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John P. East

AKA John Porter East

Born: 5-May-1931
Birthplace: Springfield, IL
Died: 29-Jun-1986
Location of death: Greenville, NC
Cause of death: Suicide [1]
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist [2]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator, committed suicide

Military service: USMC (1953-55)

Upon his death, Jim Broyhill was appointed to fill his Senate seat.


[1] Carbon monoxide poisoning.

[2] Member of Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, Greenville, NC

Father: Laurence Porter East
Mother: Virginia
Wife: Priscilla Sherk ("Sis", m. 1953, 2 daughters)
Daughter: Kathryn Porter East
Daughter: Martha East Vainright

    High School: Springfield, IL
    High School: University High School, Normal, IL
    University:
BA Political Science, Earlham College, Richmond, IN (1953)
    Law School: LLB, University of Illinois (1959)
    University: MA Political Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1962)
    University: PhD Political Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1964)
    Professor: East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (1964-80)

    US Senator, North Carolina 1981-86
    American Political Science Association
    Florida Bar 1959
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
    Paralyzed 1955
    Autopsy
    Risk Factors: Polio


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