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Patrick F. Egan (1841-1919) —
of Lincoln, Lancaster
Born in County Longford, Ireland,
Republican. Irish home rule advocate; prosecuted
in Dublin, 1880, for sedition;
elevator business; delegate to Republican National Convention
from Nebraska, 1888;
U.S. Minister to Chile, 1889-93.
Died in Manhattan, New York
County, N.Y., September
30, 1919 (age 78 years, 48
Interment at St.
Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
George Quayle Cannon (1827-1901) —
also known as George Q. Cannon —
of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake
Born in Liverpool, England,
to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; member
Utah territorial council, 1865-66, 1869-72; Delegate
to U.S. Congress from Utah Territory, 1873-81; delegate to
Democratic National Convention from Utah Territory, 1880
Had five wives and 32 children; spent six months in federal penitentiary
Died in Monterey, Monterey
County, Calif., April
12, 1901 (age 74 years, 91
Interment at Salt
Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Charles Henry Voorhis (1833-1896) —
also known as Charles H. Voorhis —
of New Jersey.
Born in Spring Valley (now Paramus), Bergen
County, N.J., March
Republican. Lawyer; banker;
delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1864;
Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1879-81.
in 1881 for bank
fraud over his actions as president of two banks, which later
became insolvent; tried
and found not guilty.
Fearing oncoming total blindness, he died from a self-inflicted
in his office
at the Davidson Building, Jersey City, Hudson
County, N.J., April
15, 1896 (age 63 years, 33
Original interment at Bayview
- New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.; reinterment at Hackensack
Cemetery, Hackensack, N.J.
Thomas Jefferson Brady (1839-1904) —
also known as Thomas J. Brady; T. J. Brady —
Born in Muncie, Delaware
County, Ind., February
general in the Union Army during the Civil War; newspaper
publisher; U.S. Consul in SAINT Thomas, 1870-75; second assistant U.S. Postmaster
in 1881 as a participant in the Star Route bribery
guilty, but a judge set aside the conviction; retried
22, 1904 (age 65 years, 70
Stephen Wallace Dorsey (1842-1916) —
also known as Stephen W. Dorsey —
of Helena (now part of Helena-West Helena), Phillips
County, Ark.; Little Rock, Pulaski
County, Ark.; Los Angeles, Los
Angeles County, Calif.
Born in Benson, Rutland
County, Vt., February
Senator from Arkansas, 1873-79; delegate to Republican National
Convention from Arkansas, 1876,
in 1881 for his participation in the Star Route frauds
against the U.S. Post Office Department; tried
twice in 1882-83 and ultimately acquitted.
20, 1916 (age 74 years, 21
Interment at Fairmount
Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
Henry Clay Cole (1838-1881) —
also known as Henry C. Cole —
of Kokomo, Howard
Born in Ripley
County, Ind., 1838.
of Kokomo, Ind., 1881; died in office 1881.
and killed by
posse, allegedly while he was attempting to rob and
a grist mill, in Kokomo, Howard
County, Ind., September
19, 1881 (age about 43
years). The shooters were personal enemies of his, so some
suspected a conspiracy. Four members of the posse were indicted for
manslaughter by a grand jury, but the charges were later dismissed.
Interment at Crown
Point Cemetery, Kokomo, Ind.
Charles H. Houghton —
of Metuchen, Middlesex
Born in New York.
Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; lost a
leg in a Civil War battle; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1875-82.
Army of the Republic.
in May 1882, and charged
John Henry Johnston —
also known as John H. Johnston —
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
but released on $5,000 bail; tried in
December, and acquitted; postmaster at Danville,
Thomas J. Navin —
of Adrian, Lenawee
of Adrian, Mich., 1881-82.
city bonds; arrested
in El Paso, Texas.
Nehemiah George Ordway (1828-1907) —
also known as Nehemiah G. Ordway —
of Warner, Merrimack
Born in Warner, Merrimack
County, N.H., November
Republican. New Hampshire
Republican state chair, 1860; member of New
Hampshire state house of representatives from Warner, 1875-77;
member of New
Hampshire state senate 9th District, 1879-80; Governor
of Dakota Territory, 1880-84.
in 1883; his criminal trial in
1884 was cut short by a jurisdiction ruling; removed from
office by President Arthur.
Died July 1,
1907 (age 78 years, 233
Interment at Pine
Grove Cemetery, Warner, N.H.
Marshall Tate Polk (1831-1884) —
also known as M. T. Polk —
of Bolivar, Hardeman
Born in Charlotte, Mecklenburg
County, N.C., May 15,
Democrat. Colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War;
delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1876;
state treasurer, 1877-83.
