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Politicians in Trouble: 1900 to 1909

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  Charles Finley (1865-1941) — of Williamsburg, Whitley County, Ky. Born in Williamsburg, Whitley County, Ky., March 26, 1865. Republican. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1894; secretary of state of Kentucky, 1896-1900; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 11th District, 1930-33. Member, Junior Order; Rotary; Freemasons; Shriners. Among those charged in 1900 with the murder of Gov. William J. Goebel; pardoned in 1909. Died in Williamsburg, Whitley County, Ky., March 18, 1941 (age 75 years, 357 days). Interment at Highland Cemetery, Williamsburg, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Hugh Franklin Finley (1833-1909) and Jennie Renfro (Moss) Finley.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Frank P. Demarest — of Mont Moor, Rockland County, N.Y.; West Nyack, Rockland County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Rockland County, 1888-89, 1891, 1900. Indicted several times on various offenses in 1891-03; tried in 1903 and acquitted; indicted on fraud charges in 1904; he had presented claims against the Town of Clarkstown for services he had not provided; tried in Rockland County and convicted on November 18, 1904. Burial location unknown.
  Brigham Henry Roberts (1857-1933) — also known as Brigham H. Roberts — of Utah. Born in Warrington, Lancashire, England, March 13, 1857. Democrat. Delegate to Utah state constitutional convention, 1894; U.S. Representative from Utah at-large, 1899-1900. Mormon. His seat in Congress was declared vacant in January 1900, because he was a polygamist. Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, September 27, 1933 (age 76 years, 198 days). Interment at Centerville Ward Cemetery, Centerville, Utah.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  William Sylvester Taylor (1853-1928) — also known as William S. Taylor; W. S. Taylor; "Hogjaw" — of Morgantown, Butler County, Ky. Born in Butler County, Ky., October 10, 1853. Republican. Lawyer; state court judge in Kentucky, 1886; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1888, 1900; Kentucky state attorney general, 1896-99; Governor of Kentucky, 1899-1900. Indicted in 1900 as a conspirator in the assassination of William J. Goebel; fled to Indiana; never extradited; pardoned in 1909 by Gov. Augustus E. Willson. Died August 2, 1928 (age 74 years, 297 days). Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Cross-reference: Charles E. Sapp
David G. Colson David Grant Colson (1861-1904) — also known as David G. Colson — of Pineville, Bell County, Ky.; Middlesboro, Bell County, Ky. Born in Yellow Creek, Knox County (now Middlesboro, Bell County), Ky., April 1, 1861. Republican. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1887-88; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1888; candidate for Kentucky state treasurer, 1889; mayor of Middlesboro, Ky., 1893; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 11th District, 1895-99; served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; in January, 1900, he shot and killed a political rival, Ethelbert Scott, and two bystanders, in the lobby of the Capitol Hotel, Frankfort, Ky.; indicted for murder, and tried in April 1900; the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty" in 18 minutes. Died in Middlesboro, Bell County, Ky., September 27, 1904 (age 43 years, 179 days). Interment at Colson Cemetery, Middlesboro, Ky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: Detroit Free Press, January 18, 1900
  Caleb Powers (1869-1932) — of Barbourville, Knox County, Ky. Born in Whitley County, Ky., February 1, 1869. Republican. Lawyer; secretary of state of Kentucky, 1900; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 11th District, 1911-19; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1916. Prosecuted and thrice convicted for the murder of Gov. William J. Goebel and spent eight years in prison; pardoned in 1908 by Gov. Augustus E. Willson. Died July 25, 1932 (age 63 years, 175 days). Interment at City Cemetery, Barbourville, Ky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Fred A. Maynard (b. 1852) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in 1852. Michigan state attorney general, 1895-98. Indicted in 1901 on 48 charges of embezzlement; a jury was selected for trial, but the indictment was quashed before it could get underway. Burial location unknown.
