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Politicians Killed By Poison or Overdose

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  George Wythe (1726-1806) — of York County, Va. Born in Elizabeth City County, Va. (now part of Hampton, Va.), 1726. Member of Virginia state legislature, 1758-68; Delegate to Continental Congress from Virginia, 1775-77; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; state court judge in Virginia, 1777; member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; delegate to Virginia convention to ratify U.S. constitution from York County, 1788. Episcopalian. Apparently murderedpoisoned by his grandnephew — and died two weeks later, in Richmond, Va., June 8, 1806 (age about 79 years). Interment at St. John's Churchyard, Richmond, Va.
  Wythe County, Va. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  John Gallagher Montgomery (1805-1857) — of Pennsylvania. Born in Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pa., June 27, 1805. Democrat. Member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1855; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 12th District, 1857; died in office 1857. Presumed to have been deliberately poisoned at a banquet during the inauguration of President James Buchanan, in Washington, D.C., and subsequently died, at Danville, Montour County, Pa., April 24, 1857 (age 51 years, 301 days). Interment at Episcopal Cemetery, Danville, Pa.; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Anthony Quitman (1799-1858) — also known as John A. Quitman — of Mississippi. Born in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, N.Y., September 1, 1799. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Mississippi state house of representatives, 1826-27; delegate to Mississippi state constitutional convention, 1832; member of Mississippi state senate, 1835-36; Governor of Mississippi, 1835-36, 1850-51; state court judge in Mississippi, 1838; general in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; candidate for Democratic nomination for Vice President, 1848, 1856; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 5th District, 1855-58; died in office 1858. Member, Freemasons. Presumed to have been deliberately poisoned at a banquet during the inauguration of President James Buchanan, in Washington, D.C., and subsequently died, near Natchez, Adams County, Miss., July 17, 1858 (age 58 years, 319 days). Interment at Natchez City Cemetery, Natchez, Miss.; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Books about John A. Quitman: Robert E. May, John A. Quitman: Old South Crusader
  Edward Allen Hannegan (1807-1859) — also known as Edward A. Hannegan — of Covington, Fountain County, Ind. Born in Hamilton County, Ohio, June 25, 1807. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1832-33, 1841-42; U.S. Representative from Indiana 7th District, 1833-37; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1843-49; U.S. Minister to Prussia, 1849-50. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons. In May, 1852, during a drunken argument, he stabbed his brother-in-law, Captain Duncan, who died the next day. Died from overdose of morphine (probably suicide), in St. Louis, Mo., February 25, 1859 (age 51 years, 245 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Ind.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  David Fullerton Robison (1816-1859) — of Pennsylvania. Born near Greencastle, Franklin County, Pa., May 28, 1816. U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 17th District, 1855-57. Presumed to have been deliberately poisoned at a banquet during the inauguration of President James Buchanan, in Washington, D.C., and subsequently died, at Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pa., June 24, 1859 (age 43 years, 27 days). Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, Pa.
  Relatives: Nephew of David Fullerton (1772-1843).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Sumner Maynard (1802-1866) — also known as William S. Maynard — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Berkshire County, Mass., April 25, 1802. Village president of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1836-38, 1839-40; mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., 1856-58, 1865-66. Congregationalist. Suffering from severe depression, he killed himself by an overdose of morphine or laudanum, in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich., June 18, 1866 (age 64 years, 54 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  Relatives: Married to Julia Guiteau (aunt of Charles Julius Guiteau (assassin in 1881 of President James A. Garfield)).
  Henry Connelly (1800-1866) — of New Mexico. Born in Nelson County (part now in Spencer County), Ky., 1800. Member New Mexico territorial council, 1851; Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1861-66. Catholic. Died of an opium overdose, at Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, N.M., August 12, 1866 (age about 66 years). Interment at San Rosario Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.M.
  John H. Fitzgerald (1834-1871) — of Wickenburg, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., 1834. Went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; member of Arizona territorial House of Representatives, 1871. Killed himself by swallowing strychnine, at Mill City (now part of Phoenix), Maricopa County, Ariz., July 22, 1871 (age about 37 years). Burial location unknown.