Wounded at the Battle of Shiloh, during the Civil War, and lost a
leg. In 1883, a $400,000 shortfall was was discovered
in the state treasury. Polk fled
to Texas, was arrested
there, and brought back to Nashville for trial.
he pleaded not guilty -- his lawyer argued he was only guilty of
"default of pay" -- but was convicted,
to twenty years in prison,
Imprisonment was delayed pending his appeal, and he died in the
Died in Bolivar, Hardeman
County, Tenn., February
20, 1884 (age 52 years, 281
Interment at Polk
Cemetery, Bolivar, Tenn.
Henry Reed Rathbone (1837-1911) —
Born in Albany, Albany
County, N.Y., July 1,
major in the Union Army during the Civil War; on April 14, 1865, he
was seated in the box at Ford's Theater with President Abraham
Lincoln; when John Wilkes Booth shot the president, Rathbone
attempted to apprehend Booth, and suffered knife wounds; subsequently
his mental health deteriorated; U.S. Consul in Hanover, as of 1882-83.
On December 23, 1883, he killed
his wife, and stabbed himself in a suicide attempt; he was charged
with murder, convicted,
and found insane; he died more than 25 years later, in the Asylum for
the Criminal Insane, Hildesheim, Germany,
14, 1911 (age 74 years, 44
Original interment at Stadtfriedhof Engesohde, Hanover, Germany; reinterment 1952 to
David King Udall (1851-1938) —
of St. Johns, Apache
Born in St.
Louis, Mo., September
Member of Arizona
territorial legislature, 1899.
in 1884 on charges of polygamy
and unlawful cohabitation;
not convicted because his second wife Ida could not be found to
testify against him. Convicted
in 1885 of perjury
in connection with a land claim, and sentenced
to three years in prison.
On December 12, 1885, he received a "full and unconditional pardon"
from President Grover
Cleveland, and was released from prison.
Died, as a result of an accidental
fall and myocardial
insufficiency, in St. Johns, Apache
County, Ariz., February
18, 1938 (age 86 years, 164
Interment at St.
Johns Cemetery, St. Johns, Ariz.
of Eliza (King) Udall (1826-1863) and David Udall (1829-1910);
brother of Mary Ann Udall (who married William
Thomas Stewart (1853-1935)); married, February
1, 1875, to Eliza Luella Stewart (1855-1937; sister of William
Thomas Stewart (1853-1935)); married, May 25,
1882, to Ida Frances Hunt (1858-1915; granddaughter of Jefferson
Hunt); married, April 9,
1903, to Mary Ann (Linton) Morgan (1865-1951; widow of John
Hamilton Morgan); father of John
Hunt Udall, Levi
Stewart Udall, Jesse
Addison Udall and Don
Taylor Udall; grandfather of John
Nicholas Udall, Stewart
Lee Udall, Morris
King Udall and Lee
Kenyon Udall; great-grandfather of Milan
Dale Smith, Jr. (1942-), Thomas
Stewart Udall, Mark
E. Udall and Gordon
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family of Arizona.|
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article — Find-A-Grave
Thomas Johnson Tiffany (1834-1906) —
also known as Thomas J. Tiffany; "Henry
of Bennington, Bennington
County, Vt.; Rutland, Rutland
Born in Pittsford, Rutland
County, Vt., March 6,
Republican. Postmaster at Bennington,
Vt., 1872-84; in March, 1884, he was confronted
by a postal inspector about a shortage
in the post office accounts, he fled,
$2,000 in Bennington school funds; in October, 1885, he was arrested
near Greeley, Colorado, where he was living under the alias "Henry
Fullerton", and brought back to Vermont, where he plead
guilty to federal charges,
and was sentenced
to five years' imprisonment.
Died in Rutland, Rutland
County, Vt., June 26,
1906 (age 72 years, 112
Interment at Bennington Village Cemetery, Bennington, Vt.
Adolph Bernard Spreckels (1857-1924) —
also known as Adolph B. Spreckels —
Born in San
Francisco, Calif., January
Republican. President, Spreckels Sugar
Company; delegate to Republican National Convention from California,
angered by an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, on
November 19, 1884, he shot
and badly wounded the paper's publisher, M.