  William Miller Jenkins (1856-1941) — also known as William M. Jenkins — of Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kan.; Kay County, Okla.; Sapulpa, Creek County, Okla. Born in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio, April 25, 1856. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1888; secretary of Oklahoma Territory, 1897-1901; Governor of Oklahoma Territory, 1901. Presbyterian. Removed from office as Governor in a scandal over a sanitarium contract; a later investigation exonerated him. Died in Sapulpa, Creek County, Okla., October 19, 1941 (age 85 years, 177 days). Interment at South Heights Cemetery, Sapulpa, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of William Jenkins and Lydia (Miller) Jenkins; married, December 31, 1878, to Delphina White.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Benjamin Franklin Tilley (1848-1907) — also known as B. F. Tilley — Born in Bristol, Bristol County, R.I., March 29, 1848. U.S. Navy commander; Governor of American Samoa; court martialed in 1901 on charges of immorality and drunkenness; tried and found not guilty. Died, of pneumonia, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., March 18, 1907 (age 58 years, 354 days). Interment at Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Md.
  Presumably named for: Benjamin Franklin
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Tilley and Sarah W. (Esterbrooks) Tilley; married, June 6, 1878, to Emily Edelin Williamson (1856-1931).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Louis Stern (c.1856-1901) — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn. Born in Germany, about 1856. Democrat. Naturalized U.S. citizen; newspaper reporter; U.S. Commercial Agent (Consul) in Bamberg, 1893-1901. Jewish. Arrested and fined in Kissingen, Germany, 1895, for insulting the Baron von Thuengen; also charged with misrepresenting his 15-year-old son as being twelve in order to get cheaper passage to Europe for him on a steamship; the U.S. Consul General in Berlin asserted that Mr. Stern was "very harshly and unjustly treated". Depressed over financial problems and perceived anti-Semitism, he began neglecting his work; he was recalled as commercial agent in 1901, but remained at Bamberg; his failure to return money he had collected on behalf of U.S. citizens led to a judgement against him for 2,000 marks, which he was unable to pay; he died by self-inflicted gunshot, in the public gardens at Bamberg, Germany, June 10, 1901 (age about 45 years). Burial location unknown.
  Robert Philo Anibal (1845-1908) — also known as Robert P. Anibal — of Northville, Fulton County, N.Y.; Johnstown, Fulton County, N.Y. Born in Benson, Hamilton County, N.Y., February 22, 1845. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; Hamilton County Judge and Surrogate, 1872-77; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1896; candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 4th District, 1901. In May 1901, the Herkimer County District Attorney accused him of offering a bribe to a witness in a criminal trial; Anibal denied this. Died in Northville, Fulton County, N.Y., December 14, 1908 (age 63 years, 296 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Philo Anibal (1817-1878) and Mary (Orcutt) Anibal; married, April 24, 1872, to Frances E. Van Arnam (1859-1929).
  Martin Reinberg (b. 1852) — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in Tuckum, Russia (now Tukums, Latvia), June 20, 1852. Naturalized U.S. citizen; U.S. Vice Consul in Guayaquil, 1883-84; U.S. Vice Consul General in Guayaquil, 1884-1902; founded an export and banking company in Guayaquil, Martin Reinberg & Company; in 1901, the company became bankrupt, with debts over one million dollars; following an investigation, his arrest was ordered by Ecuadorian authorities, who suspected him of embezzlement or bank fraud; removed from his consular post. Jewish. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Mendel Reinberg (1825-1900) and Paulina (Eder) Reinberg (1830-1911); brother of David S. Reinberg (1857?-?) and Isaac A. Reinberg.
  Political family: Reinberg family of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  James Henderson Hargis (1862-1908) — also known as James H. Hargis; "Big Jim" — of Jackson, Breathitt County, Ky. Born in Jackson, Breathitt County, Ky., October 13, 1862. Democrat. County judge in Kentucky, 1890; member of Kentucky Democratic State Central Committee, 1899-1907. Tried and acquitted for the 1902-03 murders of J. B. Marcum and two others, but found liable for plotting the killings in a 1904 civil suit for money damages by surviving family members. Shot and killed by his son, Beech Hargis, in the Hargis Brothers general store, Jackson, Breathitt County, Ky., February 6, 1908 (age 45 years, 116 days). Interment at Hargis Family Cemetery, Jackson, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of John Seldon Hargis; brother of Alexander Hamilton Hargis (1859-1943); grandnephew of John Louis Hargis; first cousin of Thomas Frazier Hargis.
