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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Connecticut

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Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (1760-1833) — of Litchfield, Litchfield County, Conn.; New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Litchfield, Litchfield County, Conn., January 11, 1760. Connecticut state comptroller, 1788-90; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1795-1800; banker; Governor of Connecticut, 1817-27; delegate to Connecticut state constitutional convention, 1818. Congregationalist. Accused, by political adversaries in 1800, of setting fire to the State Department, and resigned from the Cabinet in protest against the investigation. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., June 1, 1833 (age 73 years, 141 days). Interment at East Cemetery, Litchfield, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Oliver Wolcott, Sr. and Laura (Collins) Wolcott; brother of Mary Ann Wolcott (1765-1805; who married Chauncey Goodrich) and Frederick Wolcott; nephew of Erastus Wolcott and Ursula Wolcott (1724-1788; who married Matthew Griswold (1714-1799)); grandson of Roger Wolcott (1679-1767); granduncle of Roger Wolcott (1847-1900); third great-grandson of William Leete; first cousin of Roger Griswold; first cousin twice removed of John William Allen, James Samuel Wadsworth, Henry Titus Backus, Christopher Parsons Wolcott and Matthew Griswold (1833-1919); first cousin thrice removed of Charles Frederick Wadsworth, James Wolcott Wadsworth, Edward Oliver Wolcott and Alfred Wolcott; first cousin four times removed of James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr. and Selden Chapin; first cousin five times removed of James Jermiah Wadsworth and Frederic Lincoln Chapin; first cousin six times removed of James Wadsworth Symington; second cousin once removed of William Pitkin, Gaylord Griswold, Samuel Clesson Allen, William Wolcott Ellsworth and Henry Leavitt Ellsworth; second cousin twice removed of Elisha Hunt Allen and George Washington Wolcott; second cousin thrice removed of Edmund Holcomb, Albert Asahel Bliss, Philemon Bliss, William Fessenden Allen and Frederick Hobbes Allen; second cousin four times removed of Judson H. Warner, Nelson Platt Wheeler, William Egbert Wheeler and Henry Augustus Wolcott; second cousin five times removed of Alexander Royal Wheeler; third cousin of Daniel Pitkin; third cousin once removed of Enoch Woodbridge, Joseph Silliman (1756-1829) and Timothy Pitkin; third cousin twice removed of Leveret Brainard, Edwin Carpenter Pinney, Roger Calvin Leete and John Robert Graham Pitkin; third cousin thrice removed of Joseph Pomeroy Root, George Griswold Sill (1829-1907), Frederick Walker Pitkin, George Buckingham Beecher, Luther S. Pitkin and Claude Carpenter Pinney; fourth cousin of Benjamin Tallmadge, Elizur Goodrich, William Woodbridge and Joseph Silliman (1786?-1850); fourth cousin once removed of Frederick Augustus Tallmadge, Josiah C. Chittenden, Abel Madison Scranton, Frederick Enoch Woodbridge and Joseph Fitch Silliman.
  Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: One Hundredth Anniversary (1919)
  Lucien Wells Sperry (1820-1890) — also known as Lucien W. Sperry — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Woodbridge, New Haven County, Conn., March 8, 1820. Coal dealer; insurance agent; mayor of New Haven, Conn., 1866-69; member of Connecticut state senate 4th District, 1869-70. Unable to account for money entrusted to him, and likely to be arrested as an embezzler, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot, in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., June 26, 1890 (age 70 years, 110 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Enoch K. Sperry (1787-1856) and Mary Atlanta (Sperry) Sperry (1795-1864); brother of Nehemiah Day Sperry (1827-1911).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Constantine Fernow Brunn (1858-1909) — also known as Constantine F. Brunn — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; South Woodstock, Woodstock, Windham County, Conn. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., October 24, 1858. Vice-Consul for Portugal in New York, N.Y., 1893-96. German and Irish ancestry. According to published reports, in a sudden fit of rage, perhaps angered because he wasn't able to reach his wife by telephone, he shot and killed his sister, Freda Brunn, and his brother, Dr. Armin Brunn, and then shot himself, in South Woodstock, Woodstock, Windham County, Conn., September 29, 1909 (age 50 years, 340 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Windham County, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Julius William Brunn (1833-1907) and Charlotte Elizabeth (Going) Brunn; brother of Armin Ernest Brunn (1860-1909).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Rose Pastor Stokes — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Communist. Indicted in 1918 for sedition over a speech she made in Kansas City, and released on bail; arrested in Stamford, Conn., in September, 1921, to prevent her from giving a speech there; candidate for borough president of Manhattan, New York, 1921. Female. Burial location unknown.
