Very incomplete list!
in chronological order
Daniel Mace (1811-1867) —
of Lafayette, Tippecanoe
Born in Pickaway
County, Ohio, September
member of Indiana
state house of representatives, 1836; U.S.
Attorney for Indiana, 1845-48; U.S.
Representative from Indiana 8th District, 1851-57; postmaster at
Suffered a stroke in
1866, never completely recovered, and became depressed over his
himself by gunshot,
in the post office at Lafayette, Tippecanoe
County, Ind., July 26,
1867 (age 55 years, 324
Interment at Greenbush
Cemetery, Lafayette, Ind.
John M. Lingle (1843-1889) —
of Webb City, Jasper
Born in Pennsylvania, April 2,
publisher; postmaster at Webb
City, Mo., 1885-89.
After being threatened with criminal
prosecution for allegedly misappropriating
funds as postmaster, he stepped out the back door of the post
office, and killed
himself by gunshot,
in Webb City, Jasper
County, Mo., January
4, 1889 (age 45 years, 277
Interment at Webb
City Cemetery, Webb City, Mo.
William Cassius Goodloe (1841-1889) —
also known as W. Cassius Goodloe —
of Lexington, Fayette
Born in Madison
County, Ky., June 27,
Republican. Lawyer; newspaper
publisher; delegate to Republican National Convention from
(delegation chair), 1884,
member of Kentucky
state house of representatives, 1871; defeated, 1867; member of
National Committee from Kentucky, 1872-; member of Kentucky
state senate, 1873; candidate for Kentucky
state attorney general, 1875; U.S. Minister to Belgium, 1878-80.
During a violent encounter in the lobby of the Lexington Post
Office, he repeatedly
stabbed and ultimately killed a political enemy, Col. Armistead
Swope, who meanwhile shot and
wounded him; before any prosecution
could ensue, he died of his own wounds two days later, in the Phoenix
County, Ky., November
8, 1889 (age 48 years, 134
Interment at Lexington
Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.
Frazier B. Baker (c.1857-1898) —
of Lake City, Florence
Born about 1857.
teacher; postmaster at Lake
City, S.C., 1897-98; his appointment as postmaster aroused
strenuous opposition among white residents; U.S. Senators Ben
Tillman and John
L. McLaurin, and U.S. Rep. James
Norton all demanded his removal from office "because of his
color"; many violent incidents followed.
Late at night, a mob of armed white men surrounded his home and
post office, and set it on fire; when the family awoke and
attempted to escape, they were met with a hail of bullets; Baker was
in Lake City, Florence
County, S.C., February
22, 1898 (age about 41
years). Federal prosecutors pressed charges against eleven men,
none of whom were convicted.
Adam Cyrus Reinoehl (1840-1900) —
also known as Adam C. Reinoehl —
of Lancaster, Lancaster
Born in Lebanon, Lebanon
County, Pa., November
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,
Died by suicide,
gas, in his office
at the Lancaster post office, Lancaster, Lancaster
County, Pa., December
14, 1900 (age 60 years, 30
Interment at Lancaster
Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa.
Christian Widule (1845-1916) —
of Milwaukee, Milwaukee
Born in Germany,
member of Wisconsin
state assembly, 1879; member of Wisconsin
state senate, 1887-89.
Suffered a stroke
while at work as assistant postmaster of Milwaukee, and died in the
post office, Milwaukee, Milwaukee
County, Wis., October
9, 1916 (age 71 years, 82
Interment at Union
Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis.
Hillyer Rudisill (1875-1923) —
of Macon, Bibb
Born in Forsyth, Monroe
County, Ga., April
Republican. Postmaster at Macon,
Ga., 1922-23 (acting, 1922).
Died from a self-inflicted
in the post office at Macon, Bibb
County, Ga., February
16, 1923 (age 47 years, 296
days). A shortage
of about $86,000 was discovered
after his death.
Interment at Forsyth
Cemetery, Forsyth, Ga.
of Benjamin Franklin Rudisill (1834-1901) and Antoinette Vashti
(Smith) Rudisill (1847-1891); married, November
9, 1899, to Frances Lane (1878-1903).|
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Edward James Dennis (c.1876-1930) —
also known as E. J. Dennis —
Born about 1876.
Member of South
Carolina state senate from Berkeley County, 1911-14, 1927-30;
died in office 1930.
and acquitted in 1929 for conspiracy to violate the alcohol
wounded by W. L. Thornley, on the street in front of the post
office in Moncks Corner, S.C., and died the next day in a hospital
at Charleston, Charleston
County, S.C., July 25,
1930 (age about 54
John W Martin (c.1890-1935) —
of Mena, Polk
Born about 1890.
Postmaster at Mena,
during an apparent robbery of the post office, in Mena, Polk
County, Ark., November
24, 1935 (age about 45
Leon Chase Phillips (1890-1958) —
also known as Leon C. Phillips; Red
of Okemah, Okfuskee
Born in Worth
County, Mo., December
Democrat. Member of Oklahoma
state house of representatives; elected 1932, 1934, 1936; Speaker of
the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, 1935; Governor of
Oklahoma, 1939-43; delegate to Democratic National Convention
from Oklahoma, 1940.
a bribe while governor; tried
twice and ultimately acquitted.
Died, of a heart
attack, while waiting for a client at the post office in
County, Okla., March
27, 1958 (age 67 years, 108
Interment at Hillcrest
Cemetery, Weleetka, Okla.
Robert L. Roberts (1922-1973) —
of Kansas City, Wyandotte
Born in Fort Worth, Tarrant
County, Tex., 1922.
Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; postmaster
City, Kan., 1959-68, 1970-73 (acting, 1959); served in the U.S.
Army during the Vietnam war.
wounded by Carroll Edward Noel, Jr., a former mail handler, in
of the assistant postmaster, at the main post office, and was
dead on arrival at Bethany Medical
Center, Kansas City, Wyandotte
County, Kan., November
29, 1973 (age about 51
years). Noel was tried for murder, and found not guilty by reason
Interment at Memorial
Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.