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James Blair (1786-1834) —
of South Carolina.
Born in The Waxhaws, Lancaster
County, S.C., September
Democrat. Planter; sheriff;
Representative from South Carolina, 1821-22, 1829-34 (9th
District 1821-22, 8th District 1829-34); resigned 1822; died in
office 1834; in 1832, he assaulted newspaper editor Duff
Green, breaking some bones, and fined
Died from a self-inflicted
D.C., April 1,
1834 (age 47 years, 187
Interment at Congressional
Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Ambrose Latting Jordan (1789-1865) —
also known as Ambrose L. Jordan —
of Cooperstown, Otsego
County, N.Y.; Hudson, Columbia
Born in Hillsdale, Columbia
County, N.Y., May 5,
Whig. Lawyer; Otsego
County Surrogate, 1815-18; Otsego
County District Attorney, 1818-20; newspaper
editor; member of New York
state assembly from Columbia County, 1825; member of New York
state senate 3rd District, 1826-29; resigned 1829; in September
1845, during a trial, he and the opposing counsel (New York Attorney
Van Buren) came to blows in the courtroom; both were sentenced
to 24 hours in jail; delegate
to New York state constitutional convention, 1846; New York
state attorney general, 1848-49.
Died in New York, New York
County, N.Y., July 16,
1865 (age 76 years, 72
Interment at Hudson
City Cemetery, Hudson, N.Y.
John Van Buren (1810-1866) —
also known as "Prince John" —
of Albany, Albany
Born in Hudson, Columbia
County, N.Y., February
York state attorney general, 1845-47; appointed 1845; defeated,
1847, 1865; in September 1845, during a trial, he and opposing
L. Jordan came to blows in the courtroom; both were sentenced
to 24 hours solitary confinement in jail; his resignation
as Attorney General was refused by the governor.
Died, from exposure,
the ship Scotia, en route from Liverpool to New York, in
Atlantic Ocean, October
13, 1866 (age 56 years, 245
Interment at Albany
Rural Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.
Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858) —
also known as "Old Bullion" —
of Franklin, Williamson
County, Tenn.; St.
Born near Hillsborough, Orange
County, N.C., March
editor; member of Tennessee
state senate, 1809; U.S.
Senator from Missouri, 1821-51; U.S.
Representative from Missouri 1st District, 1853-55; Benton
Democrat candidate for Governor of
Fought a duel
Jackson, who later became a political ally. In April, 1850, he
caused a scandal
with his attempt to assault Sen. Henry
Stuart Foote, of Mississippi, during debate on the Senate floor;
he was restrained by other senators. Foote had a cocked pistol in his
hand and undoubtedly would have shot him.
Died in Washington,
10, 1858 (age 76 years, 27
Interment at Bellefontaine
Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
Joseph Barker (c.1806-1862) —
of Pittsburgh, Allegheny
Born in Allegheny
County, Pa., about 1806.
of Pittsburgh, Pa., 1850-51; defeated, 1851, 1852.
In 1849, after an anti-Catholic
speech, he was arrested,
with using obscene
the streets, and causing a
to a year in prison;
elected mayor in 1850 while still incarcerated. While mayor, he was
of assault and battery. In 1851, he was convicted
Struck and killed by a railroad
train, in Ross Township, Allegheny
County, Pa., August
2, 1862 (age about 56
Interment at Allegheny
Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Alexander J. Bergen —
Member of New York
state assembly from Suffolk County 2nd District, 1861.
Outraged by a criticism published in the newspaper, he
assaulted the editor of the Suffolk County Democrat, in
1861, and was later prosecuted
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,
Born in Dresden, Yates
County, N.Y., August
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
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".
Died in Dobbs Ferry, Westchester
County, N.Y., July 21,
1899 (age 65 years, 344
ashes interred at Arlington
National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.; statue erected 1911 at Glen
Oak Park, Peoria, Ill.
Lovell Harrison Rousseau (1818-1869) —
also known as Lovell H. Rousseau —
of Bloomfield, Greene
County, Ind.; Louisville, Jefferson
Born near Stanford, Lincoln
County, Ky., August
member of Indiana
state house of representatives, 1844-45; served in the U.S. Army
during the Mexican War; member of Indiana
state senate, 1847-49; member of Kentucky
state senate, 1860-61; general in the Union Army during the Civil
Representative from Kentucky 5th District, 1865-66, 1866-67;
resigned 1866; on June 14, 1866, he assaulted Iowa Rep. Josiah
B. Grinnell with the iron handle of his cane; reprimanded
by the House of Representatives, and resigned,
but was elected to fill his own vacancy.
