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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Politics

    Sargent Shriver: Born: 1915-11-09 - Died: 2011-01-18
    Sargent Shriver was a famous politician and activist, who was credited as one of the leading forces behind the creation of the Peace Corps. He founded the Job Corps, and ran as Vice President under George McGovern’s campaign.
    Richard Holbrooke: Born: 1941-04-24 - Died: 2010-12-13
    Richard Holbrooke is possibly one of the most important US diplomatic figures in the past 20 years. Recently, Holbrooke was assigned to a special adviser position for both Pakistan and Afghanistan, by President Obama.
    Elizabeth Edwards: Born: 1949-07-03 - Died: 2010-12-07
    Elizabeth Edwards was many things throughout her life. An attorney, a best-selling author, and wife to a US Senator. Her battle with breast cancer led Edwards to champion the cause, and she became known as a major inspiration to women around the world.
    Ted Stevens: Born: 1923-11-18 - Died: 2010-08-09
    Due to a death for one of the U.S Senators, Stevens was appointed to the position in 1968 by the Alaskan governor. After his appointment, Stevens will win his campaigns to be re-elected until his 2002 run.
    Robert Byrd: Born: 1959-01-03 - Died: 2010-06-28
    Robert Byrd was born Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr. in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina in 1917. At one year old, his mother died by way of a flu pandemic. Per their mother’s wishes, the kids in the family were dispersed to various relatives. Sale Jr. ended up living with his aunt and uncle in southern West […]
    Alexander Haig: Born: 1924-12-02 - Died: 2010-02-20
    Haig served as the United States Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and was also White House Chief of Staff under both President’s Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. Haig is well known for his incorrect interpretation of the U.S Constitution after the assassination attempt on Reagan, where he thought he assumed control after the […]
    Charlie Wilson: Born: 1933-06-01 - Died: 2010-02-10
    Wilson was a former naval officer and former 12-term Democratic United States Representative from the 2nd congressional district in Texas. His behind the scenes work during the Soviet war in Afghanistan was the subject of a very popular book and later movie starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
    John Murtha: Born: 1932-06-17 - Died: 2010-02-08
    Murtha was a politician from Pennsylvania, where he represented the states 12th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Murtha held the office from 1974 until his death in 2010. Murtha is probably most known for his views on the Iraq War
    Robert B. Parker: Born: 1932-09-17 - Died: 2010-01-18
    Parker was a famous crime writer who is probably best known for his Spenser and Jesse Stone series of novels. The Spenser series was adapted into a television show for the ABC Network during the late 1980s entitled Spenser: For Hire, starring the late Robert Urich. The Jesse Stone series has also been turned into […]
    Tsutomu Yamaguchi: Born: 1916-03-16 - Died: 2010-01-04
    Yamaguchi, a Japanese man, was the only person officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, which took place near the end of World War II. On August 6, 1945 Yamaguchi had just arrived in Hiroshima on business when the atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped over the city just […]
    Oral Roberts: Born: 1918-01-24 - Died: 2009-12-15
    Oral Roberts was a renowned televangelist and claimed Jesus had appeared to him numerous times asking him to undertake various tasks. Under the order of Jesus, Roberts opened his own university in 1963.
    William Safire: Born: 1929-12-17 - Died: 2009-09-27
    Safire was an author, journalist, columnist and presidential speechwriter. He is probably most known for his long running syndicated column for the New York Times. Safire retired from his political column in 2005, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times had the following to say about Safire… “The New York Times without Bill […]
    Ted Kennedy: Born: 1932-02-22 - Died: 2009-08-25
    Kennedy was a Senator from Massachusetts and a leading member of the Democratic Party. He had been in office since November 1962, serving nine terms in the Senate. Kennedy was the youngest brother to President John F. Kennedy.
    Don Hewitt: Born: 1922-12-14 - Died: 2009-08-19
    Hewitt was a television executive and producer who is best known for creating the news magazine show 60 Minutes.
    Robert Novak: Born: 1931-02-26 - Died: 2009-08-18
    Novak was a syndicated columnist, political commentator and journalist for more than 45 years. He was also the author of the longest-running syndicated column in U.S. political history.
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Born: 1921-07-10 - Died: 2009-08-11
    Shriver was a member of the prominent Kennedy family, younger sister to John F. Kennedy. She helped found the Special Olympics during the 1960s.