  Political family: Cockrell-South family of Kentucky.
  Albert Alonzo Ames (1842-1911) — also known as Albert A. Ames; "Doc" — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn.; California. Born in Garden Prairie, Boone County, Ill., January 18, 1842. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; physician; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 5, 1867; mayor of Minneapolis, Minn., 1876-77, 1882-84, 1886-89, 1901-02; resigned 1902; candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1886 (Democratic), 1896 (Independent); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1888; indicted in 1902 on bribery charges, over a scheme to induce county commissioners to appoint his secretary, Thomas R. Brown, Jr., as Sheriff. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died, in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., November 16, 1911 (age 69 years, 302 days). His body was reportedly donated to science. Cremated; ashes interred at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Alfred Elisha Ames and Martha Asenath (Pratt) Ames (1819-1901); married, April 21, 1862, to Sarah S. Strout (1843-1892); fourth cousin once removed of Oakes Ames (1804-1873) and Oliver Ames, Jr..
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Ames family of North Easton, Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
  Benjamin Ryan Tillman (1847-1918) — also known as Benjamin R. Tillman; "Pitchfork Ben"; "The One-Eyed Plowboy" — of Trenton, Edgefield County, S.C. Born in Edgefield District (now Edgefield County), S.C., August 11, 1847. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; lost an eye in 1864; farmer; Governor of South Carolina, 1890-94; delegate to South Carolina state constitutional convention, 1895; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1895-1918; died in office 1918; in Februry, 1902, he accused fellow South Carolina senator John McLaurin, of accepting a bribe (in the form of federal patronage) to support a treaty; McLaurin called Tillman a liar, and the two came to blows on the Senate floor; both were censured by the Senate; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1904, 1912 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee), 1916; member of Democratic National Committee from South Carolina, 1912-16. English ancestry. Died in Washington, D.C., July 3, 1918 (age 70 years, 326 days). Interment at Ebenezer Cemetery, Trenton, S.C.; statue at State House Grounds, Columbia, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Ryan Tillman, Sr. and Sophia (Hancock) Tillman; brother of George Dionysius Tillman (1826-1902); married 1868 to Sallie Starke.
  Cross-reference: Frazier B. Baker
  Tillman County, Okla. is named for him.
  Politician named for him: Ben T. Leppard
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Books about Ben Tillman: Stephen Kantrowitz, Ben Tillman & the Reconstruction of White Supremacy
  John Goodnow (born c.1858) — of Minnesota. Born about 1858. Republican. Minnesota's most prominent advocate of William McKinley for president in 1896; U.S. Consul General in Shanghai, 1897-1905; charges of malfeasance against him were made by Americans in China to the State Department in 1902, and to President Theodore Roosevelt in December 1904; two months later, his resignation was announced; became an advisor to the Chinese government in 1906. Burial location unknown.
  Charles F. Shilling — of Decatur, Macon County, Ill. Mayor of Decatur, Ill., 1901-04; Charged with tolerating vice, including gambling, Sunday liquor sales, slot machines, and immoral shows; tried in 1902 and acquitted. Burial location unknown.
