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  John M. Fabrizi (born c.1957) — of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born about 1957. Democrat. School teacher; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2000; mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., 2003-07; admitted in June 2006 that he had used cocaine, and did not seek re-election. Still living as of 2007.
  Silvio Joseph Failla (1910-1972) — also known as Silvio J. Failla; Si Failla — of Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J. Born in New Jersey, May 23, 1910. Democrat. Undertaker; mayor of Hoboken, N.J., 1965; member of New Jersey state house of assembly District 12-C, 1972; died in office 1972. Italian ancestry. According to published reports, he left a bar with a prostitute, Deborah Dell; just outside, he was robbed, shot multiple times, and killed, in Neptune Township, Monmouth County, N.J., September 16, 1972 (age 62 years, 116 days). Dell and an associate were later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Entombed in mausoleum at St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Luigi Failla (1874-1943) and Vittoria 'Victoria' (Candio) Failla (1877-1963); married 1937 to Louise E. Picone (1912-1985).
  See also BillionGraves burial record
  Albert Bacon Fall (1861-1944) — also known as Albert B. Fall — of Three Rivers, Otero County, N.M. Born in Frankfort, Franklin County, Ky., November 26, 1861. Republican. Lawyer; farmer; member of New Mexico territorial House of Representatives, 1891-92; justice of New Mexico territorial supreme court, 1893; New Mexico territory attorney general, 1897; served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 1912-21; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1916; U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1921-23. Convicted of bribery in 1929 for his role in the Teapot Dome oil lease scandal; served one year in prison. Died in El Paso, El Paso County, Tex., November 30, 1944 (age 83 years, 4 days). Interment at Evergreen Alameda Cemetery, El Paso, Tex.
  Relatives: Son of William R. Fall and Edmonia (Taylor) Fall; married, May 7, 1883, to Emma Garland Morgan (daughter of Simpson Harris Morgan (1821?-1864)).
  Cross-reference: Edward L. Doheny — Frank J. Hogan
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Albert B. Fall: David H. Stratton, Tempest over Teapot Dome : The Story of Albert B. Fall — Herman B. Weisner, The Politics of Justice: A.B. Fall and the Teapot Dome Scandal
  William Joseph Fallon (1886-1927) — also known as William J. Fallon; "The Great Mouthpiece"; "Broadway's Cicero" — of Mamaroneck, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., 1886. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Westchester County 2nd District, 1918; charged in 1924 with bribing a juror; tried and acquitted. Died, of heart disease, in the Hotel Oxford, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., April 29, 1927 (age about 40 years). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph M. Fallon; married to Agnes Rafter.
  Books about William J. Fallon: Gene Fowler, The Great Mouthpiece : A Life Story of William J. Fallon
  Randolph Blake Farenthold (b. 1961) — also known as R. Blake Farenthold — Born in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Tex., December 12, 1961. Republican. Lawyer; radio commentator; U.S. Representative from Texas 27th District, 2011-18; resigned 2018; sued in 2014 by a former staffer, alleging sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, and that she was fired in retaliation for complaints; the case was settled out of court with $84,000 in public funds; in December 2017, another former staffer made further detailed allegations of his behavior; resigned in April 2018. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of George Randolph 'Randy' Farenthold and Mary Sue (Ogg) Farenthold.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
Leslie L. Farr II Leslie L. Farr II (born c.1978) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born about 1978. Republican. Train conductor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2004; Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 1st District, 2004, 2006 (primary); suspended without pay in October 2004, for making a political statement (critical of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry) over the public address system of an Amtrak train; political consultant. African ancestry. Still living as of 2011.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Image source: St. Louis Magazine, November 2006