  Benjamin F. Ferris (c.1806-1876) — also known as B. F. Ferris; H. A. Johnson — of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif. Born in New York, about 1806. Justice of the Peace, 1853 to about 1860; mayor of Oakland, Calif., 1865-66; banker. While traveling under the pseudonym 'H. A. Johnson', aboard the steamer Amador on the Sacramento River, he killed himself by taking poison, tying his feet together, and then jumping or falling overboard to drown in the river, near Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., May 20, 1876 (age about 70 years). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
  William W. Lee (c.1817-1882) — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born about 1817. Republican. Candidate for New Jersey state house of assembly, 1879. While depressed over the death of his wife, he killed himself by taking an ounce and a half of laudanum, in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., December 19, 1882 (age about 65 years). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Henry C. Hoffman (c.1827-1883) — of Chemung County, N.Y. Born about 1827. Member of New York state assembly from Chemung County, 1866, 1880-81. Killed himself, by taking strychnine, in Horseheads, Chemung County, N.Y., August 26, 1883 (age about 56 years). Burial location unknown.
  Jacques J. Stillwell (1827-1884) — also known as J. J. Stillwell — of Gravesend (now part of Brooklyn), Kings County, N.Y. Born in 1827. Member of New York state assembly from Kings County 12th District, 1881-82. While suffering from an overdose of chloral hydrate, and fearing the onset of insanity, he shot himself, and died several days later, in Gravesend (now part of Brooklyn), Kings County, N.Y., December 14, 1884 (age about 57 years). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  John Birdsall (1840-1891) — also known as "John Williams" — of Glen Cove, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Flatbush (now part of Brooklyn), Kings County, N.Y., October 5, 1840. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; merchant; farmer; member of New York state senate 1st District, 1880-81. While registered under the assumed name "John Williams," he killed himself with illuminating gas in his room at the United States Hotel, New York, New York County, N.Y., April 14, 1891 (age 50 years, 191 days). Interment at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Annie Frost (1847-1938).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Michael S. Tynan (c.1835-1893) — of Stapleton, Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. Born about 1835. Republican. Shoe merchant; member of New York state assembly from Richmond County, 1885. Reportedly afflicted with "melancholia", he died by suicide, from illuminating gas, in Stapleton, Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., November 13, 1893 (age about 58 years). Burial location unknown.
  Newton Woodward Hall (1864-1893) — also known as Newton W. Hall — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Birmingham, England, 1864. Vice-Consul for Ecuador in San Francisco, Calif., 1891-93; Vice-Consul for Honduras in San Francisco, Calif., 1891-93. English ancestry. During an altercation with Edward A. Gillespie, he fell or was thrown down a flight of stairs, suffered a skull fracture, and died soon after at Receiving Hospital, San Francisco, Calif., November 27, 1893 (age about 29 years). Gillespie was arrested and charged with murder, but acquitted at trial in 1894. While in the hospital, Hall also received a probably fatal dose of opium. Burial location unknown.