H. de Young; arrested
murder; pleaded temporary insanity; tried in
1885 and found not guilty; president, San Francisco and San Mateo Electric
Railway; vice-president, Western Sugar
Company; vice-president, Oceanic Steamship
Died, from pneumonia
Francisco, Calif., June 28,
1924 (age 67 years, 175
Entombed at Cypress
Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
Spreckels and Anna Christina (Mangels) Spreckels (1830-1910);
brother of John
Diedrich Spreckels (1853-1926); married to Alma de Bretteville
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family of San Francisco, California.|
| || ||Spreckels Lake,
in Golden Gate Park, San
Francisco, California, is named for
him. — The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, an outdoor performance
venue, in Balboa Park, San Diego,
California, is named for
him and his brother. |
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article — Find-A-Grave
Beckford Mackey —
U.S. Consul in Rio Grande do Sul, as of 1884-85; San Jose, as of 1892; on April 14, 1885, in Rio Grande do Sol,
Brazil, he shot
and wounded a newspaper editor who was assaulting him in a theater;
by Brazilian authorities; tried in
June, and found not guilty.
of J. T. Mackey.|
Theodore P. Rich (c.1848-1886) —
of New York, New York
County, N.Y.; Cobleskill, Schoharie
Born in New York, about 1848.
Democrat. Candidate for New York
state assembly from New York County 13th District, 1876.
Pursued his estranged wife to Minnesota; killed
her, and then, perhaps to avoid prosecution,
himself, by gunshot,
in the Astoria House hotel,
St. Paul, Ramsey
County, Minn., February
27, 1886 (age about 38
Peter R. Morrissey (1859-1895) —
Born in St. Louis
County, Mo., August
in December 1886 on federal charges
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
fraud in 1889, but not convicted; member of Missouri
state senate 31st District, 1893-95; died in office 1895.
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.
James W. Tate (b. 1831) —
also known as "Honest Dick" —
of Frankfort, Franklin
Born in Franklin
County, Ky., January
state treasurer, 1868-.
from the state treasurer's office in March, 1888; Gov. Simon
Buckner said Tate had embezzled
almost $250,000 from the state. Impeached
in absentia by the Kentucky House; convicted
and removed from
office by the Senate.
returned, and his fate is unknown.
David Smith Terry (1823-1889) —
also known as David S. Terry —
of Galveston, Galveston
County, Tex.; San
Francisco, Calif.; Stockton, San
Joaquin County, Calif.
Born in Christian County (part now in Todd
County), Ky., March 8,
to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; advocated the extension of
slavery to California; justice of
California state supreme court, 1855-59; chief
justice of California state supreme court, 1857-59; killed U.S.
C. Broderick in a duel
near San Francisco in 1859; tried
but acquitted; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War;
to California state constitutional convention, 1878-79; candidate
for Presidential Elector for California, 1880;
his wife Sarah Althea Hill claimed to be the widow and heir of
wealthy U.S. Senator William
Sharon; in September, 1888, when her claim was finally rejected
by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen
J. Field (acting as a Court of Appeals judge for California), she
and Terry caused an altercation in the courtroom and were jailed
six months for contempt
Five months after his release from jail, he encountered Justice Field
and slapped him in the face; he was then shot
through the heart and killed by
U.S. Deputy Marshal David Neagle, the justice's bodyguard, in the train
room at Lathrop, San Joaquin
County, Calif., August
14, 1889 (age 66 years, 159
days). Neagle was arrested by local authorities, but later
released on the demand of the U.S. government.
Interment at Stockton
Rural Cemetery, Stockton, Calif.
Robert William Wilcox (1855-1903) —
also known as Robert W. Wilcox —
of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu
Born in Kahalu, Honuaula, Island of Maui, Maui
County, Hawaii, February
to U.S. Congress from Hawaii Territory, 1900-03.
Leader of the Hawaiian revolution of 1889; tried
but acquitted by a jury. Was involved in the rebellion
of 1895 and subsequently court-martialed,
guilty, and sentenced to
death; the sentence was later commuted to 35 years; pardoned
by the Hawaiian president in 1898.
Died in Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Honolulu
County, Hawaii, October
23, 1903 (age 48 years, 250
Interment at Catholic
Cemetery, Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaii.
William Cassius Goodloe (1841-1889) —
also known as W. Cassius Goodloe —
of Lexington, Fayette
Born in Madison
County, Ky., June 27,
Republican. Lawyer; newspaper
publisher; delegate to Republican National Convention from
(delegation chair), 1884,
member of Kentucky
state house of representatives, 1871; defeated, 1867; member of
National Committee from Kentucky, 1872-; member of Kentucky
state senate, 1873; candidate for Kentucky
state attorney general, 1875; U.S. Minister to Belgium, 1878-80.