  Charles Earl Sapp (1859-1912) — also known as Charles E. Sapp — of Crescent Hill, Jefferson County, Ky.; Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Missouri, February 15, 1859. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1896, 1900; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 5th Kentucky District, 1899-1901. Republican boss of Louisville, allied with William S. Taylor; indicted, with two others, in March 1902, on federal charges of extorting payments from federal employees for political contributions; pleaded guilty in March 1903, and fined $500 plus costs. Died, from double pneumonia, in St. Louis, Mo., March 10, 1912 (age 53 years, 24 days). Interment at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  Relatives: Married to Nellie Williamson.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
John L. McLaurin John Lowndes McLaurin (1860-1934) — also known as John L. McLaurin — of Bennettsville, Marlboro County, S.C. Born in Marlboro County, S.C., May 9, 1860. Democrat. Lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1890-91; South Carolina state attorney general, 1891-97; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1892-97; resigned 1897; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1897-1903; in Februry, 1902, he was accused, by fellow South Carolina senator Ben Tillman, of accepting a bribe (in the form of federal patronage) to support a treaty; he called Tillman a liar, and the two came to blows on the Senate floor; both were censured by the Senate; member of South Carolina state senate from Marlboro County, 1913-14; South Carolina Warehouse Commissioner, 1915-17. Died in Bennettsville, Marlboro County, S.C., July 20, 1934 (age 74 years, 72 days). Interment at McCall Cemetery, Bennettsville, S.C.
  Cross-reference: Frazier B. Baker
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, July, 1897
  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
  D. Judson Hammond (b. 1841) — of Pontiac, Oakland County, Mich. Born in 1841. Republican. Banker; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Oakland County 1st District, 1897-1900. Convicted in 1903 of soliciting a bribe of $500 to defeat a bill opposed by wholesale grocers; sentenced to two years in prison or a $2,000 fine. Burial location unknown.
Thomas C. Platt Thomas Collier Platt (1833-1910) — also known as Thomas C. Platt; Tom Platt; "The Easy Boss"; "The Machiavelli of Tioga County" — of Owego, Tioga County, N.Y. Born in Owego, Tioga County, N.Y., July 15, 1833. Republican. Druggist; lumber business; Tioga County Clerk, 1859-61; banker; director and president, Southern Central Railroad; U.S. Representative from New York, 1873-77 (27th District 1873-75, 28th District 1875-77); delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1888, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908; U.S. Senator from New York, 1881, 1897-1909; resigned 1881. Presbyterian. In 1903, when he was about to marry his second wife, government clerk Mae C. Wood, armed with a collection of love letters from Platt, threatened a lawsuit for breach of promise to marry; she was induced to drop the lawsuit, reportedly for $5,000. In 1905, she sued a number of Republican officials who, she claimed, had taken Platt's letters from her to stop her from publishing them. She later went on to charge the Senator with bigamy, claiming that he had secretly married her in 1901. This case was thrown out in 1908, and Miss Wood was arrested and charged with perjury. Died, from Bright's disease, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 6, 1910 (age 76 years, 234 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Owego, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of William Platt (1791-1855) and Lesbia (Hinchman) Platt (1791-1859); married, December 12, 1852, to Ellen Lucy Barstow (1833-1901); married, October 11, 1903, to Lillian (Thompson) Janeway (separated 1906).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: The Parties and The Men (1896)
  James Valentine Wagner (1848-1903) — also known as James V. Wagner — of Baltimore, Md. Born in Baltimore, Md., November 8, 1848. Cashier, National Marine Bank; Honorary Consul for Nicaragua in Baltimore, Md., 1891-93; Honorary Consul for Venezuela in Baltimore, Md., 1901-03. Died, from pneumonia, in Baltimore, Md., January 31, 1903 (age 54 years, 84 days). Following his death, it was discovered that he had embezzled about $30,000 from the bank. Interment at Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Basil Wagner (1806-1859) and Anna Maria 'Ann' (Peters) Wagner (1813-1889); married, October 14, 1879, to Julia Thomas (1850-1943).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  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
  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
  Charles Swayne (1842-1907) — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla. Born in Guyencourt, New Castle County, Del., August 10, 1842. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for justice of Florida state supreme court, 1888; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida, 1889-1907; died in office 1907; impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives in December 1904; acquitted in the U.S. Senate. Died July 5, 1907 (age 64 years, 329 days). Burial location unknown.
  Cross-reference: Anthony Higgins
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article
  Richard J. Butler — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Saloon keeper; member of New York state assembly from New York County 9th District, 1903. Charged in March 1904 with having received stolen property in the form of three barrels of liquor found in the cellar of his saloon, but the magistrate determined that they had been delivered without his knowledge. Burial location unknown.