    Jack Kemp: Born: 1935-07-13 - Died: 2009-05-02
    Kemp was a former professional football player turned politician who was the Vice President nominee, in 1996, alongside Bob Dole. As a U.S. Congressman he was the primary driver of President Ronald Reagan’s supply-side economics agenda which led to large tax cuts. These cuts are largely credited with bringing on one of the most successful […]
    Steinar Lem: Born: 1951-05-09 - Died: 2009-04-28
    Lem was a Norwegian environmental activist, author and spokesperson for The Future In Our Hands, and anti-consumerism activist. Some of Lem’s work includes… – Signaler – compilation – Utenfor bymuren – short stories – Motlys – novel – Grenseovergang – novel – Bjørneboes menneskesyn i Frihetens øyeblikk – thesis – Den tause krigen – Det […]
    Ron Silver: Born: 1946-07-02 - Died: 2009-03-15
    Silver was an actor, director, producer and political activist. He made his acting debut in 1976 with the film Tunnel Vision. Silver had a very diverse career, some of his work consisted of Timecop, Mr. Saturday Night, Ali, and the recurring role as political adviser Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing. Though he was a […]
    Leonore Annenberg: Born: 1918-02-20 - Died: 2009-03-12
    Annenberg was the chairman and president of the Annenberg Foundation, and served as Chief of Protocol of the United States (1981 – 1982) under Ronald Reagan. Annenberg was a prominent philanthropist and the widow of Walter Annenberg, the Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
    W. Mark Felt: Born: 1913-08-17 - Died: 2008-12-18
    Felt was an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), he is most famous for being the Watergate scandal whistleblower called “Deep Throat”. Felt (Deep Throat) was leaking information to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward with critical leads to the story that eventually saw the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. Deep Throat […]
    Verne Orr: Born: 1916-11-12 - Died: 2008-11-27
    Orr was the 14th Secretary of the Air Force (1981 – 1985), appointed to the post by President Ronald Reagan. After high school, Orr went to Pomona College where he was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa key. Later he earned his master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University in 1939. Orr entered the United […]
    Cecil H. Underwood: Born: 1922-11-05 - Died: 2008-11-24
    Underwood was a Republican politician from West Virginia. He was the 25th & 32nd Governor of the state. An office he held from 1957 – 1961 and from 1997 – 2001. He ran for re-election again in 2000, but was defeated by Bob Wise. Underwood was both the youngest and the oldest person to ever […]
    Barack Obama, Sr.: Born: 1936-??-?? - Died: 1982-??-??
    Obama was a Kenyan senior government economist, and father of president-elect Barack Obama. He married fellow student Ann Dunham (who was pregnant with his child) in Maui, Hawaii on February 21, 1961. Obama failed to inform his new bride that he was still married at the time of their marriage. Dunham gave birth to Barack […]
    Madelyn Dunham: Born: 1922-10-26 - Died: 2008-11-03
    Dunham was the maternal grandmother of Barack Obama, the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee. Dunham raised Barack from age 10, after he lived for four years in Jakarta, Indonesia with his mother and stepfather. As a child, Barack referred to his grandmother has “Toot” which is short for “tutu” the Hawaiian word for grandmother. Barack gave […]
    Terence Tolbert: Born: 1964-01-01 - Died: 2008-11-02
    Tolbert was the director for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in the state of Nevada. On Election Day, Obama defeated John McCain by a 56% – 42% margin, carrying Nevada and it’s five electoral votes. This was considered a huge win for the Democratic Party, as the state is traditionally Republican.
    Marion Dewar: Born: 1928-03-31 - Died: 2008-09-15
    Dewar was the former mayor of Ottawa, Canada (1978 – 1985) and a member of the Parliament of Canada (1986 – 1988). Dewar graduated from Saint Joseph’s School of Nursing in Kingston, Ontario in 1949. She was a public health nurse from 1969 – 1971. She began her political career when she became an Ottawa […]
    Ed Bradley: Born: 1941-06-22 - Died: 2006-11-09
    Bradley was a journalist, who is best known for his 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News show 60 Minutes. During his career Bradley was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, anchored his own news broadcast, “CBS Sunday Night with Ed Bradley”, and covered the fall of Saigon. He […]
    Del Martin: Born: 1921-05-05 - Died: 2008-08-27
    Del Martin was a gay-rights activist and was married to Phyllis Lyon on June 16, 2008, in the first same-sex marriage in California when the law allowing such a union was passed. Martin and Lyons had co-founded the first lesbian political organization in the U.S. – the Daughters of Bilitis. They were also president and […]
    Stephanie Tubbs Jones: Born: 1949-09-10 - Died: 2008-08-20
    Jones was a Democratic politician who served in the United States House of Representatives, for the 11th District of Ohio. She was also the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress from Ohio. Jones was also named chairwoman of the House of Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for the 110th Congress. She was […]