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  Michael Francis Easley (b. 1950) — also known as Mike F. Easley — of Brunswick County, N.C. Born near Rocky Mount, Nash County, N.C., March 23, 1950. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1990; North Carolina state attorney general, 1993-2001; Governor of North Carolina, 2001-09; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2004, 2008; pleaded guilty in 2010 to failing to report a 2006 helicopter ride in his campaign finance filings. Catholic. Member, Phi Gamma Delta. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  John Henry Eaton (1790-1856) — also known as John H. Eaton — of Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn. Born near Scotland Neck, Halifax County, N.C., June 18, 1790. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1815-16; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1818-21, 1821-29; U.S. Secretary of War, 1829-31; Governor of Florida Territory, 1834-36; U.S. Minister to Spain, 1836-40. Member, Freemasons. Resigned from Cabinet in 1831 during the scandal (called the "Petticoat Affair") over past infedelities of his second wife, Peggy Eaton. Died in Washington, D.C., November 17, 1856 (age 66 years, 152 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Eaton County, Mich. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
Edwin Edwards Edwin Washington Edwards (b. 1927) — also known as Edwin Edwards; "Fast Eddie" — of Crowley, Acadia Parish, La. Born in Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, La., August 7, 1927. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Louisiana state senate 35th District, 1964-65; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 7th District, 1965-72; Governor of Louisiana, 1972-80, 1984-88, 1992-96; justice of Louisiana state supreme court, 1980. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Lions. Charged in federal court in 1985 with racketeering involving hospital licenses; his first trial ended in hung jury; acquitted in second trial. Convicted in federal court in 2000 on seventeen counts of fraud and racketeering over a scheme to extort money from applicants for casino licenses; sentenced in 2001 to ten years in federal prison and fined $250,000. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Clarence W. Edwards and Agnes (Brouillette) Edwards; married, April 5, 1949, to Elaine Lucille Schwartzenburg (1929-2018).
  Cross-reference: Jack P. F. Gremillion — Camille F. Gravel, Jr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books about Edwin Edwards: Tyler Bridges, Bad Bet on the Bayou : The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards — John Maginnis, The Last Hayride — John Maginnis, Cross to Bear
  Image source: KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana
  Frank E. Edwards — of Seattle, King County, Wash. Mayor of Seattle, Wash., 1928-31; recalled 1931. Recalled from office as mayor in 1931. Burial location unknown.
  John Reid Edwards (b. 1953) — also known as John Edwards; Johnny Reid Edwards; "Silk Pony"; "The Breck Girl" — of North Carolina. Born in Seneca, Oconee County, S.C., June 10, 1953. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1999-2005; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2000, 2004; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 2004, 2008; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2004; in August 2008, he acknowledged an extramarital affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter, though at first he denied having fathered her baby; this revelation discredited him and ended his political career. Methodist. In June, 2011, he was indicted in federal court on campaign finance charges, based on the argument that the donations he received in 2007-08 to cover up his affair were illegal contributions to his presidential campaign. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married, July 30, 1977, to Mary Elizabeth Anania.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by John Edwards: Four Trials (2003) — Our Plan for America: Stronger at Home, Respected in the World, with John Kerry (2004)
  Critical books about John Edwards: Bernard Goldberg, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37) — Andrew Young, The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down
  William Donlon Edwards (1915-2015) — also known as Don Edwards — of San Jose, Santa Clara County, Calif. Born in San Jose, Santa Clara County, Calif., January 6, 1915. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; U.S. Representative from California, 1963-95 (9th District 1963-75, 10th District 1975-93, 16th District 1993-95); delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964, 1968, 1988; arrested during an anti-apartheid protest outside the South African Embassy in Washington, 1984. Unitarian. Member, Americans for Democratic Action. Died in San Jose, Santa Clara County, Calif., October 1, 2015 (age 100 years, 268 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Steven Effman (b. 1950) — also known as Steve Effman — of Sunrise, Broward County, Fla. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., October 13, 1950. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Sunrise, Fla., 1993-96; member of Florida state house of representatives 98th District, 1997-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith. Admitted in 2003 to inappropriate relationships with three divorce clients; suspended from the practice of law for 91 days. Still living as of 2003.
  Relatives: Married to Barbara S. Effman (1956?-).