  Howard Melvin Fast (1914-2003) — also known as Howard Fast; "E. V. Cunningham"; "Walter Ericson" — of Teaneck, Bergen County, N.J. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., November 11, 1914. Communist. Novelist; in 1950, suspected of sedition, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he refused to name fellow members of the Communist Party; convicted of contempt of Congress and sentenced to three months in prison; awarded the Stalin Peace Prize in 1953; American Labor candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1952. Jewish. Died in Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Conn., March 12, 2003 (age 88 years, 121 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Barney Fast and Ida (Miller) Fast; married, June 6, 1937, to Bette Cohen; married 1999 to Mercedes O'Connor.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Scott Faughn (b. 1980) — of Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Mo. Born in 1980. Mayor of Poplar Bluff, Mo., 2002-04; charged in 2005 with embezzling money while Chairman of the Highway 67 Corporation, by forging checks to himself and his ex-wife; convicted in 2007 on the forgery charges, and fined $1,500. Still living as of 2007.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Charles James Faulkner (1806-1884) — also known as Charles J. Faulkner — of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Va. (now W.Va.). Born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Va. (now W.Va.), July 6, 1806. Democrat. Member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1829-34, 1848-49; member of Virginia state senate, 1838-42; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1850; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1851-59 (10th District 1851-53, 8th District 1853-59); U.S. Minister to France, 1860; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to West Virginia state constitutional convention, 1872; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1875-77. On his return from France in August 1861, was detained as a prisoner of state on charges of negotiating arms sales for the Confederacy while in Paris; released in December 1861 and negotiated his own exchange for Alfred Ely, a a Congressman from New York who had been taken prisoner by the Confederates at Bull Run. Died near Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va., November 1, 1884 (age 78 years, 118 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Berkeley County, W.Va.
  Relatives: Father of Charles James Faulkner (1847-1929).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary
  Walter Edward Fauntroy (b. 1933) — also known as Walter E. Fauntroy — of Washington, D.C. Born in Washington, D.C., February 6, 1933. Democrat. Baptist minister; Delegate to U.S. Congress from the District of Columbia, 1971-91; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1972; delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1972, 1980; arrested during an anti-apartheid sit-in at the South African Embassy in Washington, 1984; candidate in primary for mayor of Washington, D.C., 1990. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi. Charged in federal court on March 22, 1995 with making false statements on financial disclosure forms, including a claimed donation of almost $24,000 to the New Bethel Baptist Church where he served as pastor, to make it appear that he had complied with House rules limiting outside income, and that he had failed to disclose a June 1988 loan of $24,200. Pleaded guilty to one felony count, and sentenced to probation. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  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
James E. Ferguson James Edward Ferguson (1871-1944) — also known as James E. Ferguson; "Pa Ferguson" — of Temple, Bell County, Tex. Born near Salado, Bell County, Tex., August 31, 1871. Democrat. Governor of Texas, 1915-17; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1916 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee). Indicted on embezzlement and other charges in 1917; soon after, was impeached by the Texas House, and removed from office by the Texas Senate. Died in Austin, Travis County, Tex., September 21, 1944 (age 73 years, 21 days). Interment at Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Tex.
  Relatives: Married, December 31, 1899, to Miriam Amanda Wallace (1875-1961).
  Cross-reference: M. M. Crane
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Library of Congress
Stephen J. Field Stephen Johnson Field (1816-1899) — also known as Stephen J. Field — of Yuba County, Calif. Born in Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., November 4, 1816. Went 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 of David S. Terry; released on bail; ultimately the killing was ruled to be justifiable homicide. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Washington, D.C., April 9, 1899 (age 82 years, 156 days). Interment at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Uncle of David Josiah Brewer and Charlotte Anita Whitney (1868?-1955).
  Political family: Whitney-Field-Brewer-Wells family of California.
  See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Stephen J. Field: Paul Kens, Justice Stephen Field : Shaping Liberty from the Gold Rush to the Gilded Age
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, September 1897
  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
  Benígno Repeki Fitial (b. 1945) — also known as Benígno Fitial — Born in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, November 27, 1945. Governor of Northern Mariana Islands, 2006-13; resigned 2013; impeached by the Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives in February 2013; he resigned rather than face trial in the Senate. Satawalese ancestry. Still living as of 2013.
  Relatives: Married to Josepina 'Josie' Padiermos.
