The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Politicians Killed by Stabbing

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  Jacob Leisler (c.1640-1691) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Bockenheim, Holy Roman Empire (now part of Frankfurt am Main, Germany), about 1640. Fur trader; tobacco business; following the English Revolution of 1688, which brought Protestant rulers William and Mary to power, he led "Leisler's Rebellion" and seized control of the colony; Colonial Governor of New York, 1689-91; provided land for a settlement of French Huguenot refugees (now the city of New Rochelle); following the arrival of a new royal governor, he was ousted. Arrested, charged with treason, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death; executed by hanging and decapitation, in New York, New York County, N.Y., May 16, 1691 (age about 51 years). Four years later, he was posthumously exonerated by an act of Parliament. Original interment at a private or family graveyard, New York County, N.Y.; subsequent interment at Dutch Church Burial Ground, Manhattan, N.Y.; reinterment to unknown location; statue at Broadview Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y.
  Relatives: Great-grandfather of Nicholas Bayard (1736-1802).
  Political family: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Solomon P. Sharp (1780-1825) — of Kentucky. Born in Abingdon, Washington County, Va., 1780. Democrat. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1809; U.S. Representative from Kentucky, 1813-17 (at-large 1813-15, 6th District 1815-17); Kentucky state attorney general, 1821-25. Stabbed and killed, by Jereboam O. Beauchamp, in Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., November 7, 1825 (age about 45 years). Interment at Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Gordon Chalmers (1803-1847) — also known as John G. Chalmers — of La Grange, Fayette County, Tex. Born in Halifax County, Va., August 25, 1803. Newspaper editor; member of Virginia state legislature, 1830; Texas Republic Secretary of the Treasury, 1841. During a fight with Joshua Holden, he was Stabbed and mortally wounded; he died soon after, January 1, 1847 (age 43 years, 129 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of James Ronald Chalmers and Sarah Lanier (Williams) Chalmers; brother of Joseph Williams Chalmers (1807-1853); married 1827 to Mary Wade Henderson; uncle of H. H. Chalmers and James Ronald Chalmers (1831-1898).
  Political family: Chalmers family of Mississippi.
  Moses W. Formwalt (1820-1852) — of Atlanta, DeKalb County (now Fulton County), Ga. Born in Tennessee, 1820. Tinsmith; mayor of Atlanta, Ga., 1848-49; deputy sheriff. Stabbed and killed by a prisoner he was escorting, in May, 1852 (age about 31 years). Interment at Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.
  See also Wikipedia article
  John C. Bell (c.1831-1860) — of El Dorado County, Calif. Born about 1831. Member of California state assembly 18th District, 1860; died in office 1860. During an argument just outside the Assembly session in the California State Capitol, was shot and stabbed by Dr. W. H. Stone, mortally wounded, and died four days later, in Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., April 15, 1860 (age about 29 years). Interment at Sacramento City Cemetery, Sacramento, Calif.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Josiah McNair Anderson (1807-1861) — also known as Josiah M. Anderson — of Fairview, Williamson County, Tenn. Born near Pikeville, Bledsoe County, Tenn., November 29, 1807. Whig. Lawyer; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1833-37; member of Tennessee state senate, 1843-49; Speaker of the Tennessee State Senate, 1843-45, 1847-49; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 3rd District, 1849-51. Just after having made a secession speech, was stabbed and killed, Looneys Creek, Marion County, Tenn., November 8, 1861 (age 53 years, 344 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Sequatchie County, Tenn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albert Pickett Morehouse (1835-1891) — also known as Albert P. Morehouse — of Maryville, Nodaway County, Mo. Born in Delaware County, Ohio, July 11, 1835. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1876 (member, Credentials Committee); Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1885-89; Governor of Missouri, 1887-89. Killed himself, by slashing his throat, in Maryville, Nodaway County, Mo., September 23, 1891 (age 56 years, 74 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Maryville, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Stephen Morehouse (1813-1892) and Harriet Ellen (Wood) Morehouse (1815-1891); married to Martha Elizabeth McFadden (1838-1900).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Irvin Shaw (1860-1900) — also known as W. Irvin Shaw — of Houtzdale, Clearfield County, Pa. Born in Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pa., 1860. Republican. Lawyer; chair of Clearfield County Republican Party, 1894; U.S. Consul in Barranquilla, 1897-1900. Died by suicide, from slashing his throat, wrists, and leg, in a hotel at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., December 25, 1900 (age about 40 years). Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Archibald Henry Shaw (1824-1880) and Mary E. (Irvin) Shaw (1832-1897); married 1895 to Mary Valentine Rhodes (1875-1920).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John J. Kennedy (c.1857-1914) — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., about 1857. Democrat. Saloon keeper; banker; New York state treasurer, 1911-14; died in office 1914. Killed himself by slashing his throat with a razor, in a lavatory near the ballroom of the Markeen Hotel, Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., February 15, 1914 (age about 57 years). Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
  Nathaniel Wheeler Bishop (1865-1920) — also known as Nathaniel W. Bishop — of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in 1865. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1916; served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. Despondent due to a lengthy illness, he stabbed himself in the chest, and died soon afterward at Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn., April 4, 1920 (age about 54 years). Interment at Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of William Darius Bishop (1827-1904) and Julia Ann (Tomlinson) Bishop; brother of Henry Alfred Bishop; married to Annie Warner; nephew of Russell Tomlinson.