  William Warren Rose (1864-1931) — also known as William W. Rose — of Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kan. Born in Oyster Bay, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., March 12, 1864. Architect; mayor of Kansas City, Kan., 1905-06, 1906; defeated, 1897 (Fusion), 1907 (Democratic); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1908, 1920. Member, Freemasons. An ouster lawsuit was filed against him in 1905 over his refusal to enforce the state's liquor prohibition law; fined $1,000 for contempt by the Kansas Supreme Court in 1907 for trying to hold office as mayor. Died May 4, 1931 (age 67 years, 53 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
  Hyman Costrell (b. 1890) — also known as Jack Robbins — of New Haven, New Haven County, Conn.; New York. Born in Kurenitz, Russia (now Belarus), October 19, 1890. Communist. Arrested in 1905 in Russia and jailed three months for demonstrating and distributing circulars against the Czarist government; naturalized U.S. citizen; plumber; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 8th District, 1934. Jewish. Burial location unknown.
  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.
  Samuel Standish — of Woodstock, McHenry County, Ill. Mayor of Woodstock, Ill., 1890. Tried and convicted of perjury, 1905, for inducing William Wooley to make a false confession to the murder of merchant Wilbur E. Latimer. Burial location unknown.
  Joseph J. Cahill — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Saloon keeper; member of New York state assembly, 1891-94 (Kings County 1st District 1891-92, Kings County 4th District 1893-94). Convicted of perjury, December 8, 1905, in an election fraud case. Burial location unknown.
  Eugene S. Blease (1877-1963) — of Newberry, Newberry County, S.C. Born in Newberry County, S.C., January 28, 1877. Democrat. Lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1901-02, 1922-24; member of South Carolina state senate, 1905-06; mayor of Newberry, S.C., 1920-21; justice of South Carolina state supreme court, 1927-31; chief justice of South Carolina state supreme court, 1931-34; resigned 1934; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1942; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1944. Methodist. On September 8, 1905, he shot and killed his brother-in-law, Joe Ben Coleman, in Saluda, S.C.; charged with murder, he pleaded self-defense and was found not guilty. Died December 27, 1963 (age 86 years, 333 days). Interment at Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Horatio Blease and Elizabeth (Satterwhite) Blease; half-brother of Coleman Livingston Blease (1868-1942).
  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
  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.
  Shirley M. Crawford (1872-1917) — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. Born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., August 5, 1872. Republican. Actor; newspaper writer; served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; law partner of Augustus E. Willson; Honorary Consul for Guatemala in Louisville, Ky., 1901-07; in February 1905, amidst a controversy over the appointment of a new Colonel, a military court of inquiry was convened to investigate the officers of the First Kentucky regiment, including a Major and six Captains, for willful disobedience; all were releived of duty, but Capt. Crawford was singled out as "an agitator and fomenter of strife, disloyal and insubordinate to his superior officers," and ordered court-martialed; secretary-treasurer and director, Kentucky-Arizona Copper Company (engaged in mining and smelting). Hit by a car while crossing a street, suffered a fractured leg and pneumonia, and died two weeks later, in German Hospital, San Francisco, Calif., September 6, 1917 (age 45 years, 32 days). Cremated; ashes interred at San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.
  Relatives: Married, September 20, 1902, to Reina Melcher (divorced 1906).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Green Brady (1848-1918) — also known as John G. Brady — of Alaska. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., May 25, 1848. Governor of Alaska Territory, 1897-1906. Presbyterian. Forced to resign as governor in 1906, after an inquiry about his involvement with the Reynolds-Alaska Development Company. Ill with diabetes, he suffered a stroke and died in Sitka, Alaska, December 17, 1918 (age 70 years, 206 days). Interment at National Cemetery, Sitka, Alaska.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Albert P. Beebe (c.1843-1932) — of Parma town, Monroe County, N.Y. Born about 1843. Republican. Member of New York state assembly from Monroe County 4th District, 1905-06. Indicted on April 9, 1906 on a charge of vote-buying. Died in Parma town, Monroe County, N.Y., November 30, 1932 (age about 89 years). Burial location unknown.