  See also Wikipedia article
  John Fitzpatrick (1844-1919) — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born May 1, 1844. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1880, 1884; mayor of New Orleans, La., 1892-96. In 1894, a suit was brought in an attempt to impeach and remove him from office based on a long list of malfeasance and corruption charges; a trial was held, and he was acquitted on all charges. Died April 8, 1919 (age 74 years, 342 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  John W. Flaherty — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Democrat. Independent Democratic candidate for New York state assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1874; Brooklyn Commissioner of City Works; indicted, along with George C. Bennett, in December 1878, for conspiracy to defraud the city of $50,000; tried and convicted; fined $250; the conviction, which he claimed was the work of Mayor James Howell and the corrupt "Brooklyn Ring", was reversed on appeal; candidate for mayor of Brooklyn, N.Y., 1879. Burial location unknown.
  Thomas W. Flatley (born c.1888) — of Erie, Erie County, Pa. Born about 1888. Democrat. Mayor of Erie, Pa., 1952-54; resigned 1954; arrested in October 1954 and charged with taking part in a gambling racket; admitted to receiving payments and pleaded guilty; sentenced to one to two years in jail, and fined $1,000. Burial location unknown.
  Ernest L. Fletcher (b. 1952) — also known as Ernie Fletcher; "Big Ern" — of Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. Born in Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Ky., November 12, 1952. Republican. Physician; pastor; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1994-96; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 6th District, 1999-2003; defeated, 1996; Governor of Kentucky, 2003-07; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2004; in 2005-06, an investigation of hiring practices in violation of the state's merit system law led to grand jury indictments of the Governor and some of his staff; Fletcher pardoned his staff members to protect them from prosecution; ultimately he admitted wrong-doing and agreed to reorganize the Kentucky Personnel Board. Baptist. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Motley H. Flint (1864-1930) — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Somerville, Middlesex County, Mass., February 19, 1864. Republican. Postmaster at Los Angeles, Calif., 1904-10; banker; provided critical support for the Warner Brothers Movie studio in its early years; one of the promoters of Julian Petroleum Corporation, a Ponzi scheme which collapsed in 1927; about 40,000 investors lost their money; tainted by the scandal, he moved to Europe for a time. Member, Freemasons. Called as a witness in a civil suit involving David O. Selznick; after his testimony, as he returned to the audience section of the courtroom, in Los Angeles City Hall, he was shot and killed by Frank Keaton, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., July 14, 1930 (age 66 years, 145 days). Keaton, who had lost his money in Julian Petroleum, was immediately arrested, and subsequently tried, convicted, and hanged. Entombed in mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Francis Eaton Flint (1823-1887) and Althea Louise (Hewes) Flint (1841-1930); brother of Frank Putnam Flint; fourth cousin once removed of Benjamin Dexter Sprague (1827-1893).
  Political families: Bache-Dallas family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Flint-Bache family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Daniel John Flood (1903-1994) — also known as Daniel J. Flood — of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pa. Born in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pa., November 26, 1903. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 11th District, 1945-47, 1949-53, 1955-80; defeated, 1946, 1952. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Delta Sigma Rho; Lions; Elks; Moose; Eagles; Knights of Columbus. Charged in 1979 with taking bribes; a trial resulted in a hung jury; resigned from the House in 1980; pleaded guilty in February 1980 to a lesser charge of conspiracy to violate federal campaign finance laws, and sentenced to one year probation. Died in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pa., May 28, 1994 (age 90 years, 183 days). Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Patrick F. Flood and Sarah (McCarthy) Flood.
