The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Atheist or Agnostic Politicians

Very incomplete list!

  John Raymond Bathe (b. 1945) — also known as John R. Bathe — of Fullerton, Orange County, Calif.; La Habra, Orange County, Calif. Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 8, 1945. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972. Agnostic. Still living as of 1973.
  Relatives: Son of Ernest Otto Bathe and Lora Gertrude Bathe.
  Jello Biafra (b. 1958) — also known as Eric Reed Boucher; "Occupant"; "Count Ringworm" — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Boulder, Boulder County, Colo., June 17, 1958. Co-founder, lead singer, and songwriter for the punk rock band Dead Kennedys (1978-86); founder of the Alternative Tentacles record label; candidate for mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1979; charged, in Los Angeles in 1986, with distributing obscene "harmful matter" in the form of a sexually explicit print distributed with a Dead Kennedys record album; following a trial, the jury deadlocked, a mistrial was declared, and charges were dismissed; Biafra went on to become a spoken word performer; on May 7, 1994, he was assaulted and injured at a music club in Berkeley, Calif., by five or six attackers who called him a "sellout". Atheist. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Stanley Boucher and Virginia Boucher; married, October 31, 1981, to Therese Soder.
  Campaign slogan: "There's always room for Jello."
  Personal motto: "Don't hate the media, become the media."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Frederick Elliott Biermann (1884-1968) — also known as Fred Biermann — of Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Born in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minn., March 20, 1884. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; newspaper editor and publisher; postmaster; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1928, 1940; U.S. Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1933-39; defeated, 1938. Agnostic. Member, Freemasons; Elks; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died in La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wis., July 1, 1968 (age 84 years, 103 days). His body was donated to the Iowa Medical School. Interment at Phelps Cemetery, Decorah, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of E. E. Biermann and Martha Biermann; married, January 25, 1930, to Adel Rygg.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Harry Edson Browne (1933-2006) — also known as Harry Browne — of Franklin, Williamson County, Tenn. Born in Nassau County, N.Y., June 17, 1933. Libertarian. Writer; investment advisor; candidate for President of the United States, 1996, 2000; radio show host, 2003. Agnostic. Died, of Lou Gehrig's disease, in Franklin, Williamson County, Tenn., March 1, 2006 (age 72 years, 257 days). Interment at Mt. Gur Cemetery, Kernersville, N.C.
  Relatives: Son of Edson Bradford Browne and Cecil Margaret (Davis) Browne; married 1985 to Pamela Lanier Wolfe.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Brian Arthur Christeson (b. 1946) — also known as Brian Christeson — of Alexandria, Grafton County, N.H. Born in a hospital at Corvallis, Benton County, Ore., February 10, 1946. Libertarian. Candidate for New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1994, 1996; candidate for U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, 1998; candidate for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 2nd District, 2000. Agnostic. Still living as of 2006.
  Eldridge Cleaver (1935-1998) — also known as Leroy Cleaver — Born in Wabbaseka, Jefferson County, Ark., August 31, 1935. Peace and Freedom candidate for President of the United States, 1968. Atheist; later Mormon. African ancestry. Died in Pomona, Los Angeles County, Calif., May 1, 1998 (age 62 years, 243 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Calif.
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Sidney Edgerton (1818-1900) — Born in Cazenovia, Madison County, N.Y., August 17, 1818. Republican. U.S. Representative from Ohio 18th District, 1859-63; justice of Idaho territorial supreme court, 1863; Governor of Montana Territory, 1864-65. Agnostic. Died in Akron, Summit County, Ohio, July 19, 1900 (age 81 years, 336 days). Interment at Tallmadge Cemetery, Tallmadge, Ohio.
  Relatives: Uncle of Wilbur Fiske Sanders.
