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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Massachusetts

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  Timothy Pickering (1745-1829) — of Salem, Essex County, Mass.; Luzerne County, Pa.; Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Salem, Essex County, Mass., July 17, 1745. Farmer; Essex County Register of Deeds, 1774-77; common pleas court judge in Massachusetts, 1775, 1802-03; member of Massachusetts state legislature, 1776; colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; delegate to Pennsylvania state constitutional convention, 1789; U.S. Postmaster General, 1791-95; U.S. Secretary of War, 1795; U.S. Secretary of State, 1795-1800; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1803-11; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1813-17 (at-large 1813-15, 2nd District 1815-17); member of Massachusetts Governor's Council, 1817-18. Puritan; later Unitarian. Member, Society of the Cincinnati. Censured by the Senate in 1811 for violating an injunction of secrecy. Died in Salem, Essex County, Mass., January 29, 1829 (age 83 years, 196 days). Interment at Broad Street Cemetery, Salem, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Timothy Pickering (1703-1778) and Mary (Wingate) Pickering (1708-1784); married, April 8, 1776, to Rebecca White (1754-1828); granduncle of Dudley Leavitt Pickman; second great-granduncle of John Gardner Coolidge and Augustus Peabody Gardner; third great-granduncle of John Lee Saltonstall; fourth great-granduncle of Leverett Saltonstall, Richard Saltonstall, William Gurdon Saltonstall, John Lee Saltonstall, Jr. and William Amory Gardner Minot; fifth great-granduncle of William Lawrence Saltonstall and John Forbes Kerry; ancestor *** of Susan Walker FitzGerald; first cousin once removed of John Wingate Weeks (1781-1853); first cousin thrice removed of John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926); first cousin four times removed of Charles Sinclair Weeks; second cousin twice removed of John Albion Andrew (1818-1867); second cousin thrice removed of Isaac Libbey, John Forrester Andrew and Henry Hersey Andrew; second cousin four times removed of Llewellyn Libby and William F. Nason; second cousin five times removed of Augustine B. Libby, Albanah Harvey Libby and Frederick Edwin Hanscom; third cousin once removed of Luther Walter Badger; third cousin twice removed of Amos Tuck; third cousin thrice removed of Hiram Augustus Huse (1840-1907) and Hiram Augustus Huse (1843-1902).
  Political families: Rodney family of Delaware; Holden-Davis-Lawrence-Garcelon family of Massachusetts; Weeks-Bigelow-Andrew-Prescott family; Saltonstall-Weeks family of Massachusetts; Lawrence-Andrew-Rodney-Parrish family of Adel, Georgia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Timothy Pickering: David McLean, Timothy Pickering and the Age of the American Revolution — Gerald H. Clarfield, Timothy Pickering and the American Republic
  Richard Cutts (1771-1845) — of Pepperell, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Saco, York County, Maine, June 28, 1771. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state legislature, 1790; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1801-13 (at-large 1801-05, 14th District 1805-13); imprisoned for debt, 1828. Died in Washington, D.C., April 7, 1845 (age 73 years, 283 days). Original interment at St. John's Church Cemetery, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.; reinterment in 1857 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Married, March 31, 1804, to Anna Payne (1779-1832; sister-in-law of James Madison and John George Jackson (1777-1825)).
  Political families: Jackson-Lee family of Virginia; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Pendleton-Lee family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Isaac Smith Kalloch (1832-1887) — also known as Isaac S. Kalloch — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Rockland, Knox County, Maine, July 10, 1832. Pastor; mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1879-81. Baptist. Indicted for adultery, in East Cambridge, Mass., 1857; tried, but the jury was unable to agree on a verdict. Shot and wounded, on August 23, 1879, by newspaper editor Charles de Young. A few months later, before de Young was to be tried for the shooting, Kalloch's son, I. M. Kalloch, shot and killed DeYoung in his office. Died, of diabetes, in Whatcom (now part of Bellingham), Whatcom County, Wash., December 9, 1887 (age 55 years, 152 days). Interment at Bayview Cemetery, Bellingham, Wash.
  Cross-reference: M. H. de Young
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Oakes Ames (1804-1873) — of North Easton, Easton, Bristol County, Mass. Born in Easton, Bristol County, Mass., January 10, 1804. Republican. U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1863-73. He and his brother Oliver Ames, president of the Union Pacific Railroad, prime movers in construction of the first transcontinental railroad line, completed in 1869; he was as censured by the House of Representatives in 1873 for his role in the Credit Mobilier bribery scandal. Died in Easton, Bristol County, Mass., May 8, 1873 (age 69 years, 118 days). Interment at Village Cemetery, North Easton, Easton, Mass.; memorial monument at Oliver and Oakes Ames Monument, Sherman, Wyo.
