June 14, 1932

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1932, Tennessee Representative Edward Eslicked died from a heart attack on the House Floor as he was pleading for the passage of the Wright Patman World War I Bonus Bill, which would have given the World War I Veterans the bonus money promised to them to be paid in 1945. This is the first recorded incident of a politician dying while fulfilling his duty for the soldiers of this country, instead of the other way around. The Bill was passed by the House on June 15, 1932, but the Senate overwhelmingly rejected it and even if it had passed both Houses, President Hoover had promised to veto it anyway.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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