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  Nick Joe Rahall II (b. 1949) — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va., May 20, 1949. Democrat. Staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, 1972-74; director of Rahall Communications, family business, owning radio and TV stations; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; U.S. Representative from West Virginia, 1977-2012 (4th District 1977-93, 3rd District 1993-2012); arrested in California for drunk driving, 1988. Presbyterian. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Rotary; Elks; Moose; Eagles; NAACP; National Rifle Association; Freemasons; Shriners. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  George Wythe Randolph (1818-1867) — also known as George W. Randolph — of Virginia. Born near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., March 10, 1818. Lawyer; delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Confederate Secretary of War, 1862; after the collapse of the Confederacy, fled to Europe to avoid capture; pardoned in 1866. Episcopalian. Died of pulmonary pneumonia, near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., April 3, 1867 (age 49 years, 24 days). Interment at Monticello Graveyard, Near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. and Martha (Jefferson) Randolph; brother of Benjamin Franklin Randolph, Meriwether Lewis Randolph and Virginia Jefferson Randolph (who married Nicholas Philip Trist); uncle of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge; grandson of Thomas Jefferson; granduncle of John Gardner Coolidge; great-grandson of Archibald Cary; second great-grandson of Richard Randolph; first cousin of Francis Wayles Eppes; first cousin once removed of Dabney Carr, John Wayles Eppes and Frederick Madison Roberts; first cousin twice removed of John Randolph of Roanoke; first cousin thrice removed of Richard Bland and Peyton Randolph (1721-1775); second cousin of Dabney Smith Carr; second cousin once removed of John Marshall, James Markham Marshall and Alexander Keith Marshall; second cousin twice removed of Theodorick Bland, Edmund Jenings Randolph and Beverley Randolph; third cousin of Thomas Marshall, John Jordan Crittenden, Thomas Turpin Crittenden, Robert Crittenden, James Keith Marshall and Carter Henry Harrison; third cousin once removed of Henry Lee, Charles Lee, Edmund Jennings Lee, Peyton Randolph (1779-1828), Henry St. George Tucker, Alexander Parker Crittenden, Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, Thomas Theodore Crittenden, John Augustine Marshall and Carter Henry Harrison II; third cousin twice removed of Thomas Theodore Crittenden, Jr., William Marshall Bullitt and Alexander Scott Bullitt; fourth cousin of Benjamin William Sheridan Cabell (1793-1862), Edmund Randolph and Nathaniel Beverly Tucker; fourth cousin once removed of Thomas Jones Hardeman, Bailey Hardeman, William Lewis Cabell, Fitzhugh Lee, George Craighead Cabell and William Henry Robertson.
  Political families: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell-Henry family of Virginia; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Walker-Bolling family of Huntsville, Alabama (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on Confederate States $100 notes in 1862-64.
  Kenneth E. Rankle (c.1961-2018) — of Dayton, Campbell County, Ky. Born about 1961. Carpenter; mayor of Dayton, Ky., 2003-14; defeated, 2014; sued in 2015 by the Dayton city government, alleging that he misappropriated funds. Died in 2018 (age about 57 years). Burial location unknown.
  Henry Reed Rathbone (1837-1911) — Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., July 1, 1837. Lawyer; major in the Union Army during the Civil War; on April 14, 1865, he was seated in the box at Ford's Theater with President Abraham Lincoln; when John Wilkes Booth shot the president, Rathbone attempted to apprehend Booth, and suffered knife wounds; subsequently his mental health deteriorated; U.S. Consul in Hanover, as of 1882-83. On December 23, 1883, he killed his wife, and stabbed himself in a suicide attempt; he was charged with murder, convicted, and found insane; he died more than 25 years later, in the Asylum for the Criminal Insane, Hildesheim, Germany, August 14, 1911 (age 74 years, 44 days). Original interment at Stadtfriedhof Engesohde, Hanover, Germany; reinterment 1952 to unknown location.
  Relatives: Step-son of Ira Harris (1802-1875); son of Jared Lewis Rathbone and Pauline (Pinney) Rathbone (1810-1894); brother of Jared Lawrence Rathbone; married, July 11, 1867, to Clara Hamilton Harris (1834-1883; daughter of Ira Harris (1802-1875)); father of Henry Riggs Rathbone (1870-1928); second cousin once removed of Daniel Burrows; second cousin thrice removed of Ezekiel Cornell; third cousin of Lorenzo Burrows; fourth cousin once removed of Ezra Cornell.
