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  Hulan Edwin Jack (1906-1986) — also known as Hulan E. Jack — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in St. Lucia, December 29, 1906. Democrat. Paper box manufacturer; member of New York state assembly, 1941-53, 1968-72 (New York County 17th District 1941-44, New York County 14th District 1945-53, 70th District 1968-72); defeated in primary, 1972; borough president of Manhattan, New York, 1954-61; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956; indicted in 1960 on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and violation of the City Charter, over acceptance of $4,400 from a real estate developer; the indictment was dismissed, but then reinstated on appeal; a trial, in June and July 1960, resulted in a hung jury; at a second trial was convicted; his sentence was suspended, but he was automatically removed from office as Borough President; indicted in 1970 on federal charges of conspiracy and conflict of interest; tried, convicted, and sentenced to three months in prison, and fined $5,000. Catholic. African ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Sigma; Elks. Died, in St. Luke's Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., December 19, 1986 (age 79 years, 355 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Almira Wilkinson.
Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) — also known as "Old Hickory"; "The Farmer of Tennessee"; "King Andrew the First" — of Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn. Born, in a log cabin, in The Waxhaws, Lancaster County, S.C., March 15, 1767. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for Tennessee, 1790-97; U.S. Representative from Tennessee at-large, 1796-97; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1797-98, 1823-25; justice of Tennessee state supreme court, 1798; general in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; Governor of Florida Territory, 1821; President of the United States, 1829-37; censured by the U.S. Senate in 1834 over his removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States; on January 30, 1835, while attending funeral services at the Capitol Building for Rep. Warren R. Davis of South Carolina, he was shot at with two guns -- which both misfired -- by Richard Lawrence, a house painter (later found not guilty by reason of insanity). Presbyterian. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Killed Charles Dickinson in a pistol duel, May 30, 1806; also dueled with Thomas Hart Benton and Waightstill Avery. Elected in 1910 to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Died, of dropsy (congestive heart failure), in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., June 8, 1845 (age 78 years, 85 days). Interment at The Hermitage, Nashville, Tenn.; statue erected 1853 at Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C.; statue erected 1856 at Jackson Square, New Orleans, La.
  Relatives: Son of Andrew Jackson (1730-1767) and Elizabeth (Hutchinson) Jackson (1737-1781); married, January 17, 1794, to Rachel (Donelson) Robards (1767-1828; aunt of Andrew Jackson Donelson (1799-1871)).
  Political families: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Caffery family of Louisiana (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Francis P. Blair
  Jackson counties in Ala., Ark., Colo., Fla., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kan., Ky., La., Mich., Miss., Mo., N.C., Ohio, Okla., Ore., Tenn., Tex., W.Va. and Wis., and Hickory County, Mo., are named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: Andrew J. DonelsonAndrew Jackson MillerAndrew J. FaulkAndrew Jackson TitusAndrew Jackson IsacksAndrew Jackson HamiltonAndrew J. HarlanAndrew J. KuykendallAndrew J. ThayerElam A. J. GreeleyAndrew Jackson IngleAndrew J. OgleAndrew Jackson CarrAndrew J. WatermanAndrew J. BentleyAndrew J. RogersWilliam A. J. SparksAndrew Jackson PoppletonAndrew J. HunterAndrew Jackson BryantAndrew J. BealeA. J. ClementsAndrew Jackson BakerAndrew J. FeltA. J. KingAndrew J. SawyerAndrew Jackson GreenfieldAndrew Jackson CaldwellAndrew Jackson GahaganAndrew Jackson BishipAndrew Jackson HoustonAndrew J. CobbAndrew J. MontagueAndrew J. BarchfeldAndrew J. BallietAndrew J. KirkAndrew J. LivingstonA. J. SherwoodAndrew Jackson StewartAndrew J. MayAndrew J. McConnicoAndrew J. SawyerAndrew J. BrewerAndrew BettwyAndrew J. TransueAndrew Jackson GravesAndrew Jackson GilbertAndrew J. GoodwinAndrew J. HinshawAndy YoungAndrew Jackson Kupper
  Coins and currency: His portrait appears on the U.S. $20 bill; from the 1860s until 1927, his portrait appeared on on U.S. notes and certificates of various denominations from $5 to $10,000. In 1861, his portrait appeared on Confederate States $1,000 notes.
