List of assassinated American politicians
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This is a list of assassinated American politicians. Individuals listed were either elected or appointed to office, or were candidates for elected office.
|Politician||Portrait||Party||Year assassinated||Office held when assassinated||Site of assassination||Method of assassination||Name of assassin||Ref|
|Bent, CharlesCharles Bent||1847||Governor of New Mexico Territory||Taos, New Mexico||Arrows and scalping||Pueblo Indians and New Mexican rebels, Tomás Romero, Pablo Montoya|||
|Brady, JamesJames Brady||Republican||1981 (died 2014)||White House Press Secretary||Washington, D.C. (outside the Washington Hilton Hotel)||gunshot to head (died 33 years, 4 months later)||Hinckley, John|||
|Brown, DerwinDerwin Brown||2000||Sheriff-elect of DeKalb County, Georgia||Dekalb County, Georgia||gunshots||Patrick Cuffy, on orders by Sidney Dorsey, the incumbent sheriff of DeKalb County|||
|Burks, TommyTommy Burks||Democratic||1998||Tennessee State Senator||Cumberland County, Tennessee||gunshot to face||Looper, Byron|||
|Cermak, AntonAnton Cermak||Democratic||1933||Mayor of Chicago||Miami, Florida||gunshot to lung||Zangara, Giuseppe|||
|Chaves, José FranciscoJosé Francisco Chaves||Republican||1904||Delegate (former) to the United States House of Representatives from New Mexico Territory||Pinoswells, New Mexico||gunshots through window||Unknown assailant|||
|Clayton, John M.John M. Clayton||Republican||1889||Congressman-elect from Arkansas||Plumerville, Arkansas (at a boardinghouse)||gunshots through window||Unknown assailant|||
|Daronco, Richard J.Richard J. Daronco||1988||Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York||Pelham, New York (at his home)||gunshot||Koster, Charles L.|||
|Davis, James E.James E. Davis||Democratic||2003||New York City Councilman||New York City, New York City Hall||gunshots to chest||Askew, Othniel|||
|Garfield, James A.James A. Garfield||Republican||1881||President of the United States||Washington, D.C. (at railway station)||gunshot to spine (death took three months)||Guiteau, Charles J.|||
|Goebel, WilliamWilliam Goebel||Democratic||1900||Governor of Kentucky||Frankfort, Kentucky (outside the Old State Capitol)||gunshot to the chest||Uncertain; political opponents|||
|Gwatney, BillBill Gwatney||Democratic||2008||Chairman of Arkansas Democratic Party||Democratic Party Headquarters, Little Rock||gunshots||Johnson, Tim|||
|Hamilton, Cornelius S.Cornelius S. Hamilton||Republican||1867||Congressman from Ohio||Marysville, Ohio||Beaten to death||Thomas Hamilton (his son)|||
|Harrison, Sr., CarterCarter Harrison, Sr.||Democratic||1893||Mayor of Chicago||Chicago, Illinois (in his home)||gunshot||Prendergast, Patrick Eugene|||
|Hasse, MarkMark Hasse||2013||Assistant District Attorney for Kaufman County, Texas||Kaufman, Texas (outside the courthouse)||gunshot||Williams, Kim (charged, awaiting trial)|||
|Hindman, Thomas C.Thomas C. Hindman||Democratic||1868||Congressman (former) from Arkansas||Helena, Arkansas (at his home)||gunshots, hit in jaw and throat by shots through a window||Unknown assailants|||
|Hinds, James M.James M. Hinds||Republican||1868||Congressman from Arkansas||-||Gunshot||Ku Klux Klan member George A. Clark|||
|Holbrook, Edward DexterEdward Dexter Holbrook||Democratic||1870||Delegate (former) to the United States House of Representatives from Idaho Territory||Idaho City, Idaho||gunshot||Douglas, Charles H.|||
|Kennedy, John F.John F. Kennedy||Democratic||1963||President of the United States||Dallas, Texas (while motorcading)||gunshots to the neck/throat and head||Oswald, Lee Harvey (Charged but not Convicted) (murdered while awaiting trial)|||
|Kennedy, Robert F.Robert F. Kennedy||Democratic||1968||United States Senator and leading presidential candidate from New York||Los Angeles, California (in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel)||gunshot to head||Sirhan Sirhan|||
|King, EdEd King||1986||Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa||Mount Pleasant, Iowa at a city council meeting||gunshot||Davis, Ralph|||
|Lincoln, AbrahamAbraham Lincoln||Republican||1865||President of the United States||Washington, DC. (Ford's Theatre)||gunshot, pistol shot to the back of the skull||Booth, John Wilkes, a famous actor at the time of the assassination|||
|Lloyd, Sr., Russell G.Russell G. Lloyd, Sr.||Republican||1980||Mayor (former) of Evansville, Indiana||Kitchen of home in Evansville, Indiana||gunshot||van Orden, Julia|||
|Long, HueyHuey Long||Democratic||1935||United States Senator from Louisiana||Baton Rouge, Louisiana (inside the State Capitol)||gunshots||Weiss, Carl|||
|Lowenstein, Allard K.Allard K. Lowenstein||Democratic||1980||Congressman (former) from New York||New York City, New York (in his Manhattan office)||gunshots||Sweeney, Dennis|||
|McCook, Edwin StantonEdwin Stanton McCook||Republican||1873||Governor of Dakota Territory||Yankton, Dakota Territory (at a Saloon which was being used for a public meeting)||gunshot||Peter P. Wintermute|||
|McKinley, WilliamWilliam McKinley||Republican||1901||President of the United States||Buffalo, New York (at Pan-American Exposition)||gunshot to the abdomen||Czolgosz, Leon|||