Died in New Orleans, Orleans
Parish, La., January
7, 1869 (age 50 years, 156
Original interment and cenotaph at Cave
Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.; reinterment in 1892 at Arlington
National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Almar F. Dickson (1846-1915) —
of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes
County, Mass.; East Haddam, Middlesex
Born in East Haddam, Middlesex
County, Conn., January
Democrat. On August 1, 1874, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, in
response to the suspected
seduction of his wife and her two sisters, he and his
brother-in-law Caleb Smith were among a group of five men who, at
midnight during a storm, attempted to kidnap at gunpoint
Samuel K. Elliot, one of the supposed perpetrators, so they could tar and
feather him; Elliot successfully defended himself from the group,
and during the affray, Caleb Smith was shot dead; Elliot was ruled to
have acted in self-defense, and denied any improper relations with
the women; the scandal
was widely publicized in the press; Dickson and his wife were
divorced soon after; U.S. Consul in Gaspé Basin, 1887-1908; candidate for Connecticut
state house of representatives from East Haddam, 1910, 1912.
Died in Hartford, Hartford
County, Conn., April
17, 1915 (age 69 years, 87
Interment at Moodus Cemetery, Moodus, East Haddam, Conn.
Benjamin Ryan Tillman (1847-1918) —
also known as Benjamin R. Tillman; "Pitchfork
Ben"; "The One-Eyed Plowboy" —
of Trenton, Edgefield
Born in Edgefield District (now Edgefield
County), S.C., August
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
and Resolutions Committee), 1916;
member of Democratic
National Committee from South Carolina, 1912-16.
Died in Washington,
D.C., July 3,
1918 (age 70 years, 326
Interment at Ebenezer
Cemetery, Trenton, S.C.; statue at State
House Grounds, Columbia, S.C.
John Lowndes McLaurin (1860-1934) —
also known as John L. McLaurin —
of Bennettsville, Marlboro
Born in Marlboro
County, S.C., May 9,
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
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
Interment at McCall
Cemetery, Bennettsville, S.C.
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.
Wythe Leigh Kinsolving (1878-1964) —
of Chattanooga, Hamilton
County, Tenn.; Manhattan, New York
County, N.Y.; Charlottesville,
Born in Halifax, Halifax
County, Va., November
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,
Died in Richmond,
Va., December, 1964
years, 0 days).
Interment at Hollywood
Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
Harry M. Schriver —
of Rock Island, Rock
Island County, Ill.
of Rock Island, Ill., 1911-15, 1919-23; on March 22, 1912, angry
over personal attacks published by newspaper publisher and crime
syndicate boss John
Looney, he had Looney brought to the Rock Island police station
and gave him a severe beating; during a riot on March 27, a
at the mayor in his office; convicted
in 1923 on vice
protection conspiracy charges.
David Dows (1885-1966) —
also known as "Big Dave" —
of Locust Valley, Nassau
County, Long Island, N.Y.; Bradley, Greenwood
Born in Irvington, Westchester
County, N.Y., August
Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; worked in iron and steel
mills; supervised construction
mills overseas; studied foreign industries as representative of a
County Sheriff, 1932-34; delegate to Republican National
Convention from New York, 1944;
member, New York State Racing Commission, 1944-49; delegate to
Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1956;
Carolina Republican state chair, 1956-58; candidate for
Presidential Elector for South Carolina, 1956.
of assault in 1913, over his treatment of a New York Times
reporter who was attempting to interview him.
Died in Hot Springs, Bath
County, Va., August
13, 1966 (age 81 years, 1
Interment at Sleepy
Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
David H. Trembley (b. 1858) —
of Rahway, Union
Born in New Jersey, 1858.
painter; mayor of
Rahway, N.J., 1918-22; on May 31, 1919, he prevented a Socialist
Harwood, from speaking, by spraying him and his audience with a
fire hose; subsequently arrested
with assault and inciting
to riot; retaliated by arresting Justice of the Peace Gustav
Theimer, who had indicted him, and arraigned him on a charge of
James B. Furber (c.1868-1930) —
of Rahway, Union
County, N.J.; Linden, Union
Born in Allegan, Allegan
County, Mich., about 1868.