  Robert F. Kraft (1859-1894) — of New Albany, Floyd County, Ind. Born in Johnson County, Ill., October, 1859. Democrat. Shoemaker; candidate in primary for mayor of New Albany, Ind., 1894. Killed himself by swallowing arsenic, in New Albany, Floyd County, Ind., October 2, 1894 (age about 35 years). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, New Albany, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Ferdinand Kraft (1833-1908) and Sophia (Scharf) Kraft (1840-1905); married, April 22, 1884, to Blanche E. Riggle (1867-1934).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward Augustus Stevenson (1831-1895) — also known as Edward A. Stevenson — of El Dorado County, Calif.; Tehama County, Calif.; Boise, Ada County, Idaho. Born in Lowville, Lewis County, N.Y., June 15, 1831. Democrat. Went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; member of California state assembly, 1854-56, 1860-61 (18th District 1854-56, 13th District 1860-61); Speaker of the California State Assembly, 1860; member Idaho territorial council, 1866-68, 1876-78; Governor of Idaho Territory, 1885-89; appointed 1885; candidate for Governor of Idaho, 1894. Died by suicide, from laudanum, at Paraiso Springs, Monterey County, Calif., July 6, 1895 (age 64 years, 21 days). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery, Boise, Idaho.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Stevenson (1781-1843) and Phebe Pratt (Spafford) Stevenson (1792-1871); brother of Charles Clark Stevenson (1826-1890); married, August 31, 1853, to Harriet E. Marcy (1836-1859; killed by Indians); married 1860 to Annie D. Orr (1841-1896).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Adam Cyrus Reinoehl (1840-1900) — also known as Adam C. Reinoehl — of Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa. Born in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pa., November 14, 1840. Republican. Major in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Lancaster County, 1868, 1870-71; postmaster at Lancaster, Pa., 1900. Died by suicide, with illuminating gas, in his office at the Lancaster post office, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., December 14, 1900 (age 60 years, 30 days). Interment at Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Augustus Reinoehl (1819-1904) and Leah (Reigel) Reinoehl (1820-1883); married to Lucy Davis (1846-1905); second cousin once removed of John K. Reinoehl (1858-1902).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Henry Abercrombie (1845-1907) — also known as William H. Abercrombie — of Washington, D.C. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., 1845. Physician; U.S. Consul in Nagasaki, 1890-97. He stuffed cotton in the cracks around his bedroom doors and windows, and killed himself by turning on the illuminating gas jets, in Washington, D.C., September 5, 1907 (age about 62 years). Interment at Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Pa.
  Relatives: Married, December 11, 1901, to Amelia Seyfert (1853-1945).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles D. Pierce (c.1848-1908) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born about 1848. Consulting engineer; commission merchant; manufacturer of well-drilling, excavation, and mining machinery and supplies; Consul-General for Orange Free State in New York, N.Y., 1891-1902. Killed himself by inhaling illuminating gas, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., April 24, 1908 (age about 60 years). Burial location unknown.
  Hinton Rowan Helper (1829-1909) — of North Carolina; New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Mocksville, Davie County, N.C., December 27, 1829. Author and publisher of The Impending Crisis of the South (1857), an attack on the institution of slavery as holding the South back economically; U.S. Consul in Buenos Aires, 1861-66. Killed himself with illuminating gas, in Washington, D.C., March 8, 1909 (age 79 years, 71 days). Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Hinton Rowan Helper: David Brown, Southern Outcast: Hinton Rowan Helper And the Impending Crisis of the South
  Jacob H. Hoysradt (1858-1911) — of Ancram, Columbia County, N.Y. Born in 1858. Member of New York state assembly from Columbia County, 1894. Member, Freemasons; Grange. Killed himself with chloroform, in Ancram, Columbia County, N.Y., December 14, 1911 (age about 53 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1880 to Carrie Miller.
  Robert Gunn Bremner (1874-1914) — also known as Robert G. Bremner — of Passaic, Passaic County, N.J. Born in Keiss, Caithness, Scotland, December 17, 1874. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; newspaper editor and publisher; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1912 (speaker); U.S. Representative from New Jersey 7th District, 1913-14; died in office 1914. Scottish ancestry. Afflicted with cancer, which spread from his neck to his left shoulder, he was treated with then-experimental radiation therapy. National news media followed his progress in detail for weeks. In Dr. Howard A. Kelley's hospital, tubes containing $100,000 worth of radium (almost half of the entire U.S. supply) were temporarily inserted into the tumor. The treatment was unsuccessful and probably harmful, and he died, in Baltimore, Md., February 5, 1914 (age 39 years, 50 days). Interment at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa, N.J.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Gundrum (1842-1916) — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Pirmasens, Germany, January 20, 1842. Democrat. Pharmacist; mayor of Ionia, Mich., 1893. Methodist. German ancestry. Died, from acute morphine poisoning, probably intentional, in Ionia, Ionia County, Mich., November 18, 1916 (age 74 years, 303 days). Interment at Highland Park Cemetery, Ionia, Mich.