|McLelland, MikeMike McLelland||2013||District Attorney for Kaufman County, Texas||Forney, Texas (in his home)||gunshot wounds||Williams, Kim (charged, awaiting trial)|||
|Milk, HarveyHarvey Milk||Democratic||1978||San Francisco City Supervisor||San Francisco, California (in his City Hall office)||gunshots to chest and head||White, Dan|||
|Moscone, GeorgeGeorge Moscone||Democratic||1978||Mayor of San Francisco||San Francisco, California (in his City Hall office)||gunshots to abdomen and head|||
|Patterson, AlbertAlbert Patterson||Democratic||1954||Alabama Attorney General-elect||Phenix City, Alabama (outside his office)||gunshots|||
|Pinckney, John M.John M. Pinckney||Democratic||1905||Congressman from Texas||Hempstead, Texas||gunshots||Unknown (riot started by J. N. Brown)|||
|Ramsay, DavidDavid Ramsay||1815||South Carolina State Senator and former Continental Congressman||Charleston, South Carolina||"Horseman's" Pistol, gunshots to back and hip/groin||William Linnen, whom Dr. Ramsay had reported to be insane in a criminal court inquiry|||
|Rockwell, George LincolnGeorge Lincoln Rockwell||American Nazi||1967||Fringe candidate for Governor of Virginia and founder of the American Nazi Party||Arlington, Virginia (outside a laundromat)||gunshot to aorta||Patler, John|||
|Roll, JohnJohn Roll||2011||Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona||Tucson, Arizona||gunshots to back||Loughner, Jared Lee|||
|Romero, TomásTomás Romero||1848||Alcalde of Taos Pueblo||Taos, New Mexico||handgun||John Fitzgerald|||
|Ryan, LeoLeo Ryan||Democratic||1978||Congressman from California||Port Kaituma, Guyana (on airport tarmac)||gunshots to body and face||Members of the People's Temple from Jonestown.|||
|Slough, John P.John P. Slough||Democratic||1867||Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court||Santa Fe, New Mexico||gunshot||Rynerson, William D.|||
|Sharp, Solomon P.Solomon P. Sharp||Democratic-Republican||1825||Kentucky Attorney General, Kentucky State Senator-elect||Home in Frankfort, Kentucky||Stabbed in front of his home||Beauchamp, Jereboam O.|||
|Smith, JosephJoseph Smith||1844||Mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois, Presidential candidate||Carthage, Illinois||Shot||The Carthage Greys|||
|Steunenberg, FrankFrank Steunenberg||Democratic||1905||Governor (former) of Idaho||Caldwell, Idaho (outside his home)||Bomb, set at front gate of his home||Orchard, Harry, possibly others|||
|Strang, JamesJames Strang||Democratic||1856||Michigan State Representative||Beaver Island, Michigan||gunshot||Bedford, Thomas|||
|Swoboda, MikeMike Swoboda||2008||Mayor of Kirkwood, Missouri||Kirkwood, Missouri (killed along with 5 other victims in the Kirkwood City Council shooting)||2 gunshots to head, died several months later from related complications.||Charles Lee "Cookie" Thornton (shot and killed by police at the scene)|||
|Thornton, JohnJohn Thornton||2010||Mayor of Washington Park, IL||Washington Park, Illinois (in his car)||gunshot to the chest||Jackson, Aaron (alleged, awaiting trial)|||
|Vance, Robert SmithRobert Smith Vance||1989||Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit||Mountain Brook, Alabama (in his home)||mail bomb||Moody, Walter Leroy, Jr.|||
|Wood, Samuel NewittSamuel Newitt Wood||1891||Kansas Territorial Legislator, Kansas State Senator||Hugoton, Kansas||gunshots to back and head||Brennan, James|||
|Wood, Jr., John H.John H. Wood, Jr.||1979||Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas||San Antonio, Texas (outside his home)||gunshot||Harrelson, Charles (hired by Jamiel Chagra)|||
- List of assassinated people
- List of United States federal judges killed in office
- United States Congress members killed or wounded in office
- Durand, John, ‘’The Taos Massacres’’, Puzzlebox Press, Elkhorn, WI 2004
- "Former Sheriff Guilty in Successor's Killing". The New York Times. July 11, 2002.
- "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians". Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Kendall, Peter. "The shooting of Anton Cermak". Chicago Tribune.
- Barnes, Kenneth. "John Middleton Clayton (1840–1889)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture.
- "American Notes Revenge - TIME magazine". Time. 1986-12-22. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- The Analectic Magazine, September 1815 (collected in Volume 6), "Biographical Memoir of David Ramsay, M.D." (by Robert Y. Hayne but uncredited in source), p. 224.
- Death Comes for the Chief Justice (1992) by Gary L. Roberts, p. 70.
- "Joseph Smith: Campaign for President of the United States" (2009) by Arnold K. Garr.
- "6 dead in shooting rampage at Kirkwood City Council". St. Louis Post Dispatch. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- Suhr, Jim. "Mayor of Troubled Illinois Town Is Slain." Associated Press. April 1, 2010. Retrieved on April 2, 2010.
- Spriggs, Afton. "Mayor of Washington Park found shot to death, 1 person in custody." KMOV. April 1, 2010. Retrieved on April 1, 2010.
- Memorial of Samuel N. Wood (1892) by Margaret Lyon Wood
Other sources for this page can be found in the articles for each person.