  Political family: Bishop-Tomlinson family of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jacob Haussling (1855-1921) — also known as Jake Haussling — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., February 22, 1855. Democrat. Essex County Sheriff, 1881-83; mayor of Newark, N.J., 1907-14; defeated, 1914. Stabbed himself, in Newark, Essex County, N.J., February 25, 1921 (age 66 years, 3 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
Joseph E. Agan Joseph Eugene Agan (1898-1929) — also known as Joseph E. Agan — of Mahoningtown, Lawrence County, Pa.; Washington, D.C. Born in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, July 23, 1898. U.S. Vice Consul in Porto Alegre, as of 1921; translator; newspaper correspondent. Member, American Society for International Law. Killed himself, by slashing his throat and wrists with a razor blade, stabbing himself in the heart with an ice pick, and leaping from his apartment window to the street six floors below, in Washington, D.C., October 11, 1929 (age 31 years, 80 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James L. Agan.
  Image source: U.S. passport application (1921)
  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
  Audrey Phillips Beck (1931-1983) — also known as Audrey P. Beck; Audrey Elaine Phillips — of Storrs, Mansfield, Tolland County, Conn. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., August 6, 1931. Democrat. University professor; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1967-75; member of Connecticut state senate, 1975-83. Female. Member, Phi Beta Kappa. Killed herself by slashing her wrists, in a wooded area of Willington, Tolland County, Conn., March 9, 1983 (age 51 years, 215 days). Interment at New Storrs Cemetery, Storrs, Mansfield, Conn.
  Relatives: Daughter of Gilbert W. Phillips (1907-1996) and Mary Elizabeth (Reilly) Phillps (1910-1985); married to Curt Frederic Beck (1924-2020).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Donald R. Manes (1934-1986) — also known as "The King of Queens" — of Flushing, Queens, Queens County, N.Y.; Jamaica, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 18, 1934. Democrat. Lawyer; borough president of Queens, New York, 1971-86; resigned 1986; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1984. On January 10, 1986, he was found driving erratically and bleeding from slashes to his wrist and ankle; at first he claimed he had been abducted, but then admitted his wounds were self-inflicted; while he was hospitalized, a criminal investigation against him became public. Stabbed himself in the heart, and died soon after, at Booth Memorial Medical Center, Flushing, Queens, Queens County, N.Y., March 13, 1986 (age 52 years, 54 days). Interment at Mt. Ararat Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Marlene Warshofsky.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Nelson Gerard Gross (1932-1997) — also known as Nelson G. Gross — of Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J.; Saddle River, Bergen County, N.J. Born January 9, 1932. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Bergen County, 1962-63; candidate for New Jersey state senate District 13, 1965; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1968; chair of Bergen County Republican Party, 1969; New Jersey Republican state chair, 1969; candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1970; real estate developer; restaurant owner. Jewish. Indicted in May 1973 on charges of falsifying a $5,000 contribution to the 1969 campaign of Gov. William T. Cahill, conspiring to commit tax evasion by disguising the contribution as a business expense, and counseling a witness to commit perjury; convicted in March 1974, and sentenced to two years jail; served six months. Kidnapped in Edgewater, N.J., robbed of $20,000, taken to New York, and stabbed to death, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 17, 1997 (age 65 years, 251 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Gross.
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