U.S. Congress Members Killed/Wounded Through History
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- Sunday, August 28, 1831
U.S. Representative Spencer Darwin Pettis Missouri - In 1830 a quarrel over the United States Bank issue with Major Thomas Biddle escalated into a duel in which both men were killed on Bloody Island (Mississippi River) near St. Louis, Missouri.
- Saturday, February 24, 1838
U.S. Representative Jonathan Cilley Maine - Cilley was shot by Graves, the Whig Congressman from Kentucky's 8th district, during a duel.
- Thursday, May 22, 1856
U.S. Senator Charles Sumner Massachusetts - Preston Brooks attacked Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate with a cane. Brooks beat Sumner until he was unconscious so bad was the attack that Sumner did not return to the Senate for 3 years.
- Monday, September 13, 1858
U.S. Senator David Broderick California: Broderick and Terry, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, took part in a duel in San Francisco related to the slavery issue in California. Broderick was shot and died three days later
- Monday, October 21, 1861
U.S. Senator Edward Baker Oregon - Baker died during the Battle of Ball's Bluff, while assigned command of a brigade in Brigadier General Charles Pomeroy Stone's division, guarding fords along the Potomac River in Virginia. The Confederate soldiers were commanded by Brigadier General Nathan George Evans.
- Thursday, June 14, 1866
United States CapitolFirst Street NE, Washington, District Of Columbia | (202) 226-8000U.S. Representative Josiah Grinnell Iowa - Grinnell was assaulted with an iron-tipped cane by Rousseau, an Unconditional Unionist Congressman from Kentucky's 7th district, on the east portico of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in retaliation for derogatory statements he made earlier. Grinnell was pummeled on the head and face until the cane broke, and was heavily bruised.
- Sunday, December 22, 1867
- Thursday, October 22, 1868
U.S. Representative James Hinds Arkansas was killed in Indian Bays in Monroe County, Arkansas, after being shot in the back by George A. Clark, a member of the Ku Klux Klan and the secretary of the Democratic committee of the county.
- Monday, April 24, 1905
U.S. Representative John Pickney Texas - A political event in Hempstead, Texas, turned violent when one of the participants, J. N. Brown, began shooting. Other attendees began to shoot as well and a riot broke out. Pickney, his brother Tom, and Brown were all killed at the scene
- Sunday, September 8, 1935
Old State Capitol, Louisiana100 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA | (225) 342-0500U.S. Senator Huey Long Louisiana - Dr. Weiss approached Long in the Capitol Building and fired a handgun at Long from four feet away. Long died two days later at the hospital. More recent evidence suggests that Long's bodyguards may have accidentally shot and killed Long when they opened fire on Weiss, who was killed at the scene
- Monday, March 1, 1954
The United States Capitol shooting incident of 1954 was an attack on March 1, 1954 by four Puerto Rican nationalists who shot 30 rounds using automatic pistols from the Ladies' Gallery (a balcony for visitors) of the House of Representatives chamber in the United States Capitol.
Five representatives were shot in the attack. The wounded lawmakers were Alvin M. Bentley (R-Michigan), who took a bullet to the chest, Clifford Davis (D-Tennessee), who was shot in the leg, Ben F. Jensen (R-Iowa), who was shot in the back, as well as George Hyde Fallon (D-Maryland) and Kenneth A. Roberts (D-Alabama).
- Wednesday, June 5, 1968
U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy New York - Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after giving a speech for his presidential campaign; he died about 25 hours later. (The hotel was demolished and replaced with The Central Los Angeles New Learning Center #1 K-3, and Central Los Angeles New Learning Center #1 4–8/HS, along with the Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park)
- Sunday, January 28, 1973
- Saturday, November 18, 1978
U.S. Representative Leo Ryan California was assassinated in Guyana during an official visit to investigate allegations of abuse of American citizens at the Jonestown compound of the Peoples Temple religious organization in 1978.
- Thursday, September 1, 1983
U.S. Representative Lawrence Patton McDonald Georgia He was a passenger on board Korean Air Lines Flight 007 shot down by Soviet interceptors and presumed dead. McDonald was the only sitting member of Congress killed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
- Saturday, January 8, 2011
Tucson, Arizona7110 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ | (520) 575-0949U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords Arizona was shot in the head outside a Safeway grocery store in northwest Tucson during her first Congress on Your Corner gathering of the year.
Six people were killed, including U.S. District Judge John Roll, a Giffords aide and a young girl, and 18 others were wounded in the shooting.
- total distance: 29,090 miles (46.816 km)