Worthington Cox.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Alben W. Barkley Alben William Barkley (1877-1956) — also known as Alben W. Barkley; Willie Alben Barkley; "Dear Alben"; "Little Alby"; "Veep" — of Paducah, McCracken County, Ky. Born in a log cabin near Lowes, Graves County, Ky., November 24, 1877. Democrat. Lawyer; McCracken County Prosecuting Attorney, 1906-09; county judge in Kentucky, 1909-13; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 1st District, 1913-27; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 (speaker), 1948 (Temporary Chair; chair, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee), 1952; candidate in primary for Governor of Kentucky, 1923; U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1927-49, 1955-56; died in office 1956; candidate for Democratic nomination for Vice President, 1944; Vice President of the United States, 1949-53. Methodist. Member, Delta Tau Delta; Phi Alpha Delta; Odd Fellows; Elks. Died of a heart attack while speaking at the Washington and Lee University Mock Democratic Convention, Lexington, Va., April 30, 1956 (age 78 years, 158 days). Interment at Mt. Kenton Cemetery, Near Paducah, McCracken County, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of John Wilson Barkley and Electra Eliza (Smith) Barkley; married, June 23, 1903, to Dorothy Brower (died 1947); married, November 18, 1949, to Jane Hadley; father of Laura Louise Barkley (who married Douglas MacArthur II (1909-1997)).
  Political families: MacArthur family of Pennsylvania; Dodge-Duke-Cromwell family of Detroit, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  C. V. Whitney's thoroughbread racehorse "The Veep" (born 1948), was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Alben W. Barkley: Polly Ann Davis, Alben W. Barkley, Senate Majority Leader and Vice President — James K. Libbey, Dear Alben : Mr. Barkley of Kentucky
  Image source: Truman Library
Bernard Austin Bernard Austin (c.1897-1959) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Russia, about 1897. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; accountant; lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 4th District, 1935-59; died in office 1959. Jewish. Member, American Legion; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons; Elks; Federal Bar Association. After giving a short speech at the swearing-in of City Court Justice Louis B. Heller, he collapsed and died from a heart attack, in the Central Courts Building, Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 6, 1959 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  Joe Starnes (1895-1962) — of Guntersville, Marshall County, Ala. Born in Guntersville, Marshall County, Ala., March 31, 1895. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from Alabama 5th District, 1935-45; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. Had a history of heart trouble; collapsed in his chair after making an impassioned speech to the Interstate Commerce Commission, and died in the infirmary a few minutes later, in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1962 (age 66 years, 284 days). Interment at City Cemetery, Guntersville, Ala.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Marcellus G. Boss (1901-1967) — also known as Marc Boss — of Columbus, Cherokee County, Kan. Born in Bremen, Marshall County, Ind., January 24, 1901. Republican. Lawyer; Cherokee County Attorney, 1931-33; member of Kansas state senate, 1945-49; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1952; Governor of Guam, 1959-60. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Suffered a heart attack while addressing a meeting of the Kansas Business and Professional Women, and died soon after, in the City Hospital, Columbus, Cherokee County, Kan., March 21, 1967 (age 66 years, 56 days). Interment at City Cemetery, Columbus, Kan.
  Relatives: Son of Frank W. Boss and Alice M. (Lehr) Boss; married, August 11, 1926, to Margery Griswold.
David Scull David Scull (1917-1968) — of Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Md. Born in Overbrook, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., September 16, 1917. Republican. Major in the U.S. Army during World War II; real estate business; chair of Montgomery County Republican Party, 1958-60; Maryland Republican state chair, 1962-64; candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland at-large, 1964; member and chair, Montgomery County Council, 1967-68. Prominent civil rights advocate; successfully fought for a Montgomery County law against racial discrimination in housing. Suffered a heart attack during the noon recess of a County Council meeting, in the Montgomery County Building, Rockville; never regained consciousness; died soon after in Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., January 23, 1968 (age 50 years, 129 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Sandy Spring Friends Cemetery, Sandy Spring, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Marshall Scull (1880-1952) and Anna Price (Johnson) Scull; married 1942 to Elizabeth Lee (1924-1981; daughter of Edward Brooke Lee; sister of Blair Lee III (1916-1985); granddaughter of Francis Preston Blair Lee); second cousin twice removed of Samuel Scull; third cousin thrice removed of Edward Biddle, Charles Biddle and John Scull.
