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Politicians Who Died of Mouth or Tongue Cancer

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  Henry Baldwin Harshaw (1842-1900) — also known as Henry B. Harshaw — of Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wis. Born in Argyle, Washington County, N.Y., June 14, 1842. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; postmaster at Oshkosh, Wis., 1877-86; Wisconsin state treasurer, 1887-91. Member, Elks; Grand Army of the Republic; Loyal Legion; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Wounded at the battle of Laurel Hill, Va., 1864, and lost his left arm as a result. Died, of tongue cancer, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., December 25, 1900 (age 58 years, 194 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, Wis.
  George Sherman Batcheller (1837-1908) — also known as George S. Batcheller — of Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, N.Y. Born in Saratoga County, N.Y., July 25, 1837. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Saratoga County 2nd District, 1859, 1873-74, 1886, 1889; resigned 1889; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; judge, International Tribunal of Egypt, 1875-85, 1898; U.S. Minister to Portugal, 1890-92. Member, Loyal Legion. Died, from mouth cancer, in Paris, France, July 2, 1908 (age 70 years, 343 days). Interment at Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Sherman Batcheller; married to Catherine Phillips Cook (died 1903); descendant *** of Roger Sherman (1721-1793).
  Political families: Sherman family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Greene family of Providence, Rhode Island; Baldwin-Greene-Upson-Hoar family of Connecticut; Hoar-Sherman family of Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Theodore Gilmore Bilbo (1877-1947) — also known as Theodore G. Bilbo — of Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss. Born near Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss., October 13, 1877. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; farmer; member of Mississippi state senate, 1908-12; Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, 1912-16; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1912 (alternate), 1916 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization), 1928, 1936, 1940, 1944; Governor of Mississippi, 1916-20, 1928-32; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1935-47; died in office 1947. Baptist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Elks; Odd Fellows; Ku Klux Klan. Author of the book Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization, which advocated deportation of all Black Americans to Africa. During the 1946 campaign, in a radio address, he called on "every red-blooded Anglo-Saxon man in Mississippi to resort to any means to keep hundreds of Negroes from the polls in the July 2 primary. And if you don't know what that means, you are just not up to your persuasive measures." After he won re-election, the Senate, appalled at his racist views and tactics, refused to seat him, and started an investigation. Died, of mouth cancer, in a hospital at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., August 21, 1947 (age 69 years, 312 days). Interment at Juniper Grove Cemetery, Near Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of James Oliver Bilbo and Beedy (Wallace) Bilbo; married, May 25, 1898, to Lillian S. Herrington; married, January 27, 1903, to Linda R. Gaddy.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  George Dwight Schermerhorn (1886-1954) — also known as George D. Schermerhorn — of Reading, Hillsdale County, Mich. Born in Reading, Hillsdale County, Mich., October 8, 1886. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; president, Acme Chair Company; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1928; candidate for Michigan state senate 10th District, 1932; delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Hillsdale County, 1933; candidate for University of Michigan board of regents, 1947. Member, American Legion. Died, from coronary occlusion and from carcinoma of tongue and jaw, in Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., April 21, 1954 (age 67 years, 195 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsdale, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of George Darwin Schermerhorn and Fanny (Roberts) Schermerhorn; married, January 8, 1913, to Hazel Wilma Fenton (1889?-?).
  Ralph John Marino (1928-2002) — also known as Ralph J. Marino; "Mumbles" — of Muttontown, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y.; Oyster Bay, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., January 2, 1928. Republican. Member of New York state senate 5th District, 1969-95; resigned 1995. Died, from tongue cancer, in Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., April 6, 2002 (age 74 years, 94 days). Interment at Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, Long Island, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married 1954 to Ethel Bernstein.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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