  Hiram Bingham (1875-1956) — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn.; Salem, New London County, Conn. Born in Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, November 19, 1875. Republican. Explorer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1916 (alternate), 1920 (alternate), 1924, 1928 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1932, 1936 (vice-chair, Resolutions Committee); Presidential Elector for Connecticut, 1916; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I; Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, 1923-25; Governor of Connecticut, 1925; U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1924-33; defeated, 1932; censured by the U.S. Senate on November 4, 1929, for employing a paid lobbyist as his chief clerk. Member, Freemasons. Died in Washington, D.C., June 6, 1956 (age 80 years, 200 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Hiram Bingham (1831-1908) and Clara Minerva (Brewster) Bingham (1834-1903); married, November 20, 1900, to Alfreda Mitchell; married, June 28, 1937, to Suzanne Carroll Hill; father of Hiram Bingham, Jr., Alfred Mitchell Bingham and Jonathan Brewster Bingham; second cousin five times removed of Benjamin Huntington; third cousin once removed of Bela Edgerton and Heman Ticknor; third cousin thrice removed of Matthew Griswold (1714-1799), Jonathan Brace, Joshua Coit, Augustus Seymour Porter, Samuel Lathrop and Peter Buell Porter; fourth cousin of Alfred Peck Edgerton and Joseph Ketchum Edgerton; fourth cousin once removed of Elijah Abel, William Woodbridge, Henry Meigs, Isaac Backus, Samuel George Andrews, Martin Olds, Harrison Blodget and Henry Titus Backus.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Waterman-Huntington family of Connecticut and New York; Wolcott-Wadsworth family of Connecticut and Maryland; Wolcott-Packwood-Griswold family of Connecticut; Hosmer-Griswold-Parsons family of Middletown, Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nathan Spiro (born c.1867) — of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Poland, about 1867. Republican. Merchant; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Danbury; defeated, 1930; elected 1932; member of Connecticut state senate, 1935. Pleaded guilty in June 1938 to accepting a bribe while State Senator, and fined $1,500. Burial location unknown.
  Joseph H. Lawlor (born c.1878) — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., about 1878. Democrat. Member of Connecticut state senate 16th District, 1925-31; member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1928-30. Charged in 1938 with accepting a bribe in 1935. Burial location unknown.
  Harry E. Mackenzie — of Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1928, 1932, 1936. Charged in May, 1938, along with Mayor T. Frank Hayes and 25 others, with conspiracy to cheat and defraud the city of Waterbury of more than a million dollars; admitted that he received large fees for lobbying, and paid half back as a kickback to the other conspirators; pleaded guilty in November 1938, and testified against the other defendants; sentenced to nine months in jail. Burial location unknown.
  John H. Crary — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Democrat. Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1922-30; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1928, 1932; Waterbury city assessor. Charged in May, 1938, along with Mayor T. Frank Hayes and 25 others, with conspiracy to cheat and defraud the city of Waterbury of more than a million dollars; tried in 1938-39 and convicted; sentenced to two months in jail and fined $500. Burial location unknown.
  Daniel J. Leary — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Democrat. Brewer; carbonated beverage business; Waterbury city controller, 1930-37; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1932. Charged in May, 1938, along with Mayor T. Frank Hayes and 25 others, with conspiracy to cheat and defraud the city of Waterbury of more than a million dollars; tried in 1938-39 and convicted; sentenced to 10-to-15 years in prison; his plea for a reduced sentence was rejected by the State Board of Pardons in 1949. Burial location unknown.
  T. Frank Hayes (c.1884-1965) — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Born about 1884. Democrat. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Waterbury, 1927-30; mayor of Waterbury, Conn., 1930-39; resigned 1939; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1932, 1936; Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, 1935-39. Charged in May, 1938, along with 26 others, with conspiracy to cheat and defraud the city of Waterbury of more than a million dollars; tried in 1938-39 and convicted; sentenced to 10-to-15 years in prison; released in 1949. Suffered a heart attack at home, and died soon after, in St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., March 26, 1965 (age about 81 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas H. Hayes and Ellen E. Hayes (c.1861-1943).
  Cross-reference: Daniel J. Leary — Harry E. Mackenzie — John H. Crary — Charles E. Williamson
  Charles E. Williamson (born c.1880) — of Darien, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Darien, Fairfield County, Conn., about 1880. Republican. Lawyer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Darien, 1909-12, 1915-16, 1921-22; member of Connecticut state senate 26th District, 1917-20; member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1922; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1924, 1932 (alternate). Charged in May, 1938, along with Mayor T. Frank Hayes and 25 others, with conspiracy to cheat and defraud the city of Waterbury of more than a million dollars; tried in 1938-39 and convicted; sentenced to one year in jail and fined $500. Burial location unknown.
  Edwin Stark Thomas (1872-1952) — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Woodstock, McHenry County, Ill., November 11, 1872. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Orange, 1899-1900; defeated, 1900; secretary of Connecticut Democratic Party, 1902-12; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1908 (alternate), 1912; executive secretary to Gov. Simeon Baldwin, 1911-13; U.S. District Judge for Connecticut, 1913-39; resigned 1939. During an investigation of his financial affairs and actions in certain cases by a federal grand jury, prompted by connections to the bribery case of another federal judge, Martin T. Manton, he resigned, citing illness. Died in Columbia, Tolland County, Conn., January 21, 1952 (age 79 years, 71 days). Interment at Grove Cemetery, Eastford, Conn.