  George B. Cox — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1900, 1904, 1908. Political boss of Cincinnati at the turn of the century. Indicted on corruption charges in 1906, but never convicted. Burial location unknown.
  Frederic Duncan MacMaster — also known as Frederic MacMaster — Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; member of Theodore Roosevelt's "Rough Rider" regiment; U.S. Consul in Zanzibar, 1905-06; dismissed from his consular position in 1906 over multiple instances of misconduct, including the assault of police officers in a bar-room; en route to the U.S., he stopped in Nice, France, and obtained a bank loan by pretending to be U.S. Consul Harold S. Van Buren. Burial location unknown.
  George Kent Favrot (1868-1934) — also known as George K. Favrot — of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La. Born in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La., November 26, 1868. Democrat. Lawyer; district attorney, 22nd District, 1892-96, 1900-04; delegate to Louisiana state constitutional convention, 1898; district judge in Louisiana, 1904-06, 1926-34 (22nd District 1904-06, 19th District 1926-34); died in office 1934; on November 6, 1906, he shot and killed Dr. Robert H. Aldrich, because the latter had insulted his wife; arrested and imprisoned for five months awaiting indictment and trial; however, the grand jury refused to indict him, and he was released in April, 1907.; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 6th District, 1907-09, 1921-25; member of Louisiana state house of representatives, 1912-16. Died in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La., December 26, 1934 (age 66 years, 30 days). Interment at Roselawn Memorial Park, Baton Rouge, La.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Francis Ahearn (1853-1920) — also known as John F. Ahearn — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., April 18, 1853. Democrat. Member of New York state assembly from New York County 4th District, 1882; member of New York state senate, 1890-1902 (6th District 1890-93, 8th District 1894-95, 10th District 1896-1902); delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1896, 1912, 1916, 1920; borough president of Manhattan, New York, 1904-09; delegate to New York state constitutional convention 11th District, 1915. Irish ancestry. Member, Tammany Hall. Following an investigation, Gov. Charles Evans Hughes denounced his administration as "flagrantly inefficient and wasteful" and ordered him removed from office as Manhattan Borough President on December 9, 1907. Following a long legal battle, he finally left office in 1909. Died, of pleurisy, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., December 19, 1920 (age 67 years, 245 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Elizabeth Atwell; father of Edward J. Ahearn and William J. Ahearn (1894?-1957).
  Political family: Ahearn family of New York City, New York.
  Tirey L. Ford (1857-1928) — also known as T. L. Ford — of California. Born in Monroe County, Mo., 1857. California state attorney general, 1899-1902. Charged with offering a bribe; tried and acquitted in 1907. Died, of a heart attack, in San Francisco, Calif., June 26, 1928 (age about 70 years). Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, Calif.
  John Looney (1865-1942) — also known as Patrick John Looney — of Rock Island, Rock Island County, Ill. Born in Ottawa, La Salle County, Ill., October 5, 1865. Lawyer; newspaper publisher; indicted with others in 1897 over a scheme to defraud the city of Rock Island in connection with a storm drain construction project; convicted, but the verdict was overturned on appeal; candidate for Illinois state house of representatives, 1900; created and led a crime syndicate in northwest Illinois, with interests in gambling, prostitution, extortion, and eventually bootlegging and automobile theft; indicted in 1907 on 37 counts of bribery, extortion, and libel, but acquitted; shot and wounded by hidden snipers on two occasions in 1908; on February 22, 1909, he was shot and wounded in a gunfight with business rival W. W. Wilmerton; on March 22, 1912, after publishing personal attacks on Rock Island Mayor Henry M. Schriver, he was arrested, brought to the police station, and severely beaten by the mayor himself; subsequent rioting killed two men and injured nine others; resumed control of the Rock Island rackets in 1921; in 1922, he was indicted for the murder of saloon keeper William Gabel, who had provided evidence against Looney to federal agents; arrested in Belen, N.M., in 1924, and later convicted of conspiracy and murder; sentenced to 5 years in prison for conspiracy and 14 years for murder; served 8 1/2 years. Irish ancestry. Died, of tuberculosis, in a sanitarium at El Paso, El Paso County, Tex., 1942 (age about 76 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Patrick Looney and Margaret Looney; married 1892 to Nora O'Connor (died 1903); nephew of Maurice T. Maloney (1853?-?).
