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  Isaac Smith Kalloch (1832-1887) — also known as Isaac S. Kalloch — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Rockland, Knox County, Maine, July 10, 1832. Pastor; mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1879-81. Baptist. Indicted for adultery, in East Cambridge, Mass., 1857; tried, but the jury was unable to agree on a verdict. Shot and wounded, on August 23, 1879, by newspaper editor Charles de Young. A few months later, before de Young was to be tried for the shooting, Kalloch's son, I. M. Kalloch, shot and killed DeYoung in his office. Died, of diabetes, in Whatcom (now part of Bellingham), Whatcom County, Wash., December 9, 1887 (age 55 years, 152 days). Interment at Bayview Cemetery, Bellingham, Wash.
  Cross-reference: M. H. de Young
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Lawrence Kaminski (1902-1951) — also known as Joseph L. Kaminski — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 2, 1902. Democrat. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1935-40; defeated in primary, 1940; charged on January 22, 1944 (along with 19 other current and former state legislators) with accepting bribes; tried, convicted, and sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November, 1951 (age about 48 years). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Married to Anna Wypijewski (1909-1939).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Walter L. Kanar (1901-1958) — of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Warsaw, Poland, 1901. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 3rd District, 1931-32; defeated, 1932; mayor of Hamtramck, Mich., 1939-42. Indicted, but not convicted, on vice conspiracy charges while he was mayor. Died February 4, 1958 (age about 56 years). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Proctor Kane (1817-1878) — of Baltimore, Md. Born in Baltimore, Md., August 4, 1817. U.S. Collector of Customs, 1849-53; as Baltimore Marshal of Police in 1861, he opposed the movement of Union troops through Baltimore; on June 27, he was arrested by Federal soldiers and imprisoned in Fort Warren for fourteen months; mayor of Baltimore, Md., 1877-78; died in office 1878. Died in Baltimore, Md., June 23, 1878 (age 60 years, 323 days). Interment at New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.
  Relatives: Son of John M. Kane; married to Anna C. Griffith (1824-1882).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Laurence Massillon Keitt (1824-1864) — also known as L. M. Keitt — of Orangeburg, Orangeburg District (now Orangeburg County), S.C. Born in Orangeburg District (part now in Calhoun County), S.C., October 4, 1824. Democrat. Planter; lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1848; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1853-55, 1855-56, 1856-60; censured by the House in 1856 for aiding Rep. Preston S. Brooks in his caning attack on Sen. Charles Sumner; resigned; re-elected to his seat within a month; delegate to South Carolina secession convention from Orange, 1860-62; Delegate from South Carolina to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Mortally wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, and died the next day, near Richmond (unknown county), Va., June 4, 1864 (age 39 years, 244 days). Interment at West End Cemetery, St. Matthews, S.C.
  Relatives: Son of George Keitt (1794-1861) and Mary Magdaleine (Wannamaker) Keitt (1805-1848); nephew of John Jacob Wannamaker (1801-1864); first cousin once removed of William Whetstone Wannamaker, Jr.; first cousin twice removed of William Whetstone Wannamaker III.
  Political family: Wannamaker family of Orangeburg, South Carolina.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Richard Kelly (1924-2005) — of Florida. Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., July 31, 1924. Republican. Lawyer; circuit judge in Florida, 1960-74; U.S. Representative from Florida 5th District, 1975-81. Implicated in the Abscam sting, in which FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen offered bribes to political figures; indicted June 13, 1980, and convicted January 26, 1981, on charges of bribery conspiracy, and interstate travel to further illegal activities; the conviction was overturned on appeal, then reinstated; served 13 months in prison. Died in Stevensville, Ravalli County, Mont., August 22, 2005 (age 81 years, 22 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  George Frost Kennan (1904-2005) — also known as George F. Kennan — of Pennsylvania. Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., February 16, 1904. Foreign Service officer; U.S. Vice Consul in Tallinn, as of 1929; U.S. Consul in Berlin, as of 1932; U.S. Ambassador to Soviet Union, 1952; Yugoslavia, 1961; the government of the Soviet Union declared him persona non grata on October 3, 1952; received the 1956 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Russia Leaves the War; received the 1968 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his Memoirs; received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1989. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Died in Princeton, Mercer County, N.J., March 17, 2005 (age 101 years, 29 days). Interment at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, N.J.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about George Kenan: Walter Isaacson, The Wise Men : Six Friends and the World They Made — John Lewis Gaddis, George F. Kennan: An American Life
  Edward Moore Kennedy (1932-2009) — also known as Edward M. Kennedy; Ted Kennedy; "Lion of the Senate" — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born, in St. Margaret's Hospital, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., February 22, 1932. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1962-2009; died in office 2009; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1980; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after his car plunged off the Dike Bridge, on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, on July 18, 1969. Died, from brain cancer, in Hyannis Port, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Mass., August 25, 2009 (age 77 years, 184 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr. and Rose (Fitzgerald) Kennedy (1890-1995); brother of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr., John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Eunice Mary Kennedy (1921-2009; who married Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr.), Patricia Kennedy Lawford (who married Peter Lawford), Robert Francis Kennedy and Jean Kennedy Smith; married, November 29, 1958, to Virginia Joan Bennett (1936-); married, November 30, 1958, to Virginia Joan Bennett (divorced 1982); married, July 3, 1992, to Victoria Anne Reggie (daughter of Edmund M. Reggie); father of Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1967-); uncle of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. and Mark Kennedy Shriver (1964-); grandson of Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1858-1929) and John Francis Fitzgerald.
