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James A. Garfield James Abram Garfield (1831-1881) — also known as James A. Garfield — of Hiram, Portage County, Ohio. Born in a log cabin near Orange, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, November 19, 1831. Republican. Lawyer; college professor; president, Eclectic University (now Hiram College); member of Ohio state senate, 1859-61; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Ohio 19th District, 1863-81; President of the United States, 1881; died in office 1881. Disciples of Christ. English ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Delta Upsilon. Shot by the assassin Charles J. Guiteau, in the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., July 2, 1881, and died from the effects of the wound and infection, in Elberon, Monmouth County, N.J., September 19, 1881 (age 49 years, 304 days). Interment at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio; statue erected 1887 at Garfield Circle, Washington, D.C.; statue at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Abram Garfield (1799-1833) and Elizabeth (Ballou) Garfield (1801-1888); married, November 11, 1858, to Lucretia "Crete" Rudolph (1832-1918); father of James Rudolph Garfield; fourth cousin of Eli Thayer; fourth cousin once removed of John Alden Thayer (1857-1917).
  Political families: Conger-Hungerford family; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: William S. Maynard
  Garfield counties in Colo., Mont., Neb., Okla., Utah and Wash. are named for him.
  Garfield Mountain, in the Cascade Range, King County, Washington, is named for him.  — The city of Garfield, New Jersey, is named for him.
  Politician named for him: James G. Stewart
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on the U.S. $20 gold certificate in 1898-1905.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about James A. Garfield: Allan Peskin, Garfield: A Biography — Justus D. Doenecke, The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur
  Image source: James G. Blaine, Twenty Years of Congress, vol. 2 (1886)
John B. Finch John Bird Finch (1852-1887) — also known as John B. Finch — of Nebraska; Evanston, Cook County, Ill. Born in Lincklaen, Chenango County, N.Y., March 17, 1852. Orator; Chairman of Prohibition National Committee, 1884-87. Member, Good Templars. Died, in the Eastern Railroad Depot, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., October 3, 1887 (age 35 years, 200 days). Interment at Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Married to Uretta Lemira Coy (1852-1875) and Frances E. Manchester (1852-1918).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Prohibition Year Book 1910
  David Smith Terry (1823-1889) — also known as David S. Terry — of Galveston, Galveston County, Tex.; San Francisco, Calif.; Stockton, San Joaquin County, Calif. Born in Christian County (part now in Todd County), Ky., March 8, 1823. Lawyer; went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; advocated the extension of slavery to California; justice of California state supreme court, 1855-59; chief justice of California state supreme court, 1857-59; killed U.S. Senator David C. Broderick in a duel near San Francisco in 1859; tried for murder, but acquitted; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to California state constitutional convention, 1878-79; candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1880; his wife Sarah Althea Hill claimed to be the widow and heir of wealthy U.S. Senator William Sharon; in September, 1888, when her claim was finally rejected by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Field (acting as a Court of Appeals judge for California), she and Terry caused an altercation in the courtroom and were jailed six months for contempt of court. Five months after his release from jail, he encountered Justice Field and slapped him in the face; he was then shot through the heart and killed by U.S. Deputy Marshal David Neagle, the justice's bodyguard, in the train station dining room at Lathrop, San Joaquin County, Calif., August 14, 1889 (age 66 years, 159 days). Neagle was arrested by local authorities, but later released on the demand of the U.S. government. Interment at Stockton Rural Cemetery, Stockton, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Royal Terry (1792-1877) and Sarah David (Smith) Terry (1793-1837); brother of Benjamin Franklin Terry (1821-1861); married, November 26, 1852, to Cornelia Runnels (1829-1884; niece of Hardin Richard Runnels); married, January 7, 1886, to Sarah Althea Hill (1857-1937).
  Political family: Runnels-Terry family of Houston, Texas.
  Cross-reference: Peter Singleton Wilkes
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
James B. Beck James Burnie Beck (1822-1890) — also known as James B. Beck — of Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. Born in Dumfriesshire (now Dumfries and Galloway), Scotland, February 13, 1822. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1860; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 7th District, 1867-75; U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1877-90; died in office 1890. Died suddenly, in the Baltimore & Potomac train station, Washington, D.C., May 3, 1890 (age 68 years, 79 days). Interment at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.
  Relatives: Father-in-law of Green Clay Goodloe (brother of William Cassius Goodloe (1841-1889)).
  Political families: Clay family of Kentucky; Wilson-Dunn-Goodloe family of Indiana (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: James G. Blaine, Twenty Years of Congress, vol. 2 (1886)
Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893) — also known as Rutherford B. Hayes; "Rutherfraud B. Hayes"; "His Fraudulency" — of Ohio. Born in Delaware, Delaware County, Ohio, October 4, 1822. Republican. Lawyer; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Ohio 2nd District, 1865-67; Governor of Ohio, 1868-72, 1876-77; President of the United States, 1877-81. Methodist. Scottish ancestry. Member, Loyal Legion; Grand Army of the Republic; Odd Fellows; Delta Kappa Epsilon. Stricken by a heart attack at the railroad station in Cleveland, Ohio, and died that night in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio, January 17, 1893 (age 70 years, 105 days). Original interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont, Ohio; reinterment in 1915 at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio.
