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  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
  Robert Wilson (1793-1856) — also known as "Honest Bob" — of Texas. Born in Easton, Talbot County, Md., December 7, 1793. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; delegate to Texas Convention of 1832 from District of San Jacinto, 1832; served in the Texas Army during the Texas War of Independence; member of Texas Republic Senate from District of Harrisburg and Liberty, 1836-38, 1839; candidate for President of the Texas Republic, 1838, 1843; delegate to Texas state constitutional convention, 1845. Member, Freemasons. Expelled from Texas Republic Senate, December 26, 1838, for using profanity and disclosing secrecy; subsequently returned to office. Died May 25, 1856 (age 62 years, 170 days). Original interment in private or family graveyard; reinterment at Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Tex.
  Benjamin Tappan (1773-1857) — of Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio. Born in Northampton, Hampshire County, Mass., May 25, 1773. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Ohio state senate from Trumbull County, 1803-04; served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; common pleas court judge in Ohio, 1816-23; candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1826; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1832; U.S. District Judge for Ohio, 1833; U.S. Senator from Ohio, 1839-45. Censured by the Senate on May 10, 1844, over his disclosure to the New York Evening Post of a secret message from President John Tyler outlining terms for the annexation of Texas. Died in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, April 20, 1857 (age 83 years, 330 days). Interment at Union Cemetery, Steubenville, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Tappan (1747-1831) and Sarah (Homes) Tappan (1748-1826); married, March 20, 1801, to Nancy Wright (1778-1822; sister of John Crafts Wright); uncle of Susannah Tappan (who married Hiram Barney (1811-1895)); fourth cousin of Mason Weare Tappan.
  Political family: Tappan-Merrill-Wright family of New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Green Crow (1883-1942) — also known as Robert G. Crow; Bob Crow — of Caruthersville, Pemiscot County, Mo. Born in Scott County, Mo., December 24, 1883. Republican. Insurance agent; postmaster at Caruthersville, Mo., 1909-14; indicted in October 1915 on federal charges of revealing information from the federal civil service examination, to help his half-brother, James L. Crow; pleaded guilty in April 1916, and was fined $500. Member, Elks; Eagles; Modern Woodmen. On December 21, 1914, he mysteriously disappeared from the Pontiac Hotel, St. Louis, Mo., leaving behind all of his clothes, and the room disordered as if a scuffle had taken place; he was thought to have been kidnapped and murdered by a gang, but a few months later, he was found to be serving in the U.S. Army. Died in Harlingen, Cameron County, Tex., September 16, 1942 (age 58 years, 266 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Levi Eugene Elijah Crow (1846-1896) and Mahulda Paralee (Rodden) Crow (1860-1884); half-brother of Charles Augustus Crow (1873-1938); married, September 16, 1904, to Ella Pauline Brown (1884-1922).
  Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-1940) — also known as Smedley Butler; "The Fighting Quaker"; "Old Gimlet Eye" — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in West Chester, Chester County, Pa., July 30, 1881. Republican. Major general in U.S. Marine Corps; received a Medal of Honor for the capture of Veracruz, Mexico, 1914; received another for the capture of Fort Riviere, Haiti, 1915; Philadelphia police commissioner, 1924-25; arrested and court-martialed in 1931 over his unauthorized disclosure of an incident unflattering to Italian dictator Italian Benito Mussolini; retired from the service rather than apologize to Mussolini; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1932. Quaker. Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., June 21, 1940 (age 58 years, 327 days). Interment at Oaklands Cemetery, West Chester, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Stalker Butler and Maud Mary (Darlington) Butler; married, June 30, 1905, to Ethel Conway Peters (1879-1962); grandson of Smedley Darlington and Samuel Butler; second great-grandnephew of Edward Darlington (1755-1825); first cousin thrice removed of Isaac Darlington, William Darlington (1782-1863), Esther Darlington (1793-1877; who married James B. Roberts), Edward Darlington (1795-1884) and William Darlington (1804-1879); second cousin twice removed of Edward C. Darlington; fourth cousin of Darlington Hoopes (1896-1989).
  Political family: Darlington-Butler family of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Andrew Jackson May (1875-1959) — also known as Andrew J. May — of Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky. Born near Langley, Floyd County, Ky., June 24, 1875. Democrat. Lawyer; Floyd County Attorney, 1901-09; U.S. Representative from Kentucky, 1931-47 (10th District 1931-33, at-large 1933-35, 7th District 1935-47); defeated, 1928 (10th District), 1946 (7th District). Baptist. Member, Freemasons. In 1943, he was briefed about the flaws in the Japanese anti-submarine munitions; he revealed this information to the press, and hence to the Japanese, who quickly improved their depth charges. After the war, this indiscretion was estimated to have cost the U.S. ten submarines and 800 men. Convicted, on July 3, 1947, on charges of accepting bribes for his influence in the award of munitions contracts during World War II; served nine months in prison; received a full pardon from President Harry S. Truman in 1952. Died in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky., September 6, 1959 (age 84 years, 74 days). Interment at Mayo Cemetery, Prestonsburg, Ky.
  Presumably named for: Andrew Jackson
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  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-).
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