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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Indiana

in chronological order

  Edward Allen Hannegan (1807-1859) — also known as Edward A. Hannegan — of Covington, Fountain County, Ind. Born in Hamilton County, Ohio, June 25, 1807. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1832-33, 1841-42; U.S. Representative from Indiana 7th District, 1833-37; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1843-49; U.S. Minister to Prussia, 1849-50. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons. In May, 1852, during a drunken argument, he stabbed his brother-in-law, Captain Duncan, who died the next day. Died from overdose of morphine (probably suicide), in St. Louis, Mo., February 25, 1859 (age 51 years, 245 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Ind.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John W. Dawson (1820-1877) — of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind. Born in Cambridge, Dearborn County, Ind., October 21, 1820. Farmer; lawyer; newspaper editor; candidate for Indiana state house of representatives, 1854; candidate for secretary of state of Indiana, 1856; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1858; Governor of Utah Territory, 1861. In December, 1861, after less than a month as territorial governor, fled Utah amid controversy and scandal. Just east of Salt Lake City, he was attacked by three men and badly injured. Died in Indiana, September 10, 1877 (age 56 years, 324 days). Interment at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jesse David Bright (1812-1875) — also known as Jesse D. Bright — of Madison, Jefferson County, Ind.; Jeffersonville, Clark County, Ind. Born in Norwich, Chenango County, N.Y., December 18, 1812. Democrat. State court judge in Indiana, 1834-39; member of Indiana state senate, 1841-43; Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, 1843-45; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1845-62; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1867-71; Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1868. Presbyterian. Expelled from the U.S. Senate, February 5, 1862, over alleged disloyalty to the Union, as evidenced by a letter of introduction he wrote for an arms merchant, addressed to Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Died in Baltimore, Md., May 20, 1875 (age 62 years, 153 days). Interment at Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.
  Relatives: Brother of Michael Graham Bright (1803-1881).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Eccles G. Van Riper (b. 1841) — of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., October 4, 1841. Democrat. Mayor of Evansville, Ind., 1870. In 1862, while traveling on business in Arkansas, was captured by the Confederate Army and charged with being a spy; tried before a military court in Little Rock and sentenced to death; reprieved by the arrival of a new military commander, but imprisoned until the end of the war. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of James Garrard Jones (1814-1872).
  Henry Clay Cole (1838-1881) — also known as Henry C. Cole — of Kokomo, Howard County, Ind. Born in Ripley County, Ind., 1838. Physician; mayor of Kokomo, Ind., 1881; died in office 1881. Shot and killed by a sheriff's posse, allegedly while he was attempting to rob and burn a grist mill, in Kokomo, Howard County, Ind., September 19, 1881 (age about 43 years). The shooters were personal enemies of his, so some suspected a conspiracy. Four members of the posse were indicted for manslaughter by a grand jury, but the charges were later dismissed. Interment at Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo, Ind.
  Presumably named for: Henry Clay
  Relatives: Son of Jesse Cole and Elizabeth (Roberts) Cole.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Donn M. Roberts (1867-1936) — of Indiana. Born in Annapolis, Crawford County, Ill., September 28, 1867. Mayor of Terre Haute, Ind., 1913-15. Convicted of bribery in 1915 and spent three and a half years in prison; convicted of embezzlement in 1936 and sentenced to prison. Released from prison following a heart attack, and died a few days later, in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., August 3, 1936 (age 68 years, 310 days). Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Terre Haute, Ind.
Roy Shattuck Roy Lloyd Shattuck (1871-1915) — also known as Roy Shattuck — of Brazil, Clay County, Ind. Born in Clay County, Ind., June 2, 1871. Republican. Lawyer; mayor of Brazil, Ind., 1903-09; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1914. Arrested in February 1915, and arraigned in federal court in Indianapolis, along with four other 1914 candidates, for attempting to corrupt the election in Vigo County; pleaded not guilty, but died before he could be tried. Died in Brazil, Clay County, Ind., August 15, 1915 (age 44 years, 74 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Volney B. Shattuck and Henrietta Bessie (Pearce) Shattuck; married, November 7, 1894, to Olive Rosamond Carter.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Claude E. Negley — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Marion County, Ind. Republican. Mayor of Indianapolis, Ind., 1927. Pleaded guilty in 1927 to bribery charges and fined. Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  John L. Duvall (1874-1962) — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Tazewell County, Ill., November 29, 1874. Republican. Mayor of Indianapolis, Ind., 1926-27; resigned 1927. Convicted in 1927 of violating the state corrupt practices act by taking bribes from Ku Klux Klan leader D. C. Stephenson; sentenced to 30 days in jail, fined $1,000, and forced to resign as mayor. Died February 25, 1962 (age 87 years, 88 days). Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Edward L. Jackson (1873-1954) — also known as Ed Jackson — of New Castle, Henry County, Ind.; Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind.; Orleans, Orange County, Ind. Born in Howard County, Ind., December 27, 1873. Republican. Lawyer; Henry County Prosecuting Attorney, 1903-05; circuit judge in Indiana, 1909-14; secretary of state of Indiana, 1917, 1921-25; defeated, 1914; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Governor of Indiana, 1925-29; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1928. Christian. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; American Legion. Charged with bribery; tried and found not guilty. Died November 18, 1954 (age 80 years, 326 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery, Orleans, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Presley E. Jackson and Elizabeth (Howell) Jackson; married to Rosa Wilkinson and Lida Beatty.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Raleigh P. Hale (1883-1931) — of East Chicago, Lake County, Ind. Born in Columbia, Boone County, Mo., June 6, 1883. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; physician; mayor of East Chicago, Ind., 1926-30; resigned 1930; in 1929, accused of protecting vice as mayor, he and 18 others, including the East Chicago police chief and the reputed business agent for gangster Al Capone were charged in federal court with conspiracy to violate liquor prohibition laws; convicted in January 1930, and sentenced to two years in prison; on appeal, a new trial was ordered. Member, American Legion. Died suddenly, from dilated cardiomyopathy, in East Chicago, Lake County, Ind., December 1, 1931 (age 48 years, 178 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Hammond, Ind.
  Relatives: Married, September 9, 1913, to Harriet Phillips.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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