Traveling salesman for National Cash Register Company; newspaper
publisher; real estate
developer; lawyer; mayor of
Rahway, N.J., 1906, 1922-24; resigned 1906; charged
with assault in connection with his participation in a Socialist
rally in Rahway, N.J., May 31, 1919, which was ended by spraying
the speaker and audience with a fire hose; Socialist candidate for U.S.
Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1920; Progressive
candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1924;
elected (Democratic) mayor of
Linden, N.J. 1930, but died before taking office.
Suffered a paralytic
stroke, while addressing
a meeting of the Parent Democratic Club, and died soon after in
St. Elizabeth Hospital,
County, N.J., November
12, 1930 (age about 62
Eugene C. Keyes (1900-1963) —
of Dearborn, Wayne
Republican. Lawyer; dentist;
Governor of Michigan, 1943-44, 1947-48; defeated, 1940, 1944,
1948; candidate in primary for Governor of
Michigan, 1950, 1954; candidate in primary for U.S.
Senator from Michigan, 1952.
in Dearborn municipal court in August 1944, of assaulting a
woman who came to his office to protest his slapping of her son
during an argument over campaign work; the sentence
was a $25 fine or
15 days in jail.
Died in 1963
Anthony Franciosa (1928-2006) —
also known as Tony Franciosa; Anthony George
of Brentwood, Los Angeles, Los
Angeles County, Calif.
Born in Manhattan, New York
County, N.Y., October
hit and kicked a press photographer at the Los Angeles Civic
Center on April 19, 1957; arrested
for assault, pleaded
guilty, served to ten days in jail,
$250; honored guest, Democratic National Convention,
Suffered a stroke,
and died a few days later, in UCLA Medical
Center, Los Angeles, Los Angeles
County, Calif., January
19, 2006 (age 77 years, 86
Norman Kingsley Mailer (1923-2007) —
also known as Norman Mailer —
of Brooklyn, Kings
Born in Long Branch, Monmouth
County, N.J., January
Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; novelist,
among the founders of the Village Voice newspaper
in New York City; in November, 1960, while drunk
at a party, he stabbed
and wounded his wife, Adele; he was arrested
and held for psychiatric evaluation, and eventually pleaded
guilty to third-degree assault; arrested
in 1967 in connection with an antiwar
protest; candidate in primary for mayor
of New York City, N.Y., 1969.
Won the Pulitzer
Prize for nonfiction in 1969 and for fiction in 1980.
Died, from acute renal
failure, in Mount Sinai Hospital,
Manhattan, New York
County, N.Y., November
10, 2007 (age 84 years, 283
Interment at Provincetown Cemetery, Provincetown, Mass.
Bernard Hugo Goetz (b. 1947) —
also known as Bernard H. Goetz; Bernhard Goetz;
"Subway Vigilante" —
of New York City (unknown
Born in Queens, Queens
County, N.Y., November
Fusion candidate for mayor
of New York City, N.Y., 2001.
On December 22, 1984, he shot
and wounded four young men who were about to rob him, and
to New England, until he turned
himself in at Concord, N.H.; arraigned
murder, assault, and weapons
only for carrying
an unlicensed gun; sentenced
to one year in jail;
served eight months.
Still living as of 2014.
Henry Barbosa Gonzalez (1916-2000) —
also known as Henry B. Gonzalez —
of San Antonio, Bexar
Born in San Antonio, Bexar
County, Tex., May 3,
Democrat. Member of Texas
state senate, 1956-61; candidate in primary for Governor of
Texas, 1958; candidate in primary for U.S.
Senator from Texas, 1961; U.S.
Representative from Texas 20th District, 1961-99; delegate to
Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964,
ancestry. Member, Americans
for Democratic Action.
Was in the motorcade in Dallas, Tex., when President John
F. Kennedy was shot. In a San Antonio restaurant in 1986, he
punched a man who called him a communist; he was charged
with assault, but acquitted.
Died, in Downtown Baptist Hospital,
San Antonio, Bexar
County, Tex., November
28, 2000 (age 84 years, 209
Interment at San
Fernando Cemetery #2, San Antonio, Tex.
John T. Broderick, Jr. (b. 1947) —
of Manchester, Hillsborough
Born in 1947.
of New Hampshire state supreme court, 1995-.
in 2000 by the Judiciary Committee of the New Hampshire House of
Representatives in connection with the charges against Chief Justice
A. Brock and Justice W.
Stephen Thayer III, but articles of impeachment
against him were rejected by the House. Arrested
in October 2000 for assault against his 30-year-old son. but
charges were dropped.
Still living as of 2001.