  Campaign slogan: "Let the people rule."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — Tennessee Encyclopedia
  Books about Andrew Jackson: Robert Vincent Remini, The Life of Andrew Jackson — Robert Vincent Remini, Andrew Jackson : The Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832 — Robert Vincent Remini, Andrew Jackson : The Course of American Democracy, 1833-1845 — Robert Vincent Remini, Andrew Jackson : The Course of American Empire, 1767-1821 — Andrew Burstein, The Passions of Andrew Jackson — David S. Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler, Old Hickory's War: Andrew Jackson and the Quest for Empire — Donald B. Cole, The Presidency of Andrew Jackson — H. W. Brands, Andrew Jackson : His Life and Times — Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House — Donald Barr Chidsey, Andrew Jackson, Hero
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
  Edward L. Jackson (1873-1954) — also known as Ed Jackson — of New Castle, Henry County, Ind.; Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind.; Orleans, Orange County, Ind. Born in Howard County, Ind., December 27, 1873. Republican. Lawyer; Henry County Prosecuting Attorney, 1903-05; circuit judge in Indiana, 1909-14; secretary of state of Indiana, 1917, 1921-25; defeated, 1914; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Governor of Indiana, 1925-29; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1928. Christian. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; American Legion. Charged with bribery; tried and found not guilty. Died November 18, 1954 (age 80 years, 326 days). Interment at Green Hill Cemetery, Orleans, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Presley E. Jackson and Elizabeth (Howell) Jackson; married to Rosa Wilkinson and Lida Beatty.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Richard Taylor Jacob (1825-1903) — of Kentucky. Born in Oldham County, Ky., 1825. Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1863-64. Arrested for alleged disloyalty, removed from office, and banished from Kentucky, November 11, 1864; later allowed to return to the state under direct orders from President Abraham Lincoln. Died in 1903 (age about 78 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of Charles Donald Jacob (1838-1898).
  Political family: Clay family of Kentucky (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Ernest Lee Jahncke (1877-1960) — also known as "Commodore" — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., October 13, 1877. Republican. Engineer; president, Jahncke Dry Docks, New Orleans; U.S. assistant secretary of the Navy, 1929-33; named a Commodore in 1931, and a Rear Admiral in the naval reserve in 1955; delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1932, 1936 (alternate). Episcopalian. German ancestry. Member, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Expelled from the International Olympic Committee in July 1936 after taking a strong stand against the Nazi-organized Berlin Games. Died in Pass Christian, Harrison County, Miss., November 16, 1960 (age 83 years, 34 days). Entombed at Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, La.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick 'Fritz' Jahncke (1847-1911) and Margaret (Lee) Jahncke (1853-1913); brother of Walter Frederick Jahncke (1880-1947); married, June 1, 1907, to Cora Van Voorhis 'Mimi' Stanton (1883-1970; granddaughter of Edwin McMasters Stanton).
  Political family: Jahncke-Stanton family of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Sharpe James (b. 1936) — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., February 20, 1936. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004; mayor of Newark, N.J., 1986-2006; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1992; member of New Jersey state senate 29th District, 1999-2008; indicted in July 2007 on federal charges of using city credit cards for personal expenses, and letting a girlfriend buy nine parcels of city-owned land for a small fraction of their value, without disclosing their relationship; convicted in April 2008; sentenced to 27 months in prison, and fined $100,000. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  William John Janklow (1939-2012) — also known as William J. Janklow; Bill Janklow — of South Dakota. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 13, 1939. Republican. South Dakota state attorney general, 1975-79; Governor of South Dakota, 1979-87, 1995-2002; Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1996, 2000; U.S. Representative from South Dakota at-large, 2003-04; resigned 2004. Lutheran. Involved in a traffic accident in 2003 when he ran a stop sign and hit a motorcyclist; convicted of second-degree manslaughter; sentenced to 100 days in jail and three years probation. Died January 12, 2012 (age 72 years, 121 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  David Jaye (b. 1958) — also known as Dave Jaye — of Washington, Macomb County, Mich. Born in 1958. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1989-93 (26th District 1989-92, 32nd District 1993); defeated, 1986; member of Michigan state senate 12th District; elected 1998; defeated in primary, 2001. Convicted of drunk driving in 1993, and sentenced to 10 days in jail; pleaded guilty to drunk driving in June 2000, and sentenced to 45 days in jail. Expelled from the Michigan state senate. Still living as of 2001.