  Political families: Cornell family of New York; Pendleton family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
John H. Reagan John Henninger Reagan (1818-1905) — also known as John H. Reagan — of Palestine, Anderson County, Tex. Born in Sevierville, Sevier County, Tenn., October 8, 1818. Democrat. Member of Texas state house of representatives, 1847; district judge in Texas, 1852-57; U.S. Representative from Texas, 1857-61, 1875-87 (1st District 1857-61, 1875-83, 2nd District 1883-87); delegate to Texas secession convention, 1861; Delegate from Texas to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861; Confederate Postmaster General, 1861-65; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1872, 1904; delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1875; U.S. Senator from Texas, 1887-91. Methodist. Arrested by Union troops in May 1865, along with Jefferson Davis, and imprisoned for several months. Died of pneumonia in Palestine, Anderson County, Tex., March 6, 1905 (age 86 years, 149 days). Interment at East Hill Cemetery, Palestine, Tex.
  John H. Reagan High School (opened 1965; renamed 2019 as Northeast High School), in Austin, Texas, was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Phil Regan (1906-1996) — also known as Philip Joseph Christopher Aloysius Regan; "The Singing Cop" — of Summerland, Santa Barbara County, Calif. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., May 28, 1906. Democrat. Detective; singer; performed, Democratic National Convention, 1944, 1948; arrested in January 1973, and charged with attempting to bribe Santa Barbara County Supervisor Frank J. Frost $1,000 for his support of a controversial rezoning; pleaded not guilty; tried and convicted; sentenced to prison; released after one year. Irish ancestry. Died in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, Calif., February 11, 1996 (age 89 years, 259 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  Relatives: Married 1924 to Josephine Dwyer (1905-1993).
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Arthur Elmer Reimer (1882-1969) — also known as Arthur E. Reimer — of Massachusetts. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., January 15, 1882. Socialist. Tailor; lawyer; Socialist Labor candidate for President of the United States, 1912, 1916; Socialist Labor candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1913, 1914; jailed in Butte, Montana, 1916, for making a radical speech. Died in 1969 (age about 87 years). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Martin Reinberg (b. 1852) — of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Born in Tuckum, Russia (now Tukums, Latvia), June 20, 1852. Naturalized U.S. citizen; U.S. Vice Consul in Guayaquil, 1883-84; U.S. Vice Consul General in Guayaquil, 1884-1902; founded an export and banking company in Guayaquil, Martin Reinberg & Company; in 1901, the company became bankrupt, with debts over one million dollars; following an investigation, his arrest was ordered by Ecuadorian authorities, who suspected him of embezzlement or bank fraud; removed from his consular post. Jewish. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Mendel Reinberg (1825-1900) and Paulina (Eder) Reinberg (1830-1911); brother of David S. Reinberg (1857?-?) and Isaac A. Reinberg.
  Political family: Reinberg family of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  Melvin Jay Reynolds (b. 1952) — also known as Mel Reynolds — of Illinois. Born in Mound Bayou, Bolivar County, Miss., January 8, 1952. Democrat. University professor; U.S. Representative from Illinois 2nd District, 1993-95; defeated in primary, 1988, 1990; resigned 1995. Baptist. African ancestry. Convicted in 1995 on sexual misconduct and obstruction of justice charges and sentenced to five years in prison. Convicted in federal court in 1997 of 15 counts of bank fraud, wire fraud, and lying to the Federal Election Commission; sentenced to 78 more months in prison. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  William H. Reynolds (1868-1931) — of Long Beach, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., February 29, 1868. Republican. Builder; real estate developer; member of New York state senate 3rd District, 1894-95; indicted by a grand jury in August 1917 for perjury, over his 1912 expert testimony on the value of land sought by the city for a park; the grand jury alleged that he falsely denied any personal interest in the realty company which owned the property; also indicted in October 1917, with three others, for conspiracy defraud the city of $500,000 by inflating the appraisal; the indictments were dismissed in May 1920 over the prosecutor's delay of the trial; village president of Long Beach, New York, 1921-22; mayor of Long Beach, N.Y., 1922-24; removed 1924; defeated, 1925; indicted on May 1, 1924, along with the Long Beach city treasurer, for misappropriating city funds in connection with a bond issue; tried in June 1924, convicted, sentenced to six months in the county jail, and automatically removed from office as mayor; released pending appeal; the Appellate Division reversed the conviction in June 1925 and ordered a new trial; the indictment was dismissed in June 1927. English and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Elks; Freemasons. Died, from heart disease, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 13, 1931 (age 63 years, 0 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of William Reynolds and Margaret (McChesney) Reynolds; married to Elise Guerrier.
