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Politicians who died from Hunger or Thirst
(Malnutrition, Dehydration, Starvation)

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  Charles Joseph Harris (1853-1944) — also known as Charles J. Harris — of Dillsboro, Jackson County, N.C. Born in Putnam, Windham County, Conn., September 11, 1853. Republican. President, Harris Kaolin Co. (mining), Harris Granite Quarries, and Harris-Woodbury Lumber Co.; president, Jackson County Bank (Sylva, N.C.); vice-president, American National Bank (Asheville, N.C.); president, Asheville Daily Times newspaper; delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1896 (member, Credentials Committee), 1908, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936 (alternate); candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1904. Suffered a broken back, probably from a fall, was unable to eat, and died from inanition, in Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C., February 14, 1944 (age 90 years, 156 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of William Harris and Zilpah (Torrey) Harris; married to Florence Rust.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Yancey Williams (1866-1946) — of Lancaster, Lancaster County, S.C. Born in Lancaster, Lancaster District (now Lancaster County), S.C., August 20, 1866. Farmer; lawyer; banker; vice-president, Springs Cotton Mills; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Lancaster County, 1896-1904, 1932-36; member of South Carolina state senate from Lancaster County, 1906-10. Died, from cancer and malnutrition, in Marion Sims Memorial Hospital, Lancaster, Lancaster County, S.C., June 5, 1946 (age 79 years, 289 days). Interment at Westside Cemetery, Lancaster, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of David Aurelius Williams and Sarah Amanda (Clyburn) Williams; brother of David Reece Williams; married, April 24, 1888, to Leila Poore; married to Margaret Olive (Miller) Earle; first cousin of Benjamin Rutledge Clyburn, Lewis Lee Clyburn, Thomas Franklin Clyburn and William Uriah Clyburn (1857-1917); first cousin once removed of Lewis Craig Clyburn, Beckham Hilton Clyburn, Charles Frank Clyburn and Lewis Marcellus Clyburn Jr.; first cousin twice removed of William Uriah Clyburn (1920-2007); first cousin thrice removed of William Richard Clyburn; second cousin twice removed of Thornwell Howard Clyburn.
  Political family: Clyburn family of South Carolina.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Howard Hearnes Carwile (1911-1987) — also known as Howard H. Carwile; "Howlin' Howard" — of Richmond, Va. Born in Charlotte County, Va., November 14, 1911. Lawyer; Independent candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1942 (5th District), 1944 (5th District), 1980 (3rd District); candidate for Governor of Virginia, 1945 (Independent), 1953 (Independent), 1957 (Democratic primary); Independent candidate for U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1946, 1948; member of Virginia state house of delegates from Henrico County & Richmond city, 1974-75; defeated (Independent), 1947, 1975. Died, from sepsis due to severe bedsores, while suffering from emaciation and Alzheimer's disease, in St. Mary's Hospital, Henrico County, Va., June 6, 1987 (age 75 years, 204 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Willis Early Carwile and Allie Richardson (Taylor) Carwile; married, June 7, 1948, to Violet Virginia Talley; second cousin twice removed of Zachariah Williams Carwile; third cousin once removed of Preston Brooks Carwile, Jefferson Davis Carwile and Franklin Addison Carwile; fourth cousin of Addison Brooks Carwile.
  Political family: Carwile family of South Carolina.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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