The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Politicians Killed by Strangulation or Choking

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.
  Political family: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Samuel Calley (1821-1883) — of Salem, Essex County, Mass. Born in Salem, Essex County, Mass., April 13, 1821. House painter; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1870-71; mayor of Salem, Mass., 1872, 1881-82. Killed himself by hanging, in the back stairway of his home, Salem, Essex County, Mass., January 1, 1883 (age 61 years, 263 days). Entombed at Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Mass.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Sanford Patterson (1860-1917) — also known as J. Sanford Patterson — of Spray (now part of Eden), Rockingham County, N.C. Born in Davidson County, N.C., December 19, 1860. Postmaster at Spray, N.C., 1893-99, 1904-12. Died, from choking on food, in the State Hospital (now Broughton Hospital), Morganton, Burke County, N.C., May 9, 1917 (age 56 years, 141 days). Interment at Lawson Cemetery, Eden, N.C.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harold Merriman Deane (1891-1929) — also known as Harold M. Deane — of Connecticut; Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., October 24, 1891. Foreign Service officer; U.S. Consul in Valparaiso, 1925-27; Montreal, 1927-29, died in office 1929. Found hanged in his apartment -- the coroner's jury was unable to decide whether his death was murder or suicide -- in Montreal, Quebec, August 28, 1929 (age 37 years, 308 days). Interment somewhere in Waterbury, Conn.
  Stanley J. Pacholek (1890-1932) — of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Poland, December 8, 1890. Undertaker; candidate for mayor of Hamtramck, Mich., 1932 (primary), 1932. Polish ancestry. Arrested in April, 1932, for drunk driving; died by suicide in his jail cell, by hanging himself with his scarf, in Birmingham, Oakland County, Mich., April 19, 1932 (age 41 years, 133 days). Burial location unknown.
  Charles Armijo Woodruff (1884-1945) — also known as Charles A. Woodruff — Born in Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, N.M., January 12, 1884. U.S. Navy officer; Governor of American Samoa; captain in Merchant Marine. Died by suicide, from hanging, in his room at the Hotel Bossert, Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., November 22, 1945 (age 61 years, 314 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Joseph Wheeler Bloodgood (1926-1960) — also known as Joseph W. Bloodgood — of Madison, Dane County, Wis. Born in Madison, Dane County, Wis., May 15, 1926. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict; Dane County Coroner, 1951-54; lawyer; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Dane County 1st District, 1955-56; Dane County District Attorney, 1957-60; Dane County Family Court Judge, 1960. Died from suicide, by hanging himself with his belt, in a hospital shower room, in Madison, Dane County, Wis., July 7, 1960 (age 34 years, 53 days). Interment at Nashotah House Cemetery, Summit, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Francis Joseph Bloodgood and Jane Gray (Cleveland) Bloodgood; married, December 21, 1948, to Mary Elizabeth Peck; nephew of James Harlan Cleveland Jr.; grandson of James Harlan Cleveland; great-grandson of Francis Landon Cleveland and Stanley Matthews; great-grandnephew of John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911); second great-grandson of James Harlan; first cousin twice removed of Henry Watterson, James S. Harlan and John Maynard Harlan; second cousin once removed of Harvey Watterson and John Marshall Harlan (1899-1971); second cousin twice removed of Grover Cleveland; second cousin four times removed of Jonathan Usher; third cousin once removed of Richard Folsom Cleveland; third cousin thrice removed of John Palmer Usher and Robert Cleveland Usher.
  Political family: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Cyrus Scott Kump (1908-1964) — also known as Cyrus S. Kump — of Elkins, Randolph County, W.Va. Born in Elkins, Randolph County, W.Va., October 26, 1908. Democrat. Lawyer; bank director; served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; chair of Randolph County Democratic Party, 1949-50; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1952; candidate for Governor of West Virginia, 1952; candidate for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1956. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Elks; Rotary. Died, from suffocation caused by angioedema, in a car en route to a hospital, in Elkins, Randolph County, W.Va., February 25, 1964 (age 55 years, 122 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Elkins, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Herman Guy Kump and Edna (Scott) Kump; married, September 6, 1933, to Hazel Vorus Turner; nephew of Garnett Kerr Kump.
  Political family: Kump family of Elkins, West Virginia.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Balfour Bowen Thorn Lord (1906-1965) — also known as Thorn Lord — of Lawrence Township, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Plainfield, Union County, N.J., August 24, 1906. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, 1943-45; delegate to New Jersey state constitutional convention from Mercer County, 1947; chair of Mercer County Democratic Party, 1949-65; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1956; candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1960; New Jersey Democratic state chair, 1961-65; candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey. Episcopalian. Killed himself by strangling with an electric shaver cord, in Princeton, Mercer County, N.J., June 16, 1965 (age 58 years, 296 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Carroll Putnam Lord and Frances Roberts (Troy) Lord; married to Margaret Eastburn and Nina Underwood McAlpin.
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