The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Politicians: Death On Board Trains
(other than in railroad accidents)

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  Benjamin Franklin Randolph (d. 1868) — also known as Benjamin F. Randolph — of Orangeburg County, S.C. Delegate to South Carolina state constitutional convention from Orangeburg County, 1868; member of South Carolina state senate from Orangeburg County, 1868; died in office 1868. African ancestry. Murdered as he stepped off a train, October 16, 1868. Original interment in unknown location; reinterment at Randolph Cemetery, Columbia, S.C.
  Presumably named for: Benjamin Franklin
  Stephen Baker (1819-1875) — of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., August 12, 1819. Republican. U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1861-63. Died on a train en route to California, near Ogden, Weber County, Utah, June 9, 1875 (age 55 years, 301 days). Interment at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Horace Burton Strait (1835-1894) — also known as Horace B. Strait — of Shakopee, Scott County, Minn. Born in Potter County, Pa., January 26, 1835. Republican. Mayor of Shakopee, Minn., 1870; U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1873-79, 1881-87 (2nd District 1873-79, 1881-83, 3rd District 1883-87). Died on a train at Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, February 25, 1894 (age 59 years, 30 days). Interment at Valley Cemetery, Shakopee, Minn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Benjamin H. Ridgely (1861-1908) — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Caroline County, Md., July 13, 1861. Newspaper editor; U.S. Consul in Geneva, 1893-1900; Malaga, 1900-02; Nantes, 1902-04; U.S. Consul General in Barcelona, 1904-08; Mexico City, 1908, died in office 1908. Died, from heart failure, en route to Mexico City, in a Pullman railroad car at Monterrey, Nuevo León, October 10, 1908 (age 47 years, 89 days). Interment at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick W. Ridgely and Harriet (Isett) Ridgely; married, January 5, 1891, to Kate Ewing Eaches; great-grandnephew of Richard Ridgely; first cousin thrice removed of Daniel Dorsey; second cousin twice removed of Andrew Dorsey; third cousin thrice removed of Alexander Warfield and Thomas Beale Dorsey.
  Political families: Dorsey-Poffenbarger family of Maryland; Maull family of Lewes, Delaware; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Silas Clark McFarland (1859-1908) — also known as Silas C. McFarland — of Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa. Born in Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, June 3, 1859. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1888; U.S. Consul in Nottingham, 1899-1902; Reichenberg, 1902-07; U.S. Consul General in St. Gall, 1907. Killed himself, by gunshot, in his compartment on the Hamburg-Berlin express train, near Ludwigslust, Germany, October 24, 1908 (age 49 years, 143 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel McFarland and Mary A. (Woolson) McFarland; married, September 1, 1886, to Marie Eiboeck.
  George B. Anderson (1863-1910) — of Washington, D.C. Born in Kentucky, 1863. Newspaper correspondent; U.S. Consul in Antigua, 1896-97, 1905-08; Grenoble, 1897-1900; Prescott, 1900-03; Guadeloupe, 1903-05; Martinique, 1908-10, died in office 1910. Died, from heart disease, on a West Shore train in Weehawken, Hudson County, N.J., March 2, 1910 (age about 46 years). Burial location unknown.
  William Alexander Massey (1856-1914) — of Nevada. Born in Oakfield, Trumbull County, Ohio, October 7, 1856. Republican. Member of Nevada state house of representatives, 1892; justice of Nevada state supreme court, 1896; U.S. Senator from Nevada, 1912-13; defeated, 1912. Died on a train near Litchfield (unknown county), Nev., March 5, 1914 (age 57 years, 149 days). Interment at Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno, Nev.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Adolph Guttmacher (1861-1915) — also known as Adolf Guttmacher — of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind.; Baltimore, Md. Born in Jaraczewo, Silesia (now Poland), January 7, 1861. Democrat. Rabbi; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1912. Jewish. Died, from a heart attack, aboard the train Pennsylvania Limited, en route from Baltimore to Chicago, near Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pa., January 17, 1915 (age 54 years, 10 days). Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Mannheim Guttmacher and Dorothea Guttmacher; married, June 14, 1892, to Laura Oppenheimer; father of Alan Guttmacher.
