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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Virginia

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  Cuthbert Bullitt (1740-1791) — Born in Fauquier County, Va., 1740. Lawyer; planter; shot and killed John Baylis in a duel on September 24, 1765; later tried for the killing and acquitted; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1776. Anglican; later Episcopalian. Died in Prince William County, Va., August 27, 1791 (age about 51 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Bullitt (1692-1766) and Sarah Elizabeth (Harrison) Bullitt (1700-1746); married, August 27, 1761, to Helen Scott; father of Alexander Scott Bullitt (1761-1816); second great-grandfather of William Christian Bullitt (1856-1914), William Marshall Bullitt and Alexander Scott Bullitt (1877-1932); second great-granduncle of Hugh Kennedy Bullitt; third great-grandfather of William Christian Bullitt (1891-1967).
  Political families: Lee-Randolph family of Maryland and Virginia; Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Bullitt-Fry-Henry family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
John Tyler John Tyler (1790-1862) — also known as "The Accidental President" — of Williamsburg, Va. Born in Charles City County, Va., March 29, 1790. Whig. Lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1811-16, 1823-25, 1839-40; served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; U.S. Representative from Virginia 23rd District, 1817-21; Governor of Virginia, 1825-27; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1827-36; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1829-30; delegate to Whig National Convention from Virginia, 1839 (Convention Vice-President); Vice President of the United States, 1841; defeated, 1836; President of the United States, 1841-45; delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861; Delegate from Virginia to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; died in office 1862. Episcopalian. English ancestry. A bill to impeach him was defeated in the House of Representatives in January 1843. Died, probably from a stroke, in a hotel room at Richmond, Va., January 18, 1862 (age 71 years, 295 days). Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of John Tyler and Mary (Armistead) Tyler (1761-1797); married, March 20, 1813, to Letitia Christian; married, June 26, 1844, to Julia Gardiner (1820-1889; daughter of David Gardiner (1784-1844)); father of David Gardiner Tyler; third cousin of George Madison; third cousin once removed of Zachary Taylor; third cousin twice removed of John Strother Pendleton, Albert Gallatin Pendleton and Aylett Hawes Buckner; third cousin thrice removed of James Francis Buckner and Bronson Murray Cutting.
  Political families: Saltonstall-Davis-Frelinghuysen-Appleton family of Massachusetts; Meriwether-Kellogg-Tyler family of Virginia and Connecticut; Mapes-Jennings-Denby-Neuman family of New York and Arizona; Tyler-Mapes family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Benjamin Tappan
  Tyler County, Tex. is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: John T. RichJohn T. CuttingJohn Tyler CooperJohn Tyler Hammons
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about John Tyler: Oliver P. Chitwood, John Tyler : Champion of the Old South — Norma Lois Peterson, Presidencies of William Henry Harrison and John Tyler — Jane C. Walker, John Tyler : A President of Many Firsts — Edward P. Crapol, John Tyler, the Accidental President — Gary May, John Tyler: The 10th President, 1841-1845 — Donald Barr Chidsey, And Tyler Too
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
  John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) — also known as John S. Mosby; "The Gray Ghost" — of Bristol, Va.; Warrenton, Fauquier County, Va. Born in Powhatan County, Va., December 6, 1833. In 1852, he shot and wounded George R. Turpin, with whom he had quarreled; arrested and tried, ultimately convicted only of the misdemeanor charge of unlawful shooting and sentenced to one year in jail; pardoned by Gov. Joseph Johnson in 1853; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; U.S. Consul in Hong Kong, 1878-85. Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Died in Washington, D.C., May 30, 1916 (age 82 years, 176 days). Interment at Warrenton Cemetery, Warrenton, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Alfred Daniel Mosby and Virginia (McLaurine) Mosby; married, December 30, 1857, to Pauline Clarke (1837-1876; daughter of Beverly Leonidas Clarke (1809-1860)).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Charles James Faulkner (1806-1884) — also known as Charles J. Faulkner — of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Va. (now W.Va.). Born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Va. (now W.Va.), July 6, 1806. Democrat. Member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1829-34, 1848-49; member of Virginia state senate, 1838-42; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1850; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1851-59 (10th District 1851-53, 8th District 1853-59); U.S. Minister to France, 1860; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to West Virginia state constitutional convention, 1872; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1875-77. On his return from France in August 1861, was detained as a prisoner of state on charges of negotiating arms sales for the Confederacy while in Paris; released in December 1861 and negotiated his own exchange for Alfred Ely, a a Congressman from New York who had been taken prisoner by the Confederates at Bull Run. Died near Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va., November 1, 1884 (age 78 years, 118 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Berkeley County, W.Va.
