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  Stanley J. Pacholek (1890-1932) — of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Poland, December 8, 1890. Undertaker; candidate for mayor of Hamtramck, Mich., 1932. Polish ancestry. Arrested in April, 1932, for drunk driving; died by suicide in his jail cell, by hanging himself with his scarf, in Birmingham, Oakland County, Mich., April 19, 1932 (age 41 years, 133 days). Burial location unknown.
  Robert William Packwood (b. 1932) — also known as Bob Packwood — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.; Lake Oswego, Clackamas County, Ore. Born in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., September 11, 1932. Republican. Lawyer; chair of Multnomah County Republican Party, 1960-62; member of Oregon state house of representatives, 1963-68; U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1969-95; resigned 1995; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1972. Unitarian. Member, American Bar Association; Jaycees; Beta Theta Pi. Resigned from the U.S. Senate in 1995, after the Select Committee on Ethics recommended his expulson for sexual misconduct, attempting to obstruct the committee's investigation, and using his position to solicit employment for his wife. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick William Packwood (1895-1965) and Gladys (Taft) Packwood (1901-1988); married, November 25, 1964, to Georgie Ann Oberteuffer; great-grandson of William Henderson Packwood; third cousin thrice removed of Augustus Brandegee; fourth cousin once removed of Otis Larry Packwood (1927-2008).
  Political family: Wolcott-Packwood-Griswold family of Connecticut (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Ernest Page — of Orlando, Orange County, Fla. Orlando City Commissioner, 1980-83, 1996-2005; in 1983, he was indicted and convicted of grand theft involving stolen equipment, and served eight months in jail; mayor of Orlando, Fla., 2005. African ancestry. Still living as of 2005.
  Ephraim Paine (1730-1785) — of New York. Born in Canterbury, Windham County, Conn., August 19, 1730. County judge in New York, 1778-81; member of New York state senate Middle District, 1779-81, 1782-85; Delegate to Continental Congress from New York, 1784. Expelled from the New York State Senate on March 15, 1781, for neglect of duty. Died in Amenia, Dutchess County, N.Y., August 10, 1785 (age 54 years, 356 days). Interment at Red Meeting House Cemetery, Near Amenia, Dutchess County, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Joseph E. Parisi (1913-1990) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; Rye, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., May 10, 1913. Republican. Real estate broker; candidate for New York state assembly from Kings County 16th District, 1942; member of New York state senate 14th District, 1945-48; defeated, 1948, 1950; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964; Chief Clerk, Criminal Term, Brooklyn Supreme Court; indicted in 1973, along with retired Justice David L. Malbin, on federal charges of aiding and abbetting an embezzlement scheme, involving officials of the International Production, Service and Sales Employees Union; in 1975, both men were acquitted. Catholic. Italian ancestry. Member, Knights of Columbus. Died, from kidney disease, in United Hospital, Port Chester, Westchester County, N.Y., May 29, 1990 (age 77 years, 19 days). Interment at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Pietra 'Beatrice' (Calia) Parisi (1877-1964) and Gaetano Parisi (1877-1949); brother of Thomas G. Parisi (who married Helen R. Manzi) and Leonard V. Parisi; married, July 4, 1935, to Grace Rasulo.
  Political family: Parisi family of Brooklyn, New York.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harvey Parnell (1880-1936) — of Dermott, Chicot County, Ark. Born near Orlando, Cleveland County, Ark., February 28, 1880. Democrat. Member of Arkansas state house of representatives, 1919-22; member of Arkansas state senate, 1923-26; Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, 1927-28; Governor of Arkansas, 1928-33. Southern Methodist. Member, Freemasons. In 1928, he was charged with violating the Corrupt Practices Act (early campaign finance law) by spending more than $5,000 on his campaign; the charges were later dropped. Died, following two heart attacks, in St. Vincent's Infirmary, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., January 16, 1936 (age 55 years, 322 days). Interment at Roselawn Memorial Park, Little Rock, Ark.
  Cross-reference: Lamar Williamson
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Otto Ernest Passman (1900-1988) — also known as Otto E. Passman — of Monroe, Ouachita Parish, La. Born near Franklinton, Washington Parish, La., June 27, 1900. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; furniture business; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 5th District, 1947-77; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948, 1956, 1960. Baptist. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Charged in 1978 with accepting $200,000 from Korean businessman Tongsun Park, in what became known as the "Koreagate" influence buying scandal; also charged with tax evasion; tried and found not guilty. Died in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, La., August 13, 1988 (age 88 years, 47 days). Interment at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, Monroe, La.
