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in chronological order

  Francis Malbone (1759-1809) — of Rhode Island. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., March 20, 1759. U.S. Representative from Rhode Island at-large, 1793-97; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1807; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1809; died in office 1809. Died on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., June 4, 1809 (age 50 years, 76 days). Interment at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Thomas Tyler Bouldin (1781-1834) — of Virginia. Born near Charlotte Court House, Charlotte County, Va., 1781. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1829-33, 1833-34 (5th District 1829-33, 8th District 1833-34); died in office 1834. Died while addressing the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., February 11, 1834 (age about 52 years). Interment in private or family graveyard; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Brother of James Wood Bouldin (1792-1854); ancestor *** of David M. Steele III.
  Political family: Bouldin family of Charlotte County, Virginia.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) — also known as "Old Man Eloquent"; "The Accidental President"; "The Massachusetts Madman" — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Quincy, Norfolk County, Mass. Born in Braintree (part now in Quincy), Norfolk County, Mass., July 11, 1767. Lawyer; U.S. Minister to Netherlands, 1794-97; Prussia, 1797-1801; Russia, 1809-14; Great Britain, 1815-17; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1802; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1803-08; resigned 1808; U.S. Secretary of State, 1817-25; President of the United States, 1825-29; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1831-48 (11th District 1831-33, 12th District 1833-43, 8th District 1843-48); died in office 1848; candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1834. Unitarian. English ancestry. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1905. Suffered a stroke while speaking on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, February 21, 1848, and died two days later in the Speaker's office, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., February 23, 1848 (age 80 years, 227 days). Original interment at Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Mass.; reinterment at United First Parish Church, Quincy, Mass.; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of John Adams and Abigail (Smith) Adams (1744-1818); brother of Abigail Amelia Adams (1765-1813; who married William Stephens Smith); married, July 26, 1797, to Louisa Catherine Johnson (1775-1852; daughter of Joshua Johnson; sister-in-law of John Pope; niece of Thomas Johnson); father of George Washington Adams and Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886); grandfather of John Quincy Adams and Brooks Adams; great-grandfather of Charles Francis Adams (1866-1954); second great-grandfather of Thomas Boylston Adams; first cousin of William Cranch; second cousin once removed of Samuel Adams; second cousin twice removed of Edward M. Chapin; second cousin thrice removed of Arthur Chapin; second cousin five times removed of Denwood Lynn Chapin; third cousin of Joseph Allen; third cousin once removed of Samuel Sewall, Josiah Quincy and John Milton Thayer; third cousin twice removed of William Vincent Wells; third cousin thrice removed of Lyman Kidder Bass, Daniel T. Hayden, Arthur Laban Bates and Almur Stiles Whiting; fourth cousin of Jeremiah Mason, Josiah Quincy, Jr. and George Bailey Loring; fourth cousin once removed of Asahel Otis, Erastus Fairbanks, Charles Stetson, Henry Brewster Stanton, Charles Adams, Jr., Isaiah Stetson (1812-1880), Joshua Perkins, Eli Thayer, Bailey Frye Adams and Samuel Miller Quincy.
  Political families: Kidder family of Connecticut; Greene family of Providence, Rhode Island; DuPont family of Wilmington, Delaware; Thayer-Capron-Aldrich-Stetson family; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Stetson family of New York and Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: John Smith — Thurlow Weed
  Adams counties in Ill. and Ind. are named for him.
