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in chronological order

  Daniel Mace (1811-1867) — of Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind. Born in Pickaway County, Ohio, September 5, 1811. Lawyer; 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 Lafayette, Ind., 1866-67. Suffered a stroke in 1866, never completely recovered, and became depressed over his condition; killed himself by gunshot, in the post office at Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind., July 26, 1867 (age 55 years, 324 days). Interment at Greenbush Cemetery, Lafayette, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Elizabeth Mace (1775-1842) and Edward Mace (1776-1846).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John M. Lingle (1843-1889) — of Webb City, Jasper County, Mo. Born in Pennsylvania, April 2, 1843. Democrat. Newspaper 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 days). Interment at Webb City Cemetery, Webb City, Mo.
  Relatives: Married 1870 to Avaline Eizabeth McCutcheon (1847-1919).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Cassius Goodloe (1841-1889) — also known as W. Cassius Goodloe — of Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. Born in Madison County, Ky., June 27, 1841. Republican. Lawyer; newspaper publisher; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1868, 1872 (delegation chair), 1884, 1888; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1871; defeated, 1867; member of Republican 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. Episcopalian. Member, Loyal Legion. 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 badly wounded him; before any prosecution could ensue, he died of his own wounds two days later, in the Phoenix Hotel, Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., November 8, 1889 (age 48 years, 134 days). Interment at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of David Short Goodloe (1811-1881) and Sally Anne Lewis Clay (Smith) Goodloe (1818-1875); brother of Green Clay Goodloe (son-in-law of James Burnie Beck (1822-1890)); married 1865 to Mary Elizabeth Mann (1845-1920); nephew of Cassius Marcellus Clay; grandfather of William Cassius Goodloe III.
  Political family: Wilson-Dunn-Goodloe family of Indiana (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frazier B. Baker (c.1857-1898) — of Lake City, Florence County, S.C. Born about 1857. Republican. School 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. African ancestry. 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 shot and killed, 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. Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  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
  Christian Widule (1845-1916) — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Germany, July 19, 1845. Republican. Druggist; 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 days). Interment at Union Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis.
  Hillyer Rudisill (1875-1923) — of Macon, Bibb County, Ga. Born in Forsyth, Monroe County, Ga., April 26, 1875. Republican. Postmaster at Macon, Ga., 1922-23 (acting, 1922). Died from a self-inflicted gunshot, 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.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Franklin Rudisill (1834-1901) and Antoinette Vashti (Smith) Rudisill (1847-1891); married, November 9, 1899, to Frances Lane (1878-1903).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward James Dennis (c.1876-1930) — also known as E. J. Dennis — of Berkeley County, S.C. Born about 1876. Member of South Carolina state senate from Berkeley County, 1911-14, 1927-30; died in office 1930. Tried and acquitted in 1929 for conspiracy to violate the alcohol prohibition law. Shot and mortally 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 years). Burial location unknown.
  John W Martin (c.1890-1935) — of Mena, Polk County, Ark. Born about 1890. Postmaster at Mena, Ark., 1933-35. Shot and killed during an apparent robbery of the post office, in Mena, Polk County, Ark., November 24, 1935 (age about 45 years). Burial location unknown.
  Leon Chase Phillips (1890-1958) — also known as Leon C. Phillips; Red Phillips — of Okemah, Okfuskee County, Okla. Born in Worth County, Mo., December 9, 1890. 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. Charged with accepting a bribe while governor; tried twice and ultimately acquitted. Died, of a heart attack, while waiting for a client at the post office in Okmulgee, Okmulgee County, Okla., March 27, 1958 (age 67 years, 108 days). Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weleetka, Okla.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Robert L. Roberts (1922-1973) — of Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kan. Born in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Tex., 1922. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; postmaster at Kansas City, Kan., 1959-68, 1970-73 (acting, 1959); served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. Stabbed and mortally wounded by Carroll Edward Noel, Jr., a former mail handler, in the office 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 of insanity. Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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