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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Missouri

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Thomas Hart Benton Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858) — also known as "Old Bullion" — of Franklin, Williamson County, Tenn.; St. Louis, Mo. Born near Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C., March 14, 1782. Lawyer; newspaper editor; member of Tennessee state senate, 1809; U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1821-51; U.S. Representative from Missouri 1st District, 1853-55; Benton Democrat candidate for Governor of Missouri, 1856. Fought a duel with Andrew Jackson, who later became a political ally. In April, 1850, he caused a scandal with his attempt to assault Sen. Henry Stuart Foote, of Mississippi, during debate on the Senate floor; he was restrained by other senators. Foote had a cocked pistol in his hand and undoubtedly would have shot him. Died in Washington, D.C., April 10, 1858 (age 76 years, 27 days). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Jesse Benton and Ann (Gooch) Benton; married 1821 to Elizabeth McDowell (1794-1854; sister of James McDowell); father of Jessie Benton (who married John Charles Frémont); uncle of Thomas Hart Benton, Jr. (1816-1879); granduncle of Maecenas Eason Benton.
  Political family: Benton family (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Benton counties in Ark., Ind., Iowa, Minn., Ore. and Wash. are named for him.
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on the U.S. $100 gold certificate in the 1880s to 1920s.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: The South in the Building of the Nation (1909)
  John Bullock Clark (1802-1885) — also known as John B. Clark — of Fayette, Howard County, Mo. Born in Madison County, Ky., April 17, 1802. Democrat. Lawyer; Howard County Court Clerk, 1824-34; colonel in the U.S. Army during the Black Hawk War; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1850-51; U.S. Representative from Missouri 3rd District, 1857-61; expelled 1861; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1860; expelled from Congress in July 1861 for having taken up arms against the union; Delegate from Missouri to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Senator from Missouri in the Confederate Congress, 1862-64; Representative from Missouri in the Confederate Congress, 1864-65. Died in Fayette, Howard County, Mo., October 29, 1885 (age 83 years, 195 days). Interment at Fayette City Cemetery, Fayette, Mo.
  Relatives: Father of John Bullock Clark, Jr. (1831-1903); nephew of Christopher Henderson Clark and James Clark.
  Political family: Clark family.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Waldo Porter Johnson (1817-1885) — also known as Waldo P. Johnson — of Missouri. Born in Bridgeport, Harrison County, Va. (now W.Va.), September 16, 1817. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1847; state court judge in Missouri, 1851; U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1861-62; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Senator from Missouri in the Confederate Congress, 1863-65; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention 15th District, 1875. Expelled from the U.S. Senate on January 10, 1862 over his support for secession. Died in Osceola, St. Clair County, Mo., August 14, 1885 (age 67 years, 332 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.
  Relatives: Nephew of Joseph Johnson (1785-1877).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Trusten Polk (1811-1876) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born near Bridgeville, Sussex County, Del., May 29, 1811. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention 28th District, 1845-46; Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1848; Governor of Missouri, 1857; U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1857-62; expelled 1862; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Expelled from the U.S. Senate on January 10, 1862 over his support for secession. Died in St. Louis, Mo., April 16, 1876 (age 64 years, 323 days). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of William Nutter Polk (1786-1835) and Lavenia (Causey) Polk (1791-1825); married, December 26, 1837, to Elizabeth Skinner; father of Anna Polk (1829-1902; who married William Frederick Causey); nephew of Peter Foster Causey; third cousin once removed of Charles Polk; fourth cousin of Joseph Maull, James Knox Polk and William Hawkins Polk; fourth cousin once removed of Augustus Caesar Dodge, Marshall Tate Polk (1831-1884), Tasker Polk, Richard Tyler Polk, Albert Fawcett Polk and Edwin Fitzhugh Polk.
  Political families: Ashe-Polk family of North Carolina; Polk family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Joshua Chilton (1818-1862) — of Shannon County, Mo. Born in Wayne County, Tenn., September 28, 1818. Democrat. Member of Missouri state house of representatives from Shannon County, 1846-55; member of Missouri state senate 24th District, 1860-61. Member, Freemasons. Arrested by Union troops as an alleged Southern sympathizer, and while a prisoner, was shot and killed, near Rolla, Phelps County, Mo., August 28, 1862 (age 43 years, 334 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Boggs Chilton (1782-1865) and Susannah (Inman) Chilton (1785-1827); married to Elizabeth Chilton (1822-1899); father of Commodore Perry Chilton; uncle of Shadrach Chilton; first cousin twice removed of John Smith (1750-1836); second cousin of Thomas Chilton and William Parish Chilton; second cousin twice removed of Horace George Chilton and Arthur Bounds Chilton.