  Political family: Kennedy family.
  Cross-reference: Murray M. Chotiner
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Edward M. Kennedy: True Compass: A Memoir (2009)
  Books about Edward M. Kennedy: Adam Clymer, Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography — Richard E. Burke, The Senator : My Ten Years With Ted Kennedy — Peter S. Canellos, Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy
  Critical books about Edward M. Kennedy: Bernard Goldberg, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37) — Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince, The Kennedys: All the Gossip Unfit for Print
  Patrick Joseph Kennedy (b. 1967) — also known as Patrick J. Kennedy — of Providence, Providence County, R.I.; Portsmouth, Newport County, R.I. Born in Brighton, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., July 14, 1967. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1988-94; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1995-; pleaded guilty in 2006 to charges of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Catholic. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Moore Kennedy and Joan Bennett Kennedy; nephew of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr. (1915-1944), John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Robert Francis Kennedy and Jean Kennedy Smith; grandson of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr.; great-grandson of Patrick Joseph Kennedy and John Francis Fitzgerald; first cousin of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. and Mark Kennedy Shriver.
  Political family: Kennedy family.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Patrick Kennedy: Darrell M. West, Patrick Kennedy : The Rise to Power
  John V. Kenny (1894-1975) — also known as "Little Guy" — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., April 6, 1894. Democrat. Mayor of Jersey City, N.J., 1949-53; resigned 1953; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964, 1968; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1964. Catholic. Pleaded guilty to six federal counts of tax evasion in May 1972, and sentenced to prison. Died, of a heart attack, in a nursing home at Paramus, Bergen County, N.J., June 2, 1975 (age 81 years, 57 days). Interment at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.
  Harmon Mortimore Kephart (b. 1865) — also known as Harmon M. Kephart — of Connellsville, Fayette County, Pa. Born in Frankstown, Blair County, Pa., July 17, 1865. Republican. Railroad work; hotel owner; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives from Fayette County, 1895-96; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1908; chief clerk, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1909; Pennsylvania state treasurer, 1917-21. Member, Elks. Charged in 1922 with failure to keep correct accounts and to make required reports while he was state treasurer; investigators found money missing for various periods, costing the state some $11,000 in interest income; pleaded no contest in 1923 and fined $3,425 and costs. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel A. Kephart (c.1835-1875) and Henrietta B. (Wolfe) Kephart.
  Otto Kerner, Jr. (1908-1976) — of Glenview, Cook County, Ill.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., August 15, 1908. Democrat. Lawyer; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, 1947-54; county judge in Illinois, 1954-60; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960, 1964; Governor of Illinois, 1961-68; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 1968-74; resigned 1974. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Freemasons; Shriners; Moose; Odd Fellows; Royal Arcanum; Military Order of the World Wars; Alpha Delta Phi; Phi Delta Phi. While serving as Governor, he and another official made a gain of over $300,000 in a stock deal which prosecutors later characterized as bribery. Convicted in 1973 on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury, and related charges; sentenced to three years in federal prison and fined $50,000. Died of cancer, May 9, 1976 (age 67 years, 268 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Rose Barbara (Chmelik) Kerner and Otto Kerner; married, October 29, 1934, to Helena I. Cermak (daughter of Anton Joseph Cermak (1873-1933)).
  Political family: Kerner-Cermak family of Chicago, Illinois.
  Cross-reference: Milton Rakove
  See also NNDB dossier
  David C. Kerr — U.S. Vice Consul in Birmingham, as of 1917; arrested in Washington, D.C. in May 1924, and charged with accepting bribes while vice consul at Vancouver, to issue visas to Chinese, so they could enter the U.S. illegally. Burial location unknown.
  Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011) — also known as "Dr. Death" — Born in Pontiac, Oakland County, Mich., May 26, 1928. Physician; euthanasia advocate whose campaign of assisted suicides of terminally ill patients in 1989-99 brought him national publicity; his medical license was revoked in 1990; he faced numerous murder charges starting in 1993; acquitted by juries several times; convicted in 1999 and sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison; released in 2007; Independent candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 2008. Atheist. Armenian ancestry. Died, from kidney and heart problems, in Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Oakland County, Mich., June 3, 2011 (age 83 years, 8 days). Interment at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, Troy, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Levon Kevorkian.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Philip Barton Key (1818-1859) — of Washington, D.C. Born in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., April 5, 1818. U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1853-59; died in office 1859. Shot and killed by Daniel E. Sickles, in retaliation for Key's affair with his wife Teresa, at Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C., February 27, 1859 (age 40 years, 328 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.; cenotaph at Westminster Burying Ground, Baltimore, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Francis Scott Key and Mary Tayloe (Lloyd) Key (1784-1859); brother of Mary Alicia 'Alice' Key (1824-1886; who married George Hunt Pendleton (1825-1889)); married, November 18, 1845, to Ellen Swan; nephew of Anne Phoebe Charlton Key (who married Roger Brooke Taney); uncle of Francis Key Pendleton; grandnephew of Philip Barton Key; first cousin twice removed of Philip Key; fourth cousin once removed of Vinson Martlow Whitley.
  Political families: Pendleton-Lee family; Key family of Maryland (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Eugene C. Keyes (1900-1963) — of Dearborn, Wayne County, Mich. Born August 23, 1900. Republican. Lawyer; dentist; Lieutenant 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. Convicted, 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 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (b. 1970) — also known as Kwame M. Kilpatrick — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., June 8, 1970. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives 9th District, 1997-2001; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2000, 2004, 2008; mayor of Detroit, Mich., 2002-08; resigned 2008; member of Democratic National Committee from Michigan, 2004-08; charged in 2008 with obstruction of justice, perjury, and misconduct 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 subpoena; pleaded 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, to resign as mayor, and to give up his law license and pension. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, NAACP. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of Bernard Kilpatrick and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (1945-).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Jay C. Kim (b. 1939) — also known as Chang-Jun Kim — of Diamond Bar, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Seoul, South Korea, March 27, 1939. Republican. U.S. Representative from California 41st District, 1993-99; defeated in primary, 1998 (41st District), 2000 (42nd District). Methodist. Korean ancestry. Pleaded guilty in 1997 to a misdemeanor charge of accepting more than $250,000 in illegal campaign contributions; sentenced to two months of home detention. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Clennon Washington King, Jr. (c.1921-2000) — also known as Clennon King; "The Black Don Quixote" — of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla. Born about 1921. Minister; Independent Afro-American candidate for President of the United States, 1960; candidate for mayor of Miami, Fla., 1996. African ancestry. Attempted to enroll in the then-all-white University of Mississippi in 1958, and was sent to the state's insane asylum; attempted to join and integrate Jimmy Carter's all-white Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., on the eve of the 1976 presidential election. Jailed on numerous occasions for his flamboyant tactics. Died, of prostate cancer, in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla., February 12, 2000 (age about 79 years). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Ga.
  Wythe Leigh Kinsolving (1878-1964) — of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Charlottesville, Va. Born in Halifax, Halifax County, Va., November 14, 1878. Democrat. Episcopal 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, 1924. Episcopalian. Died in Richmond, Va., December, 1964 (age 86 years, 0 days). Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Ovid Americus Kinsolving (1822-1894) and Roberta Elizabeth (Cary) Kinsolving (1826-1919); married, December 27, 1906, to Annie Laurie Pitt (1888-1932); granduncle of Charles McIlvaine Kinsolving, Jr.; second cousin twice removed of Neal Arlon Kinsolving (1930-2004).
  Political family: Kinsolving family of New York and West Virginia.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Richard G. Kleindienst Richard Gordon Kleindienst (1923-2000) — also known as Richard G. Kleindienst — of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Winslow, Navajo County, Ariz., August 5, 1923. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; member of Arizona state house of representatives, 1953-54; Arizona Republican state chair, 1956-60, 1962-63; member of Republican National Committee from Arizona, 1956-60, 1962-63; delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1960, 1964; candidate for Governor of Arizona, 1964; U.S. Attorney General, 1972-73. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Elks; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Pleaded guilty in 1974 to failing to testify fully in Senate investigation of favoritism toward ITT Corporation; the sentence was suspended. Tried and found not guilty of perjury in 1981, but his license to practice law was suspended for a year. Died, of lung cancer, in Prescott, Yavapai County, Ariz., February 3, 2000 (age 76 years, 182 days). Interment somewhere in Phoenix, Ariz.