  Mount Quincy Adams, in the White Mountains, Coos County, New Hampshire, is named for him.  — Mount Quincy Adams, on the border between British Columbia, Canada, and Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska, is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: John Q. A. BrackettJohn Q. A. SheldenJ. Q. A. Reber
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about John Quincy Adams: Paul C. Nagel, John Quincy Adams : A Public Life, a Private Life — Lynn Hudson Parsons, John Quincy Adams — Robert V. Remini, John Quincy Adams — Joseph Wheelan, Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
Henry Wilson Henry Wilson (1812-1875) — also known as Jeremiah Jones Colbaith — of Natick, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Farmington, Strafford County, N.H., February 16, 1812. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1841-42; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1844-46, 1850-52; delegate to Whig National Convention from Massachusetts, 1848; candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1852; delegate to Massachusetts state constitutional convention, 1853; candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1853; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1855-73; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1856 ; candidate for Republican nomination for Vice President, 1868; Vice President of the United States, 1873-75; died in office 1875. Congregationalist. Died, of a stroke, in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., November 22, 1875 (age 63 years, 279 days). Interment at Dell Park Cemetery, Natick, Mass.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Henry Wilson: Richard H. Abbot, Cobbler in Congress : The Life of Henry Wilson 1812-1875
  Image source: James G. Blaine, Twenty Years of Congress, vol. 2 (1886)
  Alpheus Starkey Williams (1810-1878) — also known as Alpheus S. Williams — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Saybrook, Middlesex County, Conn., September 20, 1810. Democrat. Lawyer; newspaper editor; probate judge in Michigan, 1839; recorder's court judge in Michigan, 1842; colonel in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; postmaster at Detroit, Mich., 1849-53; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1866; U.S. Minister to Salvador, 1866-69; U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1875-78; died in office 1878. Suffered a stroke and died in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., December 21, 1878 (age 68 years, 92 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.; statue erected 1921 at Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of Charles Larned (1774?-?).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary
  William Preston Taulbee (1851-1890) — also known as William P. Taulbee — of Salyersville, Magoffin County, Ky. Born in Morgan County, Ky., October 22, 1851. Democrat. Ordained minister; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 10th District, 1885-89. Shot and mortally wounded, by Charles E. Kincaid, a journalist with whom he had quarreled, in the U.S. Capitol Building, and died eleven days later at Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C., March 11, 1890 (age 38 years, 140 days). Kincaid pleaded self-defense and was found not guilty of murder in 1891. Interment a private or family graveyard, Morgan County, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of William Harrison Taulbee (1824-1905) and Mary Ann (Wilson) Taulbee (1831-1916); married to Lou Emma Oney (1852-1903).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Augustus H. Garland Augustus Hill Garland (1832-1899) — also known as Augustus H. Garland — of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in Tipton County, Tenn., June 11, 1832. Democrat. Lawyer; Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 1860; delegate to Arkansas secession convention, 1861; Delegate from Arkansas to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Representative from Arkansas in the Confederate Congress 3rd District, 1862-64; Senator from Arkansas in the Confederate Congress, 1864-65; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1868; Governor of Arkansas, 1874-77; U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1877-85; U.S. Attorney General, 1885-89. Died suddenly while arguing a case before the Supreme Court, in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., January 26, 1899 (age 66 years, 229 days). Interment at Mt. Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Ark.
  Relatives: Brother of Rufus King Garland (1830-1886).
  Garland County, Ark. is named for him.
  The city of Garland, Texas, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Image source: James G. Blaine, Twenty Years of Congress, vol. 2 (1886)
  William John Browning (1850-1920) — also known as William J. Browning — of Camden, Camden County, N.J. Born in Camden, Camden County, N.J., April 11, 1850. Republican. Dry goods merchant; postmaster at Camden, N.J., 1889-94; insurance business; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1st District, 1911-20; died in office 1920. Died, from a heart attack, in the barber shop of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., March 24, 1920 (age 69 years, 348 days). Interment at Harleigh Cemetery, Camden, N.J.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Martin B. Madden Martin Barnaby Madden (1855-1928) — also known as Martin B. Madden — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Wolviston, England, March 20, 1855. Republican. Stone quarry business; director, Metropolitan Trust and Savings Bank; member Chicago City Council, 1889-97; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896 (speaker), 1900, 1912, 1916, 1924; U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1905-28; died in office 1928. Died in the House Appropriations Committee meeting room, in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., April 27, 1928 (age 73 years, 38 days). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Near Hinsdale, DuPage County, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of John Madden and Elizabeth (O'Neill) Madden; married, May 16, 1878, to Josephine Smart.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: Munsey's Magazine, June 1919
  Edward Everett Eslick (1872-1932) — also known as Edward E. Eslick — of Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn. Born near Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn., April 19, 1872. Democrat. Lawyer; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1916; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 7th District, 1925-32; died in office 1932. Died suddenly while addressing the U.S. House of Representatives, in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., June 14, 1932 (age 60 years, 56 days). Interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Pulaski, Tenn.