  See also Wikipedia article
Jeff Davis Jefferson Davis (1862-1913) — also known as Jeff Davis — of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in Little River County, Ark., May 6, 1862. Democrat. Arkansas state attorney general, 1899-1901; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1900, 1904, 1912; Governor of Arkansas, 1901-07; U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1907-13; died in office 1913; in December 1907, it was disclosed that he had hired his own daughters for two positions on his Senate staff; the scandal discredited him and ended his influence in the Senate. Died, from apoplexy, in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., January 3, 1913 (age 50 years, 242 days). Interment at Mt. Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Ark.
  Presumably named for: Jefferson Davis
  Relatives: Son of Lewis W. Davis and Mary Davis; married 1882 to Ina McKenzie; married 1911 to Leila Carter.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, November 1902
  Paul Charles Barth (1858-1907) — also known as Paul C. Barth — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born in Germany, December, 1858. Mayor of Louisville, Ky., 1905-07; removed from office over alleged vote fraud, 1907. Killed himself by gunshot, in the lavatory of his office, Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., August 21, 1907 (age 48 years, 0 days). Interment at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Frederick Barth (1819-1864) and Louisa A. (Barth) Barth (1821-1869); married to Jewel Small (1869-1903).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Bermel (1860-1921) — of Middle Village, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., April 8, 1860. Stonecutter; Newtown town supervisor in the 1890s; charged with financial irregularities; tried and acquitted; borough president of Queens, New York, 1906-08; resigned 1908; resigned as borough president after a grand jury presented charges against him, related to fraud and bribery in connection with the city's purchase of Kissena Park in Queens. Member, Elks; Royal Arcanum; Foresters. Died in Carlsbad, Czechoslovakia (now Karlovy Vary, Czechia), July 28, 1921 (age 61 years, 111 days). Interment at St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Bermel and Elizabeth (Cohn) Bermel; married, October 21, 1884, to Anna Mary Timmes.
  Frank Porter Glazier (1862-1922) — also known as Frank P. Glazier — of Chelsea, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., March 8, 1862. Republican. Pharmacist; President of Glazier Stove Company (manufacturer of stoves for cooking and heating); president of Chelsea Savings Bank; member of Michigan state senate 10th District, 1903-04; Michigan state treasurer, 1905-08; resigned 1908. Forced to resign as state treasurer in 1908; convicted of embezzlement; served two years in prison; pardoned in 1920. Died near Chelsea, Washtenaw County, Mich., January 1, 1922 (age 59 years, 299 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Emily J. (Stimson) Glazier and George Pickering Glazier (1841-1901); married, December 30, 1880, to Henrietta Geddes.
Thomas F. Grady Thomas Francis Grady (1853-1912) — also known as Thomas F. Grady; Tom Grady; "Silver-Tongued Grady" — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., November 29, 1853. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 2nd District, 1877-79; member of New York state senate, 1882-83, 1889, 1896-1912 (6th District 1882-83, 1889, 14th District 1896-1912); died in office 1912; Independent Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 8th District, 1886; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1896, 1904. Member, Tammany Hall. In 1883, then-Gov. Grover Cleveland wrote to Tammany leader John Kelly to request that Grady not be renominated to the State Senate; Kelly complied with the Governor's request. In 1908, a police raid on a poolroom revealed betting slips showing that Grady had bet on a horse named Azelina; this detail became a running joke in political cartoons about Mr. Grady. Died in 1912 (age about 58 years). Burial location unknown.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1907
  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
  Charles Miot — U.S. Consular Agent in SAINT Marc, 1897-1908; Dismissed from his consular position in 1908 by the U.S. State Department for allegedly aiding Haitian rebels. Burial location unknown.
