Posted Jan 10, 2011, 7:52 am
More than 60 members of Congress have died in office of something other than natural causes.
Most were killed in automobile or plane crashes, while some committed suicide, according to a 2002 Congressional Research Service report.
Only four Congress members have been assassinated. At least 10 were killed while in office:
- Rep. Leo J. Ryan (D-Calif.) died from gunshot wounds received while visiting Rev. Jim Jones' religious commune in Guyana on Nov. 18, 1978.
- Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) was assassinated on June 6, 1968.
- Sen. Huey Long (D-La.) was assassinated. Shot Sept. 8, 1935, and died two days later.
- Rep. John McPherson Pinckney (D-Texas) was assaulted and killed on April 24, 1905.
- Rep. James Hinds (R-Ark.) was assassinated on Oct. 22, 1868.
- Rep. Cornelius Springer Hamilton (R-Ohio) was killed on Dec. 22, 1867, by his insane son.
- Sen. Edward Dickinson Baker (R-Ore.) was killed on Oct. 21, 1861, in the Battle of Ball's Bluff during the Civil War.
- Sen. David Colbreth Broderick (D-Calif.) wounded in a duel on Sept. 13, 1859, and died three days later.
- Rep. Johnathan Cilley (D-Maine) was killed on Feb. 24, 1838, in a duel with Rep. William J. Graves of Kentucky.
- Rep. Spencer Darwin Pettis (D-Mo.) died Aug. 28, 1931, in a duel with Major Thomas Biddle, who also died.
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