  The Daniel J. Flood Elementary School (opened 1967), in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964) — also known as "Rebel Girl" — of New York. Born in Concord, Merrimack County, N.H., August 7, 1890. Communist. Speaker and organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World ("Wobblies") in 1906-16; one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which later expelled her for being a Communist; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1942 (Communist, at-large), 1954 (Peoples' Rights, 24th District); convicted under the anti-Communist Smith Act, and sentenced to three years in prison; released in 1957; became National Chair of the Communist Party U.S.A. in 1961. Female. Irish ancestry. Member, American Civil Liberties Union; Industrial Workers of the World. Died in Russia, September 5, 1964 (age 74 years, 29 days). Interment at Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Ill.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Larry Flynt (b. 1942) — also known as "The King of Smut" — of California. Born in Salyersville, Magoffin County, Ky., November 1, 1942. Democrat. Owner of night clubs; publisher of Hustler, a pornographic magazine; convicted in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1977 on obscenity and organized crime charges, and sentenced to 25 years in prison, but the verdict was overturned on appeal; shot by a sniper in Lawrenceville, Georgia, 1978, and paralyzed from the waist down; candidate for Governor of California, 2003. Atheist. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married 1976 to Althea Leasure (1953-1987).
  Campaign slogan (2003): "Vote For a Smut-Peddler Who Cares."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Mark Adam Foley (b. 1954) — also known as Mark A. Foley — of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla. Born in Newton, Middlesex County, Mass., September 8, 1954. Republican. Real estate agent; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1990-92; defeated, 1986; member of Florida state senate, 1993-94; U.S. Representative from Florida 16th District, 1995-2006; resigned 2006. Catholic. Gay. Forced to resign in September, 2006, over sexually explicit messages he had sent to teenage Congressional pages; no criminal charges were filed. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Edward Richard Folsom (1874-1923) — also known as Edward R. Folsom — of Irvington, Essex County, N.J. Born in North Urbana, Steuben County, N.Y., September 18, 1874. Charged, in 1894, of forging checks, bank robbery, and arson; pleaded guilty to two charges; sentenced to ten years in prison; pardoned and released in September 1897; coal dealer; mayor of Irvington, N.J., 1923; died in office 1923. Blackmailers threatening to expose his criminal past extorted money from him until he was nearly penniless; killed himself by an overdose of sedative, in Irvington, Essex County, N.J., September 26, 1923 (age 49 years, 8 days). Interment at Clinton Cemetery, Irvington, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick Lewis Folsom (1846-1921) and Martha (Layton) Folsom; married to Sara Elizabeth Keeler (1876-1958).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Stuart Foote (1804-1880) — also known as "Hangman Foote" — Born in Fauquier County, Va., February 28, 1804. U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1847-52; Governor of Mississippi, 1852-54; Representative from Tennessee in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65. Fought four duels; fled Alabama in 1830 to escape prosecution for dueling. Exchanged blows with Thomas Hart Benton on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Expelled from the Confederate Congress in early 1865 for going North on an unauthorized peace mission. Died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., May 20, 1880 (age 76 years, 82 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Richard Helm Foote (1772-1817) and Helen Gibbon (Stuart) Foote (1776-1815); married, March 22, 1827, to Elizabeth Winters (1810-1855); married, June 15, 1859, to Rachel Douglas Boyd (1831-1882).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Ford (1863-1947) — of Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Greenfield Township (now part of Detroit), Wayne County, Mich., July 30, 1863. Engineer; inventor; founder, Ford Motor Company, 1903; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1916; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1918; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1924. Episcopalian. Scotch-Irish and Belgian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Publisher, in 1919-27, of the Dearborn Independent newspaper, which promoted anti-Semitic ideas through articles such as "The International Jew: The World's Problem," which were reprinted as pamphlets and books. In 1927, a libel lawsuit against Ford over these writings led him to shut down the paper and publicly recant its contents. Died, from a stroke, in Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich., April 7, 1947 (age 83 years, 251 days). Interment at Ford Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of William Ford (1826-1905) and Mary (Litogot) Ford (c.1839-1876); married, April 11, 1888, to Clara Jane Bryant (1866-1950); uncle of Clarence M. Ford (1895?-?).
  Cross-reference: James Couzens — Herman Bernstein — Alfred J. Murphy — Martin C. Ansorge
  Personal motto: "Efficiency."