  Cross-reference: William H. Upson
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Larry Claxton Flynt (1942-2021) — also known as Larry Flynt; "The King of Smut" — of Ohio; California. Born in Lakeville, Magoffin County, Ky., November 1, 1942. Democrat. Owner of night clubs; publisher of Hustler, a pornographic magazine; convicted in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1977 on obscenity and organized crime charges, and sentenced to 25 years in prison, but the verdict was overturned on appeal; shot by a sniper in Lawrenceville, Georgia, 1978, and paralyzed from the waist down; candidate for Governor of California, 2003. Atheist. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., February 10, 2021 (age 78 years, 101 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Magoffin County, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Larry Claxton Flynt (1919-2005) and Edith (Arnett) Flynt; married 1961 to Mary Flynt; married 1966 to Peggy Mathis; married 1970 to Kathleen Marie 'Kathy' Barr; married, August 21, 1976, to Althea Leasure; married 1998 to Elizabeth Berrios.
  Campaign slogan (2003): "Vote For a Smut-Peddler Who Cares."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1889-1951) — also known as E. Haldeman-Julius; Emanuel Julius — of Girard, Crawford County, Kan. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., July 30, 1889. Socialist. Author; editor of the Socialist newspaper Appeal to Reason; founder of Haldeman-Julius Publications, publisher of many five-cent paperback books, called "Little Blue Books"; there were more than 6,000 titles, mostly literature, biography, self-improvement, and other educational topics, to make them widely accessible to the public; all together, from 1919 to 1951, over 500 million copies were printed and sold; candidate for U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1932; indicted by a federal grand jury in March, 1950 for income tax evasion; tried and convicted in April, 1951; sentenced to six months in prison, and fined $12,500; released pending appeal. Jewish; later Agnostic. Drowned in his swimming pool, in Girard, Crawford County, Kan., July 31, 1951 (age 62 years, 1 days). Possibly suicide, but the coroner ruled his death to be accidental. Interment at Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of David Julius and Elizabeth (Zamost) Julius; married, June 1, 1916, to Anna Marcet Haldeman (niece of Jane Addams; granddaughter of John Huy Addams); married 1942 to Susan Haney.
  Political family: Addams-Haldeman family of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Job Harriman (1861-1925) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Clinton County, Ind., January 15, 1861. Socialist. Minister; lawyer; Socialist Labor candidate for Governor of California, 1898; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1900; candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1911, 1913; member of Socialist National Committee from California, 1911; delegate to Socialist National Convention from California, 1912. Christian; later Agnostic. Founder, in 1914, of the Llano de Rio utopian community in Antelope Valley, Calif. (relocated to Louisiana in 1918). Died, from tuberculosis, in Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County, Calif., October 26, 1925 (age 64 years, 284 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Mary Theodosia Gray.
  See also Wikipedia article
Robert G. Ingersoll Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) — also known as Robert G. Ingersoll; "The Great Agnostic"; "American Infidel"; "Impious Pope Bob" — of Peoria, Peoria County, Ill.; Washington, D.C. Born in Dresden, Yates County, N.Y., August 11, 1833. Lawyer; Democratic candidate for Illinois state house of representatives 5th District, 1860; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; charged about 1864 with assault and battery against the Peoria County Sheriff; tried; the jury was deadlocked and could not reach a verdict; the case was dismissed before a new trial could be held; Illinois state attorney general, 1867-69; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1876; made the nominating speech which dubbed James G. Blaine as "The Plumed Knight". Agnostic. Died in Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, N.Y., July 21, 1899 (age 65 years, 344 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.; statue erected 1911 at Glen Oak Park, Peoria, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. John Ingersoll and Mary (Livingston) Ingersoll; brother of Ebon Clarke Ingersoll; married, February 13, 1862, to Eve Amelia Parker; uncle of John Carter Ingersoll; second cousin thrice removed of Jonathan Ingersoll and Jared Ingersoll; third cousin twice removed of Charles Jared Ingersoll, Joseph Reed Ingersoll, Ralph Isaacs Ingersoll and Charles Anthony Ingersoll; fourth cousin once removed of Laman Ingersoll, Colin Macrae Ingersoll and Charles Roberts Ingersoll.