  Relatives: Married 1877 to Catherine 'Kate' MacPherson (1851-1941).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward Richard Folsom (1874-1923) — also known as Edward R. Folsom — of Irvington, Essex County, N.J. Born in North Urbana, Steuben County, N.Y., September 18, 1874. Charged, in 1894, of forging checks, bank robbery, and arson; pleaded guilty to two charges; sentenced to ten years in prison; pardoned and released in September 1897; coal dealer; mayor of Irvington, N.J., 1923; died in office 1923. Blackmailers threatening to expose his criminal past extorted money from him until he was nearly penniless; killed himself by an overdose of sedative, in Irvington, Essex County, N.J., September 26, 1923 (age 49 years, 8 days). Interment at Clinton Cemetery, Irvington, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick Lewis Folsom (1846-1921) and Martha (Layton) Folsom; married to Sara Elizabeth Keeler (1876-1958).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frank Bosworth Brandegee (1864-1924) — also known as Frank B. Brandegee — of New London, New London County, Conn. Born in New London, New London County, Conn., July 8, 1864. Republican. Lawyer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from New London, 1889, 1899-1900; Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1899-1900; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1900; member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1901; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1902-05; U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1905-24; died in office 1924. Member, Union League. Killed himself by inhaling from a gaslight, in Washington, D.C., October 14, 1924 (age 60 years, 98 days). Five years later, U.S. Sen. Cole Blease of South Carolina received a letter from a woman alleging that Brandegee had been murdered; the letter was turned over to a Senate committee to investigate the mystery, but nothing came of it. Interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Augustus Brandegee and Nancy Christine (Bosworth) Brandegee; first cousin seven times removed of Roger Wolcott; second cousin five times removed of Matthew Griswold; third cousin once removed of William Henderson Packwood; fourth cousin once removed of Alonzo Mark Leffingwell and Otis Larry Packwood (1927-2008).
  Political family: Wolcott-Packwood-Griswold family of Connecticut (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Asa Francis Smith (c.1847-1925) — also known as Asa F. Smith — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Beverly, Essex County, Mass., about 1847. Lawyer; Prohibition candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1898 (3rd District), 1914 (10th District); Prohibition candidate for New York state assembly from Kings County 17th District, 1902; candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1908, 1918 (Prohibition), 1919, 1920 (Prohibition), 1922 (Prohibition). Died, a week after being overcome by fumes from his gas stove, in Prospect Heights Hospital, Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 16, 1925 (age about 78 years). Burial location unknown.
  Joseph Medill McCormick (1877-1925) — also known as Medill McCormick — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., May 16, 1877. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1916, 1920 (member, Resolutions Committee); member of Illinois state legislature, 1910; U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1917-19; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1919-25; died in office 1925. Scotch-Irish and Dutch ancestry. Died by suicide, through an overdose of barbiturates (reported at the time as a heart attack), in his room at the Hotel Hamilton, Washington, D.C., February 25, 1925 (age 47 years, 285 days). Interment at Middlecreek Cemetery, Byron, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Sanderson McCormick and Katherine Van Etta (Medill) McCormick (1853-1932); brother of Robert Rutherford McCormick; married, June 10, 1903, to Ruth Hanna (daughter of Marcus Alonzo Hanna); grandson of Joseph Meharry Medill; grandnephew of Cyrus Hall McCormick; first cousin of Joseph Medill Patterson; first cousin once removed of William McCormick Blair, Jr. (1916-2015).
  Political family: McCormick-Guggenheim-Morton-Medill family of Illinois and New York.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Alvin Lingo, Jr. (1873-1925) — also known as John A. Lingo — of Rehoboth, Sussex County, Del. Born in 1873. Republican. Merchant; member of Delaware state house of representatives from Sussex County 10th District, 1925; died in office 1925. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Accidentally swallowed poisonous Lysol disinfectant, and died en route to a hospital, in his doctor's car, near Lewes, Sussex County, Del., December 14, 1925 (age about 52 years). Interment at Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro, Del.
  Relatives: Son of John Alvin Lingo and Hettie Jane (Baker) Lingo (1846-1936); brother of Rufus D. Lingo, Jr., Archibald B. Lingo and Charles Dale Lingo (1884-1949); second cousin of Asher H. Lingo; second cousin once removed of Carlton Leroy Lingo and Joseph W. Prettyman.