  Political families: Lee-Randolph family of Maryland and Virginia; Biddle-Randolph family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Muhlenberg-Hiester family of Pennsylvania (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: Washington Post, January 24, 1968
  James Boyd Utt (1899-1970) — also known as James B. Utt — of Santa Ana, Orange County, Calif. Born in Tustin, Orange County, Calif., March 11, 1899. Republican. Appraiser; lawyer; member of California state assembly, 1933-36; U.S. Representative from California, 1953-70 (28th District 1953-63, 35th District 1963-70); died in office 1970; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956. Presbyterian. Member, Knights of Pythias; Elks; Izaak Walton League; Lions; Native Sons of the Golden West; Freemasons; Shriners. Suffered a heart attack during religious services at a church in Washington, D.C., and died soon after at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., March 1, 1970 (age 70 years, 355 days). Interment at Santa Ana Cemetery, Santa Ana, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Edward Utt and Mary M. (Sheldon) Utt; married, May 7, 1921, to Charlene Elizabeth Drips.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
John Davis Lodge John Davis Lodge (1903-1985) — of Westport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Washington, D.C., October 20, 1903. Republican. Lawyer; professional actor in 1933-40, appearing in movies such as Little Women, The Scarlet Empress, The Little Colonel, and In Like Flint; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 4th District, 1947-51; Governor of Connecticut, 1951-55; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1952 (speaker), 1960; U.S. Ambassador to Spain, 1955-61; Argentina, 1969-73; Switzerland, 1983-85; candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1964; delegate to Connecticut state constitutional convention 4th District, 1965. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Phi Beta Kappa. Collapsed while finishing a speech to the Women's National Republican Club, and died less than an hour later at St. Clare's Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 29, 1985 (age 82 years, 9 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of George Cabot 'Bay' Lodge (1873-1909) and Mathilda Elizabeth Frelinghuysen (Davis) Lodge (1876-1960); brother of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.; married, July 6, 1929, to Francesca Braggiotti (1902-1998; actress, ballet dancer; brother of D. Chadwick Braggiotti); aunt of Constance Lodge (1872-1941; who married Augustus Peabody Gardner); uncle of George Cabot Lodge (1927-); grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge and John Davis (1851-1902); grandnephew of Frederick Frelinghuysen (1848-1924); great-grandson of Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen; great-grandnephew of John Chandler Bancroft Davis and Horace Davis; second great-grandson of Elijah Hunt Mills and John Davis (1787-1854); second great-grandnephew of Theodore Frelinghuysen and George Bancroft; third great-grandson of George Cabot and Frederick Frelinghuysen (1753-1804); first cousin once removed of Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen and William Amory Gardner Minot; first cousin thrice removed of Isaac Davis; second cousin of Henry Osborne Havemeyer Frelinghuysen and Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen, Jr.; second cousin once removed of Josiah Quincy and Rodney P. Frelinghuysen; second cousin twice removed of Edward Livingston Davis and Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen; third cousin once removed of Livingston Davis; third cousin thrice removed of Elisha Hunt Allen and Gouverneur Morris; fourth cousin once removed of John Lee Saltonstall.
  Political families: Winthrop-Hamlin family of Massachusetts and Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Davis family; Saltonstall-Davis-Frelinghuysen-Appleton family of Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Campaign slogan (1950): "The Man You Can Believe."
  Campaign slogan (1954): "The Man Who Gets Things Done."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Connecticut Register and Manual 1950
  Robert Budd Dwyer (1939-1987) — also known as R. Budd Dwyer — of Pennsylvania. Born in St. Charles, St. Charles County, Mo., November 21, 1939. Republican. Member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1965-70; member of Pennsylvania state senate 50th District, 1971-81; resigned 1981; Pennsylvania state treasurer, 1981-87; died in office 1987. Baptist. Member, National Education Association; Eagles; Theta Chi; Jaycees. Convicted in December 1986 of bribery and conspiracy in federal court. About to be sentenced, and widely expected to resign from office, he called a press conference; there, in front of spectators and television cameras, he insisted he was not guilty, and then shot and killed himself, in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa., January 22, 1987 (age 47 years, 62 days). Interment at Blooming Valley Cemetery, Blooming Valley, Pa.
  Cross-reference: Robert B. Asher
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Edward J. Healey (1924-2000) — of Florida. Born in Elmhurst, Queens, Queens County, N.Y., July 26, 1924. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1974-80, 1982-84, 1986-2000 (81st District 1974-80, 86th District 1982-84, 1986-2000); defeated, 1972 (81st District), 1980 (81st District), 1984 (86th District); died in office 2000. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Association of Retired Persons; Audubon Society; American Legion; Nature Conservancy; Sierra Club; Urban League; Common Cause. While attending a primary victory rally for Al Gore, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, and died the next day at a hospital at Tallahassee, Leon County, Fla., March 15, 2000 (age 75 years, 233 days). Burial location unknown.
  Edward Thompson Breathitt, Jr. (1924-2003) — also known as Edward T. Breathitt; Ned Breathitt — of Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky. Born in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky., November 26, 1924. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; member of Kentucky state house of representatives 9th District, 1952-57; Governor of Kentucky, 1963-67; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1964, 1972, 1980; counsel and vice-president, Southern Railway System. Methodist. Member, Jaycees; Kiwanis; Elks; Omicron Delta Kappa; Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Collapsed while making a speech at Lexington Community College, and died a few days later, from heart disease, in the University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., October 14, 2003 (age 78 years, 322 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Hopkinsville, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Thompson Breathitt (1897-1969) and Mary Josephine (Wallace) Breathitt (1898-1968); nephew of James Breathitt, Jr. (1890-1934); grandson of James Breathitt; second great-grandnephew of John Breathitt; second cousin twice removed of John Sappington Marmaduke; second cousin thrice removed of Isaac Breathed Snodgrass; third cousin once removed of Erasmus L. Pearson.
  Political family: Henshaw-Breathitt-Snodgrass-Sappington family of West Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
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