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Eugene F. Vacheron —
of Ozone Park, Queens, Queens
member of New York
state assembly, 1894-95, 1901 (Queens County 3rd District
1894-95, Queens County 2nd District 1901); resigned 1895; charged
in 1895; tried
and acquitted, but resigned
from the Assembly; convicted
larceny, February 28, 1912.
Clement Laird Vallandigham (1820-1871) —
also known as Clement L. Vallandigham —
Born in New Lisbon (now Lisbon), Columbiana
County, Ohio, July 29,
member of Ohio
state house of representatives, 1845-46; delegate to Democratic
National Convention from Ohio, 1856,
Representative from Ohio 3rd District, 1858-63; defeated, 1852,
1854, 1862; candidate for Governor of
Leader of the pro-Southern "Copperheads" during the Civil War; arrested
by the Union military authorities in 1863 for treasonable
utterances, and banished
to the Confederate States; returned to the North by way of Canada.
himself, while practicing a courtroom
demonstration he planned as part of a defense in a murder trial (not
actually in court at the time, contrary to legend), and died of his
wound the next day, in the Lebanon House hotel,
County, Ohio, June 17,
1871 (age 50 years, 323
Interment at Woodland
Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.
John Van Buren (1810-1866) —
also known as "Prince John" —
of Albany, Albany
Born in Hudson, Columbia
County, N.Y., February
York state attorney general, 1845-47; appointed 1845; defeated,
1847, 1865; in September 1845, during a trial, he and opposing
L. Jordan came to
blows in the courtroom; both were sentenced
to 24 hours solitary confinement in jail; his resignation
as Attorney General was refused by the governor.
Died, from exposure,
the ship Scotia, en route from Liverpool to New York, in
Atlantic Ocean, October
13, 1866 (age 56 years, 245
Interment at Albany
Rural Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.
Washington Irving Vanderpoel (born c.1880) —
also known as W. Irving Vanderpoel —
of Brooklyn, Kings
County, N.Y.; Freeport, Nassau
County, Long Island, N.Y.
Born in New York, about 1880.
president of Freeport, New York, 1925-26; candidate for U.S.
Representative from New York 1st District, 1926.
in December 1936, along with his brother Edwin and others, by a
federal grand jury, over his involvement in a stock
swindle; found not guilty, but his brother was convicted.
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Eccles G. Van Riper (b. 1841) —
of Evansville, Vanderburgh
Born in New York, New York
County, N.Y., October
of Evansville, Ind., 1870.
In 1862, while traveling on business in Arkansas, was captured
by the Confederate Army and charged
with being a spy;
before a military court in Little Rock and sentenced
to death; reprieved by the arrival of a new military commander, but
until the end of the war.
William Scott Vare (1867-1934) —
also known as William S. Vare —
of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia
County, Pa., December
Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from
candidate for mayor
of Philadelphia, Pa., 1911; U.S.
Representative from Pennsylvania 1st District, 1912-23, 1923-27;
member of Pennsylvania
state senate 1st District, 1923; U.S.
Senator from Pennsylvania, 1927-29.
Political boss of Philadelphia in the 1920's; unseated
as U.S. Senator in 1929 over charges
of corruption and fraud in his election.
Died in Atlantic City, Atlantic
County, N.J., August
7, 1934 (age 66 years, 226
Interment at West
Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Irving Charles Velson (1913-1976) —
also known as Irving C. Velson; Irving Charles
Shavelson; Charles Wilson; "Nick";
of Brooklyn, Kings
County, N.Y.; San
Born in New York City (unknown
county), N.Y., June 3,
Local 13, Shipbuilders
Union; American Labor candidate for New York
state senate 11th District, 1938; served in the U.S. Navy during
World War II; in 1951 and 1953, he was brought to testify before
Congressional committees about his Communist and Soviet activities,
including efforts to infiltrate
the U.S. military with Soviet spies; he repeatedly refused to answer
questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination;
as a result, he was "barred for
life" by the Shipbuilders' union; later, served as international
representative for the (West Coast) International Longshoreman's
and Warehousemen's Union.
Venona Project documents (decrypted Soviet messages from the World
War II era), released in 1995, show that he was an agent
for Soviet military intelligence under the code name "Nick".
Died in San
Francisco, Calif., February
18, 1976 (age 62 years, 260
ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay.
Joseph E. Venuti (born c.1915) —
of Tuckahoe, Westchester
Born about 1915.
candidate for U.S.
Representative from New York 27th District, 1944.
He and two others were indicted
in July 1951, and charged with conspiring to violate gambling
laws; the trial was delayed while he was hospitalized with a stomach
in his hospital bed and transferred to jail;
the other two co-defendants were tried separately and convicted;
later, the convictions were reversed, and the indictment of Mr.
Venuti was dismissed.
of Joseph Venuti and Pauline Venuti.|
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Robert Alexander Vogeler (1911-1992) —
also known as Robert A. Vogeler —
of Bedford, Westchester
County, N.Y.; Cos Cob, Greenwich, Fairfield
County, Conn.; Mt. Kisco, Westchester
County, N.Y.; Horseheads, Chemung
Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, Queens
County, N.Y., September
Republican. Vice-president, International Telephone and Telegraph; arrested
by the Hungarian Communist government in 1949, tortured, tried and
convicted of espionage;
released in 1951; honored guest, Republican National Convention,
Died in Horseheads, Chemung
County, N.Y., April
22, 1992 (age 80 years, 229
William W. Voisine (1897-1959) —
also known as Wilfred William Voisine —
of Ecorse, Wayne
Born in Michigan, November
president of Ecorse, Michigan, 1936-37; members of a steelworker
terrorist group, the Black Legion, repeatedly attempted
to kill him in 1936; Jesse Pettijohn and Lawrence Madden were
later convicted of conspiracy to commit murder; mayor of
Ecorse, Mich., 1948-49, 1954-57.
in April, 1950, of falsely
testifying to a Congressional committee in 1948 that he had
received only the regular price for steel; sentenced
to two years in federal prison.
In October, 1956, a warrant
was issued for his arrest,
along with several members of the city council, for knowingly permitting
illegal gambling in Ecorse, in return for bribes and
gratuities; Gov. G.
Mennen Williams initiated removal
proceedings against the officials.
Died in 1959
of Abel Voisine (1859-1930) and Eugenia Jennie (Blais) Voisine
(1870-1909); married, August
1, 1918, to Helen Pearl O'Brien.|
Charles Henry Voorhis (1833-1896) —
also known as Charles H. Voorhis —
of New Jersey.
Born in Spring Valley (now Paramus), Bergen
County, N.J., March
Republican. Lawyer; banker;
delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1864;
Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1879-81.
in 1881 for bank
fraud over his actions as president of two banks, which later
became insolvent; tried
and found not guilty.
Fearing oncoming total blindness, he died from a self-inflicted
in his office
at the Davidson Building, Jersey City, Hudson
County, N.J., April
15, 1896 (age 63 years, 33
Original interment at Bayview
- New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.; reinterment at Hackensack
Cemetery, Hackensack, N.J.