  Relatives: Father of Charles James Faulkner (1847-1929).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary
  James Murray Mason (1798-1871) — also known as James M. Mason — of Winchester, Va. Born in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., November 3, 1798. Member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1826; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1829; U.S. Representative from Virginia 12th District, 1837-39; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1847-61; Delegate from Virginia to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861; Confederate States Envoy to England, 1861. Author of the Fugitive Slave Law. When the Civil War began, he left Washington but did not resign his seat in the Senate; one of ten Southern senators expelled in absentia on July 11, 1861. Died April 28, 1871 (age 72 years, 176 days). Interment at Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery, Alexandria, Va.
  Relatives: Son of John Mason (1766-1849) and Anna Maria (Murray) Mason (1776-1857); married, July 25, 1822, to Eliza Margaretta Chew (1798-1874); uncle of Fitzhugh Lee; grandson of George Mason; grandnephew of Thomson Mason; first cousin of Thomson Francis Mason and John Thomson Mason, Jr.; first cousin once removed of Stevens Thomson Mason (1760-1803) and John Thomson Mason (1765-1824); first cousin thrice removed of Charles O'Conor Goolrick; second cousin of Armistead Thomson Mason and John Thomson Mason (1787-1850); second cousin once removed of Stevens Thomson Mason (1811-1843).
  Political family: Mason family of Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (1809-1887) — also known as Robert M. T. Hunter — of Lloyds, Essex County, Va. Born near Loretto, Essex County, Va., April 21, 1809. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1834-35; member of Virginia state senate, 1835-37; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1837-43, 1845-47 (8th District 1837-39, 12th District 1839-41, 9th District 1841-43, 8th District 1845-47); Speaker of the U.S. House, 1839-41; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1847-61; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1860; Delegate from Virginia to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Confederate Secretary of State, 1861-62; Senator from Virginia in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1867-68; Virginia state treasurer, 1874-80. When the Civil War began, he left Washington but did not resign his seat in the Senate; he was one of ten Southern senators expelled in absentia on July 11, 1861. Arrested in 1865 and imprisoned without trial by federal forces in Fort Pulaski, Tennessee, until 1866. Died in Lloyds, Essex County, Va., July 18, 1887 (age 78 years, 88 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Essex County, Va.
  Relatives: Uncle of Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett (1821-1864).
  Political family: Garnett family of Virginia.
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on Confederate States $10 notes in 1861-64.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Robert Murphy Mayo (1836-1896) — also known as Robert M. Mayo — of Virginia. Born in Hague, Westmoreland County, Va., April 28, 1836. Colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; court martialed in the Confederate Army, 1863, for drunkenness, and reduced in rank; lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1881-82, 1885-88; U.S. Representative from Virginia 1st District, 1883-84. Member, American Bar Association. Died in Hague, Westmoreland County, Va., March 29, 1896 (age 59 years, 336 days). Interment at Yeocomico Cemetery, Kinsale, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Mayo and Emily Ann (Campbell) Mayo; married, December 3, 1867, to Emily Claybrook; nephew of Joseph Carrington Mayo (1795-1872).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Wythe Randolph (1818-1867) — also known as George W. Randolph — of Virginia. Born near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., March 10, 1818. Lawyer; delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Confederate Secretary of War, 1862; after the collapse of the Confederacy, fled to Europe to avoid capture; pardoned in 1866. Episcopalian. Died of pulmonary pneumonia, near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., April 3, 1867 (age 49 years, 24 days). Interment at Monticello Graveyard, Near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. and Martha (Jefferson) Randolph; brother of Benjamin Franklin Randolph, Meriwether Lewis Randolph and Virginia Jefferson Randolph (who married Nicholas Philip Trist); uncle