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Politicians: Death in Retail Stores and Shops

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  Thomas James Roberson Swafford (1849-1884) — also known as Thomas J. R. Swafford — Born December 27, 1849. Democrat. Member of Tennessee state senate, 1884; died in office 1884; shot through his arm by Jeff Dibrell, brother of George G. Dibrell; injured in several other gun and knife fights, in one of which he wounded two attackers and accidentally killed his father-in-law. Shot and killed during an armed confrontation with Monroe Hudson, shopkeeper, who had ordered him to leave his store, in Sparta, White County, Tenn., October 17, 1884 (age 34 years, 295 days). Interment at Old Sparta Cemetery, Sparta, Tenn.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Balbirnie (1838-1899) — of Muskegon, Muskegon County, Mich. Born in Ontario, 1838. Republican. Merchant; mayor of Muskegon, Mich., 1899; died in office 1899. Scottish ancestry. Shot and killed by John W. Tayer, who had been ousted as city poor director, in his store in his store at Muskegon, Muskegon County, Mich., June 29, 1899 (age about 60 years). Tayer died by suicide at the scene; he shot himself, then swallowed carbolic acid. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Muskegon, Mich.
  Relatives: Married to Ellen T. Watson.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Smith Havens (1834-1906) — also known as Charles S. Havens — of Suffolk County, N.Y. Born in Patchogue, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., August 26, 1834. Democrat. Merchant; member of New York state assembly from Suffolk County, 1878. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons. Died, from a heart attack, in his general store, Center Moriches, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., April 23, 1906 (age 71 years, 240 days). Interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches, Long Island, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John Havens and Elizabeth (Ketcham) Havens; brother of John Scudder Havens; married to Nancy Matilda Williamson; father of John Lewis Havens; second cousin thrice removed of Henry Scudder; third cousin of Wickham Sayre Havens; third cousin once removed of Jonathan Nicoll Havens; fourth cousin of Benjamin Nicoll Huntington; fourth cousin once removed of Caleb Scudder and Henry Joel Scudder.
  Political family: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Henderson Hargis (1862-1908) — also known as James H. Hargis; "Big Jim" — of Jackson, Breathitt County, Ky. Born in Jackson, Breathitt County, Ky., October 13, 1862. Democrat. County judge in Kentucky, 1890; member of Kentucky Democratic State Central Committee, 1899-1907. Tried and acquitted for the 1902-03 murders of J. B. Marcum and two others, but found liable for plotting the killings in a 1904 civil suit for money damages by surviving family members. Shot and killed by his son, Beech Hargis, in the Hargis Brothers general store, Jackson, Breathitt County, Ky., February 6, 1908 (age 45 years, 116 days). Interment at Hargis Family Cemetery, Jackson, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of John Seldon Hargis; brother of Alexander Hamilton Hargis; grandnephew of John Louis Hargis; first cousin of Thomas Frazier Hargis.
  Political family: Cockrell-South family of Kentucky.
  Alfred James Brown (1856-1913) — of Colorado. Born in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., March 23, 1856. Physician; druggist; member of Colorado state legislature, 1890. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias. Died, of cerebral apoplexy, at his drugstore in Higbee, Randolph County, Mo., February 17, 1913 (age 56 years, 331 days). Interment at Eel River Cemetery, Columbia City, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of David Brown.
  Lansing Edgar Lincoln (1842-1916) — also known as Lansing E. Lincoln — of Mason, Ingham County, Mich.; Harbor Beach, Huron County, Mich.; Omer, Arenac County, Mich. Born in Groton, Tompkins County, N.Y., November 23, 1842. Progressive. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; merchant; farmer; livestock dealer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Huron County, 1885-88; defeated, 1914. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. While entering a country store, he slipped and fell, never regained consciousness, and died soon after, in Omer, Arenac County, Mich., November 4, 1916 (age 73 years, 347 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Omer, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Milton Luvane Lincoln and Sarah (Carpenter) Lincoln; married, July 23, 1879, to Philura Buchanan; father of Burr Buchanan Lincoln; grandfather of James Helme Lincoln; second cousin twice removed of Levi Lincoln; third cousin once removed of Levi Lincoln Jr. and Enoch Lincoln.
  Political family: Lincoln-Lee family (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
John F. Parrish John Festus Parrish (1887-1928) — also known as John F. Parrish; Jaddo Parrish — of Lamar, Prowers County, Colo. Born in Colorado, July 8, 1887. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1928. Shot and killed, along with his father Amos N. Parrish, by the Fleagle Gang, who were robbing the First National Bank, in Lamar, Prowers County, Colo., May 23, 1928 (age 40 years, 320 days). The gang members were captured in 1929, tried, convicted, sentenced to death and excuted. Interment at Fairmount Cemetery, Lamar, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of Amos Newton Parrish and May (Labrick) Parrish; third cousin of Harry Wayne Hamilton Sr..