Patrick F. Egan Patrick F. Egan (1841-1919) — of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in County Longford, Ireland, August 13, 1841. Republican. Irish home rule advocate; prosecuted in Dublin, 1880, for sedition; grain 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 days). Interment at St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Image source: Life and Work of James G. Blaine (1893)
  Joshua Eilberg (1921-2004) — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., February 12, 1921. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives, 1952-66; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960, 1964, 1968; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 1967-79; defeated, 1978. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith; American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Jewish War Veterans; Disabled American Veterans; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons. Pleaded guilty in federal court to conflict of interest charges, February 1979; sentenced to five years probation and fined $10,000. Died, of Parkinson's disease, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., March 24, 2004 (age 83 years, 41 days). Interment at Montefiore Cemetery, Jenkintown, Pa.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Daisy L. Elliott (1917-2015) — also known as Daisy Elizabeth Lenoir — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Filbert, McDowell County, W.Va., November 26, 1917. Democrat. Realtor; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 4th District, 1961-62; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1963-78, 1981-82 (Wayne County 4th District 1963-64, 22nd District 1965-72, 8th District 1973-78, 1981-82); defeated in primary, 1950 (Wayne County 1st District), 1954 (Wayne County 11th District), 1956 (Wayne County 4th District), 1958 (Wayne County 4th District), 1960 (Wayne County 4th District), 1982 (8th District); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968 (alternate), 1976; co-author of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 5th District, 1978; arrested in April 1982 for driving a stolen 1977 Cadillac deVille automobile; arraigned on a charge of receiving and concealing stolen property; she claimed she had bought the car from a dealer, but the firm had no record of this, and the document she presented had been faked; lost renomination as State Representatve in August 1982, while under indictment; convicted in November 1982 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. Female. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; League of Women Voters; Junior League. Died, in DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., December 22, 2015 (age 98 years, 26 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Daughter of Robert Lenoir and Daisy (Dorm) Lenoir.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Milton Elliott (1820-1879) — also known as John M. Elliott — of Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky. Born in Scott County, Va., May 20, 1820. Democrat. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1847, 1860-61; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 6th District, 1853-59; Delegate from Kentucky to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Representative from Kentucky in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65; circuit judge in Kentucky, 1868-74; Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals, 1876-79; died in office 1879. Expelled from the Kentucky legislature in 1861 for supporting the Confederacy. Shot and killed by Col. Thomas Buford, in front of the ladies' entrance to the Capitol Hotel, in Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., March 26, 1879 (age 58 years, 310 days). Interment at Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.; statue at Boyd County Courthouse Grounds, Catlettsburg, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of John Elliott and Jane Elliott.
  Elliott County, Ky. is named for him.
  Epitaph: "Assassinated, for having done his duty as a Judge."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alfred Ely (1815-1892) — of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. Born in Lyme, New London County, Conn., February 15, 1815. Republican. U.S. Representative from New York 29th District, 1859-63. While witnessing the Battle of Bull Run in 1861, was captured by the Confederates, and imprisoned at Richmond for several months; released in exchange for Charles J. Faulkner. Died in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., May 18, 1892 (age 77 years, 93 days). Entombed at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  J. Louis Engdahl (1884-1932) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., November 11, 1884. Writer and editor for Socialist and Communist newspapers; indicted in Chicago, 1918, along with former U.S. Rep. Victor L. Berger, and three others, for making speeches that encouraged disloyalty and obstructed military recruitment; tried and convicted; sentenced to twenty years in prison; the conviction was later overturned; Socialist candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 7th District, 1918; delegate to Socialist National Convention from Illinois, 1920; candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1924 (Workers), 1926 (Workers Communist); Communist candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1930; Communist candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 7th District, 1931. Swedish ancestry. Died, of pneumonia, in Moscow, Russia, November 21, 1932 (age 48 years, 10 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  John Eric Ensign (b. 1958) — also known as John E. Ensign — of Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev. Born in Roseville, Placer County, Calif., March 25, 1958. Republican. Veterinarian; hotel and casino manager; U.S. Representative from Nevada 1st District, 1995-99; U.S. Senator from Nevada, 2001-; defeated, 1998; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 2008. Pentecostal. Italian, German, and Filipino ancestry. In June 2009, he admitted to an extramarital affair with Cindy Hampton, a member of his campaign staff and the wife of his Senate aide Doug Hampton. In an unsuccessful attempt to keep the Hamptons quiet about the affair, he gave them $96,000 (an illegally undisclosed severance payment) through his parents. He also used his influence to set up Jeff Hampton as a lobbyist, in violation of laws restricting lobbying by former congressional aides. A grand jury investigation is in progress. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Adoptive son of Michael S. Ensign; son of Sharon Lee Cipriani.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Angelo Joseph Errichetti (1928-2013) — also known as Angelo J. Errichetti — of Camden, Camden County, N.J. Born in Camden, Camden County, N.J., September 29, 1928. Democrat. Mayor of Camden, N.J., 1974-77; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1976; member of New Jersey state senate 5th District, 1976-81. Italian ancestry. Implicated in the Abscam sting, in which FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen offered bribes to political figures; indicted in 1980, later convicted and sentenced to prison. Died in Ventnor City, Atlantic County, N.J., May 16, 2013 (age 84 years, 229 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Meade Henry Esposito (1909-1993) — also known as Meade H. Esposito; Amadeo Henry Esposito — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., December 28, 1909. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964; vice-president, Lafayette National Bank, 1965; insurance broker; leader of Kings County Democratic Party, 1969-83. Catholic. Italian ancestry. Member, NAACP. Indicted in 1987 on federal charges that he had given bribes to U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi in in return for influence on federal contracts for a Brooklyn ship-repair company; convicted on September 22, 1987 of giving an illegal gratuity; fined $500,000; indicted in 1988 on bribery and tax charges, but the case was dismissed due to his age and poor health. Died, from renal failure caused by a heart attack, while suffering from lung cancer and bladder cancer, in North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., September 3, 1993 (age 83 years, 249 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Felicia Esposito; married to Anne De Cunzo.
  Albert Michael Espy (b. 1953) — also known as Mike Espy — of Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Miss. Born in Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Miss., November 30, 1953. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Mississippi 2nd District, 1987-93; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1993. African ancestry. Indicted August 27, 1997, on 30 criminal counts based on acceptance of gifts from organizations and individuals doing business with the Agriculture Department; acquitted December 2, 1998. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
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