of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge; grandson of Thomas Jefferson; granduncle of John Gardner Coolidge; great-grandson of Archibald Cary; second great-grandson of Richard Randolph; first cousin of Francis Wayles Eppes; first cousin once removed of Dabney Carr, John Wayles Eppes and Frederick Madison Roberts; first cousin twice removed of John Randolph of Roanoke; first cousin thrice removed of Richard Bland and Peyton Randolph (1721-1775); second cousin of Dabney Smith Carr; second cousin once removed of John Marshall, James Markham Marshall and Alexander Keith Marshall; second cousin twice removed of Theodorick Bland, Edmund Jenings Randolph and Beverley Randolph; third cousin of Thomas Marshall, John Jordan Crittenden, Thomas Turpin Crittenden, Robert Crittenden, James Keith Marshall and Carter Henry Harrison; third cousin once removed of Henry Lee, Charles Lee, Edmund Jennings Lee, Peyton Randolph (1779-1828), Henry St. George Tucker, Alexander Parker Crittenden, Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, Thomas Theodore Crittenden, John Augustine Marshall and Carter Henry Harrison II; third cousin twice removed of Thomas Theodore Crittenden, Jr., William Marshall Bullitt and Alexander Scott Bullitt; fourth cousin of Benjamin William Sheridan Cabell (1793-1862), Edmund Randolph and Nathaniel Beverly Tucker; fourth cousin once removed of Thomas Jones Hardeman, Bailey Hardeman, William Lewis Cabell, Fitzhugh Lee, George Craighead Cabell and William Henry Robertson.
  Political families: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell-Henry family of Virginia; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Walker-Bolling family of Huntsville, Alabama (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on Confederate States $100 notes in 1862-64.
  James Alexander Seddon (1815-1880) — also known as James A. Seddon — of Virginia. Born in Falmouth, Stafford County, Va., July 13, 1815. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Virginia 6th District, 1845-47, 1849-51; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1856; Delegate from Virginia to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Confederate Secretary of War, 1862-65. Arrested by Union forces in May 1865 and imprisoned until December. Died in Goochland County, Va., August 19, 1880 (age 65 years, 37 days). Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Seddon (1776-1831) and Susan Pearson (Alexander) Seddon (c.1782-1845); married, December 23, 1845, to Sarah 'Sallie' Bruce (1822-1882); uncle of William Booth Taliaferro and William Cabell Bruce; granduncle of Howard Bruce (1879-1961), James Bruce and David Kirkpatrick Este Bruce.
  Political family: Bruce-Mellon family of Virginia.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Henry Johnston — also known as John H. Johnston — of Danville, Va. Republican. Mayor of Danville, Va., 1882-84; defeated (Independent), 1884; shot and killed Chief of Police John E. Hatcher, during a disagreement over the use of collected fines, on September 9, 1882; indicted for murder but released on $5,000 bail; tried in December, and acquitted; postmaster at Danville, Va., 1890-94. Burial location unknown.
  James Harrison Oliver (1857-1928) — also known as J. H. Oliver — of Shirley, Charles City County, Va. Born in Houston County, Ga., January 15, 1857. As a naval commander, he was arrested and court-martialed over his role in a 1904 collision in Delaware Bay; acquitted and reinstated; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands. Died, of heart disease, in Charles City County, Va., April 6, 1928 (age 71 years, 82 days). Interment at Shirley Plantation Cemetery, Shirley, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Thaddeus Oliver and Sarah Penelope (Lawson) Oliver; married, December 7, 1893, to Marion Carter (1856-1952).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Wythe Leigh Kinsolving (1878-1964) — of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Charlottesville, Va. Born in Halifax, Halifax County, Va., November 14, 1878. Democrat. Episcopal priest; rector of Epiphany Episcopal Church, Barton Heights, Va., until 1908, when he resigned following a fist fight with his father-in-law, Rev. Dr. E. H. Pitt; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1924. Episcopalian. Died in Richmond, Va., December, 1964 (age 86 years, 0 days). Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Ovid Americus Kinsolving (1822-1894) and Roberta Elizabeth (Cary) Kinsolving (1826-1919); married, December 27, 1906, to Annie Laurie Pitt (1888-1932); granduncle of Charles McIlvaine Kinsolving, Jr.; second cousin twice removed of Neal Arlon Kinsolving (1930-2004).