  William Jennings Jefferson (b. 1947) — also known as William J. Jefferson — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born in Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, La., March 14, 1947. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Louisiana state senate, 1979-90; candidate for mayor of New Orleans, La., 1982, 1986; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 2nd District, 1991-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; candidate for Governor of Louisiana, 1999; named as unindicted co-conspirator by prosecutors in connection with Brent Pfeffer's guilty plea to bribery charges. Baptist. African ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  William Miller Jenkins (1856-1941) — also known as William M. Jenkins — of Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kan.; Kay County, Okla.; Sapulpa, Creek County, Okla. Born in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio, April 25, 1856. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1888; secretary of Oklahoma Territory, 1897-1901; Governor of Oklahoma Territory, 1901. Presbyterian. Removed from office as Governor in a scandal over a sanitarium contract; a later investigation exonerated him. Died in Sapulpa, Creek County, Okla., October 19, 1941 (age 85 years, 177 days). Interment at South Heights Cemetery, Sapulpa, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of William Jenkins and Lydia (Miller) Jenkins; married, December 31, 1878, to Delphina White.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Wilson Jenrette, Jr. (b. 1936) — also known as John W. Jenrette, Jr. — of South Carolina. Born in South Carolina, May 19, 1936. Democrat. Member of South Carolina state legislature, 1970; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1975-80. Implicated in the Abscam sting, in which FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen offered bribes to political figures; indicted and convicted on bribery conspiracy charges in 1980 and sentenced to prison. Still living as of 1998.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Peter C. Jezewski — of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich. Mayor of Hamtramck, Mich., 1922-26, 1932-34; defeated, 1926. Convicted of bootlegging and other vice crimes about 1926, and spent a year in Leavenworth federal prison. Burial location unknown.
  John W. Jochim — of Michigan. Secretary of state of Michigan, 1893-94. Removed from office, March 20, 1894. Burial location unknown.
Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) — of Carthage, Moore County, N.C.; Greeneville, Greene County, Tenn. Born in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., December 29, 1808. Mayor of Greeneville, Tenn., 1830; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1835; member of Tennessee state senate, 1841; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1st District, 1843-53; Governor of Tennessee, 1853-57, 1862-65; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1857-62, 1875; died in office 1875; Vice President of the United States, 1865; President of the United States, 1865-69; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1868. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. In 1868, was impeached by the House of Representatives; tried and acquitted by the Senate, which voted 35 to 19 (short of the required two-thirds) on three of the eleven articles of impeachment. Died, after a series of strokes, at his daughter's home in Carter County, Tenn., July 31, 1875 (age 66 years, 214 days). Interment at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, Tenn.
  Relatives: Married, May 17, 1827, to Eliza McCardle; father of Martha Johnson (who married David Trotter Patterson (1818-1891)).
  Cross-reference: Edmund G. Ross — George T. Brown — Christopher G. Memminger — Thomas Overton Moore — John W. Chanler
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Andrew Johnson: Hans L. Trefousse, Andrew Johnson: A Biography — Howard Means, The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days That Changed the Nation — Paul H. Bergeron, Andrew Johnson's Civil War and Reconstruction — Mary Malone, Andrew Johnson (for young readers)
  Critical books about Andrew Johnson: Nathan Miller, Star-Spangled Men : America's Ten Worst Presidents
  Image source: James G. Blaine, Twenty Years of Congress, vol. 2 (1886)
  Charles G. Johnson (1880-1957) — also known as Gus Johnson — of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif. Born October 12, 1880. Republican. California state treasurer, 1923-56; resigned 1956; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1932. Resigned under fire in 1956, while subject of an inquiry into over $100,000 in unpaid personal loans from banks with state-deposited funds; no charges were ever filed. Died, four days after suffering a stroke, at Sutter Hospital, Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., October 14, 1957 (age 77 years, 2 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Thomas Francis Johnson (1909-1988) — also known as Thomas F. Johnson — of Snow Hill, Worcester County, Md. Born in Snow Hill, Worcester County, Md., June 26, 1909. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1936, 1940 (alternate); member of Maryland state senate, 1939-50; U.S. Representative from Maryland 1st District, 1959-63; defeated, 1950. Episcopalian. Convicted of conspiracy and conflict of interest, 1968. Died in Seaford, Sussex County, Del., February 1, 1988 (age 78 years, 220 days). Interment at All Hallows Cemetery, Snow Hill, Md.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Waldo Porter Johnson (1817-1885) — also known as Waldo P. Johnson — of Missouri. Born in Bridgeport, Harrison County, Va. (now W.Va.), September 16, 1817. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1847; state court judge in Missouri, 1851; U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1861-62; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Senator from Missouri in the Confederate Congress, 1863-65; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention 15th District, 1875. Expelled from the U.S. Senate on January 10, 1862 over his support for secession. Died in Osceola, St. Clair County, Mo., August 14, 1885 (age 67 years, 332 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.