During a violent encounter in the lobby of the Lexington Post
Office, he repeatedly
stabbed and ultimately killed a political enemy, Col. Armistead
Swope, who meanwhile shot and
wounded him; before any prosecution
could ensue, he died of his own wounds two days later, in the Phoenix
County, Ky., November
8, 1889 (age 48 years, 134
Interment at Lexington
Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.
Stephen Johnson Field (1816-1899) —
also known as Stephen J. Field —
Born in Haddam, Middlesex
County, Conn., November
to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; member of California
state assembly 14th District, 1851-52; justice of
California state supreme court, 1857-63; chief
justice of California state supreme court, 1859-63; Associate
Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1863-97; arrested
in San Francisco, August 16, 1889, on charges
of being party to the alleged murder
S. Terry; released on bail; ultimately the killing was ruled to
be justifiable homicide.
Died in Washington,
D.C., April 9,
1899 (age 82 years, 156
Interment at Rock
Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
John M. Lingle (1843-1889) —
of Webb City, Jasper
Born in Pennsylvania, April 2,
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
Interment at Webb
City Cemetery, Webb City, Mo.
Robert Ray Hamilton (1851-1890) —
of New York, New York
Born in New York, New York
County, N.Y., March
member of New York
state assembly from New York County 11th District, 1881, 1886-89;
in July 1889, while staying in Atlantic City, he was caught in a
after his wife, Eva, stabbed a nurse; she was arrested and tried; it
came out that Eva was still
married to another man, that she had bought a baby for $10 and
told Hamilton he was the father, to induce him to marry her; when
this was publicized,
Hamilton sued for divorce; as the case dragged on, he moved to
Wyoming to help a friend establish a hotel.
While on a hunting
trip, he drowned
while attempting to ford the Snake River, in Uinta County (part now
County), Wyo., August
23, 1890 (age 39 years, 158
Original interment somewhere in Teton County, Wyo.; reinterment in 1892 at Green-Wood
Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
of Schuyler Hamilton (1822-1903) and Cornelia (Ray) Hamilton
(1829-1867); grandnephew of James
Alexander Hamilton (1788-1878); great-grandson of Alexander
Hamilton; great-grandnephew of Philip
Jeremiah Schuyler; second great-grandson of Philip
John Schuyler; second great-grandnephew of Stephen
John Schuyler, Jeremiah
Van Rensselaer and Robert
Van Rensselaer; third great-grandson of Johannes
Schuyler (1697-1746); fourth great-grandson of Stephanus
Van Cortlandt, Robert
Livingston the Younger and Johannes
Schuyler (1668-1747); fourth great-grandnephew of Jacobus
Van Cortlandt; fifth great-grandson of Pieter
Schuyler (1657-1724); fifth great-grandnephew of Robert
Livingston the Elder; first cousin twice removed of Philip
Schuyler; first cousin thrice removed of Pieter
Schuyler (1746-1792) and Jacob
Rutsen Van Rensselaer; first cousin four times removed of Stephanus
Petrus Douw, Hendrick
Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, James
Livingston and Killian
Killian Van Rensselaer; first cousin five times removed of John
Livingston (1688-1775), Gilbert
Livingston and Philip
P. Schuyler; first cousin six times removed of David
Davidse Schuyler and Myndert
Davidtse Schuyler; second cousin twice removed of Henry
Walter Livingston; second cousin thrice removed of Nicholas
R. Livingston (1746-1813), Leonard
Gansevoort, Jr., Edward
Livingston (1764-1836), Peter
Robert Livingston (1766-1847) and Maturin
Livingston; second cousin four times removed of Robert
Livingston (1708-1790), Peter
Van Brugh Livingston, Robert
Gilbert Livingston, Philip
R. Livingston (1718-1775), William
Jay and Peter
Samuel Schuyler; second cousin five times removed of Matthew
Clarkson; third cousin once removed of Edward
Livingston (1796-1840), Cortlandt
Schuyler Van Rensselaer and John
Eliot Thayer, Jr.; third cousin twice removed of Stephen
Van Rensselaer, Philip
Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Peter
Robert Livingston (1789-1859), Gerrit
Smith and Elizabeth
Cady Stanton; third cousin thrice removed of Peter
Robert Livingston (1737-1794), Walter
Peter Livingston, Henry
Brockholst Livingston, Pierre
Van Cortlandt, Jr., Peter
Augustus Jay and William
Jay; fourth cousin once removed of Henry
Bell Van Rensselaer, James
Adams Ekin, John
Jacob Astor III, Charles
Ludlow Livingston and Bronson
| || || Political families: Livingston-Schuyler
family of New York; VanRensselaer
family of Albany, New York (subsets of the Three
Thousand Related Politicians).|
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article — Find-A-Grave