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in chronological order

  George M. Carhart (d. 1863) — of California. Member of California state assembly 21st District, 1853-54. Accidentally shot and killed while sleeping in Skinner's Saloon, Bannock, Beaverhead County, Mont., May 17, 1863. Burial location unknown.
  Caleb Claiborne Herbert (c.1814-1867) — of Texas. Born in Goochland County, Va., about 1814. Member of Texas state senate, 1857-59; Representative from Texas in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65. Shot and killed outside a saloon in Columbus, Colorado County, Tex., July 5, 1867 (age about 53 years). Interment a private or family graveyard, Colorado County, Tex.
  Edwin Stanton McCook (1837-1873) — Born in Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, March 26, 1837. General in the Union Army during the Civil War; secretary of Dakota Territory, 1872-73; died in office 1873. Member, Freemasons. Shot and killed by Peter P. Wintermute, a banker and political adversary, at a saloon in Yankton, Yankton County, Dakota Territory (now S.Dak.), September 11, 1873 (age 36 years, 169 days). Interment at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  Relatives: Brother of George Wythe McCook; first cousin of Edward Moody McCook (1833-1909) and Anson George McCook.
  Political family: McCook family of Steubenville, Ohio.
  McCook County, S.Dak. is named for him.
  Benjamin Long (1838-1877) — of Dallas, Dallas County, Tex. Born March 7, 1838. Mayor of Dallas, Tex., 1868-70, 1872-74; defeated, 1874. Killed when he attempted to stop three people from leaving a saloon without paying, June 23, 1877 (age 39 years, 108 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, Tex.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  David Smith Terry (1823-1889) — also known as David S. Terry — of Galveston, Galveston County, Tex.; San Francisco, Calif.; Stockton, San Joaquin County, Calif. Born in Christian County (part now in Todd County), Ky., March 8, 1823. Lawyer; went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; advocated the extension of slavery to California; justice of California state supreme court, 1855-59; chief justice of California state supreme court, 1857-59; killed U.S. Senator David C. Broderick in a duel near San Francisco in 1859; tried for murder, but acquitted; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to California state constitutional convention, 1878-79; candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1880; his wife Sarah Althea Hill claimed to be the widow and heir of wealthy U.S. Senator William Sharon; in September, 1888, when her claim was finally rejected by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Field (acting as a Court of Appeals judge for California), she and Terry caused an altercation in the courtroom and were jailed six months for contempt of court. Five months after his release from jail, he encountered Justice Field and slapped him in the face; he was then shot through the heart and killed by U.S. Deputy Marshal David Neagle, the justice's bodyguard, in the train station dining room at Lathrop, San Joaquin County, Calif., August 14, 1889 (age 66 years, 159 days). Neagle was arrested by local authorities, but later released on the demand of the U.S. government. Interment at Stockton Rural Cemetery, Stockton, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Royal Terry (1792-1877) and Sarah David (Smith) Terry (1793-1837); brother of Benjamin Franklin Terry (1821-1861); married, November 26, 1852, to Cornelia Runnels (1829-1884; niece of Hardin Richard Runnels); married, January 7, 1886, to Sarah Althea Hill (1857-1937).
  Political family: Runnels-Terry family of Houston, Texas.
  Cross-reference: Peter Singleton Wilkes
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nicholas Fish (1848-1902) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 19, 1848. Republican. Lawyer; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Switzerland, 1877-81; U.S. Minister to Belgium, 1882-85; banker; Presidential Elector for New York, 1896. Member, Society of the Cincinnati. Quarreled with Thomas J. Sharkey, a private detective, on the second floor of the Ehrhardt Brothers saloon; Sharkey struck him, so that he fell down the stairs into the street with a skull fracture; died the next day, without regaining consciousness, at Roosevelt Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 16, 1902 (age 54 years, 209 days). Sharkey was later convicted of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to ten years in prison. Interment at St. Philip's Cemetery, Garrison, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Hamilton Fish (1808-1893) and Julia (Kean) Fish (1816-1887); brother of Hamilton Fish, Jr. (1849-1936); married to Clemence S. Smith-Bryce; father of Hamilton Fish (1874-1898; sergeant in the U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, the "Rough Riders", in the Spanish-American war; killed in battle); uncle of Hamilton Fish, Jr. (1888-1991); grandson of Nicholas Fish; granduncle of Hamilton Fish, Jr. (1926-1996); great-grandson of John Kean (1756-1795); great-grandnephew of Robert Gilbert Livingston and Philip Peter Livingston; great-granduncle of Hamilton Fish (1951-) and Alexa Fish Ward; second great-grandson of Gilbert Livingston and Peter Van Brugh Livingston; second great-grandnephew of John Livingston, Robert Livingston (1688-1775), Robert Livingston (1708-1790), Philip Livingston and William Livingston; third great-grandson of Robert Livingston the Elder; third great-grandnephew of Pieter Schuyler (1657-1724) and Johannes Schuyler (1668-1747); fourth great-grandson of Pieter Stuyvesant and Pieter Van Brugh; fourth great-grandnephew of Abraham de Peyster, Johannes Cuyler and Johannes de Peyster; first cousin of John Kean (1852-1914) and Hamilton Fish Kean; first cousin once removed of Robert Winthrop Kean; first cousin twice removed of Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr., Charles Ludlow Livingston (1800-1873) and Thomas Howard Kean; first cousin thrice removed of Robert R. Livingston (1718-1775), Peter Robert Livingston (1737-1794), Walter Livingston, Henry Brockholst Livingston and Thomas Howard Kean, Jr.; first cousin four times removed of Robert Livingston the Younger and Johannes Schuyler (1697-1746); first cousin five times removed of Nicholas Bayard (1644?