  Political family: Chilton family of Missouri.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Peter R. Morrissey (1859-1895) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis County, Mo., August 14, 1859. Democrat. Saloon keeper; arrested in December 1886 on federal charges of vote fraud; found guilty in April 1887, but released because the indictment did not specify that the ballots were for a federal office; indicted again soon after, but the charges were dropped in November; indicted for naturalization fraud in 1889, but not convicted; member of Missouri state senate 31st District, 1893-95; died in office 1895. Catholic. Irish ancestry. While in bed, he was shot twice with his own pistol, and killed, by his mistress, Maud Lewis, in her "house of ill repute", in St. Louis, Mo., May 13, 1895 (age 35 years, 272 days). After a dramatic and highly publicized trial, Maud Lewis was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to fifteen years in prison; she was pardoned by Gov. Lon Vest Stephens in January 1901. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John M. Lingle (1843-1889) — of Webb City, Jasper County, Mo. Born in Pennsylvania, April 2, 1843. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; postmaster at Webb City, Mo., 1885-89. After being threatened with criminal prosecution for allegedly misappropriating funds as postmaster, he stepped out the back door of the post office, and killed himself by gunshot, in Webb City, Jasper County, Mo., January 4, 1889 (age 45 years, 277 days). Interment at Webb City Cemetery, Webb City, Mo.
  Relatives: Married 1870 to Avaline Eizabeth McCutcheon (1847-1919).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Edward T. Noland (d. 1926) — of Jackson County, Mo. Democrat. Missouri state treasurer, 1889-90; resigned 1890. In March 1890, following reports of his drunkenness and gambling, his accounts were investigated; a shortage of about $32,000 was discovered; suspended from office as state treasurer, and resigned a few days later; arrested soon after, and charged with embezzlement; tried in 1891, and ultimately convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. Died June 26, 1926. Burial location unknown.
  James Lawrence Blair (1854-1904) — also known as James L. Blair — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., April 2, 1854. Lawyer; president, St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners, 1884; general counsel, St. Louis World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition), 1901-03; indicted in December, 1903, for forgery of two deeds of trust to obtain a loan from an estate he managed. Member, American Bar Association; Loyal Legion; Sons of the Revolution. Died, either from suicide (which he had attempted at least twice before) or from "congestion of the brain", in Eustis, Lake County, Fla., January 16, 1904 (age 49 years, 289 days). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Francis Preston Blair, Jr. and Apolline Agatha (Alexander) Blair (1828-1908); nephew of Montgomery Blair; grandson of Francis Preston Blair; great-grandson of James Blair; first cousin of Francis Preston Blair Lee and Gist Blair; first cousin once removed of Edward Brooke Lee; first cousin twice removed of Blair Lee III and Edward Brooke Lee, Jr.; second cousin thrice removed of John Eager Howard; third cousin once removed of William Julian Albert and Joseph Wingate Folk; third cousin twice removed of George Howard, Benjamin Chew Howard and Carey Estes Kefauver; third cousin thrice removed of George Nicholas, Wilson Cary Nicholas and John Nicholas; fourth cousin of Talbot Jones Albert and Ethel Gist Cantrill (1876-1954).
  Political family: Lee-Randolph family of Maryland and Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William P. Sullivan (1870-1925) — of Billings, Christian County, Mo. Born in Wisconsin, June 3, 1870. Republican. Lawyer; member of Missouri state house of representatives from Christian County, 1899-1900; member of Missouri state senate 19th District, 1901-04; delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1908, 1916. Convicted in 1905 of accepting a bribe while serving as State Senator, and fined $100. Died suddenly, from heart failure, in Billings, Christian County, Mo., April 17, 1925 (age 54 years, 318 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Billings, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of John Sullivan and Angenette 'Nettie' (Glidden) Sullivan; married to Alice Virginia Reid (1878-1950).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Green Crow (1883-1942) — also known as Robert G. Crow; Bob Crow — of Caruthersville, Pemiscot County, Mo. Born in Scott County, Mo., December 24, 1883. Republican. Insurance agent; postmaster at Caruthersville, Mo., 1909-14; indicted in October 1915 on federal charges of revealing information from the federal civil service examination, to help his half-brother, James L. Crow; pleaded guilty in April 1916, and was fined $500. Member, Elks; Eagles; Modern Woodmen. On December 21, 1914, he mysteriously disappeared from the Pontiac Hotel, St. Louis, Mo., leaving behind all of his clothes, and the room disordered as if a scuffle had taken place; he was thought to have been kidnapped and murdered by a gang, but a few months later, he was found to be serving in the U.S. Army. Died in Harlingen, Cameron County, Tex., September 16, 1942 (age 58 years, 266 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Levi Eugene Elijah Crow (1846-1896) and Mahulda Paralee (Rodden) Crow (1860-1884); half-brother of Charles Augustus Crow (1873-1938); married, September 16, 1904, to Ella Pauline Brown (1884-1922).