  Relatives: Son of Ed Passman and Pheriby (Carrier) Passman; married to Willie Bateman.
  Cross-reference: Camille F. Gravel, Jr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Joel Patterson — of Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Mich. Mayor of Benton Harbor, Mich., 1981; defeated, 1981. Indicted in 1981, along with the City Attorney, on federal embezzlement and bribery charges in connection with a housing program. Still living as of 1981.
  Lewis Brooks Patterson (1939-2019) — also known as L. Brooks Patterson — of Oakland County, Mich. Born in Loogootee, Martin County, Ind., January 4, 1939. Republican. Lawyer; Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney, 1972-88; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1978; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1984 (alternate), 1988; Oakland County Executive, 1993-2019; charged with reckless driving following a traffic stop in 2003. Died, from pancreatic cancer, in Independence Township, Oakland County, Mich., August 3, 2019 (age 80 years, 211 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Nathaniel Peabody (1741-1823) — of Atkinson, Rockingham County, N.H. Born in Topsfield, Essex County, Mass., March 1, 1741. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1776-79, 1781-85, 1787-90, 1793-96; Delegate to Continental Congress from New Hampshire, 1779-80, 1785; delegate to New Hampshire state constitutional convention, 1782-83; member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1784-86; member of New Hampshire state senate from Rockingham County, 1785-86, 1790-93. Confined in a debtor's prison for about twenty years. Died in Exeter, Rockingham County, N.H., June 27, 1823 (age 82 years, 118 days). Interment at Old Cemetery, South Hampton, N.H.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Thomas W. Pearlman (born c.1928) — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born about 1928. Republican. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1960. Found guilty of lawyer misconduct by the Rhode Island Supreme Court, for fee-gouging and providing incompetent counsel; censured in 1993, suspended in 2004, and ordered to pay restitution in 2010. Still living as of 2010.
  Paul Martin Pearson (1871-1938) — Born in Litchfield, Montgomery County, Ill., October 22, 1871. College professor; author; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 1931-35; forced to resign in July, 1935 during a Congressional investigation of financial mismanagement in the Islands government. Suffered a stroke, and died a month later, March 26, 1938 (age 66 years, 155 days). Interment at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
  Relatives: Father of Drew Pearson (newspaper columnist).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Everard Peck (1821-1867) — also known as H. E. Peck — of Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio. Born in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., July 20, 1821. Republican. College professor; delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1856; U.S. Diplomatic Commissioner to Haiti, 1865-66; U.S. Minister to Haiti, 1866-67, died in office 1867. Abolitionist; involved in rescue of an escaping slave in Wellington, near Oberlin, Ohio, in September 1858; among the 20 men who were arrested and charged with "infringement of the Fugitive Slave Law"; the trial ended when the slave catchers (who had pressed the charges) were indicted for kidnapping. Died, of yellow fever, in Haiti, June 9, 1867 (age 45 years, 324 days). Interment somewhere in Oberlin, Ohio.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Edward C. Peirce (c.1895-1955) — of New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass. Born about 1895. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state senate, 1930; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1944, 1952; mayor of New Bedford, Mass., 1952-53; convicted in 1953 on charges of conspiracy to protect gambling, and sentenced to four years in prison; served twenty months. Died, of cancer, in a nursing home at New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass., January 31, 1955 (age about 60 years). Burial location unknown.
  William Dudley Pelley (1890-1965) — of Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C.; Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind. Born in Lynn, Essex County, Mass., March 12, 1890. Hollywood screenwriter in 1917-29 for about 12 films, including The Light in the Dark and The Shock, both starring Lon Chaney; founder (1933) and leader of the anti-Semitic Silver Legion of America organization (the "Silver Shirts", explicitly modeled after Adolf Hitler's Brownshirts); Christian candidate for President of the United States, 1936; arrested in April 1942 and charged with criminal sedition; convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison; released in 1950. Died in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind., July 1, 1965 (age 75 years, 111 days). Interment at Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Grace (Goodale) Pelley (born 1861) and William George Apsey Pelley (1867-1920); married, December 16, 1911, to Marion Harriet Stone (divorced); married, July 24, 1934, to Minna Helen Hansmann; married to Agnes Marion Henderson (1898-1970).
