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Politicians: Death in Theaters

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

  Abraham Bedford Venable (1758-1811) — of Virginia. Born in Prince Edward County, Va., November 20, 1758. U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1791-99 (6th District 1791-93, 7th District 1793-97, at-large 1797-99); U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1803-04. Slaveowner. Perished in a theater fire in Richmond, Va., December 26, 1811 (age 53 years, 36 days). Interment at Monumental Church, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Uncle of Abraham Watkins Venable.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George William Smith (1762-1811) — of Virginia. Born in 1762. Governor of Virginia, 1811; died in office 1811. Killed in a theater fire in Richmond, Va., December 26, 1811 (age about 49 years). Interment at Monumental Church, Richmond, Va.
  See also National Governors Association biography
  Algernon Sidney De Wolf (1822-1879) — also known as Algernon S. De Wolf — of Bristol, Bristol County, R.I. Born in Bristol, Bristol County, R.I., October 11, 1822. U.S. Collector of Customs, 1875-79; died in office 1879. Suffered a heart attack and died, in the vestibule of the Park Theatre, New York, New York County, N.Y., October 24, 1879 (age 57 years, 13 days). Interment at Juniper Hill Cemetery, Bristol, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of John De Wolf and Sylvia (Griswold) De Wolf; married, June 30, 1847, to Clara Ann Diman.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Andrew J. Barchfeld * Andrew Jackson Barchfeld (1863-1922) — also known as Andrew J. Barchfeld — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., May 18, 1863. Republican. Physician; president, South Side Hospital; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 32nd District, 1905-17; defeated, 1902. German ancestry. Member, American Medical Association. One of 98 killed when heavy snow caused a roof collapse at the Knickerbocker Theater, Washington, D.C., January 28, 1922 (age 58 years, 255 days). Interment at South Side Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  Presumably named for: Andrew Jackson
  Relatives: Son of Mary (Neuenhagen) Barchfeld and Heinrich 'Henry' Barchfeld; married, May 21, 1885, to Anna Pifer; married, November 26, 1904, to Alice Davis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: The Book of Prominent Pennsylvanians (1913)
  Bertram Eugene Harcourt (1881-1940) — also known as Bertram E. Harcourt — of Medina, Orleans County, N.Y. Born in Lockport, Niagara County, N.Y., August 14, 1881. Lawyer; Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1940; died in office 1940. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Suffered a heart attack in front of the Broadhurst Theatre, and died soon after, in Roosevelt Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., December 9, 1940 (age 59 years, 117 days). Interment at Boxwood Cemetery, Medina, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John Harcourt and Sarah E. (Hagadorn) Harcourt; married to Bertha H. Hacking.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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