  Books by Adolph Guttmacher: Optimism and Pessimism in the Old and New Testaments (1903) — A History of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 1830-1905 (1905)
  John Joseph Brady (1853-1916) — also known as John J. Brady — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., August 30, 1853. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904; Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1907-16; died in office 1916. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus; Ancient Order of Hibernians; Elks. Collapsed on a train returning from Atlantic City, and brought home; died, a week later, from pneumonia, in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., January 7, 1916 (age 62 years, 130 days). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, N.Y.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Harrington Farley (1846-1922) — also known as John H. Farley; "Honest John" — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, February 5, 1846. Democrat. Wholesale grocer; brass foundry business; banker; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1880; mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1883-84, 1899-1900. Irish and German ancestry. Suffered a stroke while riding in a streetcar, and died soon after in an ambulance en route to a hospital, in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, February 9, 1922 (age 76 years, 4 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Patrick Farley and Ann (Schwartz) Farley; married, November 23, 1884, to Margaret Kenny.
  See also Wikipedia article
Knute Nelson Knute Nelson (1843-1923) — of Wisconsin; Alexandria, Douglas County, Minn. Born in Vosse Elven, Norway, February 2, 1843. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; member of Wisconsin state assembly, 1868-69; Douglas County Attorney, 1872-74; member of Minnesota state senate 39th District, 1875-78; candidate for Presidential Elector for Minnesota; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 5th District, 1883-89; Governor of Minnesota, 1893-95; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1895-1923; died in office 1923; delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1900, 1904. Died on a train near Timonium, Baltimore County, Md., April 28, 1923 (age 80 years, 85 days). Interment at Kinkead Cemetery, Alexandria, Minn.
  Cross-reference: Jacob A. O. Preus — Archie M. Hayes
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
  Image source: Minnesota Legislative Manual 1917
  James Peter Glynn (1867-1930) — also known as James P. Glynn — of Winsted, Litchfield County, Conn. Born in Winsted, Litchfield County, Conn., November 12, 1867. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 5th District, 1915-23, 1925-30; defeated, 1922; died in office 1930. While traveling back to Washington from the funeral of Rep. J. A. Hughes in Huntington, W.Va., suffered a heart attack in the smoking car on the train, and died, near Brandy Station, Culpeper County, Va., March 6, 1930 (age 62 years, 114 days). Interment at New St. Joseph's Cemetery, Winsted, Conn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  John T. Manning (1892-1933) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., April 26, 1892. Republican. Lawyer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from St. Louis City 1st District, 1921-24; candidate for Missouri state senate, 1932. Collapsed and died on a streetcar, apparently a suicide from swallowing poison, in St. Louis, Mo., February 6, 1933 (age 40 years, 286 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, July 20, 1916, to Hildegarde Reis.
  Thomas James Walsh (1859-1933) — also known as Thomas J. Walsh — of Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Mont. Born in Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wis., June 12, 1859. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Montana, 1906; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1912 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1916 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee), 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932; U.S. Senator from Montana, 1913-33; died in office 1933; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1928. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, American Bar Association. While en route to Washington to accept appointment as U.S. Attorney General, died suddenly of a heart attack, on a train of the Atlantic Coast Line near Wilson, Wilson County, N.C., March 2, 1933 (age 73 years, 263 days). Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Helena, Mont.
  Relatives: Son of Felix Walsh and Bridget (Comer) Walsh; married, August 15, 1889, to Eleanor C. McClements.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Thomas J. Walsh: J. Leonard Bates, Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana
  William Bauchop Wilson (1862-1934) — also known as William B. Wilson — of Blossburg, Tioga County, Pa. Born in Blantyre, Scotland, April 2, 1862. Democrat. Miner; secretary-treasurer, United Mine Workers of America, 1900-08; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 15th District, 1907-13; U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1913-21; candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1926. Member, United Mine Workers. Died on a train near Savannah, Chatham County, Ga., May 25, 1934 (age 72 years, 53 days). Interment at Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Adam Wilson and Helen (Bauchop) Wilson; married to Agnes Williamson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Erastus Foster Post (1859-1937) — also known as Erastus F. Post — of Quogue, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Quogue, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., July 3, 1859. Farmer; banker; member of New York state assembly from Suffolk County 1st District, 1896-98. Died, from angina pectoris and liver cancer, on board a train near Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, N.C., March 30, 1937 (age 77 years, 270 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George Oliver Post and Harriet (Foster) Post; married, November 12, 1885, to Anna Grace Foster; third cousin twice removed of Jotham Post Jr..
