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in chronological order

  Benjamin Andrew (1730-1790) — of Georgia. Born in Dorchester, Charleston District (now Dorchester County), S.C., 1730. Planter; member of Georgia State Executive Council, 1777; elected Delegate to Continental Congress from Georgia 1780, but did not serve. Died on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives, in the then state capitol building, Augusta, Richmond County, Ga., December 16, 1790 (age about 60 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  John Caldwell (1757-1804) — of Kentucky. Born in Prince Edward County, Va., 1757. Member of Kentucky state senate, 1792; Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1804; died in office 1804. Died, of an "inflammation of the brain" (probably a stroke), while presiding over the Kentucky State Senate, at the then state capitol building, Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., 1804 (age about 47 years). Interment at Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.
  Caldwell County, Ky. is named for him.
  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
  Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett (1821-1864) — of Virginia. Born in Essex County, Va., July 25, 1821. Democrat. Delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1850-51; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1853-57; U.S. Representative from Virginia 1st District, 1856-61; Representative from Virginia in the Confederate Congress, 1862-64; died in office 1864. Contracted typhoid fever while attending the Confederate Congress, in the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Va., and died at his home in Essex County, Va., February 14, 1864 (age 42 years, 204 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Essex County, Va.
  Relatives: Nephew of Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (1809-1887); grandson of James Mercer Garnett.
  Political family: Garnett family of Virginia.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Robert Augustus Alston (1832-1879) — also known as Robert A. Alston — of DeKalb County, Ga. Born in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Ga., 1832. Lawyer; farmer; newspaper publisher; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of Georgia state house of representatives, 1878-79; died in office 1879. Methodist. A farmer named Ed Cox, angry over the sale of a prison labor lease which Alston had negotiated, armed himself, announced he would kill Alston, sought him in the Georgia state capitol building, and found him in the State Treasurer's office. Both men drew their pistols. Alston was mortally wounded by a shot to the head, and died later that day, in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., March 11, 1879 (age about 46 years). Cox was also shot and injured, but recovered, was convicted of murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Interment at Decatur Cemetery, Decatur, Ga.
  Relatives: Married to Mary Charlotte Magill (1839-1884); nephew of Augustus A. Alston and Thomas Coke Howard; grandnephew of Willis Alston; first cousin of Lewis Holmes Kenan (1833-1871).
  Political family: Walker-Alston family of North Carolina.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jeremiah Weldon South (1805-1880) — also known as Jere South; "The Father of Breathitt County" — of Owsley County, Ky. Born in Madison County, Ky., July 10, 1805. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1840; member of Kentucky state senate, 1843-47. Died on the floor of the Kentucky State Senate, old State Capitol Building, Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., April 15, 1880 (age 74 years, 280 days). Interment at Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel South; father-in-law of Thomas Perrin Cardwell; nephew by marriage of Moses Cockrell; grandson-in-law of Simon Cockrell; grandson of John South; grandfather-in-law of Enoch Edgar Hume and Christine Bradley South; grandfather of South Trimble, Jerry Curtis South and John Glover South; great-grandfather of South Strong (1880-1939) and Eleanor Hume Offutt; cousin by marriage of Elisha Logan Cockrell and Harrison Cockrill.
  Political family: Cockrell-South family of Kentucky.
  William Justus Goebel (1856-1900) — also known as William J. Goebel; "Boss Bill"; "The Kenton King"; "William the Conqueror" — of Kentucky. Born in Sullivan County, Pa., January 4, 1856. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Kentucky state senate, 1887-99; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1888; delegate to Kentucky state constitutional convention, 1890-91; Governor of Kentucky, 1900; died in office 1900. In 1895, he killed a factional rival, John Stanford, in a political quarrel; never tried. While contesting the outcome of a gubernatorial election, was shot and mortally wounded in front of the old Kentucky State Capitol; he was declared elected and sworn in as Governor before he died four days later, in Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., February 3, 1900 (age 44 years, 30 days). Interment at Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.; statue at Old State Capitol Grounds, Frankfort, Ky.
  Relatives: Brother of Justus Goebel (1872?-?).