-1707), David Davidse Schuyler, Myndert Davidtse Schuyler, Johannes DePeyster, Cornelis Cuyler and John Cruger, Jr.; second cousin once removed of Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright; second cousin twice removed of James Jay, John Jay, Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), Frederick Jay, Edward Livingston (1764-1836), Stephen Van Rensselaer, Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Henry Walter Livingston, Peter Augustus Jay (1776-1843), Rensselaer Westerlo, Edward Philip Livingston and William Jay; second cousin thrice removed of Stephanus Bayard, Philip John Schuyler, Philip P. Schuyler and Stephen John Schuyler; second cousin four times removed of Matthew Clarkson and Henry Cruger; third cousin of Gilbert Livingston Thompson; third cousin once removed of Philip Schuyler, Peter Robert Livingston (1789-1859), Edward Livingston (1796-1840), Henry Bell Van Rensselaer and John Jay II; third cousin twice removed of Nicholas Bayard (1736-1802), Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Robert Van Rensselaer, Pieter Schuyler (1746-1792), James Livingston, Peter Samuel Schuyler, Philip Jeremiah Schuyler, Guy Vernor Henry and Montgomery Schuyler, Jr.; third cousin thrice removed of Philip DePeyster; fourth cousin of John Jacob Astor III, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer and Charles Ludlow Livingston (1870-?); fourth cousin once removed of Peter Robert Livingston (1766-1847), Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer, Maturin Livingston, James Alexander Hamilton, George Washington Schuyler, Philip N. Schuyler, William Waldorf Astor (1848-1919), Herbert Livingston Satterlee, Peter Augustus Jay (1877-1933), Robert Reginald Livingston, Bronson Murray Cutting and Brockholst Livingston.
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
  William J. Donohue (1873-1907) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in 1873. Republican. Member of New York state assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1907; defeated, 1903; died in office 1907. Shot and killed himself, or was murdered, in the lavatory of a saloon in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 31, 1907 (age about 33 years). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, N.Y.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John E. Mullally (1875-1912) — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in 1875. Saloon keeper; member of California state assembly 30th District, 1911-12; died in office 1912. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Attacked by three masked holdup men in his saloon, shot, mortally wounded, and died soon after, in Central Emergency Hospital, San Francisco, Calif., January 15, 1912 (age about 36 years). Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, Calif.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Fred S. Berry (1879-1948) — of Wayne, Wayne County, Neb. Born in Mapleton, Monona County, Iowa, March 15, 1879. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1928. Member, American Bar Association. Died, from a heart attack, while dining in a cafe at Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., June 7, 1948 (age 69 years, 84 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Wayne, Neb.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Claude C. Cheshire (c.1889-1960) — of Nogales, Santa Cruz County, Ariz.; Flagstaff, Coconino County, Ariz. Born in Oregon, about 1889. Automobile dealer; mayor of Nogales, Ariz., 1937-39. Suffered a heart attack and died, while dining with friends in a restaurant, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., January 29, 1960 (age about 71 years). Burial location unknown.
  Leon M. Jordan (1905-1970) — of Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo. Born in Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo., May 6, 1905. Democrat. Police officer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1960; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1965-70 (Jackson County 4th District 1965-66, 11th District 1967-70); died in office 1970. Episcopalian. African ancestry. Member, Elks; Kappa Alpha Psi. During his campaign for re-election, was shot and killed while leaving the Green Duck Tavern, which he owned and operated, in Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo., July 15, 1970 (age 65 years, 70 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, August 15, 1932, to Orchid Nee Ramsey.
  William J. McGovern (1905-1972) — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., August 25, 1905. Democrat. Tavern owner; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1932 (alternate), 1944; elected (Wet) delegate to New Jersey convention to ratify 21st amendment from Hudson County 1933. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus. Killed by armed robbers at his tavern, in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., July 11, 1972 (age 66 years, 321 days). Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, N.J.
  Silvio Joseph Failla (1910-1972) — also known as Silvio J. Failla; Si Failla — of Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J. Born in New Jersey, May 23, 1910. Democrat. Undertaker; mayor of Hoboken, N.J., 1965; member of New Jersey state house of assembly District 12-C, 1972; died in office 1972. Italian ancestry. According to published reports, he left a bar with a prostitute, Deborah Dell; just outside, he was robbed, shot multiple times, and killed, in Neptune Township, Monmouth County, N.J., September 16, 1972 (age 62 years, 116 days). Dell and an associate were later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Entombed in mausoleum at St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Luigi Failla (1874-1943) and Vittoria 'Victoria' (Candio) Failla (1877-1963); married 1937 to Louise E. Picone (1912-1985).
  See also BillionGraves burial record
  S. Samuel DiFalco (1906-1978) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Italy, July 26, 1906. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate in primary for New York state assembly, 1935; Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1949-56; New York County Surrogate, 1957-76. Italian ancestry. Member, Tammany Hall. Indicted in May 1976, along with Justice Irving Saypol, on official misconduct charges, in connection with an alleged scheme to obtain appraisal and auction commissions for Saypol's son; the charges were later dismissed. Indicted in February 1978 for criminal contempt, in connection with his statements to a grand jury, but died before trial. Died, from a heart attack, while dining with friends at the Columbus Club, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., June 28, 1978 (age 71 years, 337 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, N.Y.
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