  Relatives: Son of Oliver Ames (1779-1863) and Susannah (Angier) Ames (1783-1847); brother of Oliver Ames, Jr.; married to Eveline Gilmore (1809-1882); father of Oliver Ames (1831-1895); third cousin thrice removed of John Adams; fourth cousin of Alfred Elisha Ames; fourth cousin once removed of Albert Alonzo Ames (1842-1911).
  Political family: Ames family of North Easton, Massachusetts (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  The city of Ames, Iowa, is named for him.  — The community of Ames, Nebraska, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Adams Richardson (1821-1896) — of Massachusetts. Born in Tyngsborough, Middlesex County, Mass., November 2, 1821. Republican. Probate judge in Massachusetts, 1856; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1873-74; while Secretary of the Treasury, he hired John D. Sanborn to collect unpaid taxes and receive a commission, some of which went as a kickback to Richardson himself; this arrangement caused an uproar, and Richardson resigned under fire; Judge of U.S. Court of Claims, 1874-96. Unitarian. Died in Washington, D.C., October 19, 1896 (age 74 years, 352 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Almar F. Dickson (1846-1915) — of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Mass.; East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., January 20, 1846. Democrat. On August 1, 1874, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, in response to the suspected seduction of his wife and her two sisters, he and his brother-in-law Caleb Smith were among a group of five men who, at midnight during a storm, attempted to kidnap at gunpoint Samuel K. Elliot, one of the supposed perpetrators, so they could tar and feather him; Elliot successfully defended himself from the group, and during the affray, Caleb Smith was shot dead; Elliot was ruled to have acted in self-defense, and denied any improper relations with the women; the scandal was widely publicized in the press; Dickson and his wife were divorced soon after; U.S. Consul in Gaspé Basin, 1887-1908; candidate for Connecticut state house of representatives from East Haddam, 1910, 1912. Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., April 17, 1915 (age 69 years, 87 days). Interment at Moodus Cemetery, Moodus, East Haddam, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel S. Dickson (1812-1871) and Hannah 'Betsy' (Hill) Dickson (1816-1877); married, August 14, 1870, to Elizabeth Chase 'Lizzie' Smith (1852-1915); married, May 17, 1883, to Callie (Brainard) Wetherell (1863-1936); second cousin once removed of Charles Russell Kelsey; third cousin twice removed of David Kelsey and Elisha Kelsey; third cousin thrice removed of Henry Champion, Epaphroditus Champion and Joshua Coit; fourth cousin once removed of Ashbel Griswold, David Parmalee Kelsey and Samuel Townsend Douglass (1814-1898).
  Political families: Pendleton family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Porter-Kelsey family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Andrew Iasigi (1848-1917) — also known as Joseph A. Iasigi — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Massachusetts, January 15, 1848. Consular Agent for France in Boston, Mass., 1873-77; Consul-General for Turkey in Boston, Mass., 1889-97; he failed to account for a trust fund, refused to answer questions, and fled to New York City; arrested there in February 1897 and extradited to Boston; charged with embezzlement of about $220,000; pleaded not guilty; tried and convicted in November 1897; sentenced to 14-18 years in prison; pardoned in 1909. Armenian and French ancestry. Died in Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass., January 24, 1917 (age 69 years, 9 days). Interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Iasigi (1800-1877) and Eulalie (Loir) Iasigi (1821-1883); brother of Oscar Anthony Iasigi; married 1881 to Marie P. Homer; uncle of Nora Iasigi (who married William Marshall Bullitt).
  Political family: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Hall Adams (1853-1938) — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Newton, Middlesex County, Mass., March 6, 1853. Lawyer; Consul for Liberia in Boston, Mass., 1885-94; Consul-General for Liberia in Boston, Mass., 1894-1907; Consul for Nicaragua in Boston, Mass., 1899-1907; Vice-Consul for Uruguay in Boston, Mass., 1905-07; in May 1909, he and another lawyer were charged with conspiring to obtain unclaimed deposits at Suffolk Savings Bank by inventing fictitious heirs; pleaded not guilty. Died in Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass., July 5, 1938 (age 85 years, 121 days). Interment at Newton Cemetery, Newton, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Benjamin Franklin Adams (1813-1873) and Sophia T. (Hall) Adams (1830-1904); married, May 5, 1880, to Mary Charlotte Trowbridge (1860-1944); third cousin of John Quincy Adams; third cousin once removed of Edgar Jacob Adams (1866-1944) and Francis Alexandre Adams; third cousin twice removed of Charles Adams, Jr..
  Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Santosuosso (1877-1968) — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; Newton, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Taurasi, Italy, July 18, 1877. Democrat. Naturalized U.S. citizen; physician; lawyer; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928; in 1933, he was attorney for General Equipment Corporation, in a lawsuit against the city of Boston for damages caused by subway constuction; he and others worked out a scheme in which Mayor James M. Curley would obtain $85,000 from the city to settle the claim, of which $50,000 was improperly retained by Santosuosso and Curley; in 1937, the city successfully sued both men for the return of the $50,000. Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., March, 1968 (age 90 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Elizabeth (DiPesa) Santosuosso and Vincenzo Santosuosso (1854-1919); brother of Alfred Santosuosso (1889-1963); married, August 7, 1900, to Louise Moltedo.
  George T. Ashe (1905-1975) — of Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., February 6, 1905. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives Fifteenth Middlesex District, 1935-40; mayor of Lowell, Mass., 1940-42; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940. Catholic. Indicted on bribery charges in March, 1942, in connection with sales of equipment and supplies to the city through a dummy company; tried and convicted in October, and sentenced to one year in jail; in December, he pleaded guilty to a separate charge of accepting a $1,000 bribe from a construction contractor, dropped his appeal of the other conviction, and immediately went to jail. Died in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., May, 1975 (age 70 years, 0 days). Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Lowell, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Ashe and Mary Ellen (Sullivan) Ashe; married, February 14, 1940, to Margaret Mary Grady (died 1954); married, August 15, 1956, to Helen M. Henderson.
  See also Wikipedia article
  James Michael Curley (1874-1958) — also known as James M. Curley; "The Rascal King" — of Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., November 20, 1874. Democrat. Real estate and insurance business; president, Hibernia Savings Bank; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1902-03; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1911-14, 1943-47 (10th District 1911-13, 12th District 1913-14, 11th District 1943-47); resigned 1914; mayor of Boston, Mass., 1914-18, 1922-26, 1930-34, 1946-50; defeated, 1917, 1937, 1941, 1949, 1951, 1955; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956; Governor of Massachusetts, 1935-37; defeated, 1924, 1938; candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1936; member of Democratic National Committee from Massachusetts, 1940-54; indicted in federal court in 1943, with Donald W. Smith and others, over his participation in Engineers Group, Inc., which fraudulently obtained war contracts; re-indicted in 1944; tried in 1945-46 and convicted; sentenced to six to eighteen months in prison and fined $1,000; released in November 1947 when his sentence was commuted by President Harry Truman. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Eagles; Moose; Elks; Knights of Columbus; Ancient Order of Hibernians. Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., November 12, 1958 (age 83 years, 357 days). Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale, Boston, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Michael Curley (1850-1884) and Sarah (Clancy) Curley (1850-1921); brother of John J. Curley (1873?-1944); married, June 27, 1906, to Mary Emelda Herlihy (1883-1930); married, January 7, 1937, to Gertrude Marion (Casey) Dennis (1892-1980).
  Cross-reference: Joseph Santosuosso
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about James M. Curley: Jack Beatty, The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley — Gerald Leinwand, Mackerels in the Moonlight : Four Corrupt American Mayors — William M. Bulger & Robert J. Allison, James Michael Curley
  Joseph Edward Casey (1898-1980) — also known as Joseph E. Casey — of Clinton, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Clinton, Worcester County, Mass., December 27, 1898. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924 (alternate), 1932, 1940, 1944, 1948; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 3rd District, 1935-43; defeated, 1926, 1928; candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1942. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks; Eagles; American Legion. In 1951-52, a U.S. Senate committee investigated transactions in which a group he led made enormous profits from the purchase and re-sale of surplus U.S. tanker ships following World War II; since federal law required that sales be made only to U.S. citizens, his group allegedly set up several dummy corporations purportedly under American ccontrol, and faked financial statements for them, to buy the tankers on behalf of shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. A federal indictment against him, over these actions, was unsealed in February 1954, but the charges were dismissed in September. Onassis, also indicted, pleaded guilty and paid a fine. Died September 1, 1980 (age 81 years, 249 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of John Edward Casey and Winifred M. (Carey) Casey; married to Constance Dudley.