Arthur E. Teele (1946-2005) —
also known as Art Teele —
Born in Prince
George's County, Md., May 14,
Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; lawyer;
director, U.S. Urban Mass Transportation Administration, 1981-83;
Presidential Elector for Florida, 1992;
as Miami city commissioner in 1997-2004, he chaired the Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRA); an investigation
of corruption in the agency, started in 2003, led to charges
that he had accepted $135,000 in kickbacks
from two construction companies; as a result, he was removed from
office in 2004 by Gov. Jeb
Bush; in August, 2004, when he and his wife were under
surveillance, he drove his
car at a police detective in an attempt to run him over,
and also threatened
to kill police officers who had been following his wife during
the investigation; convicted
in March 2005 on charges
related to this incident; indicted
on July 14, 2005, on federal conspiracy and money
laundering charges, over a scheme to fraudulently obtain
contracts for electrical work at the Miami International Airport
through a "minority-owned" shell company; published police reports
revealed that he had put his mistress
on the CRA payroll, that he regularly bought and used cocaine,
and that he frequently made use of a male prostitute.
of God in Christ. African
ancestry. Member, Kappa
Alpha Psi; NAACP; Freemasons.
Came to the offices
of the Miami Herald newspaper, and shot himself
in the head with a semiautomatic pistol; he died two hours later in
the trauma unit of Jackson Memorial Hospital,
County, Fla., July 27,
2005 (age 59 years, 74
Interment at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park, Tallahassee, Fla.
Andrew L. Cetraro (born c.1976) —
of Bozeman, Gallatin
Born in Bozeman, Gallatin
County, Mont., about 1976.
of Bozeman, Mont., 2004-05.
at his home in November 2005; accused of assaulting his
pregnant wife while intoxicated;
on misdemeanor charges;
pleaded not guilty.
Still living as of 2005.
Anthony Dryden Marshall (1924-2014) —
also known as Anthony D. Marshall; Tony Marshall;
Anthony Dryden Kuser —
of Providence, Providence
County, R.I.; Manhattan, New York
Born in Manhattan, New York
County, N.Y., May 30,
Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; U.S.
Consul in Istanbul, as of 1958-59; U.S. Ambassador to Malagasy Republic, 1969-71; Trinidad and Tobago, 1972-73; Kenya, 1973-77; Seychelles, 1976-77; in 1971, he was accused
in press reports of involvement in a supposed plot to overthrow
the President, Philibert Tsiranana; the Malagasy government declared
non grata, and expelled
him fron the country; theatrical
producer; guardian of his ailing mother, Brooke Astor; alleged to
millions of dollars to his own theatrical productions, and removed
works of art from her apartment; his son Philip sued,
alleging abuse and demanding his removal
as guardian; an independent investigation found no evidence for
abuse, but revealed financial misconduct; indicted
in 2007, and tried on
in 2009; the trial lasted six months; ultimately convicted
to one to three years in prison;
served eight weeks and was released on medical parole.
Died, at New York Presbyterian Hospital,
Manhattan, New York
County, N.Y., November
30, 2014 (age 90 years, 184
Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (b. 1970) —
also known as Kwame M. Kilpatrick —
of Detroit, Wayne
Born in Detroit, Wayne
County, Mich., June 8,
member of Michigan
state house of representatives 9th District, 1997-2001; delegate
to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2000,
of Detroit, Mich., 2002-08; resigned 2008; member of Democratic
National Committee from Michigan, 2004-08; charged
in 2008 with obstruction
of justice, perjury,
in office, in connection with his denial under oath of an affair
with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, and misleading the city
council over a payment of $8.4 million to settle a whistleblower
lawsuit filed by two police officers, which included a secret deal to
prevent evidence of the affair from being disclosed; later charged
with assaulting two police officers who were serving a
guilty to two felony counts of obstruction
of justice and no
contest to one assault charge;
he also agreed to four months in jail,
payment of $1 million in restitution,
as mayor, and to give up his law license and pension.
ancestry. Member, NAACP.
Still living as of 2020.
Eric Tradd Schneiderman (b. 1954) —
also known as Eric T. Schneiderman —
Born in New York City (unknown
county), N.Y., December
member of New York
state senate 31st District; elected 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008; New York
state attorney general, 2011-18; resigned 2018; Presidential
Elector for New York, 2012;
reports that he had physically abused four women; at
first, he initially claimed that this had been sexual
role playing, but within hours, he resigned
his position; following an investigation,
no criminal charges were brought.
Still living as of 2019.