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William Warren Rose (1864-1931) —
also known as William W. Rose —
of Kansas City, Wyandotte
Born in Oyster Bay, Nassau
County, Long Island, N.Y., March
of Kansas City, Kan., 1905-06, 1906; defeated, 1897 (Fusion),
1907 (Democratic); delegate to Democratic National Convention from
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
Died May 4,
1931 (age 67 years, 53
Interment at Woodlawn
Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
Edward Hull Crump (1874-1954) —
also known as Edward H. Crump; Ed Crump; "Boss
of Memphis, Shelby
Born near Holly Springs, Marshall
County, Miss., October
Democrat. Head, E. H. Crump Buggy
Manufacturing Co.; president, E. H. Crump & Co. (involved in banking,
estate, and insurance);
of Memphis, Tenn., 1910-16, 1940; resigned 1916; proceedings were
brought for his ouster
as mayor in 1915-16, based on charges
that he failed to
enforce state liquor laws; when the ouster suit was upheld
by the state supreme court, he resigned;
County Treasurer, 1917-23; delegate to Democratic National
Convention from Tennessee, 1924,
Representative from Tennessee, 1931-35 (10th District 1931-33,
9th District 1933-35); member of Democratic
National Committee from Tennessee, 1936-45.
Died in Memphis, Shelby
County, Tenn., October
16, 1954 (age 80 years, 14
Interment at Elmwood
Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.
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
with others in 1897 over a scheme to defraud
the city of Rock Island in connection with a storm drain construction
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,
and eventually bootlegging and automobile
in 1907 on 37 counts of bribery,
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;
to 5 years in prison
for conspiracy and 14 years for murder;
served 8 1/2 years.
Died, of tuberculosis,
in a sanitarium
at El Paso, El Paso
County, Tex., 1942
John Wesley Langley (1868-1932) —
also known as John W. Langley —
of Prestonsburg, Floyd
County, Ky.; Pikeville, Pike
Born in Floyd
County, Ky., January
Republican. Member of Kentucky
state house of representatives, 1886-90; delegate to Republican
National Convention from Kentucky, 1888,
Representative from Kentucky 10th District, 1907-26; defeated,
1896; resigned 1926.
in 1924 of conspiracy to transport and sell liquor re-elected
while his appeal was pending, but resigned
from Congress in 1926; sentenced
to a term in federal prison.
Granted clemency by President Calvin
Died, of pneumonia,
in Pikeville, Pike
County, Ky., January
17, 1932 (age 64 years, 3
Interment at Langley
Cemetery, Middle Creek, Ky.
Peter C. Jezewski (1883-1960) —
of Buffalo, Erie
County, N.Y.; Hamtramck, Wayne
Born in New York, November
member of New York
state assembly from Erie County 6th District, 1915-16; mayor
of Hamtramck, Mich., 1922-26, 1932-34; defeated, 1926, 1934.
of bootlegging and other vice
crimes about 1926, and spent a year in Leavenworth federal prison.
Died in Hamtramck, Wayne
County, Mich., December
1, 1960 (age 77 years, 9
Interment at Mt.
Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
Magne Alfred Michaelson (1878-1949) —
also known as M. Alfred Michaelson; M. A.
of Chicago, Cook
Born in Kristiansand, Norway,
to Illinois state constitutional convention 25th District,
Representative from Illinois 7th District, 1921-31; defeated,
in 1928 on charges of violating the National Prohibition Act.
Died in Chicago, Cook
County, Ill., October
26, 1949 (age 71 years, 49
Interment at Mt.
Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
Raleigh P. Hale (1883-1931) —
of East Chicago, Lake
Born in Columbia, Boone
County, Mo., June 6,
Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; physician;
of East Chicago, Ind., 1926-30; resigned 1930; in 1929, accused
vice as mayor, he and 18 others, including the East Chicago
police chief and the reputed business agent for gangster
Al Capone were charged
in federal court with conspiracy to violate liquor prohibition
in January 1930, and sentenced
to two years in prison; on appeal, a new trial was ordered.
Died suddenly, from dilated
cardiomyopathy, in East Chicago, Lake
County, Ind., December
1, 1931 (age 48 years, 178
Interment at Oak
Hill Cemetery, Hammond, Ind.
Edward James Dennis (1877-1930) —
also known as E. J. Dennis —
Born in Macbeth, Berkeley
County, S.C., September
member of South
Carolina state house of representatives from Berkeley County,
1900-04, 1916-18; member of South
Carolina state senate from Berkeley County, 1904-06, 1910-14,
1918-22, 1926-30; died in office 1930.
and acquitted in 1929 for conspiracy to violate the alcohol
wounded by Webster Lee 'Sporty' Thornley, on the street in front
of the post
office in Moncks Corner, S.C., and died the next day in a hospital
at Charleston, Charleston
County, S.C., July 25,
1930 (age 52 years, 305
days). Thornley was tried and convicted of murder; Glenn D.
McKnight, who allegedly hired Thornley to murder Dennis, was tried
and not convicted.
Interment at St.
John's Baptist Churchyard, Pinopolis, S.C.
Julius S. Berg (1895-1938) —
of Bronx, Bronx
Born in New York, New York
County, N.Y., July 15,
served in the U.S. Army during World War I; injured in combat and lost a
leg; member of New York
state assembly from Bronx County 3rd District, 1923-30; member of
York state senate 22nd District, 1931-38; died in office 1938.
War Veterans; Veterans of
Foreign Wars; Disabled
American Veterans; Freemasons;
money for his aid in procuring liquor licenses and
arranging for concessions at the New York World's Fair; that same
day, he killed
himself by gunshot,
in his law
office, Manhattan, New York
County, N.Y., July 20,
1938 (age 43 years, 5
Interment at Mt.
Ararat Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y.
William H. McKeighan —
of Flint, Genesee
Republican. Political boss; mayor of
Flint, Mich., 1915-16, 1922-23, 1927-28, 1931-33; defeated, 1923;
candidate in primary for Governor of
Michigan, 1932; delegate to Republican National Convention from
political ally of Frank
D. McKay; charged
in 1945, along with McKay, with conspiracy to violate state liquor
the judge directed a verdict of not guilty.
Frank D. McKay (1883-1965) —
of Grand Rapids, Kent
Born in Grand Rapids, Kent
County, Mich., November
political boss who dominated Republican politics in Michigan for
years; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1920,
state treasurer, 1925-30; investigated
by a grand jury in 1931 over his handling
of state funds while Treasurer; member of Republican
National Committee from Michigan, 1940-44; subject of three
federal grand jury investigations
in 1940 over alleged fraud,
in 1944 for bribery
of state legislators; hired a Purple
Gang figure to murder
the star witness, State Sen. Warren
G. Hooper, and the case collapsed; charged
in 1945, along with William
McKeighan, with conspiracy to violate state liquor laws;
in 1946; the judge directed a verdict of not guilty.
Died in Miami Beach, Dade County (now Miami-Dade
County), Fla., January
12, 1965 (age 81 years, 69
Entombed at Greenwood
Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Mich.