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books about Henry Ford: Douglas Brinkley, Wheels for the World : Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, 1903-2003 — William A. Levinson, Henry Ford's Lean Vision — Pat McCarthy, Henry Ford : Building Cars for Everyone (for young readers) — David Weitzman, Model T : How Henry Ford Built a Legend (for young readers)
  Critical books about Henry Ford: Max Wallace, The American Axis : Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich — Neil Baldwin, Henry Ford and the Jews : The Mass Production of Hate
  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.
  Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) — also known as "Wizard of the Saddle" — of Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Born near Chapel Hill, Bedford County (now Marshall County), Tenn., July 13, 1821. Democrat. Cotton planter; slave trader; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; in April 1864, after the Battle of Fort Pillow, Tennessee, Confederate troops under his command massacred African-American Union soldiers, not accepting them as prisoners, since the Confederacy refused to recognize ex-slaves as legitimate combatants; this event, seen as a war crime, sparked outrage across the North, and a congressional inquiry; in 1867, he became involved in the Ku Klux Klan and was elected Grand Wizard; the organization used violent tactics to intimidate Black voters and suppress their votes; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1868; in 1869, he had a change of heart, and issued a letter ordering that the Klan be dissolved and its costumes destroyed; he went on to denounce the group and its crimes; in 1875, he gave a "friendly speech" to a meeting of an African-American organization in Memphis, calling for peace, harmony, and economic advancement of former slaves; for this speech, he was vehemently denounced in the Southern press. English ancestry. Member, Ku Klux Klan. After his death, he became a folk hero among white Southerners, particularly during the imposition of Jim Crow segregation laws in the early 20th century, and later, in reaction to the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Died, from complications of diabetes, in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., October 29, 1877 (age 56 years, 108 days). Original interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.; reinterment in 1904 at Health Sciences Park, Memphis, Tenn.; memorial monument at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, Ga.; memorial monument at Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of William B. Forrest (1801-1837) and Miriam (Beck) Forrest (1802-1867); married 1845 to Mary Ann Montgomery (1826-1893).
  Forrest County, Miss. is named for him.
  The city of Forrest City, Arkansas, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Nathan B. Forrest (built 1943, scrapped 1973) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Vito John Fossella (b. 1965) — also known as Vito Fossella — of Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. Born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., March 9, 1965. Republican. Lawyer; member, New York City Council, 1994-97; U.S. Representative from New York 13th District, 1997-2009. Catholic. Italian and Irish ancestry. In May, 2008, he was arrested in Alexandria, Virginia, for driving while intoxicated; a week later, he admitted to an extramarital affair with Air Force Lt. Col Laura Fay, and that he was the father of her 3-year-old child; the scandal led him to retire from Congress. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married 1990 to Mary Patricia Rowan; great-grandson of James Aloysius O'Leary (1889-1944).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Ezola Broussard Foster (b. 1938) — also known as Ezola B. Foster; Ezola Broussard — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Maurice, Vermilion Parish, La., August 9, 1938. School teacher; Republican candidate for California state assembly, 1984; arrested with others while protesting recognition of the gay Log Cabin Republican organization, at the California Republican state convention, 1987; Reform candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2000. Female. Catholic. African ancestry. Member, John Birch Society. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Married 1977 to Chuck Foster.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  William Zebulon Foster (1881-1961) — also known as William Z. Foster; William Edward Foster — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Taunton, Bristol County, Mass., February 25, 1881. Communist. Labor organizer; helped lead steelworkers strike in 1919; candidate for President of the United States, 1924, 1928, 1932; candidate for Governor of New York, 1930; arrested after a demonstration in 1930, and jailed for six months; indicted on July 20, 1948 under the Smith Act, and charged with conspiring to advocate the overthrow of the government; never tried due to illness. Irish ancestry. Died, in a sanatorium at Moscow, Russia, September 1, 1961 (age 80 years, 188 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Kremlin Wall Necropolis, Moscow, Russia; cenotaph at Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of James Foster; married to Ester Abramovitch.
  Epitaph: "Working Class Leader. Tireless Fighter for Socialism."