  Political family: Lingo family of Millsboro, Delaware.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  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 (1899-1961).
  Edward W. Weisbrod (1866-1933) — of Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wis. Born in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wis., December 3, 1866. Democrat. Insurance agent; real estate business; candidate in primary for mayor of Oshkosh, Wis., 1907; candidate for Wisconsin state assembly from Winnebago County 1st District, 1916. German ancestry. Member, Knights of Pythias; Modern Woodmen. Accidentally killed by carbon monoxide while painting his automobile in his garage, in Black Wolf town, Winnebago County, Wis., February 19, 1933 (age 66 years, 78 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Rudolph J. Weisbrod (1839-1902) and Sophia (Arnold) Weisbrod (1841-1917); married, June 24, 1896, to Louise Anna Gustavus; first cousin of Albert W. Weisbrod (1851-1892).
  Harwood Edward Odery Fish (1875-1934) — also known as Harwood E. Fish — of Roselle Park, Union County, N.J. Born in Otterville, Ontario, August 23, 1875. Mayor of Roselle Park, N.J., 1912-16. Killed himself with illuminating gas, in Roselle Park, Union County, N.J., September 4, 1934 (age 59 years, 12 days). Interment at Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery, Linden, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of John DeField Fish (1833-1911) and Janette Ann (Titus) Fish (1843-1886); married, June 22, 1898, to Florence Adeline More (1879-1961).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Byron W. Austin (1887-1937) — of Miami, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla.; Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., 1887. Democrat. Elected mayor of Danbury, Conn. 1937, but died before taking office. Died, probably by suicide, from carbon monoxide poisoning, in his car, in the garage of his hunting lodge, in New Fairfield, Fairfield County, Conn., about April 1, 1937 (age about 49 years). Interment at Wooster Cemetery, Danbury, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Willis Austin.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Pedro José de Larralde (1880-1938) — also known as Pedro J. de Larralde — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Venezuela, May 15, 1880. Physician; Honorary Consul for Venezuela in Los Angeles, Calif., 1927-38. In grief over the death of his wife a year earlier, he killed himself, by carbon monoxide poisoning, inside his garage, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., August 8, 1938 (age 58 years, 85 days). Interment somewhere in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Nathan Lieberman (c.1888-1939) — also known as Leonard Madden — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born about 1888. Republican. Lawyer; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1912; member of New York state assembly from New York County 17th District, 1921; in March 1939, he was charged, along with two others, over a stock fraud scheme; he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail; meanwhile, in a separate case, he was indicted in Broome County. Member, Freemasons; Elks. Died, apparently of pneumonia, while attempting to kill himself with poison, in his room at the Tudor Hotel (where he had registered under the assumed name "Leonard Madden"), Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 12, 1939 (age about 51 years). Burial location unknown.
  Ralph Emerson Bailey (1878-1948) — also known as Ralph E. Bailey — of Sikeston, Scott County, Mo. Born in Cainsville, Harrison County, Mo., July 14, 1878. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Missouri 14th District, 1925-27. Died, from acute vascular collapse as a result of an adverse reaction to a blood transfusion, in St. Francis Hospital, Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Mo., April 8, 1948 (age 69 years, 269 days). Interment at City Cemetery, Sikeston, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of John L. Bailey and Honora (Reeves) Bailey.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Douglas Hemphill Elliott (1921-1960) — also known as Douglas H. Elliott — of Pennsylvania. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., June 3, 1921. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; public relations business; member of Pennsylvania state senate 33rd District, 1957-60; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 18th District, 1960; died in office 1960. Less than two months after taking office as U.S. Representative, he killed himself by draping a deer skin over his head and the tail pipe of a car, to produce carbon monoxide poisoning, in Horse Valley, Franklin County, Pa., June 19, 1960 (age 39 years, 16 days). Interment at Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Chambersburg, Pa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Thomas Blair, Jr. (1902-1962) — also known as James T. Blair, Jr. — of Jefferson City, Cole County, Mo. Born in Maysville, DeKalb County, Mo., March 15, 1902. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Cole County, 1929-32; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1936, 1960; chair of Cole County Democratic Party, 1939; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of Jefferson City, Mo., 1947-48; Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1949-57; Governor of Missouri, 1957-61. Presbyterian. Member, Elks; Freemasons; Shriners; Moose; Sons of the American Revolution; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Amvets; Military Order of the World Wars; American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Sigma Chi; Phi Delta Phi; Sigma Nu Phi; Knights of Pythias; Woodmen; Kiwanis; Eagles. Died, along with his wife, of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, when exhaust fumes from a car left running in an attached garage entered their home through the air conditioning system, in Jefferson City, Cole County, Mo., July 12, 1962 (age 60 years, 119 days). Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Jefferson City, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of James Thomas Blair (1871-1944) and Grace Emma (Ray) Blair; married 1926 to Emilie Garnett Chorn (1903-1962).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Inger Stevens (1934-1970) — also known as Inger Stensland; "Kay Palmer" — Born in Stockholm, Sweden, October 18, 1934. Democrat. Actress; honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1960. Female. Swedish ancestry. Died, from acute barbiturate poisoning, (later ruled to be suicide), in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., April 30, 1970 (age 35 years, 194 days). Cremated; ashes scattered in North Pacific Ocean.