  Political family: Post family of New York City, New York.
  Caleb Howard Baumes (1865-1937) — also known as Caleb H. Baumes — of Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y. Born in Bethlehem, Albany County, N.Y., March 31, 1865. Republican. School teacher; bookkeeper; lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Orange County 1st District, 1909-13; delegate to New York state constitutional convention 25th District, 1915; member of New York state senate 27th District, 1919-30; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1930. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; Knights of Pythias. Author of "Baumes Law" which provided for mandatory life sentences for fourth felony offenders. Died, of a heart attack, on a New York Central train, near Hudson, Columbia County, N.Y., September 25, 1937 (age 72 years, 178 days). Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Peter H. Baumes and Mary E. (Wiltsie) Baumes; married, March 17, 1883, to Carrie S. Ten Eyck.
  James Vernon McClintic (1878-1948) — also known as James V. McClintic; Jim V. McClintic; "Sunny Jim" — of Snyder, Kiowa County, Okla. Born near Bremond, Robertson County, Tex., September 8, 1878. Democrat. Kiowa County Clerk, 1909; member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1911-14; U.S. Representative from Oklahoma, 1915-35 (1st District 1915-17, 7th District 1917-35); lawyer. Died, from a heart attack, on a train en route to Los Angeles, near Chicago, Cook County, Ill., April 22, 1948 (age 69 years, 227 days). Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of G. V. McClintic and Emma McClintic; married to Emma May Biggs.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Francis Edward McAllister (1888-1948) — also known as Frank E. McAllister — of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Mich. Born in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Mich., August 30, 1888. Railway supply business; mayor of Kalamazoo, Mich., 1939-41. Died, from a heart attack, on a train in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., October 30, 1948 (age 60 years, 61 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick N. McAllister and Margaret A. (Owens) McAllister; married, May 15, 1912, to Irene Baumann.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albert Foster Dawson (1872-1949) — also known as Albert F. Dawson — of Preston, Jackson County, Iowa. Born in Spragueville, Jackson County, Iowa, January 26, 1872. Republican. U.S. Representative from Iowa 2nd District, 1905-11; banker; utility company executive. Died on a train near Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, March 9, 1949 (age 77 years, 42 days). Interment at Preston Cemetery, Preston, Iowa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Beauford Halbert Jester (1893-1949) — also known as Beauford Jester — of Corsicana, Navarro County, Tex. Born in Corsicana, Navarro County, Tex., January 12, 1893. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Governor of Texas, 1947-49; died in office 1949; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1948. Methodist. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Sons of the American Revolution; Kappa Sigma; Sigma Delta Chi; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Rotary; Lions. Died, aboard a Pullman railroad car, near Houston, Harris County, Tex., July 11, 1949 (age 56 years, 180 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of George Taylor Jester and Frances Paine (Gordon) Jester; married, June 15, 1921, to Mabel Buchanan; second cousin of Perry Northen Jester.
  Political family: Jester family of Corsicana, Texas.
  Jester Center Residence Hall (built 1969), at the University of Texas, Austin, is named for him.
  See also National Governors Association biography
  Richard Joseph Welch (1869-1949) — also known as Richard J. Welch — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in New York, 1869. Republican. Insurance broker; real estate business; member of California state senate, 1901-13; U.S. Representative from California 5th District, 1926-49; died in office 1949. Catholic. Member, Moose; Elks; Eagles. While traveling by train, suffered a heart attack, and died the next day, in a hospital at Needles, San Bernardino County, Calif., September 10, 1949 (age about 80 years). Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, Calif.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Frederick L. Homsher (1885-1950) — of Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pa. Born in Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pa., November 19, 1885. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; railroad business; member of Pennsylvania state senate 13th District, 1939-50; died in office 1950. Died, aboard a train en roue to sanatorium, near Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio, May 3, 1950 (age 64 years, 165 days). Interment at Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, Strasburg, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of John G. Homsher; married to Mary E. Bryson.
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