  Cross-reference: Gerald L. K. Smith
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by William Dudley Pelley: Know your karma; design for destiny
  Leonard Peltier (b. 1944) — Born in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, N.Dak., September 12, 1944. American Indian activist and member of the American Indian Movement; alleged to have been involved in a shoot-out at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, June 26, 1975, in which three died, including two FBI agents; fled South Dakota, was arrested in Canada, and extradited to the U.S.; tried and convicted of murder in 1977, and sentenced to two life terms in prison; Peace and Freedom candidate for President of the United States, 2004; Socialism and Liberation candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2020. American Indian ancestry. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of Leo Peltier and Alvina (Robideau) Peltier.
  Cross-reference: Ramsey Clark
  See also Wikipedia article — Ballotpedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  John J. Peluso (b. 1923) — also known as "Johnny TV" — of Newport, Campbell County, Ky. Born June 1, 1923. Mayor of Newport, Ky., 1964-68, 1976-80; defeated, 1971, 1983. Indicted in 1973 on charges of possession of stolen bonds; later dismissed. Convicted in 1983 of promoting gambling. Indicted in 1984 on federal charges of bribery and conspiracy; pleaded guilty to perjury in 1985; sentenced to ten years in prison; released in 1989. Still living as of 2001.
  Eddie Alberto Perez (born c.1957) — also known as Eddie A. Perez — of Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Corozal, Corozal Municipio, Puerto Rico, about 1957. Democrat. Mayor of Hartford, Conn., 2001-08; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2004; investigated in 2007 over possible conflict of interest in hiring a city contractor for renovations at his home. Catholic. Hispanic ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Carl Christopher Perkins (b. 1954) — also known as Carl C. Perkins; Chris Perkins — of Leburn, Knott County, Ky. Born in Washington, D.C., August 6, 1954. Democrat. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1981-84; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 7th District, 1985-93; minister. Baptist; later Presbyterian. Pleaded guilty in 1994 to bank fraud in connection with the House banking scandal; he wrote overdrafts totaling about $300,000 (covered by the House bank) and made false statements to obtain loans from commercial banks; also pleaded guilty to charges of filing false statements with the Federal Election Commission and false financial disclosure reports. Sentenced to 21 months in prison. In March 2000, pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of court for lying to a federal probation officer about his income. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Carl Dewey Perkins (1912-1984).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  J. William Petro (c.1940-2002) — of Ohio. Born about 1940. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, 1982-84. Fired as U.S. attorney amid charges that he leaked confidential information; found guilty of criminal contempt of court in 1985. Died, of a cerebral hemorrhage, May 23, 2002 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Brother of James M. Petro (1948-).
  John Jones Pettus (1813-1867) — of Mississippi. Born October 9, 1813. Governor of Mississippi, 1854, 1859-63. After the Civil War, amnesty was refused to him, and he became a fugitive; the manhunt continued until his death in Pulaski County, Ark., in early 1867 (age about 53 years). Original interment in private or family graveyard; reinterment at Flat Bayou Burial Ground, Near Wabbaseka, Jefferson County, Ark.
  Relatives: Brother of Edmund Winston Pettus (1821-1907).