  Relatives: Son of Alfred Kleindienst (postmaster, Winslow, Arizona).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books by Richard Kleindienst: Justice: The Memoirs of Attorney General Richard Kleindienst (1985)
  Image source: Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
  Marvin Lewis Kline (1903-1974) — also known as Marvin L. Kline — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn.; Excelsior, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Brunswick, Antelope County, Neb., August 9, 1903. Republican. Architectural engineer; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1940; mayor of Minneapolis, Minn., 1941-45; convicted in 1964 of grand larceny for illegally boosting his salary as director of a rehabilitation institute, and for diverting fundraising proceeds; sentenced to 10 years in prison; released after three years. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Moose; Optimist Club. Died in Ventura, Ventura County, Calif., April 9, 1974 (age 70 years, 243 days). Interment at Cuming City Cemetery, Blair, Neb.
  Relatives: Son of Frank R. Kline and Anna (Gunthorpe) Kline; married, November 23, 1929, to Lucille Knight.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Phill Kline (b. 1959) — of Overland Park, Johnson County, Kan. Born in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kan., December 31, 1959. Republican. Lawyer; radio show host; candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas, 1986 (2nd District), 2000 (3rd District); member of Kansas state house of representatives 18th District, 1993-2000; Kansas state attorney general, 2003-07; defeated, 2006; Johnson County District Attorney, 2007-08. Nazarene. In October, 2011, the Kansas Supreme Court indefinitely suspended his license to practice law, citing misconduct while investigating abortion clinics, including perjury and deliberately deceiving judges, state officials, a grand jury, and the investigating panel of the Board for Discipline of Attorneys. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Gordon James Klingenschmitt (b. 1968) — also known as Gordon Klingenschmitt — Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., June 5, 1968. Republican. Chaplain; wore his Navy uniform at a 2006 political protest, with Roy Moore, in front of the White House; subsequently court-martialed for disobeying a lawful order; he had been prohibited from appearing at political events in uniform; ultimately discharged from the Navy; member of Colorado state house of representatives, 2015-16; candidate in primary for Colorado state senate, 2016. Evangelical Christian. Still living as of 2016.
  See also Wikipedia article — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Florence Elizabeth Smith Knapp (1875-1949) — also known as Florence E. S. Knapp; Florence Elizabeth Smith — of Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y. Born in Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., March 25, 1875. Republican. School teacher; superintendent of schools; dean, College of Home Economics, Syracuse University; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1920, 1924 (alternate); secretary of state of New York, 1925-27; in 1927, an investigation discovered her maladministration of the 1925 state census; she had paid salaries to relatives and others who did no census work, forged indorsements on checks, received money she was not entitled to, and burned state records to conceal evidence of these things; resigned her position at Syracuse University; indicted on various charges in 1928, tried twice and eventually convicted of grand larceny; sentenced to 30 days in jail. Female. Episcopalian. Member, Grange. Died, following a heart attack, in Marcy State Hospital (insane asylum), Marcy, Oneida County, N.Y., October 26, 1949 (age 74 years, 215 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, N.Y.
  Relatives: Daughter of James E. Smith and Mary (Hancock) Smith; married to Philip Schuyler Knapp (1849-1913).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Linebaugh Knuppel (1923-1986) — also known as John L. Knuppel — of Petersburg, Menard County, Ill. Born in Easton, Mason County, Ill., August 15, 1923. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention, 1969-70; member of Illinois state senate, 1971-81 (42nd District 1971-73, 48th District 1973-81); candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 18th District, 1980. Lutheran. German ancestry. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion. Jailed for contempt of court for refusing to wear a tie. Died, of heart disease, in a hospital at Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., November 15, 1986 (age 63 years, 92 days). Interment somewhere in Havana, Ill.