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Hiram Robert Fowler (1851-1926) — also known as H. Robert Fowler — of Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Ill. Born near Eddyville, Pope County, Ill., February 7, 1851. Democrat. Member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1893-95; member of Illinois state senate, 1900-04; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908; U.S. Representative from Illinois 24th District, 1911-15; defeated, 1924; in 1915, when the U.S. was still neutral in World War I, he was general counsel for "Labor's National Peace Council," which advocated a weapons embargo against the countries then at war; the organization secretly received funding from German agents; indicted in December 1915, along with Frank Buchanan, Frank S. Monnett, and others, for restraint of trade over the Peace Council's attempts to foment strikes in U.S. munitions plants; stood trial in May 1917, along with (ultimately) six co-defendants; the jury convicted three, but deadlocked over the other four, including Fowler; he was not re-tried. Died January 5, 1926 (age 74 years, 332 days). Interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Harrisburg, Ill.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Isaac V. Fowler Isaac Vanderbeck Fowler (1818-1869) — also known as Isaac V. Fowler — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born August 20, 1818. Democrat. Postmaster at New York City, N.Y., 1853-60; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1860; charged in 1860 with embezzlement as Postmaster; fled to Mexico and Cuba. Member, Tammany Hall. Died in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 29, 1869 (age 51 years, 40 days). Interment at Old Town Cemetery, Newburgh, N.Y.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Anthony Franciosa (1928-2006) — also known as Tony Franciosa; Anthony George Papaleo — of Brentwood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 25, 1928. Democrat. Actor; 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, and fined $250; honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1960. Italian ancestry. 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 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Married 1952 to Beatrice Bakalyar; married, May 4, 1957, to Shelley Winters (1920-2006); married, December 31, 1961, to Judith (Balaban) Kanter; married, November 29, 1970, to Rita Theil.
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Barney Frank (b. 1940) — of Newton, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Bayonne, Hudson County, N.J., March 31, 1940. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1973-80; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 4th District, 1981-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Jewish. Gay. Admitted in 1990 to having paid Stephen L. Gobie, a male prostitute, for sex, subsequently hiring Gobie as his personal assistant, and getting 33 parking tickets dismissed for him; Gobie also used the congressman's apartment for prostitution. A move to expel Frank from the House of Representatives failed on a 38 to 390 vote; a motion to censure him failed 141-287; finally, the House voted to reprimand him by a vote of 408 to 18. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Barney Frank: Stuart Weisberg, Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman — Peter Bollen, Frank Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Barney Frank
  Frank Frankel (1886-1975) — of Long Beach, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y.; Houston, Harris County, Tex.; Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born October 2, 1886. Mayor of Long Beach, N.Y., 1924, 1930-33; defeated, 1925 (Democratic primary), 1925 (Republican), 1929 (Democratic primary); founder of Long Beach Memorial Hospital indicted in September 1927 on charges of maintaining a gambling place; the charges were later dropped; in December 1929, his right to take office as mayor was unsuccessfully challenged by the Long Beach police chief, based on vote fraud (for which many had been arrested and prosecuted) and the expectation that Frankel would tolerate gambling in the city; indicted in January 1933 for fraud over his transfer of $90,000 in city funds to the Long Beach Trust Company, which subsequently closed; the indictment was dismissed in February; indicted again in May 1933, along with two city council members, over the diversion of $750,000 of state and county tax revenue to city projects; pleaded not guilty; no trial was held; the indictment was dismissed in 1937; oil producer. Died, in a hospital at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., June 12, 1975 (age 88 years, 253 days). Interment somewhere in Houston, Tex.