  Frederick Waldron Phelps (b. 1929) — also known as Fred Phelps — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., November 13, 1929. Democrat. Lawyer; disbarred by the state of Kansas in 1979 over harassment of a court reporter and perjury during the proceedings; in 1985, nine Federal judges filed a disciplinary complaint against him over alleged false accusations, which led to an agreement that he cease law practice in Federal court; pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, which is widely reviled for its extreme hatred of homosexuals, and its tactics, such as picketing at military funerals; candidate in primary for Governor of Kansas, 1990, 1994, 1998; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1992; candidate for mayor of Topeka, Kan., 1993, 1997. Baptist. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Step-son of Olive (Briggs) Phelps (1899-1985); son of Frederick Wade Phelps (1893-1977) and Catherine Idalette (Johnson) Phelps (c.1907-1935); married, May 15, 1952, to Margie Marie Simms.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Leon Chase Phillips (1890-1958) — also known as Leon C. Phillips; Red Phillips — of Okemah, Okfuskee County, Okla. Born in Worth County, Mo., December 9, 1890. Democrat. Member of Oklahoma state house of representatives; elected 1932, 1934, 1936; Speaker of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, 1935; Governor of Oklahoma, 1939-43; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1940. Charged with accepting a bribe while governor; tried twice and ultimately acquitted. Died, of a heart attack, while waiting for a client at the post office in Okmulgee, Okmulgee County, Okla., March 27, 1958 (age 67 years, 108 days). Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weleetka, Okla.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Timothy Pickering (1745-1829) — of Salem, Essex County, Mass.; Luzerne County, Pa.; Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Salem, Essex County, Mass., July 17, 1745. Farmer; Essex County Register of Deeds, 1774-77; common pleas court judge in Massachusetts, 1775, 1802-03; member of Massachusetts state legislature, 1776; colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; delegate to Pennsylvania state constitutional convention, 1789; U.S. Postmaster General, 1791-95; U.S. Secretary of War, 1795; U.S. Secretary of State, 1795-1800; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1803-11; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1813-17 (at-large 1813-15, 2nd District 1815-17); member of Massachusetts Governor's Council, 1817-18. Puritan; later Unitarian. Member, Society of the Cincinnati. Censured by the Senate in 1811 for violating an injunction of secrecy. Died in Salem, Essex County, Mass., January 29, 1829 (age 83 years, 196 days). Interment at Broad Street Cemetery, Salem, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Timothy Pickering (1703-1778) and Mary (Wingate) Pickering (1708-1784); married, April 8, 1776, to Rebecca White (1754-1828); granduncle of Dudley Leavitt Pickman; second great-granduncle of John Gardner Coolidge and Augustus Peabody Gardner; third great-granduncle of John Lee Saltonstall; fourth great-granduncle of Leverett Saltonstall, Richard Saltonstall, William Gurdon Saltonstall, John Lee Saltonstall, Jr. and William Amory Gardner Minot; fifth great-granduncle of William Lawrence Saltonstall and John Forbes Kerry; ancestor *** of Susan Walker FitzGerald; first cousin once removed of John Wingate Weeks (1781-1853); first cousin thrice removed of John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926); first cousin four times removed of Charles Sinclair Weeks; second cousin twice removed of John Albion Andrew (1818-1867); second cousin thrice removed of Isaac Libbey, John Forrester Andrew and Henry Hersey Andrew; second cousin four times removed of Llewellyn Libby and William F. Nason; second cousin five times removed of Augustine B. Libby, Albanah Harvey Libby and Frederick Edwin Hanscom; third cousin once removed of Luther Walter Badger; third cousin twice removed of Amos Tuck; third cousin thrice removed of Hiram Augustus Huse (1840-1907) and Hiram Augustus Huse (1843-1902).
  Political families: Rodney family of Delaware; Holden-Davis-Lawrence-Garcelon family of Massachusetts; Weeks-Bigelow-Andrew-Prescott family; Saltonstall-Weeks family of Massachusetts; Lawrence-Andrew-Rodney-Parrish family of Adel, Georgia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Timothy Pickering: David McLean, Timothy Pickering and the Age of the American Revolution — Gerald H. Clarfield, Timothy Pickering and the American Republic
  Samuel Riley Pierce, Jr. (1922-2000) — also known as Samuel R. Pierce, Jr.; "Silent Sam" — Born in Glen Cove, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., September 8, 1922. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 1981-89. African ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Phi Alpha. First Black partner of a major New York City law firm. First Black member of the board of directors of a Fortune 500 corporation. Only Black member of the Reagan Cabinet. An independent counsel appointed in March 1990 found "a pervasive pattern of improper and illegal behavior" within HUD, amounting to a "monumental and calculated abuse of the public trust." Pierce acknowledged that he helped create a climate in which the corruption took place, and in return for that statement, prosecutors agreed not to pursue charges against him. Died October 31, 2000 (age 78 years, 53 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Joseph R. Pisani — of New Rochelle, Westchester County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly, 1966-72 (100th District 1966, 91st District 1967-72); member of New York state senate 36th District, 1973-84. Indicted on federal charges of tax evasion and embezzling campaign funds; convicted in 1984 on 18 of the 39 counts; the conviction was later reversed on appeal. Still living as of 1984.