  Presumably named for: Edward Everett
  Relatives: Son of Merritt Eslick and Martha Virginia (Abernathy) Eslick; married, June 6, 1906, to Willa McCord Blake (1878-1961).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Thomas Chalkley Coffin (1887-1934) — also known as Thomas C. Coffin — of Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho. Born in Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho, October 25, 1887. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; lawyer; mayor of Pocatello, Idaho, 1931-33; U.S. Representative from Idaho 2nd District, 1933-34; died in office 1934. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks. Struck by an automobile on a driveway in the south grounds of the U.S. Capitol, June 4, 1934, and died four days later at Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C., June 8, 1934 (age 46 years, 226 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello, Idaho.
  Relatives: Son of Sherman Myers Coffin (1860-1934) and Jessie (Phelps) Coffin (1860-1929).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Wallace Edgar Pierce (1881-1940) — also known as Wallace E. Pierce — of Plattsburgh, Clinton County, N.Y. Born in Black Brook, Clinton County, N.Y., December 9, 1881. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Clinton County, 1917-19; chair of Clinton County Republican Party, 1927-40; U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1939-40; died in office 1940. Died, from a heart attack, in the Congressional physician's office, in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., January 3, 1940 (age 58 years, 25 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Morris Michael Edelstein (1888-1941) — also known as M. Michael Edelstein — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Meseritz (Międzyrzec), Poland, February 5, 1888. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1940-41; died in office 1941. Jewish. Completed delivery of a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, and then died nearby in the House cloakroom, in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., June 4, 1941 (age 53 years, 119 days). Interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens, N.Y.
  The World War II Liberty ship SS M. Michael Edelstein (built 1944, scrapped 1969) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Lawrence Henry Smith (1892-1958) — also known as Lawrence H. Smith — of Racine, Racine County, Wis. Born in Racine, Racine County, Wis., September 15, 1892. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 1st District, 1941-58; died in office 1958. Member, American Legion. Died in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., January 22, 1958 (age 65 years, 129 days). Interment at West Lawn Memorial Park, Racine, Wis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Russell Vernon Mack (1891-1960) — also known as Russell V. Mack — of Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Wash. Born in Hillman, Montmorency County, Mich., June 13, 1891. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; newspaper publisher; U.S. Representative from Washington 3rd District, 1947-60; died in office 1960. Episcopalian. Member, American Legion; Elks. Died suddenly, from a coronary occlusion, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., March 28, 1960 (age 68 years, 289 days). Interment at Fern Hill Cemetery, Aberdeen, Wash.
  Relatives: Son of Cornelius W. Mack and Lucy (Deacon) Mack; married, January 26, 1947, to Laura E. Prohaska.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Hjalmar Carl Nygaard (1906-1963) — of Sharon, Steele County, N.Dak. Born near Sharon, Steele County, N.Dak., March 24, 1906. Republican. Member of North Dakota state house of representatives, 1949-60; Speaker of the North Dakota State House of Representatives, 1959; U.S. Representative from North Dakota, 1961-63 (at-large 1961-63, 1st District 1963); died in office 1963. Died in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., July 18, 1963 (age 57 years, 116 days). Interment at City Cemetery, Enderlin, N.Dak.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
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