  Albert Rhodes (b. 1840) — of Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., 1840. U.S. Consul in Jerusalem, 1863-65; Rotterdam, as of 1866; Rouen, 1877-83; Elberfeld, 1883-85; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Netherlands, 1866; dismissed as Charge d'Affaires in February 1867, by Hugh Ewing, for suspected disloyalty. Burial location unknown.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Vincent Riccio (born c.1920) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born about 1920. Member of New York state assembly 51st District, 1969-74; indicted on charges of taking kickbacks from holders of no-show state jobs; convicted of larceny in May 1981; sentenced to one year in jail. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Theodore P. Rich (c.1848-1886) — of New York, New York County, N.Y.; Cobleskill, Schoharie County, N.Y. Born in New York, about 1848. Democrat. Candidate for New York state assembly from New York County 13th District, 1876. Pursued his estranged wife to Minnesota; killed her, and then, perhaps to avoid prosecution, killed himself, by gunshot, in the Astoria House hotel, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., February 27, 1886 (age about 38 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1876 to Fannie (Smith) Trimble (daughter of Henry Smith (1827?-?)).
  D. Richards — Delegate to Florida state constitutional convention from Gadsden and Liberty counties, 1868; expelled from convention. Burial location unknown.
  William Adams Richardson (1821-1896) — of Massachusetts. Born in Tyngsborough, Middlesex County, Mass., November 2, 1821. Republican. Probate judge in Massachusetts, 1856; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1873-74; while Secretary of the Treasury, he hired John D. Sanborn to collect unpaid taxes and receive a commission, some of which went as a kickback to Richardson himself; this arrangement caused an uproar, and Richardson resigned under fire; Judge of U.S. Court of Claims, 1874-96. Unitarian. Died in Washington, D.C., October 19, 1896 (age 74 years, 352 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Frederick William Richmond (b. 1923) — also known as Frederick W. Richmond; Fred Richmond — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Massachusetts, November 15, 1923. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964; U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1975-82. Jewish. Arrested in Washington, D.C., in 1978 for soliciting sex from a minor and from an undercover police officer; pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. In 1982, charged with tax evasion, marijuana possession, and improper payments to a federal employee, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison; served nine months. Still living as of 1998.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  George N. Rigby — of Yonkers, Westchester County, N.Y.; Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Fla. Republican. Member of New York state assembly from Westchester County 1st District, 1904-05; member of condemnation commission for appraising property for site of proposed Hill View Reservoir in Westchester County; censured by the New York Supreme Court in 1910 for unnecessary delay, such as holding 65 hearings o one parcel; removed from the position in 1915 because he had moved to Florida; mayor of Ormond Beach, Fla., 1924-26. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Maud Lawrence (c.1882-1924; suicide).
  James E. Roark (b. 1945) — also known as Mike Roark; "Mad Dog" — of Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Born in Nitro, Kanawha County, W.Va., 1945. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War; lawyer; mayor of Charleston, W.Va., 1983-87; resigned 1987. Indicted in August, 1987, on felony charges of possessing and distributing cocaine, and conspiring to obstruct the investigation by inducing a witness to commit perjury; pleaded guilty to misdemeanors in November, and resigned as mayor. Still living as of 1987.
  Brigham Henry Roberts (1857-1933) — also known as Brigham H. Roberts — of Utah. Born in Warrington, Lancashire, England, March 13, 1857. Democrat. Delegate to Utah state constitutional convention, 1894; U.S. Representative from Utah at-large, 1899-1900. Mormon. His seat in Congress was declared vacant in January 1900, because he was a polygamist. Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, September 27, 1933 (age 76 years, 198 days). Interment at Centerville Ward Cemetery, Centerville, Utah.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Donn M. Roberts (1867-1936) — of Indiana. Born in Annapolis, Crawford County, Ill., September 28, 1867. Mayor of Terre Haute, Ind., 1913-15. Convicted of bribery in 1915 and spent three and a half years in prison; convicted of embezzlement in 1936 and sentenced to prison. Released from prison following a heart attack, and died a few days later, in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., August 3, 1936 (age 68 years, 310 days). Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Terre Haute, Ind.
