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in chronological order
Joseph Cassidy (c.1866-1920) —
also known as "Curley Joe"; "The King of
of Long Island City (now part of Queens), Queens
County, N.Y.; Far Rockaway, Queens, Queens
Born about 1866.
president of Queens, New York, 1902-05; defeated, 1905, 1909;
delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904;
Queens County Democratic Party, 1910-11; indicted
in 1912 for selling a nomination for for Supreme Court Justice
in 1914, and sentenced
to one year to eighteen months in prison;
released in 1916.
Suffered a stroke of
apoplexy, and died soon after, in Far Rockaway, Queens, Queens
County, N.Y., November
21, 1920 (age about 54
John Henry Hoeppel (1881-1976) —
also known as John H. Hoeppel —
of Arcadia, Los
Angeles County, Calif.
Born near Tell City, Perry
County, Ind., February
Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War;
served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S.
Representative from California 12th District, 1933-37; defeated
Member, Elks; Moose; American
Spanish War Veterans; Veterans of
in 1936 of conspiring to sell an appointment to West Point; sentenced
Died at Huntington Care
Center, Arcadia, Los Angeles
County, Calif., September
21, 1976 (age 95 years, 224
Interment at Resurrection
Cemetery, San Gabriel, Calif.
James Vito Auditore (1889-1973) —
also known as James V. Auditore; "The Millionaire
of Brooklyn, Kings
County, N.Y.; Great Neck, Nassau
County, Long Island, N.Y.; Valley Stream, Nassau
County, Long Island, N.Y.
Born in Brooklyn, Kings
County, N.Y., July 15,
Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from
New York, 1920;
owner of two stevedoring
in 1947, with two other men, and charged
with conspiracy to collect illegal fees on New York City piers, by
getting control of the city-owned facilities and reselling
access to shippers at three times the city rates; convicted
on sixteen counts; sentenced
to four and a half to ten years in prison.
Died July 3,
1973 (age 83 years, 353
Leonard Ray Blanton (1930-1996) —
also known as Ray Blanton —
of Adamsville, McNairy
Born in Hardin
County, Tenn., April
Democrat. Member of Tennessee
state house of representatives, 1964-66; U.S.
Representative from Tennessee 7th District, 1967-73; defeated in
primary, 1988; candidate for U.S.
Senator from Tennessee, 1972; Governor of
Member, Lions; Moose; Shriners;
as Governor amid charges of selling pardons; later convicted
of conspiracy to sell liquor licenses and served 23 months in
Died, of kidney
disease, at Jackson-Madison County Hospital,
County, Tenn., November
22, 1996 (age 66 years, 226
Interment at Shiloh
Church Cemetery, Shiloh, Tenn.
William James McCuen (c.1943-2000) —
also known as Bill McCuen —
of Hot Springs, Garland
County, Ark.; Heber Springs, Cleburne
Born in Fort Smith, Sebastian
County, Ark., about 1943.
land commissioner, 1981-85; secretary
of state of Arkansas, 1985-94; defeated in primary, 1994;
candidate for U.S.
Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1992.
After leaving office as Secretary of State, he admitted
from two supporters he gave jobs, and not
paying taxes on the money. He also admitted
to conspiring with a political consultant to split $53,560 embezzled
from the state in a sham transaction. He was indicted
on corruption charges
in 1995. On January 5, 1996, he pleaded
guilty to felony counts of tax
evasion and accepting a kickback;
he pleaded no
contest to a misdemeanor count of trading in public
to 17 years in prison,
Released on parole (due to illness) in February 1999.
Died of colon
cancer and a stroke,
in Heber Springs, Cleburne
County, Ark., September
9, 2000 (age about 57
in Van Buren, Ark.
Rod R. Blagojevich (b. 1956) —
also known as Rod Blagojevich;
of Chicago, Cook
Born in Chicago, Cook
County, Ill., December
member of Illinois
state house of representatives, 1993-96; U.S.
Representative from Illinois 5th District, 1997-2003; delegate to
Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2000,
of Illinois, 2003-09; solicited
bribes from potential candidates for appointment to Barack
Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat; arrested
by federal agents in December 2008, and set for trial on
federal corruption charges; in January 2009, based on charges
that he abused
his authority and attempted to sell authorizations,
vetoes, and appointments, he was impeached
by the Illinois House, convicted
by a unanimous vote of the Illinois Senate, and prohibited
from holding public office in the state; tried in
federal court in 2010-11, and after a mistrial, was ultimately found
guilty on eighteen counts, including bribery
to 14 years in federal prison; an appeal later overturned five of the
eighteen convictions, but did not change his prison sentence.
Still living as of 2019.
Emmett S. Pugh III —
of Beckley, Raleigh
of Beckley, W.Va., 1988-2013.
In April 2012, he was accused,
in two complaints
filed with the West Virginia Ethics Commission, of accepting improper
gifts, including shares of development firms, in return for
free use of city resources; without admitting guilt, he agreed to
retire as mayor, and repay
the cost of the investigation.
Still living as of 2014.
The State Journal, April 4, 2012||