  Relatives: Married, December 30, 1852, to Lucy Ware Webb Hayes; father of Webb Cook Hayes (1856-1934).
  Cross-reference: Leopold Markbreit — James M. Comly — Joseph P. Bradley
  Hayes County, Neb. is named for him.
  Rutherford B. Hayes High School, in Delaware, Ohio, is named for him.  — The Presidente Hayes Department (province), and its capital city, Villa Hayes, in Paraguay, are named for him.
  Personal motto: "He serves his party best who serves his country best."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Rutherford B. Hayes: Ari Hoogenboom, Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President — Hans Trefousse, Rutherford B. Hayes: 1877 - 1881 — William H. Rehnquist, Centennial Crisis : The Disputed Election of 1876
  Image source: James G. Blaine, Twenty Years of Congress, vol. 2 (1886)
  Isaac Newton Link (1849-1895) — of Durham, Durham County, N.C. Born in 1849. Mayor of Durham, N.C., 1880-81, 1894-95; died in office 1895. Suffered a likely heart attack and died, while waiting in a carriage at the train station, Greensboro, Guilford County, N.C., January 26, 1895 (age about 45 years). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, N.C.
  Presumably named for: Isaac Newton
  Relatives: Married to Laura W. Gillman (1853-1881); married 1895 to Alice Lamond.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Samuel Lowry Biggers (1862-1899) — also known as Samuel L. Biggers — of St. Louis, Mo.; Old Orchard (now part of Webster Groves), St. Louis County, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., 1862. Hardware buyer; Consul for Argentina in SAINT Louis, Mo., 1895-98. Died, from "quick consumption" (tuberculosis), in Union Station, Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo., 1899 (age about 37 years). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of David A. Biggers (1828-1905) and Rebecca Jane (Lowry) Biggers (1829-1921).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nathaniel P. Burruss (1844-1905) — of Norfolk, Va. Born in Richmond, Va., December 17, 1844. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; banker; Vice-Consul for Portugal in Norfolk, Va., 1865-77, 1900-01; his bank failed in 1897. While buying tickets at a railway office, he fell, suffered a severe hip injury, and was hospitalized; this was two hours before his daughter's cheduled wedding, on September 9, 1905; the wedding venue was hastily changed to his bedside; died less than 30 days later, in St. Vincent's Hospital, Norfolk, Va., October 6, 1905 (age 60 years, 293 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Cicero Burruss (1819-1885) and Adelaide Octavia (Charter) Burruss (1825-1874); married, September 15, 1868, to Magaret Walters Dey (1844-1917).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lewis J. Martin (1844-1913) — of Newton, Sussex County, N.J. Born near Deckertown (now Sussex), Sussex County, N.J., February 22, 1844. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Sussex County, 1879-81; county judge in New Jersey, 1881-96; member of New Jersey state senate from Sussex County, 1898-1903; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 6th District, 1913; died in office 1913. Dropped dead, from heart disease, in Union Station, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1913 (age 69 years, 72 days). Interment at Newton Cemetery, Newton, N.J.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Hayward Augustus Harvey (1870-1914) — also known as Hayward A. Harvey — of Orange, Essex County, N.J. Born in Orange, Essex County, N.J., November 3, 1870. Republican. Steel manufacturer; mining business; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1896. Presbyterian. Killed by self-inflicted gunshot, in the Lackawanna Railroad station, Orange, Essex County, N.J., February 25, 1914 (age 43 years, 114 days). Interment at Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Hayward A. Harvey; married to Maude E. Prindle (1877-1934).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Morton Eshleman (1876-1916) — also known as John M. Eshleman; Jack Eshleman — of California. Born in Villa Ridge, Pulaski County, Ill., June 14, 1876. Republican. Member of California state assembly 52nd District; elected 1906; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1912; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1915-16; died in office 1916. Member, Freemasons. Died, of tuberculosis, in a train station at at Indio, Riverside County, Calif., February 28, 1916 (age 39 years, 259 days). Original interment in unknown location; reinterment at Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito, Calif.
  Relatives: Married to Elizabeth Ledgett Eshleman (1884?-1961).
  Eshleman Hall, at the University of California Berkeley, is named for him.
  Joseph McCrum Belford (1852-1917) — also known as Joseph M. Belford — of Riverhead, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa., August 5, 1852. Republican. U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1897-99; defeated, 1898; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900. Member, Phi Kappa Psi. Died suddenly in Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., May 3, 1917 (age 64 years, 271 days). Interment at Riverhead Cemetery, Riverhead, Long Island, N.Y.
