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David Brydie Mitchell (1760-1837) —
of Savannah, Chatham
County, Ga.; Milledgeville, Baldwin
Born in Muthill, Perthshire, Scotland,
state attorney general, 1795; member of Georgia
state house of representatives, 1796; mayor
of Savannah, Ga., 1801-02; U.S.
Attorney for Georgia, 1802-04; Governor of
Georgia, 1809-13, 1815-17; U.S. Indian Aagent to the Creek
Nation, 1817-21; resigned
from this position following charges
that he was smuggling African
slaves into the country.
Died in Milledgeville, Baldwin
County, Ga., April
22, 1837 (age 76 years, 182
Interment at Memory
Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, Ga.
Peter R. Morrissey (1859-1895) —
Born in St. Louis
County, Mo., August
in December 1886 on federal charges
guilty in April 1887, but released because the indictment did not
specify that the ballots were for a federal office; indicted
again soon after, but the charges were dropped in November; indicted
for naturalization fraud in 1889, but not convicted; member of
state senate 31st District, 1893-95; died in office 1895.
While in bed, he was shot
twice with his own pistol, and killed,
by his mistress,
Maud Lewis, in her "house of ill
repute", in St.
Louis, Mo., May 13,
1895 (age 35 years, 272
days). After a dramatic and highly publicized trial, Maud Lewis
was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to fifteen years
in prison; she was pardoned by Gov. Lon
Vest Stephens in January 1901.
Interment at Calvary
Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
David C. Kerr —
U.S. Vice Consul in Birmingham, as of 1917; arrested
in Washington, D.C. in May 1924, and charged
bribes while vice consul at Vancouver, to issue visas to
Chinese, so they could enter the U.S. illegally.
Earl Russel Browder (1891-1973) —
also known as Earl Browder —
of Yonkers, Westchester
Born in Wichita, Sedgwick
County, Kan., May 20,
Communist. As a result of his opposition to U.S. participation in
World War I, he was convicted
in 1917 of conspiracy
the draft laws and sentenced
to sixteen months in prison;
again in 1919; pardoned
in 1933; candidate for U.S.
Representative from New York, 1930 (6th District), 1932 (20th
District), 1940 (14th District); General Secretary of the Communist
Party of the U.S., 1934-44; candidate for President
of the United States, 1936, 1940; arrested
in 1939 for a passport violation, convicted,
to four years in prison
(sentence commuted after fourteen months); expelled from the
Communist Party, 1946.
Died in Princeton, Mercer
County, N.J., June 27,
1973 (age 82 years, 38
Edgar J. Lauer (1871-1948) —
of Manhattan, New York
Born in New York, New York
County, N.Y., November
Judge, New York City Municipal Court, 1906-33; Justice of
New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1934-39; resigned 1939.
In 1938, his wife pleaded guilty in Federal Court to charges that she
smuggled expensive clothing and diamonds from Europe to the U.S.; she
was fined and sentenced to three months in prison and fined. In 1939,
the state legislature moved to investigate
whether Judge Lauer had knowledge of his wife's smuggling
activities; he denied this, but immediately resigned
Died, in Mount Sinai Hospital,
Manhattan, New York
County, N.Y., November
9, 1948 (age 76 years, 365
of William Emanuel Lauer and Cecilia (Hornthal) Lauer; married to
Elma M. Kramer.|
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Oliver Laurence North (b. 1943) —
also known as Oliver L. North; Ollie North —
Born in San Antonio, Bexar
County, Tex., October
Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War;
central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal
of 1986; he was in charge of a secret (and illegal) government
operation to sell weapons to Iran and provide the profits to
Nicaraguan "contras", who were fighting a civil war against the
"Sandinista" government there; convicted
in 1989 on federal charges of obstructing
Congress, destroying documents, and accepting an illegal
gratuity; an appeals court later overturned the guilty verdict;
candidate for U.S.
Senator from Virginia, 1994; host of a radio talk
show in 1995-2003, and is a television
Member, National Rifle
Still living as of 2014.
Tom Metzger —
of California; Warsaw, Kosciusko
Democratic candidate for U.S.
Representative from California 43rd District, 1980; candidate in
Democratic primary for U.S.
Senator from California, 1982; convicted
in 1991 of burning a
cross (as a form of hate speech
or intimidation) and sentenced
in 1992, he was arrested
in Canada for violating immigration laws.
Birch Society; Ku Klux Klan.
Still living as of 2012.