  Louis Francis Haffen (1854-1935) — also known as Louis F. Haffen; "Father of the Bronx" — of Melrose, Westchester County (now part of Bronx, Bronx County), N.Y.; Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Melrose, Westchester County (now part of Bronx, Bronx County), N.Y., November 6, 1854. Democrat. Civil engineer; engineer, New York City Department of Parks, 1883-93; commissioner of street improvement in Annexed Territory (Bronx), 1893-98; borough president of Bronx, New York, 1898-1909; removed 1909; removed from office by Gov. Charles Evans Hughes over maladministration charges, 1909; delegate to New York state constitutional convention 22nd District, 1915; member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1930. Catholic. German and Irish ancestry. Member, Royal Arcanum; Tammany Hall. Died, from arteriosclerosis, in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., December 25, 1935 (age 81 years, 49 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Mathias Haffen and Catharine (Hayes) Haffen; married 1886 to Caroline Kurz.
  Haffen Park, Bronx, New York, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Arthur Cyprian Harper (1866-1948) — also known as Arthur C. Harper — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif. Born in Columbus, Lowndes County, Miss., 1866. Democrat. Hardware business; mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1906-09; resigned 1909; resigned from office as mayor under threat of recall over corruption scandals. Died in Palmdale, Los Angeles County, Calif., December 25, 1948 (age about 82 years). Interment at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Calif.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Hall Adams (1853-1938) — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Newton, Middlesex County, Mass., March 6, 1853. Lawyer; Consul for Liberia in Boston, Mass., 1885-94; Consul-General for Liberia in Boston, Mass., 1894-1907; Consul for Nicaragua in Boston, Mass., 1899-1907; Vice-Consul for Uruguay in Boston, Mass., 1905-07; in May 1909, he and another lawyer were charged with conspiring to obtain unclaimed deposits at Suffolk Savings Bank by inventing fictitious heirs; pleaded not guilty. Died in Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass., July 5, 1938 (age 85 years, 121 days). Interment at Newton Cemetery, Newton, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Benjamin Franklin Adams (1813-1873) and Sophia T. (Hall) Adams (1830-1904); married, May 5, 1880, to Mary Charlotte Trowbridge (1860-1944); third cousin of John Quincy Adams; third cousin once removed of Edgar Jacob Adams (1866-1944) and Francis Alexandre Adams; third cousin twice removed of Charles Adams, Jr..
  Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Constantine Fernow Brunn (1858-1909) — also known as Constantine F. Brunn — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; South Woodstock, Woodstock, Windham County, Conn. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., October 24, 1858. Vice-Consul for Portugal in New York, N.Y., 1893-96. German and Irish ancestry. According to published reports, in a sudden fit of rage, perhaps angered because he wasn't able to reach his wife by telephone, he shot and killed his sister, Freda Brunn, and his brother, Dr. Armin Brunn, and then shot himself, in South Woodstock, Woodstock, Windham County, Conn., September 29, 1909 (age 50 years, 340 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Windham County, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Julius William Brunn (1833-1907) and Charlotte Elizabeth (Going) Brunn; brother of Armin Ernest Brunn (1860-1909).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Ellerton Alger (1856-1917) — also known as William E. Alger — Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., September 1, 1856. U.S. Consular Agent in Puerto Cortes, 1891-1902; U.S. Consul in Puerto Cortes, 1902-04; Tegucigalpa, 1904-09; Mazatlan, 1909-16; Fernie, 1917; Guatemala City, 1917, died in office 1917; in 1909, he was accused, in a petition signed by Americans in Puerto Cortez, of conflict of interest, due to his marriage to a Honduran woman, the sister of a provincial governor, owning lands and cattle due to his marriage, and raising children in Honduras; the State Department investigated these accusations. Died in Guatemala City, Guatemala, March 9, 1917 (age 60 years, 189 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Anne Langdon 'Annie' (Lodge) Alger (1816-1883) and William Rounseville Alger (1822-1905); married 1888 to Lucille Violantte DeLeon (1871-1959); married 1896 to Mucia Paz (1868-1944).
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