  Hollis Earl Roberts (1943-2011) — also known as Hollis E. Roberts — of Hugo, Choctaw County, Okla. Born in Hochatown, McCurtain County, Okla., May 9, 1943. Member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1970; chief of the Choctaw Nation, 1978-97. Choctaw Indian ancestry. Convicted in 1997 of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact, involving two female employees. Died in Hugo, Choctaw County, Okla., October 19, 2011 (age 68 years, 163 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Darrell E. Roberts and Laura (Beam) Roberts; married, May 17, 1963, to Helen R. Rodriguez.
  See also Wikipedia article
  George Lincoln Rockwell (1918-1967) — of Arlington, Arlington County, Va. Born in Bloomington, McLean County, Ill., March 9, 1918. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict; founder, in 1959, of the National Committee to Free America from Jewish Domination (later known as the American Nazi Party); arrested at various demonstrations during the 1960s; American Nazi candidate for Governor of Virginia, 1965. Shot and killed by a sniper, later identified as John Patler, while driving his car in the parking lot of Dominion Hills Shopping Center, Arlington, Arlington County, Va., August 25, 1967 (age 49 years, 169 days); Patler was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Rockwell's funeral procession was not allowed into Culpeper National Cemetery because of Nazi emblems worn by his supporters. Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of George Lovejoy 'Doc' Rockwell (1889-1978; vaudeville and radio comedian) and Claire (Schade) Rockwell; third cousin twice removed of Oliver Morgan Hungerford (1827-1888).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Morris-Ingersoll family of New York and Connecticut; Conger-Hungerford family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Roffignac (1766-1846) — also known as Louis Philippe Joseph de Rouffignac — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born in Angoulême, France, 1766. Fled France in 1789 to escape the guillotine, presumably over disloyalty to the revolutionary regime; mayor of New Orleans, La., 1820-28. French ancestry. Suffered a stroke, and dropped the gun he was holding, which accidentally discharged, shooting him in the head and killing him, in Périgueux, France, 1846 (age about 80 years). Burial location unknown.
  George Rogers (b. 1933) — of New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass. Born in New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass., August 22, 1933. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1965-70, 1999-; mayor of New Bedford, Mass., 1970-71; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1975-78. Convicted of bribery in 1978 and sentenced to two years in prison. Still living as of 1999.
  Kenneth Romney (1885-1952) — of Washington, D.C. Born in Missoula, Missoula County, Mont., October 20, 1885. Democrat. Newspaper correspondent; Sergeant-at-Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1931-47; convicted in 1947 of concealing a shortage of about $121,000 in House bank accounts, and sentenced to one to three years in prison; released in 1949. Died in Arlington, Arlington County, Va., April 6, 1952 (age 66 years, 169 days). Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, Mont.
  Relatives: Son of Hiram Thomas Gaskell Romney and Anna (Wood) Romney; brother of Miles Romney; married to Edna Romney (1889-1971); uncle of Miles J. Romney, Jr.; first cousin of Vernon Romney; first cousin once removed of Marion George Romney, George Wilcken Romney and Vernon Bradford Romney; first cousin twice removed of George Scott Romney and Willard Mitt Romney; first cousin thrice removed of Ronna Romney McDaniel and Craig Romney (1981-).