  Relatives: Married 1931 to Jean Virginia Gordon (1890-1979).
  See also federal judicial profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Arthur Asher Miller (1915-2005) — also known as Arthur Miller — of Roxbury, Litchfield County, Conn. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 17, 1915. Democrat. Playwright; author of such plays as "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible"; received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949; because he was suspected of ties to Communist organizations, his passport was denied in 1954; compelled to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956; he refused to name his political colleagues, and was found guilty of contempt of Congress in 1957; the conviction was overturned on appeal; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1968. Agnostic. Jewish ancestry. Died in Roxbury, Litchfield County, Conn., February 10, 2005 (age 89 years, 116 days). Interment at Great Oak Cemetery, Roxbury, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Isidore Miller and Augusta (Barnett) Miller; brother of Joan Copeland (actress); married, August 5, 1940, to Mary Grace Slattery (divorced 1956); married, January 29, 1956, to Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962; actress; divorced 1961); married, February 17, 1962, to Inge Morath (1923-2002).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas Joseph Dodd (1907-1971) — also known as Thomas J. Dodd — of Lebanon, New London County, Conn.; West Hartford, Hartford County, Conn.; North Stonington, New London County, Conn. Born in Norwich, New London County, Conn., May 15, 1907. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1968; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 1st District, 1953-57; U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1959-71; defeated, 1956, 1970 (Dodd Independent). Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; Elks; Knights of Columbus. Censured by the Senate on June 23, 1967 for financial improprieties, having diverted some $116,000 in campaign and testimonial funds to his own use. Died of a heart attack, in Old Lyme, New London County, Conn., May 24, 1971 (age 64 years, 9 days). Interment at St. Michael's New Cemetery, Pawcatuck, Stonington, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas J. Dodd and Abigail (O'Sullivan) Dodd; married, May 19, 1934, to Grace Murphy; father of Christopher John Dodd (1944-).
  Political family: Dodd family of Norwich, Connecticut.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Bobby Seale (b. 1936) — also known as Robert George Seale — of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif. Born in Dallas, Dallas County, Tex., October 22, 1936. Joined U.S. Air Force in 1955; charged with insubordination and being AWOL, and dishonorably discharged; sheet metal worker; co-founder, with Huey Newton, of the Black Panther Party, 1966; one of eight defendants charged in 1969 with crossing state lines to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago; the judge ordered him bound and gagged during the trial, and sentenced him to four years in prison for contempt of court; Peace and Freedom candidate for California state assembly 17th District, 1968; in 1970, he was charged in New Haven, Conn., with ordering the murder of Alex Rackley, a Black Panther who had confessed to being a police informant; the jury was unable to reach a verdict, and the charges were eventually dropped; candidate for mayor of Oakland, Calif., 1973. African ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Paul J. Silvester (born c.1963) — of West Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born about 1963. Republican. Connecticut state treasurer, 1997-99; appointed 1997. In September 1999, pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering, money laundering and bribery. His bail was revoked in January 2002 for improper contacts with a defendant in another corruption trial. Still living as of 2002.
  Kevin Ryan (born c.1952) — of Montville, New London County, Conn. Born about 1952. Democrat. Optician; member of Connecticut state house of representatives 139th District, 1993-. Arrested for drunk driving on July 12, 2001; pleaded guilty in September and sentenced to 120 days in prison; released January 1, 2002. Still living as of 2002.
  Philip A. Giordano (born c.1963) — also known as Phil Giordano — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Born about 1963. Republican. Mayor of Waterbury, Conn., 1995-2001; candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 2000. In 2001, he was arrested and charged with sexual assault on two preteen girls; convicted in federal court, in March 2003, of violating their civil rights, and sentenced, in June 2003, to 37 years in prison. Still living as of 2001.
  John Grosvenor Rowland (b. 1957) — also known as John G. Rowland — of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., May 24, 1957. Republican. Insurance agent; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1981-84; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 5th District, 1985-91; Governor of Connecticut, 1995-2004; defeated, 1990; resigned 2004; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 2000; Pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2004; served ten months in prison. Catholic. Member, Tau Kappa Epsilon. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  John M. Fabrizi (born c.1957) — of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born about 1957. Democrat. School teacher; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2000; mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., 2003-07; admitted in June 2006 that he had used cocaine, and did not seek re-election. Still living as of 2007.
  Eddie Alberto Perez (born c.1957) — also known as Eddie A. Perez — of Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Corozal, Corozal Municipio, Puerto Rico, about 1957. Democrat. Mayor of Hartford, Conn., 2001-08; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2004; investigated in 2007 over possible conflict of interest in hiring a city contractor for renovations at his home. Catholic. Hispanic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
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