  Political family: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also NNDB dossier
  Books about Robert G. Ingersoll: Orvin Larson, American Infidel: Robert G. Ingersoll
  Image source: William C. Roberts, Leading Orators (1884)
  Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011) — also known as "Dr. Death" — Born in Pontiac, Oakland County, Mich., May 26, 1928. Physician; euthanasia advocate whose campaign of assisted suicides of terminally ill patients in 1989-99 brought him national publicity; his medical license was revoked in 1990; he faced numerous murder charges starting in 1993; acquitted by juries several times; convicted in 1999 and sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison; released in 2007; Independent candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 2008. Atheist. Armenian ancestry. Died, from kidney and heart problems, in Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Oakland County, Mich., June 3, 2011 (age 83 years, 8 days). Interment at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, Troy, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Levon Kevorkian.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Robert Morss Lovett (1870-1956) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Lake Zurich, Lake County, Ill. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., December 25, 1870. Progressive. University professor; novelist; playwright; candidate for Presidential Elector for Illinois; secretary of the U.S. Virgin Islands, 1939-43; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 1940-41; removed from office as Secretary of the Virgin Islands, and barred from federal employment, by action of the U.S. Congress in 1943, over his ties to left-wing and purportedly Communist individuals and groups; the action was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court as an unconstitutional bill of attainder, and he received about $2,000 in salary owed to him. Atheist. Died, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., February 8, 1956 (age 85 years, 45 days). Interment at Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Augustus Sidney Lovett and Elizabeth (Russell) Lovett; married, June 4, 1895, to Ida Mott-Smith; father of Robert Morss Lovett, Jr.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Arthur Asher Miller (1915-2005) — also known as Arthur Miller — of Roxbury, Litchfield County, Conn. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 17, 1915. Democrat. Playwright; author of such plays as "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible"; received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949; because he was suspected of ties to Communist organizations, his passport was denied in 1954; compelled to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956; he refused to name his political colleagues, and was found guilty of contempt of Congress in 1957; the conviction was overturned on appeal; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1968. Agnostic. Jewish ancestry. Died in Roxbury, Litchfield County, Conn., February 10, 2005 (age 89 years, 116 days). Interment at Great Oak Cemetery, Roxbury, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Isidore Miller and Augusta (Barnett) Miller; brother of Joan Copeland; married, August 5, 1940, to Mary Grace Slattery; married, January 29, 1956, to Marilyn Monroe; married, February 17, 1962, to Inge Morath.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Monica Moorehead (b. 1952) — of New Jersey. Born in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Ala., 1952. Socialist. School teacher; Workers World candidate for President of the United States, 1996, 2000, 2016. Female. Atheist. African ancestry. Still living as of 2016.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Linus Carl Pauling (1901-1994) — also known as Linus Pauling — of California. Born in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., February 28, 1901. Chemist; university professor; candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1962; received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962, and the Lenin Peace Prize in 1968-69. Unitarian; later Atheist. Died, from prostate cancer, in Big Sur, Monterey County, Calif., August 19, 1994 (age 93 years, 172 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Oswego Pioneer Cemetery, Lake Oswego, Ore.
  Relatives: Son of Herman Pauling and Lucy Isabelle (Darling) Pauling; married, June 17, 1923, to Ava Helen Miller.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Clarence Horatio Pitkin (b. 1849) — also known as Clarence H. Pitkin — of Berlin, Washington County, Vt. Born in East Montpelier, Washington County, Vt., August 26, 1849. Democrat. Lawyer; Washington County State's Attorney, 1880-82; U.S. Attorney for Vermont, 1887-89. Rationalist. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Perley Peabody Pitkin and Caroline Matilda (Templeton) Pitkin; brother of Carroll Peabody Pitkin; first cousin five times removed of William Pitkin; first cousin six times removed of Roger Wolcott; second cousin four times removed of Daniel Pitkin; second cousin five times removed of Erastus Wolcott and Oliver Wolcott Sr.; third cousin of Eldred C. Pitkin; third cousin thrice removed of Timothy Pitkin; fourth cousin of Caleb Seymour Pitkin; fourth cousin once removed of Frederick Walker Pitkin, Luther S. Pitkin and George Eastman.
  Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Conger-Hungerford family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Irvin Hamilton Sutley Jr. (b. 1944) — also known as Irv Sutley — of Mill Valley, Marin County, Calif.; St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn.; Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, Calif.; Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Calif. Born in Marin County, Calif., June 9, 1944. California Peace and Freedom Party state chair, 1970-72; candidate for Presidential Elector for California; Peace and Freedom candidate for U.S. Representative from California 2nd District, 1978; Peace and Freedom candidate for California state senate 4th District, 1990, 1993; Peace and Freedom candidate for California state assembly 7th District, 1992, 1994, 1998. Atheist. Still living as of 2009.
  Relatives: Son of Irvin Hamilton Sutley and Willetta Rosine (West) Sutley; brother of Richard Michael Sutley; married, February 16, 1971, to Toni Novak; married, October 8, 1967, to Lynn P. Grimm; married, September 4, 1980, to Janet Q. Jones; second cousin thrice removed of Zachary Taylor Sutley.
  Political family: Sutley family of California.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Jesse Ventura (b. 1951) — also known as James George Janos; James G. Janos; "The Body"; "Governor Body" — of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., July 15, 1951. Served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War; mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minn., 1991-94; Governor of Minnesota, 1999-2003; Green candidate for President of the United States, 2020. Atheist. Professional wrestler; actor, notably in film Predator. Still living as of 2020.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Books by Jesse Ventura: Do I Stand Alone? : Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals — Don't Start the Revolution Without Me!, with Dick Russell (2008) — Jesse Ventura Tells It Like It Is: America's Most Outspoken Governor Speaks Out About Government, with Heron Marquez (2002, for young readers)
  Books about Jesse Ventura: Tom Hauser, Inside the Ropes with Jesse Ventura
  Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr. (1925-2012) — also known as Gore Vidal; Edgar Box; Cameron Kay; Katherine Everard — of Barrytown, Dutchess County, N.Y.; Ravello, Italy; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born, in the Cadet Hospital, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, Orange County, N.Y., October 3, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 29th District, 1960; candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1982. Atheist. Bisexual. Novelist, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, appeared as an actor in several films. Not actually related to Al Gore, who he refers to as "Cousin Al". Died, from complications of pneumonia, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., July 31, 2012 (age 86 years, 302 days). Interment at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Eugene Luther Vidal and Nina Gore Auchincloss (1903-1978); half-brother of Nina Gore Auchincloss (who married Newton Ivan Steers Jr.); step-brother of Hugh Dudley Auchincloss III and Jaqueline Lee Bouvier (who married John Fitzgerald Kennedy); grandson of Thomas Pryor Gore.
  Political family: Kennedy family.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Gore Vidal: Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got To Be So Hated (2002) — Dreaming War : Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta (2002) — The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 (2002) — Palimpsest: A Memoir (1996) — Inventing A Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson (2003)
  Fiction by Gore Vidal: Live from Golgotha — Julian — Creation: A Novel — Lincoln: A Novel — Burr — 1876: A Novel — Empire: A Novel — Hollywood — Washington, D.C.: A Novel — The Golden Age: A Novel — Myra Breckinridge — Two Sisters — Kalki — Duluth — The Smithsonian Institution: A Novel — The City and the Pillar — Williwaw: A Novel
John Ziegler John Ziegler (b. 1967) — of Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, March 28, 1967. Republican. Author; radio commentator; filmmaker; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008. Agnostic. Still living as of 2014.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Image source: John Ziegler
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