Harold Knutson Harold Knutson (1880-1953) — of St. Cloud, Stearns County, Minn. Born in Skein, Norway, October 20, 1880. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1917-49 (6th District 1917-33, at-large 1933-35, 6th District 1935-49); delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1940. Lutheran. Norwegian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks. On March 9, 1924, he and Leroy M. Hull, a 29-year-old clerk for the Labor Department, sitting in his parked car alongside a rural road near Arlington National Cemetery, were arrested by officers of the Arlington County vice squad; he vainly offered a $100 bribe, but was charged, apparently with sodomy (press reports avoided mentioning the specific crime, only that it was a "grave moral offense"), and jailed overnight; tried before a jury, and found not guilty. Died, following a series of heart attacks, in Wesley Memorial Hospital, Wadena, Wadena County, Minn., August 21, 1953 (age 72 years, 305 days). Interment at North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud, Minn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Image source: Minnesota Legislative Manual 1917
  James P. Kohler — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Lawyer; secretary to New York City Mayor William J. Gaynor; candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1920. In 1929, he was one of several Brooklyn lawyers who were disciplined for ambulance chasing activities; his license to practice law was suspended for 30 days. Burial location unknown.
  Vic Kohring (b. 1958) — of Wasilla, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska. Born in Waukegan, Lake County, Ill., August 2, 1958. Republican. Member of Alaska state house of representatives, 1995-2007 (26th District 1995-2003, 14th District 2003-07); resigned 2007; arrested in May 2007, along with Bruce Weyhrauch and Pete Kott, and charged with bribery and extortion over soliciting and receiving money and favors from VECO Corporation in return for votes on an oil tax; tried and convicted in November 2007; sentenced to three and a half years in prison; released in 2009. Still living as of 2009.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Joseph Paul Kolter (b. 1926) — also known as Joseph P. Kolter; Joe Kolter — of New Brighton, Beaver County, Pa. Born in McDonald, Trumbull County, Ohio, September 3, 1926. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives 14th District, 1969-82; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 1983-93; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1984. Member, Eagles; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Elks; Sons of Italy. Indicted in 1994 by a Federal grand jury on five felony charges of embezzlement at the U.S. House post office; pleaded guilty in May 1996. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Peter Kott (b. 1949) — also known as Pete Kott — of Eagle River, Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Flint, Genesee County, Mich., August 29, 1949. Republican. Part-owner and operator of Kott's Hardwood Flooring; member of Alaska state house of representatives, 1993-2007 (24th District 1993-2003, 17th District 2003-07); Speaker of the Alaska State House of Representatives, 2003-04; arrested in May 2007, along with Bruce Weyhrauch and Vic Kohring, and charged with bribery and extortion over soliciting and receiving money and favors from VECO Corporation (including the promise of a job as a lobbyist), in return for votes on an oil tax; tried and convicted in September 2007; sentenced to six years in prison and fined $10,000. Still living as of 2009.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Joseph J. Kowalski (b. 1914) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., March 19, 1914. Democrat. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1939-44; nominated, but withdrew 1944; removed 1944; charged on January 22, 1944 (along with 19 other current and former state legislators) with accepting bribes; tried, convicted, and sentenced to 3-5 years in prison; also charged on July 20, 1946 (along with 18 other legislators) with accepting bribes to vote against a banking bill, but the entire case collapsed when the star prosecution witness, Charles F. Hemans, refused to testify. Polish ancestry. Member, Polish National Alliance; Maccabees. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Martin Anthony Kronk (1900-1976) — also known as Martin A. Kronk — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 1, 1900. Democrat. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1937-44; removed 1944; defeated, 1950 (Wayne County 1st District), 1958 (Wayne County 12th District); charged on January 22, 1944 (along with 19 other current and former state legislators) with accepting bribes; tried, convicted, and sentenced to 3-5 years in prison; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 5th District, 1954. Died in 1976 (age about 75 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, July 15, 1925, to Irene Roskivetalski.
  William F. Kruse (1894-1952) — also known as Bill Kruse — of Illinois. Born in Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J., 1894. Bookkeeper; 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 6th District, 1918, 1920; delegate to Socialist National Convention from Illinois, 1920; Socialist candidate for secretary of state of Illinois, 1921; Workers candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1928. German and Danish ancestry. Died in 1952 (age about 58 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
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Copyright notices: (1) Facts are not subject to copyright; see Feist v. Rural Telephone. (2) Politician portraits displayed on this site are 70-pixel-wide monochrome thumbnail images, which I believe to constitute fair use under applicable copyright law. Where possible, each image is linked to its online source. However, requests from owners of copyrighted images to delete them from this site are honored. (3) Original material, programming, selection and arrangement are © 1996-2019 Lawrence Kestenbaum. (4) This work is also licensed for free non-commercial re-use, with attribution, under a Creative Commons License.
Site information: The Political Graveyard is created and maintained by Lawrence Kestenbaum, who is solely responsible for its structure and content. — The mailing address is The Political Graveyard, P.O. Box 2563, Ann Arbor MI 48106. — This site is hosted by HDL. — The Political Graveyard opened on July 1, 1996; the last full revision was done on March 10, 2021.

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