  Cross-reference: William S. Taylor — Caleb Powers — Charles Finley
  See also NNDB dossier
  William Amos Poynter (1848-1909) — also known as William A. Poynter — of Albion, Boone County, Neb. Born May 29, 1848. Member of Nebraska state house of representatives, 1885; member of Nebraska state senate, 1891; Governor of Nebraska, 1899-1901. While making a speech, in the Nebraska State Capitol, was stricken by apoplexy, and died soon after, in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb., April 5, 1909 (age 60 years, 311 days). Interment at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Neb.
  Leonidas Johnson Rountree (1868-1923) — also known as Lee J. Rountree — of Texas. Born in Dripping Springs, Hays County, Tex., July 15, 1868. Newspaper publisher; member of Texas state house of representatives, 1921-23; died in office 1923. Died of a stroke, after giving a passionate speech in the House of Representatives, in the Texas Capitol, Austin, Travis County, Tex., May 2, 1923 (age 54 years, 291 days). Interment at Bryan City Cemetery, Bryan, Tex.
  Relatives: Married to Francis Mitchell Rountree; grandson of Samuel Johnson (1804-1882).
  Political family: Harrison-Rountree family of Austin, Texas.
  See also Wikipedia article
Huey P. Long Huey Pierce Long (1893-1935) — also known as Huey P. Long; Hugh Pierce Long; "The Kingfish" — of Shreveport, Caddo Parish, La.; New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born near Winnfield, Winn Parish, La., August 30, 1893. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1928; Governor of Louisiana, 1928-32; member of Democratic National Committee from Louisiana, 1928; impeached by the Louisiana House in 1929 over multiple charges including his attempt to impose an oil tax and his unauthorized demolition of the governor's mansion, but not convicted by the Senate; U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1932-35; died in office 1935. Baptist. Member, Elks. Shot and mortally wounded by Dr. Carl Weiss (who was immediately killed at the scene), in the Louisiana State Capitol Building, September 8, 1935, and died two days later at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La., September 10, 1935 (age 42 years, 11 days). Interment at State Capitol Grounds, Baton Rouge, La.
  Relatives: Son of Hugh Pierce Long (1852-1937) and Caledonia Palestine (Tison) Long (1860-1913); brother of George Shannon Long and Earl Kemp Long (1895-1960) (who married Blanche B. Revere); married, April 12, 1913, to Rose McConnell; father of Russell Billiu Long; second cousin once removed of Gillis William Long and Speedy Oteria Long.
  Political family: Long family of Louisiana.
  Cross-reference: Cecil Morgan — John H. Overton — Harvey G. Fields — Gerald L. K. Smith
  The Huey P. Long - O.K. Allen Bridge (opened 1940), which carries U.S. Highway 190 and a rail line over the Mississippi River, between East Baton Rouge Parish and West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, is partly named for him.  — Senador Huey Pierce Long, a street in Asunsion, Paraguay, is named for him.
  Campaign slogan: "Every Man a King."
  Campaign slogan: "Share Our Wealth."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books by Huey P. Long: Every Man a King : The Autobiography of Huey P. Long
  Books about Huey P. Long: T. Harry Williams, Huey Long — Harnett T. Kane, Huey Long's Louisiana Hayride: The American Rehearsal for Dictatorship 1928-1940 — Richard D. White, Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long — David R. Collins, Huey P. Long : Talker and Doer (for young readers)
  Image source: KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana
  James E. McCullough (1888-1961) — of Keene, Cheshire County, N.H. Born in 1888. Republican. Delegate to New Hampshire state constitutional convention from Keene 2nd Ward, 1956; elected New Hampshire state house of representatives from Keene 2nd Ward 1956. Died in the state capitol building, Concord, Merrimack County, N.H., 1961 (age about 73 years). Interment at East Leverett Cemetery, East Leverett, Leverett, Mass.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of Arthur G. Hill (1841-1926).
  William B. Hoyt (c.1938-1992) — also known as Bill Hoyt — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born about 1938. Democrat. School teacher; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972; member of New York state assembly 144th District, 1975-92; died in office 1992; candidate for mayor of Buffalo, N.Y., 1989. Suffered a heart attack and collapsed, during an Assembly session, in the State Capitol Building, and died soon after in the Albany Medical Center, Albany, Albany County, N.Y., March 25, 1992 (age about 54 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Susan Curran.
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