  Political family: Parrish family of Lamar, Colorado.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: The Fleagle Gang: Betrayed by a Fingerprint
Amos N. Parrish Amos Newton Parrish (1851-1928) — also known as A. Newton Parrish — of Lamar, Prowers County, Colo. Born in Missouri, April 2, 1851. Republican. Rancher; banker; member of Colorado state house of representatives, 1890; delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1908 (alternate), 1912. Shot and killed, along with his son, John F. Parrish, by the Fleagle Gang, who were robbing the First National Bank, in Lamar, Prowers County, Colo., May 23, 1928 (age 77 years, 51 days). The gang members were captured in 1929, tried, convicted, sentenced to death and excuted. Interment at Fairmount Cemetery, Lamar, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of John Comley Parrish and Mary Ann (Prichard) Parrish; married to May Labrick; father of John Festus Parrish; second cousin once removed of Harry Wayne Hamilton Sr..
  Political family: Parrish family of Lamar, Colorado.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: The Fleagle Gang: Betrayed by a Fingerprint
  Edwin S. Norton (1864-1933) — also known as Ed S. Norton — of Varna, Marshall County, Ill.; Pomona, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Riverside, Riverside County, Calif. Born in Illinois, 1864. Democrat. Dry goods merchant; shoe merchant; candidate for California state assembly, 1932. Died from a self-inflicted gunshot, in the back room of his shoe store, Riverside, Riverside County, Calif., June 23, 1933 (age about 68 years). Burial location unknown.
  Franklin Swift Billings (1862-1935) — also known as Franklin S. Billings — of Woodstock, Windsor County, Vt. Born in New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass., May 11, 1862. Republican. Member of Vermont state house of representatives from Woodstock, 1910-12, 1921-23; Speaker of the Vermont State House of Representatives, 1921-23; Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 1923-25; Governor of Vermont, 1925-27; delegate to Vermont convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933. Episcopalian. Died, of a heart attack, in Joseph Carbino's repair shop, Woodstock, Windsor County, Vt., January 16, 1935 (age 72 years, 250 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Woodstock, Vt.
  Relatives: Son of Franklin Noble Billings and Nancy (Swift) Billings; married, July 12, 1892, to Bessie Hewitt Vail; married 1919 to Gertrude (Curtis) Todd; father of Franklin Swift Billings Jr.; nephew of Frederick H. Billings.
  Political family: Billings family of Woodstock, Vermont.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Peter A. Abeles (1886-1952) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Oltenitza, Romania, February 15, 1886. Republican. Lawyer; accountant; member of New York state senate 22nd District, 1919-20; defeated, 1920, 1922; magistrate. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith; Freemasons. Died, apparently of a heart attack, in a stationery store on Eighth Avenue, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 12, 1952 (age 66 years, 210 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Aron Abeles and Rebecca (Isser) Abeles; married, November 11, 1913, to Minerva Lobel.
  Loring Milton Black Jr. (1886-1956) — also known as Loring M. Black, Jr.; "The Kid Senator" — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., May 17, 1886. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state senate, 1911-12, 1919-20 (4th District 1911-12, 6th District 1919-20); defeated, 1920; U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1923-35; candidate for mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1933. One of the leaders of the "wet bloc" in Congress, which opposed Prohibition. Died from a heart attack, in a drugstore at Washington, D.C., May 21, 1956 (age 70 years, 4 days). Interment at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Loring M. Black and Elizabeth Black; married to Beatrice M. Eddy and Loy Spencer.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Abraham Lefkowitz (1884-1956) — of Forest Hills, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in Revisch, Hungary, 1884. School teacher and principal; Farmer-Labor candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 13th District, 1922; among the founders and a vice-president of the American Federation of Teachers; fought against Communists in the union. Member, Urban League; American Federation of Teachers. Collapsed and died in a barber shop, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 7, 1956 (age about 72 years). Interment somewhere in Queens, N.Y.
  Thomas David Craven (1900-1961) — of Laramie, Albany County, Wyo. Born in Chaska, Carver County, Minn., March 11, 1900. Merchant; mayor of Laramie, Wyo., 1945. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died, of a pulmonary embolus, at Kassis Department Store, Laramie, Albany County, Wyo., August 14, 1961 (age 61 years, 156 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery, Laramie, Wyo.
  Relatives: Nephew of Joseph William Craven.
  Gilbert J. DiNello (1935-1996) — of East Detroit (now Eastpointe), Macomb County, Mich.; Clinton Township, Macomb County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., February 28, 1935. Real estate broker; member of Michigan state house of representatives 73rd District, 1973-78; member of Michigan state senate 26th District, 1979-94; defeated (Republican), 1994; candidate in Republican primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1996. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Eagles; Lions. Died of a heart attack, on an escalator at the Somerset Mall shopping center, Troy, Oakland County, Mich., 1996 (age about 61 years). Burial location unknown.
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