  Relatives: Nephew of Joseph Johnson (1785-1877).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Henry Simpson Johnston (1867-1965) — also known as Henry S. Johnston — of Perry, Noble County, Okla. Born near Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind., December 30, 1867. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1912; Governor of Oklahoma, 1927-29. Impeached and removed from office as Governor in 1929. Died in Perry, Noble County, Okla., January 7, 1965 (age 97 years, 8 days). Interment somewhere in Perry, Okla.
  John Henry Johnston — also known as John H. Johnston — of Danville, Va. Republican. Mayor of Danville, Va., 1882-84; defeated (Independent), 1884; shot and killed Chief of Police John E. Hatcher, during a disagreement over the use of collected fines, on September 9, 1882; indicted for murder but released on $5,000 bail; tried in December, and acquitted; postmaster at Danville, Va., 1890-94. Burial location unknown.
  Abraham Jones — of Richmond County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Richmond County, 1777-78; removed 1778. Expelled from the New York Assembly (his seat was declared vacant) on June 8, 1778, for "being with the enemy.". Died on shipboard in the North Atlantic Ocean, en route back from Canada. Buried at sea in North Atlantic Ocean.
  George Wallace Jones (1804-1896) — also known as George W. Jones — of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Born in Vincennes, Knox County, Ind., April 12, 1804. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the Black Hawk War; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Michigan Territory, 1835-36; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Wisconsin Territory, 1836-39; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1848-59; U.S. Minister to New Grenada, 1859-61. Welsh ancestry. In 1861, was arrested in New York City by order of Secretary of State William H. Seward on a charge of disloyalty, based on correspondence with his friend Jefferson Davis; imprisoned for 64 days; released by order of President Abraham Lincoln. Died in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, July 22, 1896 (age 92 years, 101 days). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of John Rice Jones (1759-1824); brother-in-law of John Scott (1782-1861) and Andrew Scott; brother of Myers F. Jones and John Rice Jones (1792-1845); uncle of John Rice Homer Scott.
  Political family: Jones family of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
  Jones County, Iowa is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
  George Washington Jones (1828-1903) — also known as George W. Jones — of Bastrop, Bastrop County, Tex. Born in Marion County, Ala., September 5, 1828. Lawyer; Bastrop County Attorney, 1858-60; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1866; Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 1866-67; removed from office as Lieutenant Governor by Gen. Philip Sheridan, 1867, for being an "impediment to Reconstruction"; U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 1879-83. Died in Bastrop, Bastrop County, Tex., July 11, 1903 (age 74 years, 309 days). Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Bastrop, Tex.
  Presumably named for: George Washington
  Relatives: Son of William Dandridge Claiborne Jones and Rachel (Burleson) Jones; married, August 1, 1855, to Laura Ann Mullins.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
Guy H. Jones Guy Hamilton Jones, Sr. (1911-1986) — also known as Guy H. Jones, Sr.; Mutt Jones — of Conway, Faulkner County, Ark. Born in Faulkner County, Ark., June 29, 1911. Democrat. School teacher; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of Arkansas state senate, 1952-60, 1964-74; expelled 1974; candidate in primary for Governor of Arkansas, 1954. As a state senator, he was instrumental in locating many state agencies in Faulkner County. Convicted in December 1972 on federal tax charges; fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years probation; expelled from the senate in 1974. Suffered heart attacks and a stroke, and subsequently died, in Conway, Faulkner County, Ark., August 10, 1986 (age 75 years, 42 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Conway, Ark.
  Relatives: Son of Charles C. Jones and Cora (Henry) Jones; married 1947 to Elizabeth Relya (1916-2003).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Campaign palm card (1972)
  Ambrose Latting Jordan (1789-1865) — also known as Ambrose L. Jordan — of Cooperstown, Otsego County, N.Y.; Hudson, Columbia County, N.Y. Born in Hillsdale, Columbia County, N.Y., May 5, 1789. 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 General John 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 days). Interment at Hudson City Cemetery, Hudson, N.Y.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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