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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Oregon

in chronological order

  Benjamin Stark (1820-1898) — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.; New London, New London County, Conn. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., June 26, 1820. Democrat. Went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; lawyer; member of Oregon territorial House of Representatives, 1852; member of Oregon state house of representatives, 1860; U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1861-62; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1868; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1874. On June 6, 1862, a resolution to expel him from the U.S. Senate for alleged disloyalty to the Union, requiring two-thirds to pass, failed on a vote of 21 in favor to 16 opposed. Died in New London, New London County, Conn., October 10, 1898 (age 78 years, 106 days). Interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London, Conn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Hipple Mitchell (1835-1905) — also known as John H. Mitchell; John Mitchell Hipple — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Washington County, Pa., June 22, 1835. Republican. Lawyer; member of Oregon state senate, 1862-66; U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1873-79, 1885-97, 1901-05; died in office 1905. Indicted in December 1904 in connection with land frauds; a bribery charge was added later. Died in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., December 8, 1905 (age 70 years, 169 days). Interment at River View Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  John Hicklin Hall (1854-1937) — also known as John H. Hall — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Multnomah County, Ore., July 17, 1854. Member of Oregon state house of representatives, 1891-92; U.S. Attorney for Oregon, 1897-1904. Removed from office as district attorney; tried and convicted in 1905 on land fraud charges; later pardoned by President Taft. Died in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., July 27, 1937 (age 83 years, 10 days). Interment at River View Cemetery, Portland, Ore.
  Relatives: Father of John Hubert Hall (1899-1970); second cousin of Louis Blasdel Ewbank.
  Political family: Hall family of Oregon.
  George C. Brownell — of Oregon. Republican. Lawyer; member of Oregon state senate, 1890; indicted in February 1905 on federal charges of subornation of perjury. Burial location unknown.
  Terry Doyle Schrunk (b. 1913) — also known as Terry D. Schrunk — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Stayton, Marion County, Ore., March 10, 1913. Democrat. Fire fighter; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; Multnomah County Sheriff, 1949-56; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1952; mayor of Portland, Ore., 1957-72; indicted in March, 1957 on bribery and perjury charges; tried and found not guilty; another indictment, for conspiracy to obtain wiretaps and other related charges, was dismissed in September, 1957. Presbyterian. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Purple Heart; Elks; Eagles; Freemasons. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Schrunk and Pearl Margaret (Doyle) Schrunk; married, May 17, 1936, to Virginia Dorothy Price.
  Robert William Packwood (b. 1932) — also known as Bob Packwood — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.; Lake Oswego, Clackamas County, Ore. Born in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., September 11, 1932. Republican. Lawyer; chair of Multnomah County Republican Party, 1960-62; member of Oregon state house of representatives, 1963-68; U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1969-95; resigned 1995; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1972. Unitarian. Member, American Bar Association; Jaycees; Beta Theta Pi. Resigned from the U.S. Senate in 1995, after the Select Committee on Ethics recommended his expulson for sexual misconduct, attempting to obstruct the committee's investigation, and using his position to solicit employment for his wife. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick William Packwood (1895-1965) and Gladys (Taft) Packwood (1901-1988); married, November 25, 1964, to Georgie Ann Oberteuffer; great-grandson of William Henderson Packwood; third cousin thrice removed of Augustus Brandegee; fourth cousin once removed of Otis Larry Packwood (1927-2008).
  Political family: Wolcott-Packwood-Griswold family of Connecticut (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  David Wu (b. 1955) — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in Hsinchu, Taiwan, April 8, 1955. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; U.S. Representative from Oregon 1st District, 1999-2011; resigned 2011; in July 2011, news media reported that he had been accused of an unwanted sexual encounter by the 18-year-old daughter of a friend of his; episodes of erratic and intoxicated behavior alienated his campaign aides, his congressional staff, and his colleagues in Congress; he resigned in August 2011. Chinese ancestry. Still living as of 2017.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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