Thomas C. Platt Thomas Collier Platt (1833-1910) — also known as Thomas C. Platt; Tom Platt; "The Easy Boss"; "The Machiavelli of Tioga County" — of Owego, Tioga County, N.Y. Born in Owego, Tioga County, N.Y., July 15, 1833. Republican. Druggist; lumber business; Tioga County Clerk, 1859-61; banker; director and president, Southern Central Railroad; U.S. Representative from New York, 1873-77 (27th District 1873-75, 28th District 1875-77); delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1888, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908; U.S. Senator from New York, 1881, 1897-1909; resigned 1881. Presbyterian. In 1903, when he was about to marry his second wife, government clerk Mae C. Wood, armed with a collection of love letters from Platt, threatened a lawsuit for breach of promise to marry; she was induced to drop the lawsuit, reportedly for $5,000. In 1905, she sued a number of Republican officials who, she claimed, had taken Platt's letters from her to stop her from publishing them. She later went on to charge the Senator with bigamy, claiming that he had secretly married her in 1901. This case was thrown out in 1908, and Miss Wood was arrested and charged with perjury. Died, from Bright's disease, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 6, 1910 (age 76 years, 234 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Owego, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of William Platt (1791-1855) and Lesbia (Hinchman) Platt (1791-1859); married, December 12, 1852, to Ellen Lucy Barstow (1833-1901); married, October 11, 1903, to Lillian (Thompson) Janeway (separated 1906).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: The Parties and The Men (1896)
  Bertram L. Podell (1925-2005) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; member of New York state assembly, 1955-67 (Kings County 21st District 1955-65, 53rd District 1966, 44th District 1967); U.S. Representative from New York 13th District, 1968-75; charged in 1974 with conspiracy, the solicitation and acceptance of bribes, criminal conflict of interest, and perjury; on the tenth day of his trial, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and conflict of interest; sentenced to six months in prison; the prosecutor was Rudolph W. Giuliani. Jewish. Died, of kidney failure, at Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., August 17, 2005 (age about 80 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Bernice Posen.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Marshall Tate Polk (1831-1884) — also known as M. T. Polk — of Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tenn. Born in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., May 15, 1831. Democrat. Colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1876; Tennessee state treasurer, 1877-83. Wounded at the Battle of Shiloh, during the Civil War, and lost a leg. In 1883, a $400,000 shortfall was was discovered in the state treasury. Polk fled to Texas, was arrested there, and brought back to Nashville for trial. Charged with embezzlement, he pleaded not guilty -- his lawyer argued he was only guilty of "default of pay" -- but was convicted, sentenced to twenty years in prison, and fined. Imprisonment was delayed pending his appeal, and he died in the meantime. Died in Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tenn., February 20, 1884 (age 52 years, 281 days). Interment at Polk Cemetery, Bolivar, Tenn.
  Relatives: Son of Marshall Tate Polk (1805-1831) and Laura Theresa (Wilson) Polk (1808-1848); married to Evelina McNeal Bills (1836-1926); nephew of James Knox Polk and William Hawkins Polk; first cousin of Tasker Polk; second cousin of Edwin Fitzhugh Polk; third cousin of Mary Adelaide Polk (1817-1863; who married George Davis) and Richard Tyler Polk; third cousin once removed of Rufus King Polk and Frank Lyon Polk (1871-1943); third cousin twice removed of Charles Polk and Elizabeth Polk Guest; third cousin thrice removed of Raymond R. Guest; fourth cousin of Augustus Caesar Dodge; fourth cousin once removed of Trusten Polk.
  Political families: Ashe-Polk family of North Carolina; Polk family; Manly-Haywood-Polk family of Raleigh, North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Epitaph: "Every one that loveth is born of God."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Trusten Polk (1811-1876) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born near Bridgeville, Sussex County, Del., May 29, 1811. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention 28th District, 1845-46; Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1848; Governor of Missouri, 1857; U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1857-62; expelled 1862; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Expelled from the U.S. Senate on January 10, 1862 over his support for secession. Died in St. Louis, Mo., April 16, 1876 (age 64 years, 323 days). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of William Nutter Polk (1786-1835) and Lavenia (Causey) Polk (1791-1825); married, December 26, 1837, to Elizabeth Skinner; father of Anna Polk (1829-1902; who married William Frederick Causey); nephew of Peter Foster Causey; third cousin once removed of Charles Polk; fourth cousin of Joseph Maull, James Knox Polk and William Hawkins Polk; fourth cousin once removed of Augustus Caesar Dodge, Marshall Tate Polk (1831-1884), Tasker Polk, Richard Tyler Polk, Albert Fawcett Polk and Edwin Fitzhugh Polk.