  Alan Stuart Franken (b. 1951) — also known as Al Franken; "Stuart Smalley" — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., May 21, 1951. Democrat. Comedian; author; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 2009-18; resigned 2018; in November 2017, Leeann Tweeden alleged that Franken had forcibly kissed her on a 2006 USO tour; Franken was also photographed appearing to place his hands on or near her breasts; other women made similar allegations; resigned from the Senate in January. Jewish. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph P. Franken and Phoebe (Kunst) Franken; married, October 2, 1975, to Franni Bryson.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Cadman H. Frederick (b. 1880) — of Babylon, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y. Born, in the British West Indies, May 22, 1880. Republican. Real estate developer; one of the founders of the Suffolk Title and Guarantee Company, 1925; banker; mayor of Babylon, N.Y., 1937-38. Resigned in 1956 as president and director of the Suffolk County Federal Savings and Loan Association, in the midst of an investigation of the sale of tax-foreclosed properties by Suffolk County. He and others shared profits on the sale of these properties with Deputy County Treasurer John A. Britting. Burial location unknown.
John C. Fremont John Charles Frémont (1813-1890) — also known as "The Pathfinder"; "The Champion of Freedom" — Born in Savannah, Chatham County, Ga., January 21, 1813. Republican. Explorer; Military Governor of California, 1847; arrested for mutiny, 1847; court-martialed; found guilty of mutiny, disobedience, and conduct prejudicial to order; penalty remitted by Pres. James K. Polk; U.S. Senator from California, 1850-51; candidate for President of the United States, 1856; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; Governor of Arizona Territory, 1878-81; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1888. Episcopalian. French ancestry. Died, of peritonitis, in a hotel room at New York, New York County, N.Y., July 13, 1890 (age 77 years, 173 days). Original interment at Trinity Cemetery, Manhattan, N.Y.; reinterment in 1891 at Rockland Cemetery, Nyack, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Jean Charles Frémont and Ann Whiting (Pryor) Frémont; married, October 19, 1841, to Jessie Benton (daughter of Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858)).
  Political families: Benton family; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell-Henry family of Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Selah Hill
  Fremont County, Colo., Fremont County, Idaho, Fremont County, Iowa and Fremont County, Wyo. are named for him.
  Fremont Peak, in Monterey County and San Benito County, California, is named for him.  — Fremont Peak, in Coconino County, Arizona, is named for him.  — The city of Fremont, California, is named for him.  — The city of Fremont, Ohio, is named for him.  — The city of Fremont, Nebraska, is named for him.
  Politician named for him: John F. Hill
  Campaign slogan (1856): "Free Soil, Free Men, Fremont."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by John C. Fremont: Memoirs of My Life and Times
  Books about John C. Fremont: Tom Chaffin, Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire — David Roberts, A Newer World : Kit Carson, John C. Fremont and the Claiming of the American West — Andrew Rolle, John Charles Fremont: Character As Destiny
  Image source: Life and Work of James G. Blaine (1893)
  Miles R. Frisbie — of Schenectady, Schenectady County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Schenectady County, 1907-08; charged with grand larceny and forgery, for obtaining $2,500 on fraudulent bonds and mortgages; tried on one charge of obtaining $1,000 from a woman in exchange for a fraudulent mortgage; pleaded insanity; convicted on June 12, 1914; sentenced to 5-10 years in prison. Burial location unknown.
  Mortimer Thomas Furay (1910-1972) — also known as Mort Furay — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 23, 1910. Democrat. President, Local 705, Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union; vice-president, AFL-CIO Union Label Trade Department; candidate in primary for Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1944; candidate in primary for mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1949; in 1967, at an intersection in Highland Park, Mich., he witnessed a woman being beaten by her husband, and summoned police; when the police officers decided not to arrest the man, he protested, and was arrested for interfering with police; he pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set, but apparently the case was dropped. Died, probably from a heart attack, in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., March 12, 1972 (age 61 years, 233 days); body was donated to Wayne State University Medical School.
  Relatives: Son of Mortimer John Furay (1884-1944) and Florence Bell (Kratz) Furay (1885-1959); married 1932 to Corinne Kelly (1911-1975).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  James B. Furber (c.1868-1930) — of Rahway, Union County, N.J.; Linden, Union County, N.J. 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, Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., November 12, 1930 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of Helen Josephine Furber (niece by marriage of George McGillivray (1871?-1959)).
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