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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace

Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Colorado

in chronological order

  Thomas Johnson Tiffany (1834-1906) — also known as Thomas J. Tiffany; "Henry Fullerton" — of Bennington, Bennington County, Vt.; Rutland, Rutland County, Vt. Born in Pittsford, Rutland County, Vt., March 6, 1834. Republican. Postmaster at Bennington, Vt., 1872-84; in March, 1884, he was confronted by a postal inspector about a shortage in the post office accounts, he fled, also taking $2,000 in Bennington school funds; in October, 1885, he was arrested near Greeley, Colorado, where he was living under the alias "Henry Fullerton", and brought back to Vermont, where he plead guilty to federal charges, and was sentenced to five years' imprisonment. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Rutland, Rutland County, Vt., June 26, 1906 (age 72 years, 112 days). Interment at Bennington Village Cemetery, Bennington, Vt.
  Relatives: Son of Arnold Johnson Tiffany (1803-1877) and Abigail (Drury) Tiffany (1805-1844); married, October 6, 1858, to Mary Frances Cook.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albert Edward Bogdon (1891-1927) — also known as Albert E. Bogdon — of Denver, Colo. Born in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, Pa., 1891. Republican. Lawyer; member of Colorado state senate 1st District, 1925-27; died in office 1927. While visiting his mistress, (scandalous behavior at the time), he was shot and killed by her estranged husband, Joseph S. Minter, in Denver, Colo., June 10, 1927 (age about 35 years). Entombed in mausoleum at Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colo.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Thomas Bardwell (1901-1947) — also known as George Bardwell; Thomas George Bardwell — of Denver, Colo. Born in Lake City, Hinsdale County, Colo., October 18, 1901. Communist. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 1st District, 1934; arrested and prosecuted in the 1930s in connection with a strike; acquitted. Died in a hospital, Denver, Colo., January 19, 1947 (age 45 years, 93 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of George D. Bardwell (1866-1908) and Hannah J. (Cunningham) Bardwell (1873-1924); married, April 4, 1923, to Avelina Rella (divorced 1934).
  Felix L. Sparks — of Colorado. Colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; one of the heroes of the Anzio beachhead in 1944; on April 29, 1945, he captured the Dachau concentration camp, and under orders to permit no one in or out, refused entry to a brigadier general from another unit; court-martial charges were drawn up, and Sparks was arrested; the charges were dismissed by General Patton; justice of Colorado state supreme court, 1956. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Richard George Luxford (1917-1986) — also known as Richard G. Luxford — of Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colo. Born in Colorado, March 20, 1917. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 1st District, 1950; in 1981, his law license was suspended by the Colorado Supreme Court, over three counts of professional misconduct involving the cashing of bad checks and failing to repay loans from clients. Member, Phi Delta Phi. Died in January, 1986 (age 68 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George Alfred Luxford (1876-?) and Maude (Robinson) Luxford.
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  Daniel Grove (1923-1999) — of Colorado. Born in Millport, Lamar County, Ala., December 14, 1923. Major in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Colorado state house of representatives, 1960. Sponsored legislation to create Colorado's prison work release program. Served ten years on Colorado's State Adult Parole Board before being fired in 1984 over allegations of sexual harassment; later reinstated; the sexual harassment allegations were never substantiated. Died of bone cancer, in Denver, Colo., September 13, 1999 (age 75 years, 273 days). Interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of Mary M. (Young) Grove (1890-1989) and Elbert Vernon Grove (1891-1971).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Gary Warren Hart (b. 1936) — also known as Gary Hart; Gary Warren Hartpence — of Denver, Colo. Born in Ottawa, Franklin County, Kan., November 28, 1936. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Senator from Colorado, 1975-87; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1984, 1988; his presidential campaign was derailed in 1987 by the scandal over disclosure of an extramarital affair with model Donna Rice. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Carl Riley Hartpence and Nina (Pritchard) Hartpence; married 1958 to Oletha 'Lee' Ludwig and Lee Hart (1932?-).
  Cross-reference: Tod J. Kaufman
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books by Gary Hart: Right from the Start; A Chronicle of the McGovern Campaign — The Fourth Power: A Grand Strategy for the United States in the Twenty-First Century (2004) — Restoration of the Republic: The Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st-Century America (2002) — Patriot (1998)
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