  Political families: Ashe-Polk family of North Carolina; Polk family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  John Clinton Porter (1871-1959) — also known as John C. Porter — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Leon, Decatur County, Iowa, 1871. Democrat. Telegraph operator; automobile accessories business; mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., 1929-33; defeated, 1933, 1941. Christian. Petitions for his recall as mayor were filed in 1932; petitioners, led by his political adversaries on city council, charged that "the Mayor is incompetent, inefficient and unsatisfactory" and that he "has brought ridicule and insult to Los Angeles and its citizenry by his conduct." The recall, and nine candidates who sought to replace him, was defeated. Died, of a lung and heart condition, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., May 27, 1959 (age about 87 years). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, Calif.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  William Nathaniel Porter (1812-1867) — also known as Nathaniel Porter — of Tennessee. Born in Henry County, Tenn., December 15, 1812. Colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1866. With others, tried to stop the ratification of the 14th Amendment in 1866 by staying away and preventing a quorum; this tactic was not successful. Expelled from the Tennessee House a few days later. Died in Henry County, Tenn., June 11, 1867 (age 54 years, 178 days). Interment at Poplar Grove Cemetery, Henry County, Tenn.
  Robert Potter (c.1800-1842) — of Oxford, Granville County, N.C. Born near Williamsboro, Vance County, N.C., about 1800. Member of North Carolina house of commons from Granville County, 1828, 1834; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 6th District, 1829-31; delegate to Texas Republic Republic constitutional convention from District of Nacogdoches, 1836; signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; Texas Republic Secretary of the Navy, 1836; member of Texas Republic Senate from District of Red River and Fannin, 1840-42; died in office 1842. Resigned from the U.S. Congress in 1831 after maiming two men in a jealous rage; convicted, and sentenced to six months in prison. Expelled in 1834 from the North Carolina House for cheating at cards. Shot and killed by members of an opposing faction who surrounded his home, in Harrison County (part now in Marion County), Tex., March 2, 1842 (age about 42 years). Original interment at a private or family graveyard, Marion County, Tex.; reinterment in 1928 at Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Tex.
  Potter County, Tex. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (1908-1972) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., November 29, 1908. Democrat. Baptist minister; U.S. Representative from New York, 1945-71 (22nd District 1945-53, 16th District 1953-63, 18th District 1963-71); delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952, 1960, 1964; cited for contempt of court in 1966 for refusing to pay damages in a lawsuit against him; on February 28, 1967, he was expelled from the House of Representatives on charges of unbecoming conduct and misusing public funds; the Supreme Court overturned the expulsion in 1969. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Alpha Phi Alpha; Elks. Died, of prostate cancer, in Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla., April 4, 1972 (age 63 years, 127 days). Cremated; ashes scattered in a private or family graveyard, Bahamas.
  Relatives: Son of Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. (1865-1953; minister) and Mattie (Fletcher) Powell; married, March 8, 1933, to Isabel Washington (divorced 1945); married, August 1, 1945, to Hazel Scott (divorced 1960); married, December 15, 1960, to Yvette Marjorie Diago (Flores) Powell; father of Adam Clayton Powell IV (1962-).
  Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (formerly part of Seventh Avenue), in Manhattan, New York, is named for him.  — The Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building (opened 1974 as the Harlem State Office Building; renamed 1983), in Manhattan, New York, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books by Powell,Adam Clayton,Jr.: Adam by Adam: The Autobiography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  Books about Powell,Adam Clayton,Jr.: Tisha Hamilton, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.: The Political Biography of an American Dilemma — Wil Haygood, King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  Paul Taylor Powell (1902-1970) — also known as Paul Powell — of Vienna, Johnson County, Ill. Born in Vienna, Johnson County, Ill., January 21, 1902. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964; chair of Johnson County Democratic Party, 1950; Speaker of the Illinois State House of Representatives, 1959-63; secretary of state of Illinois, 1965-70; died in office 1970; in 1966, his office was investigated for corruption; he was exonerated, but his chief investigator was indicted for theft of state funds. Died in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minn., October 10, 1970 (age 68 years, 262 days). About $800,000 cash was found in shoeboxes in his room at the St. Nicholas Hotel, Springfield, Ill. Interment at Fraternal Cemetery, Vienna, Ill.