  Edwin J. Szarzynski (born c.1907) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Ill., about 1907. Republican. Credit manager; charged in 1937 with embezzlement of $2,553 from his employer; pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, and sentenced to six months in the workhouse; served three and a half months; arrested in 1942 in a raid on a gambling operation; fined $15; dock worker; candidate for Missouri state senate 5th District, 1960. Burial location unknown.
  William Marshall Boyle, Jr. (1903-1961) — also known as William M. Boyle, Jr.; Bill Boyle — of Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo. Born in Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kan., February 2, 1903. Democrat. Lawyer; Director, Kansas City Police, 1939; Chairman of Democratic National Committee, 1949-51; investigated in 1951 by the Senate Investigating Committee over his acceptance of fees from the American Lithifold Corporation of St. Louis, in return for using his influence as Democratic national chair to obtain loans for the company from the U.S. Reconstruction Finance Corporation; claimed to have been vindicated, but ultimately resigned under fire. Irish ancestry. Died in Washington, D.C., August 30, 1961 (age 58 years, 209 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Clara Boyle; married to Genevieve Hayde.
  Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. (b. 1940) — also known as Glenn Miller; "Frazier Glenn Cross"; "Rounder" — of North Carolina; Aurora, Lawrence County, Mo. Born in Springfield, Greene County, Mo., 1940. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; candidate in Democratic primary for Governor of North Carolina, 1984; candidate in Republican primary for North Carolina state senate, 1986; convicted on federal contempt of court charges in 1986; sentenced to one year in prison, but disappeared while out on bond; later captured in Missouri, along with four other Klansmen and a cache of weapons; indicted in 1987 for plotting robberies and an assassination; in a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and to making threats through the mail; served three years in prison; candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 2006; candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri, 2010; on April 13, 2014, in an apparent hate crime he shot and killed three people at a Jewish community center and retirement complex in Overland Park, Kansas. Member, Ku Klux Klan. Still living as of 2014.
  William L. Webster (b. 1953) — of Jasper County, Mo. Born September 17, 1953. Republican. Lawyer; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1981-84; Missouri state attorney general, 1985-93; candidate for Governor of Missouri, 1992. Member, American Bar Association. Pleaded guilty in 1993 to embezzlement and conspiracy, and sentenced to two years in prison. Still living as of 1993.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Melton Webster (1922-1990).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Judith K. Moriarty (b. 1942) — of Pettis County, Mo. Born February 2, 1942. Democrat. Secretary of state of Missouri, 1993-94; removed 1994. Female. Impeached and removed from office, 1994. Still living as of 1994.
  Michael Badnarik (b. 1954) — of Austin, Travis County, Tex. Born in Hammond, Lake County, Ind., August 1, 1954. Libertarian. Software engineer; candidate for Texas state house of representatives, 2000 (47th District), 2002 (48th District); candidate for President of the United States, 2004; candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 10th District, 2006. Slovak ancestry. Arrested, in St. Louis, Mo., on October 8, 2004, along with Green Party presidential nominee David Cobb, while protesting their exclusion from presidential debates. Still living as of 2007.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  David Keith Cobb (b. 1962) — also known as David Cobb — Born in San Leon, Galveston County, Tex., December 24, 1962. Green. Lawyer; candidate for Texas state attorney general, 2002; candidate for President of the United States, 2004. Arrested, in St. Louis, Mo., on October 8, 2004, along with Libertarian Party presidential nominee Michael Bednarik, while protesting their exclusion from presidential debates. Still living as of 2004.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
Leslie L. Farr II Leslie L. Farr II (born c.1978) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born about 1978. Republican. Train conductor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2004; Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 1st District, 2004, 2006 (primary); suspended without pay in October 2004, for making a political statement (critical of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry) over the public address system of an Amtrak train; political consultant. African ancestry. Still living as of 2011.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: St. Louis Magazine, November 2006
  Scott Faughn (b. 1980) — of Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Mo. Born in 1980. Mayor of Poplar Bluff, Mo., 2002-04; charged in 2005 with embezzling money while Chairman of the Highway 67 Corporation, by forging checks to himself and his ex-wife; convicted in 2007 on the forgery charges, and fined $1,500. Still living as of 2007.
  See also Wikipedia article
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