  Relatives: Daughter of Per Stensland and Lisbet Stensland; married, July 9, 1955, to Anthony Soglio; married, November 18, 1961, to Isaac 'Ike' Jones (1929-2014).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Sidney Theodore Roebuck (1901-1982) — also known as S. T. Roebuck — of Newton, Newton County, Miss. Born in Attala County, Miss., 1901. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Mississippi state house of representatives, 1930; secretary of Mississippi Democratic Party, 1937; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1940. Died from an accidental overdose of Coumadin (Warfarin), 1982 (age about 81 years). Interment at Lakewood Memorial Park, Jackson, Miss.
  John Porter East (1931-1986) — also known as John P. East — of North Carolina. Born in Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., May 5, 1931. Republican. Candidate for secretary of state of North Carolina, 1968; Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1972; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1981-86; died in office 1986. Presbyterian. His legs were paralyzed due to polio. Killed himself by carbon monoxide poisoning, in Greenville, Pitt County, N.C., June 29, 1986 (age 55 years, 55 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  James Patrick Screen, Jr. (1943-1994) — also known as Pat Screen — of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La. Born May 13, 1943. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, 1981-88; indicted, along with an aide, in 1987, on a felony malfeasance charge over management of a road improvement program; the charges were dismissed three days later. Catholic. Died, from a drug overdose, in a hotel room at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., September 12, 1994 (age 51 years, 122 days). Interment at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, La.
  Relatives: Son of James Patrick Screen, Sr. (1914-1994) and Rosemary T. Screen (1921-2002); married to Kathleen Clare McCall.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nathan R. Sobel (1906-1997) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., 1906. Lawyer; counsel to Gov. Herbert H. Lehman, 1937; County Court Judge; Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1962-67; delegate to New York state constitutional convention 17th District, 1967; appointed 1967; Kings County Surrogate, 1969-76. Died, from an adverse reaction to medication, in New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., May 20, 1997 (age about 90 years). Burial location unknown.
  James J. Eagan (1926-2000) — also known as "The Jolly Green Giant" — of Florissant, St. Louis County, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., March 4, 1926. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; mayor of Florissant, Mo., 1963-2000. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died, of an adverse reaction to a prescription drug, in St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo., November 2, 2000 (age 74 years, 243 days). His body was donated to science.
  Rickey Lee Davis (1951-2014) — also known as Rick Davis — of Caruthersville, Pemiscot County, Mo. Born, in Tunica County Hospital, Tunica, Tunica County, Miss., February 8, 1951. Mayor of Caruthersville, Mo., 1994-98, 2014; died in office 2014. Presbyterian. Member, Rotary. Died, from smoke inhalation during a fire at his home, Caruthersville, Pemiscot County, Mo., July 23, 2014 (age 63 years, 165 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Otis Jefferson Davis (1923-1987) and Beulah Mae (Jordan) Davis (1927-2017); married to Cathy McNeeley (1950-1987); married, November 25, 1989, to Ginger Coppage.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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