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 Thomas Hale Boggs Sr.
Full Name: Thomas Hale Boggs Sr.
Born: Feb. 15, 1914 in Long Beach, Mississippi

Hale Boggs was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Orleans, Louisiana was appointed to the Warren Commission, charged with investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He dissented with the group’s decision that Kennedy had been killed by a single bullet.

Boggs was the House majority leader when an airplane in which he was traveling with Congressman Nick Begich disappeared in a remote region of Alaska. His suspicions, combined with the strange nature of his disappearance — reminiscent of later “political plane crashes” that always seem to kill Democrats — spawned many conspiracy theories.

Boggs’ wife, Lindy Boggs, was elected to his seat and was later appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican) by President Bill Clinton. His children include author and journalist Cokie Roberts.