  Books about Paul Powell: Robert E. Hartley, Paul Powell of Illinois : Lifelong Democrat
  Caleb Powers (1869-1932) — of Barbourville, Knox County, Ky. Born in Whitley County, Ky., February 1, 1869. Republican. Lawyer; secretary of state of Kentucky, 1900; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 11th District, 1911-19; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1916. Prosecuted and thrice convicted for the murder of Gov. William J. Goebel and spent eight years in prison; pardoned in 1908 by Gov. Augustus E. Willson. Died July 25, 1932 (age 63 years, 175 days). Interment at City Cemetery, Barbourville, Ky.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George Edward Powers (b. 1892) — also known as George E. Powers — of Watertown, Middlesex County, Mass.; Astoria, Queens, Queens County, N.Y.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., February 15, 1892. Sheet metal worker; candidate for borough president of Queens, New York, 1929 (Workers), 1933 (Communist); Workers candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1930; in April 1932, he was arrested at City Hall Park, during a demonstration which was characaterized as "riot"; convicted of unlawful assembly, but the sentence was suspended; also in 1932, he was publicly accused of taking part in an alleged Communist conspiracy to cause bank failures in Chicago by spreading rumors (in a "whispering campaign" of "anti-bank propaganda"); he denied this; Communist candidate for chief judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1932; vice-president, International Workers Order; following the Hitler-Stalin pact in 1939, he resigned from the Communist Party, took part in anti-Communist organizations; at Earl Browder's trial for passport fraud in 1940, he testified for the prosecution; Liberal candidate for New York state senate 7th District, 1948, 1950. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George E. Powers and Sarah Powers.
  Nathan Pressman (1912-1993) — of Ellenville, Ulster County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., June 24, 1912. Socialist. Longtime Socialist Labor Party activist; jailed briefly during World War II for draft resistance, but subsequently accepted induction into the U.S. Army; several time candidate for mayor of Ellenville, N.Y.; Socialist Labor candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1972; expelled from Socialist Labor Party, 1984. Died, in Ellenville Community Hospital, Ellenville, Ulster County, N.Y., September 25, 1993 (age 81 years, 93 days). Interment at Workmen's Circle Cemetery, Wawarsing town, Ulster County, N.Y.
E. F. Prichard, Jr. Edward Fretwell Prichard, Jr. (1915-1984) — also known as E. F. Prichard, Jr.; "Prich" — of Paris, Bourbon County, Ky.; Versailles, Woodford County, Ky. Born in Paris, Bourbon County, Ky., January 21, 1915. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1948, 1960, 1964; in 1949, he was convicted of vote fraud in federal court, over ballot-box stuffing in Bourbon County, Kentucky; served five months in prison. Member, Americans for Democratic Action. Died in Kentucky, December 23, 1984 (age 69 years, 337 days). Interment at Paris Cemetery, Paris, Ky.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Edward F. Prichard, Jr.: Tracy Campbell, Short of the Glory: The Fall and Redemption of Edward F. Prichard, Jr.
  Image source: Life Magazine, July 25, 1949
  Carlton Prouty (1864-1931) — of Winnetka, Cook County, Ill. Born in Washington, D.C., November 20, 1864. Republican. Lawyer; insurance business; real estate dealer; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1908. In May, 1913, he was fined $500, and sentenced to three months in the county jail, for having violated the Illinois law which prohibits the remarriage of divorced persons within one year; he had married his former stenographer four days after being divorced from his first wife. Died in Evanston, Cook County, Ill., December 10, 1931 (age 67 years, 20 days). Interment at Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Merrick Franklin Prouty (1829-1898) and Anne Elizabeth (Jenks) Prouty; married 1913 to Mary Busscher; third cousin once removed of John Azro Prouty; fourth cousin of Charles Azro Prouty and George Herbert Prouty (1862-1918).
  Political family: Prouty family of Newport, Vermont.
Emmett Pugh Emmett S. Pugh III — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Mayor 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.
  Image source: The State Journal, April 4, 2012
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