  Political family: Kinsolving family of New York and West Virginia.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Harold Knutson Harold Knutson (1880-1953) — of St. Cloud, Stearns County, Minn. Born in Skein, Norway, October 20, 1880. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1917-49 (6th District 1917-33, at-large 1933-35, 6th District 1935-49); delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1940. Lutheran. Norwegian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks. On March 9, 1924, he and Leroy M. Hull, a 29-year-old clerk for the Labor Department, sitting in his parked car alongside a rural road near Arlington National Cemetery, were arrested by officers of the Arlington County vice squad; he vainly offered a $100 bribe, but was charged, apparently with sodomy (press reports avoided mentioning the specific crime, only that it was a "grave moral offense"), and jailed overnight; tried before a jury, and found not guilty. Died, following a series of heart attacks, in Wesley Memorial Hospital, Wadena, Wadena County, Minn., August 21, 1953 (age 72 years, 305 days). Interment at North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud, Minn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Image source: Minnesota Legislative Manual 1917
  George Lincoln Rockwell (1918-1967) — of Arlington, Arlington County, Va. Born in Bloomington, McLean County, Ill., March 9, 1918. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict; founder, in 1959, of the National Committee to Free America from Jewish Domination (later known as the American Nazi Party); arrested at various demonstrations during the 1960s; American Nazi candidate for Governor of Virginia, 1965. Shot and killed by a sniper, later identified as John Patler, while driving his car in the parking lot of Dominion Hills Shopping Center, Arlington, Arlington County, Va., August 25, 1967 (age 49 years, 169 days); Patler was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Rockwell's funeral procession was not allowed into Culpeper National Cemetery because of Nazi emblems worn by his supporters. Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of George Lovejoy 'Doc' Rockwell (1889-1978; vaudeville and radio comedian) and Claire (Schade) Rockwell; third cousin twice removed of Oliver Morgan Hungerford (1827-1888).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Morris-Ingersoll family of New York and Connecticut; Conger-Hungerford family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John William Snow (b. 1939) — also known as John W. Snow — of Richmond, Va. Born in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, August 2, 1939. Lawyer; chairman and chief executive officer of CSX railroad; charged with driving while intoxicated, in West Valley City, Utah, 1982;; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 2003-06; director, Marathon Oil Co. Episcopalian. Member, Delta Tau Delta. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Married to Frederica Wheeler (divorced).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  James Patrick Moran, Jr. (b. 1945) — also known as James P. Moran, Jr.; Jim Moran — of Alexandria, Va. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., May 16, 1945. Democrat. Mayor of Alexandria, Va., 1985-91; U.S. Representative from Virginia 8th District, 1991-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Catholic. Pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor conflict of interest charge and was forced to resign as vice mayor of Alexandria, in June 1984. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Brother of Bryan Moran (1950?-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Richard Joyner Holland, Sr. (1925-2000) — also known as Richard J. Holland, Sr. — of Windsor, Isle of Wight County, Va. Born in Suffolk, Va., August 12, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; banker; member of Virginia state senate 15th District, 1980-2000; died in office 2000. Congregationalist. Acquitted of drunk driving in 1986, but convicted of reckless driving and refusal to take a breath test; indicted in federal court for 31 felony counts of bank fraud; charges were dismissed in April 1998, and the prosecution ruled to be vexatious; he and his son received a $570,000 reimbursement for legal fees. Died in Windsor, Isle of Wight County, Va., April 16, 2000 (age 74 years, 248 days). Interment at Windsor Cemetery, Windsor, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Shirley T. Holland (1900?-?).
  Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche, Jr. (1922-2018) — also known as Lyndon LaRouche; Lyn Marcus — of New York City (unknown county), N.Y.; Leesburg, Loudoun County, Va. Born in Rochester, Strafford County, N.H., September 8, 1922. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Labor candidate for President of the United States, 1976; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004; indicted, with others, on fraud and conspiracy charges in 1986 over solicitation of loans from supporters without intending to repay them; also charged with obstruction of justice over destruction of financial records; tried in federal court in Boston; a mistrial was declared in 1988; re-indicted in federal court in Virginia on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, and tax evasion; convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison; released on parole in 1994; Independent candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 10th District, 1990. Died in 2018 (age about 95 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Jessie Lenore (Weir) LaRouche (1893-1978) and Lyndon H. LaRouche, Sr. (1896-1983); married 1954 to Janice Neuberger (divorced 1963); married 1977 to Helga Zepp.
  Cross-reference: Ramsey Clark
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Books by Lyndon H. LaRouche: Now, Are You Ready To Learn Economics? — How to Defeat Liberalism and William F. Buckley — Earth's Next Fifty Years
  Books about Lyndon H. LaRouche: Michael O. Billington, Reflections of an American Political Prisoner : The Repression and Promise of the LaRouche Movement
  Critical books about Lyndon H. LaRouche: Helen Gilbert, Lyndon Larouche: Fascism Restyled for the New Millennium — Dennis King, Lyndon Larouche and the New American Fascism
Oliver L. North Oliver Laurence North (b. 1943) — also known as Oliver L. North; Ollie North — of Virginia. Born in San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex., October 7, 1943. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War; central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal of 1986; he was in charge of a secret (and illegal) government operation to sell weapons to Iran and provide the profits to the then-unrecognized Nicaraguan "contras", who were fighting a civil war against the "Sandinista" government there; convicted in 1989 on federal charges of obstructing Congress, destroying documents, and accepting an illegal gratuity; an appeals court later overturned the guilty verdict; candidate for U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1994; host of a radio talk show in 1995-2003, and is a television commentator. Member, National Rifle Association. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married, November 13, 1968, to Betsy Stuart.
  Cross-reference: Harry E. Bergold, Jr.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Image source: Time Magazine, July 13, 1987
  Parker J. Bena (born c.1963) — of Virginia Beach, Va. Born about 1963. Republican. Presidential Elector for Virginia, 2000. Pleaded guilty in 2001 to possession of child pornography on his home computer; sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000. Still living as of 2001.
  Fenton L. Bland, Jr. (b. 1962) — of Petersburg, Va. Born in Petersburg, Va., March 7, 1962. Democrat. Mortician; member of Virginia state house of delegates 63rd District, 2002-05; resigned 2005; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2004; pleaded guilty, January 26, 2005 to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud; sentenced in April to 57 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution; surrendered his funeral director's license rather than contest charges of ethical violations. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi. Still living as of 2006.
  Del M. Mauhrine Brown — of Hopewell, Va. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996; candidate in primary for Virginia state house of delegates 75th District, 1997; publicly admonished in June 2008 by the Virginia State Bar for lawyer misconduct, over failure to file a timely notice of appeal on behalf of three clients. Still living as of 2008.
  Vito John Fossella (b. 1965) — also known as Vito Fossella — of Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. Born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., March 9, 1965. Republican. Lawyer; member, New York City Council, 1994-97; U.S. Representative from New York 13th District, 1997-2009. Catholic. Italian and Irish ancestry. In May, 2008, he was arrested in Alexandria, Virginia, for driving while intoxicated; a week later, he admitted to an extramarital affair with Air Force Lt. Col Laura Fay, and that he was the father of her 3-year-old child; the scandal led him to retire from Congress. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married 1990 to Mary Patricia Rowan; great-grandson of James Aloysius O'Leary (1889-1944).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Robert Francis McDonnell (b. 1954) — also known as Bob McDonnell — of Glen Allen, Henrico County, Va. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., June 15, 1954. Republican. Lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates 84th District, 1992-2005; Virginia state attorney general, 2006-09; resigned 2009; delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008 (delegation chair); Governor of Virginia, 2010-14; he and his wife were indicted in January 2014 for receiving improper gifts; convicted in September 2014; sentenced to two years in prison; in June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned his conviction. Irish and Alsatian ancestry. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of John Francis McDonnell and Emma (Meiller) McDonnell.
  Campaign slogan (2009): "Bob's for Jobs"
  See also Wikipedia article — Ballotpedia article — Encyclopedia of American Loons
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