  Political family: Romney family.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Elliott Roosevelt (1910-1990) — of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Tex.; Buford, Rio Blanco County, Colo.; Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn.; Miami Beach, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla.; Seattle, King County, Wash.; Palm Springs, Riverside County, Calif.; Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 23, 1910. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940; served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; investigated and called to testify by a U.S. Senate subcommittee in 1947 over lavish entertainment in Hollywood and Manhattan, many paid escorts, and paid hotel bills provided to Roosevelt and others, in a successful effort to persuade them to recommend Hughes reconnaissance aircraft for purchase by the U.S. military; owned a radio station in Texas; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1960; mayor of Miami Beach, Fla., 1965-69; member of Democratic National Committee from Florida, 1968; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1968. Died, of congestive heart failure, in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Ariz., October 27, 1990 (age 80 years, 34 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt; brother of James Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.; married, January 16, 1932, to Elizabeth Browning Donner (divorced 1933); married, July 22, 1933, to Ruth Josephine Googins (divorced 1944); married, December 3, 1944, to Faye Margaret Emerson (divorced 1950); married, March 15, 1951, to Minnewa (Bell) Gray Burnside Ross (divorced 1960); married, November 3, 1960, to Patricia (Peabody) Whithead; grandnephew of Corinne Roosevelt Robinson and Theodore Roosevelt; great-grandnephew of Robert Barnwell Roosevelt; second great-grandnephew of James I. Roosevelt; third great-grandson of Edward Hutchinson Robbins; third great-grandnephew of William Bellinger Bulloch; fourth great-grandson of Archibald Bulloch (1730?-1777); first cousin once removed of Theodore Douglas Robinson, Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth, Warren Delano Robbins, Corinne Robinson Alsop, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and William Sheffield Cowles; first cousin five times removed of Ebenezer Huntington; first cousin seven times removed of Benjamin Huntington; second cousin of Corinne A. Chubb and John deKoven Alsop; second cousin four times removed of Nicholas Roosevelt, Jr., Philip DePeyster and Jabez Williams Huntington.
  Political families: Roosevelt family of New York City, New York; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Joseph C. Roosevelt (1900-1987) — also known as Joe Roosevelt — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., October 8, 1900. Democrat. Real estate and insurance business; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1933-36; member of Michigan state senate 21st District, 1937-38; defeated in primary, 1938, 1940, 1942; implicated in the Michigan legislative bribery scandal in 1944 as a go-between providing bribes to legislators; granted immunity from prosecution, and testified against others. Died in 1987 (age about 86 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, August 24, 1926, to Catherine Miller.
  William Warren Rose (1864-1931) — also known as William W. Rose — of Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kan. Born in Oyster Bay, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., March 12, 1864. Architect; mayor of Kansas City, Kan., 1905-06, 1906; defeated, 1897 (Fusion), 1907 (Democratic); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1908, 1920. Member, Freemasons. An ouster lawsuit was filed against him in 1905 over his refusal to enforce the state's liquor prohibition law; fined $1,000 for contempt by the Kansas Supreme Court in 1907 for trying to hold office as mayor. Died May 4, 1931 (age 67 years, 53 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
  Daniel David Rostenkowski (1928-2010) — also known as Dan Rostenkowski; "Rosty"; "Chicago Powerhouse" — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 2, 1928. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1953-55; member of Illinois state senate, 1955-59; U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1959-95 (8th District 1959-93, 5th District 1993-95); defeated, 1994; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1976, 1984 (delegation chair), 1988, 1992. Catholic. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Knights of Columbus; Kiwanis; Moose. Indicted in 1994 on 17 felony charges; pleaded guilty in April 1996 to two counts of misuse of public funds; sentenced to seventeen months in federal prison; released in 1997. Died August 11, 2010 (age 82 years, 221 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph P. Rostenkowski (1896?-?).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Fred B. Roti (1920-1999) — of Illinois. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 18, 1920. Member of Illinois state senate, 1951-56. Convicted of extortion and racketeering, 1993; served four years in federal prison. Died, of cancer, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 20, 1999 (age 78 years, 276 days). Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Ill.
  Thomas B. Roush (born c.1861) — of Athens, Athens County, Ohio. Born in Ohio, about 1861. Mayor of Athens, Ohio, 1920-22; resigned 1922. Resigned as mayor after his son, the police chief, was caught soliciting and accepting a bribe. Burial location unknown.