  Cross-reference: Julius C. Holmes — Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Edward C. Peirce (c.1895-1955) — of New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass. Born about 1895. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state senate, 1930; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1944, 1952; mayor of New Bedford, Mass., 1952-53; convicted in 1953 on charges of conspiracy to protect gambling, and sentenced to four years in prison; served twenty months. Died, of cancer, in a nursing home at New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass., January 31, 1955 (age about 60 years). Burial location unknown.
  Edward Moore Kennedy (1932-2009) — also known as Edward M. Kennedy; Ted Kennedy; "Lion of the Senate" — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born, in St. Margaret's Hospital, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., February 22, 1932. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1962-2009; died in office 2009; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1980; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after his car plunged off the Dike Bridge, on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, on July 18, 1969. Died, from brain cancer, in Hyannis Port, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass., August 25, 2009 (age 77 years, 184 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr. and Rose (Fitzgerald) Kennedy (1890-1995); brother of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr., John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Eunice Mary Kennedy (1921-2009; who married Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr.), Patricia Kennedy Lawford (who married Peter Lawford), Robert Francis Kennedy and Jean Kennedy Smith; married, November 29, 1958, to Virginia Joan Bennett (1936-); married, November 30, 1958, to Virginia Joan Bennett (divorced 1982); married, July 3, 1992, to Victoria Anne Reggie (daughter of Edmund M. Reggie); father of Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1967-); uncle of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. and Mark Kennedy Shriver (1964-); grandson of Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1858-1929) and John Francis Fitzgerald.
  Political family: Kennedy family.
  Cross-reference: Murray M. Chotiner
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Edward M. Kennedy: True Compass: A Memoir (2009)
  Books about Edward M. Kennedy: Adam Clymer, Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography — Richard E. Burke, The Senator : My Ten Years With Ted Kennedy — Peter S. Canellos, Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy
  Critical books about Edward M. Kennedy: Bernard Goldberg, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37) — Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince, The Kennedys: All the Gossip Unfit for Print
  George Rogers (b. 1933) — of New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass. Born in New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass., August 22, 1933. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1965-70, 1999-; mayor of New Bedford, Mass., 1970-71; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1975-78. Convicted of bribery in 1978 and sentenced to two years in prison. Still living as of 1999.
Gerry E. Studds Gerry Eastman Studds (1937-2006) — also known as Gerry E. Studds — of Cohasset, Norfolk County, Mass. Born in Mineola, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., May 12, 1937. Democrat. Foreign Service officer; member of White House staff during the administration of President John F. Kennedy, 1962-63; legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Harrison A. Williams, 1964; state coordinator for U.S. Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy's presidential primary campaign, 1968; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1968, 1996; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1973-97 (12th District 1973-83, 10th District 1983-97). Episcopalian. Gay. First openly gay member of Congress. Censured by the House of Representatives on July 20, 1983, for having sexual relations with a teenage House page ten years earlier. Died, of respiratory failure, in Boston Medical Center, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., October 14, 2006 (age 69 years, 155 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Image source: Public Officers of Massachusetts, 1979-80
  Beryl W. Cohen (born c.1935) — of Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass. Born about 1935. Democrat. Lawyer; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1964; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1965-70; won fame for his representation of long-term residents of a Massachusetts institution for the mentally retarded; censured in 1983 and disciplined in 1988 for attorney misconduct, over neglect of probate matters. Still living as of 2007.
  Barney Frank (b. 1940) — of Newton, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Bayonne, Hudson County, N.J., March 31, 1940. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1973-80; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 4th District, 1981-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Jewish. Gay. Admitted in 1990 to having paid Stephen L. Gobie, a male prostitute, for sex, subsequently hiring Gobie as his personal assistant, and getting 33 parking tickets dismissed for him; Gobie also used the congressman's apartment for prostitution. A move to expel Frank from the House of Representatives failed on a 38 to 390 vote; a motion to censure him failed 141-287; finally, the House voted to reprimand him by a vote of 408 to 18. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Barney Frank: Stuart Weisberg, Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman — Peter Bollen, Frank Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Barney Frank
Nicholas Mavroules Nicholas James Mavroules (1929-2003) — also known as Nicholas Mavroules — of Peabody, Essex County, Mass. Born in Peabody, Essex County, Mass., November 1, 1929. Democrat. Mayor of Peabody, Mass., 1967-78; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1976; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1979-93; defeated, 1992. Greek Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, Kiwanis; Rotary. Pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of tax fraud and accepting gratuities while in office; sentenced to prison. Died in Salem, Essex County, Mass., December 25, 2003 (age 74 years, 54 days). Interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody, Mass.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Image source: Public Officers of Massachusetts, 1979-80
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