  Relatives: Cousin *** of James Burns Belford (1837-1910).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Edward Russell Kellogg (1864-1923) — of Oswego, Oswego County, N.Y. Born in San Francisco, Calif., April 22, 1864. Artist; U.S. Vice Consul in Yokohama, 1918-23, died in office 1923. Died suddenly, from heart disease, in the New York Central railroad station, Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., July 3, 1923 (age 59 years, 72 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Scriba town, Oswego County, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John Glover Kellogg (1823-1886) and Katharine Tracy (Lyon) Kellogg (1838-1871); married, October 12, 1886, to Sarah Morris Burtis; grandson of John Russell Kellogg; first cousin four times removed of Aaron Kellogg; second cousin twice removed of Greene Carrier Bronson; third cousin once removed of Selah Merrill; third cousin twice removed of George Smith Catlin and Francis William Kellogg; third cousin thrice removed of Jason Kellogg, Jonathan Brace, Charles Kellogg, Orsamus Cook Merrill, Timothy Merrill (1781-1836), Zina Hyde, Jr. and Daniel Fiske Kellogg; fourth cousin once removed of Arthur Tappan Kellogg.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Woodruff-Hornblower-Seymour-Wadsworth family of Connecticut; Hoar-Sherman family of Massachusetts; Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George A. Myers (1859-1930) — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Baltimore, Md., March 5, 1859. Republican. Barber; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1892, 1900; member of Ohio Republican State Executive Committee, 1897-98. African ancestry. Died at the New York Central Railroad ticket office in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, January 17, 1930 (age 70 years, 318 days). Interment at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.
  Richard Nathaniel Lower (1850-1933) — also known as R. N. Lower — of Longwood Township, Pettis County, Mo. Born in Oldham County, Ky., January 15, 1850. Republican. Farmer; banker; member of Missouri state senate 15th District, 1925-28. Presbyterian. Member, Woodmen; Ancient Order of United Workmen. Struck by a train and killed, at the Missouri Pacific railroad station, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Mo., March 29, 1933 (age 83 years, 73 days). Interment at Longwood Cemetery, Longwood, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of George Lower and Margaret Lower (c.1818-1865); brother-in-law of Fred MacChesney (nephew by marriage of James Peter Walker (1851-1890)); married to Nancy Margaret Godby (1856-1890); married, June 15, 1892, to Anna Jane McChesney (1866-1943).
Samuel Insull Samuel Insull (1859-1938) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Kenilworth, Cook County, Ill.; near Libertyville, Lake County, Ill. Born in London, England, November 11, 1859. Republican. Associate of Thomas Edison and executive of electric utilities; one of the founders of the company that became General Electric; also had major holdings in railroads; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1904; when his utility holding company collapsed, wiping out the stockholders, he fled the country; indicted in 1932 on fraud and embezzlement charges; ultimately extradited from Turkey in 1934; tried in Chicago and found not guilty. Congregationalist. Member, Union League. Died from a heart attack, in the Place de la Concorde station on the Paris Métro subway system, Paris, France, July 16, 1938 (age 78 years, 247 days). Interment at Putney Vale Cemetery, London, England.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Insull and Emma (Short) Insull; married, May 24, 1899, to Margaret A. Bird (1875-1953; actress, stage name 'Gladys Wallis').
  Cross-reference: Forest A. Harness
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Time Magazine, November 29, 1926
  Louis B. Ward (c.1892-1942) — of Michigan. Born about 1892. Business representative for "radio priest" Charles Coughlin; candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1936 (Democratic primary), 1936 (The Third Party), 1940 (Democratic primary). Died, of a heart attack, in the New York Central railroad station, Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., April 20, 1942 (age about 50 years). Interment at Glenwood Cemetery, Watertown, N.Y.
  Vito Anthony Marcantonio (1902-1954) — also known as Vito Marcantonio — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., December 10, 1902. Lawyer; campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Fiorello H. LaGuardia, 1924-32; U.S. Representative from New York, 1935-37, 1939-51 (20th District 1935-37, 1939-45, 18th District 1945-51); defeated, 1936 (Republican, 20th District), 1950 (American Labor, 18th District); American Labor candidate for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1949; New York American Labor Party state chair, 1949. Catholic. Member, United World Federalists; American Civil Liberties Union. Fell dead, after coming up the stairs from a subway station, on Broadway by City Hall Park, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., August 9, 1954 (age 51 years, 242 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel Marcantonio and Angelina (De Dobitis) Marcantonio; married, May 20, 1925, to Miriam A. Sanders.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Jeremiah B. Bloom (1913-1983) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., May 25, 1913. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state senate, 1957-78 (12th District 1957-65, 21st District 1966, 17th District 1967-72, 19th District 1973-78); candidate in primary for Governor of New York, 1978. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Jewish War Veterans. Suffered a heart attack at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and died soon after, in St. Clare's Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 2, 1983 (age 70 years, 130 days). Interment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Dorothy Sotland.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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