  Lovell Harrison Rousseau (1818-1869) — also known as Lovell H. Rousseau — of Bloomfield, Greene County, Ind.; Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born near Stanford, Lincoln County, Ky., August 4, 1818. Republican. Lawyer; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1844-45; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of Indiana state senate, 1847-49; member of Kentucky state senate, 1860-61; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 5th District, 1865-66, 1866-67; resigned 1866; on June 14, 1866, he assaulted Iowa Rep. Josiah B. Grinnell with the iron handle of his cane; reprimanded by the House of Representatives, and resigned, but was elected to fill his own vacancy. Died in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., January 7, 1869 (age 50 years, 156 days). Original interment and cenotaph at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.; reinterment in 1892 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of David Rousseau; married 1843 to Marie Antoinette Dozier.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Carl Thomas Rowan (1925-2000) — also known as Carl T. Rowan — of Washington, D.C. Born in Ravenscroft, White County, Tenn., August 11, 1925. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; syndicated newspaper columnist, author, biographer, television and radio commentator; U.S. Ambassador to Finland, 1963-64; in 1988, he shot and wounded an intruder in his backyard in Washington, D.C.; he was arrested, charged with a weapons violation, and tried; the jury was unable to reach a verdict, and a mistrial was declared; received the Spingarn Medal in 1997. African ancestry. Member, Americans for Democratic Action. Died, of heart and kidney ailments and diabetes, at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., September 23, 2000 (age 75 years, 43 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier
  John Rowan (1773-1843) — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born near York, York County, Pa., July 12, 1773. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Kentucky state constitutional convention, 1799; secretary of state of Kentucky, 1804-08; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 3rd District, 1807-09; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1813-17, 1822-24; Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals, 1819-21; U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1825-31. Built the mansion "Federal Hill", later made famous by his cousin, the songwriter Stephen Foster, in the song "My Old Kentucky Home." Fought a duel about 1801 with an acquaintance, James Chambers, in which the latter was killed; arrested and tried on murder charges, but acquitted. Died in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., July 13, 1843 (age 70 years, 1 days). Interment at Bardstown Cemetery, Bardstown, Ky.
  Relatives: Married to Agnes Anne Lytle; father of John Rowan, Jr. (1807-1855); uncle of Robert Todd Lytle.
  Political family: Rowan-Lytle family of Kentucky.
  Cross-reference: Joseph Hamilton Daviess
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  John Grosvenor Rowland (b. 1957) — also known as John G. Rowland — of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn. Born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., May 24, 1957. Republican. Insurance agent; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1981-84; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 5th District, 1985-91; Governor of Connecticut, 1995-2004; defeated, 1990; resigned 2004; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 2000; Pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2004; served ten months in prison. Catholic. Member, Tau Kappa Epsilon. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Hillyer Rudisill (1875-1923) — of Macon, Bibb County, Ga. Born in Forsyth, Monroe County, Ga., April 26, 1875. Republican. Postmaster at Macon, Ga., 1922-23 (acting, 1922). Died from a self-inflicted gunshot, in the post office at Macon, Bibb County, Ga., February 16, 1923 (age 47 years, 296 days). A shortage of about $86,000 was discovered after his death. Interment at Forsyth Cemetery, Forsyth, Ga.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Franklin Rudisill (1834-1901) and Antoinette Vashti (Smith) Rudisill (1847-1891); married, November 9, 1899, to Frances Lane (1878-1903).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Bobby Lee Rush (b. 1946) — also known as Bobby L. Rush — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Albany, Dougherty County, Ga., November 23, 1946. Democrat. Candidate for Illinois state house of representatives, 1978; U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1993-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; candidate for mayor of Chicago, Ill., 1999. Protestant. African ancestry. As a Black Panther, spent six months in prison on a weapons charge. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Lee Maurice Russell (1875-1943) — also known as Lee M. Russell — of Oxford, Lafayette County, Miss. Born in Dallas, Lafayette County, Miss., November 16, 1875. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1912; Governor of Mississippi, 1920-24. Charged by a former stenographer with breach of promise and seduction; tried in federal court, where a jury found in his favor. Died May 16, 1943 (age 67 years, 181 days). Interment at Lakewood Memorial Park, Jackson, Miss.
  Anthony Russo — of Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J. Democrat. Mayor of Hoboken, N.J., 1993-2001; defeated, 2001. Pleaded guilty in 2004 to extorting kickbacks from an accounting firm; sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Still living as of 2004.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Kevin Ryan (born c.1952) — of Montville, New London County, Conn. Born about 1952. Democrat. Optician; member of Connecticut state house of representatives 139th District, 1993-. Arrested for drunk driving on July 12, 2001; pleaded guilty in September and sentenced to 120 days in prison; released January 1, 2002. Still living as of 2002.
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