I run across this website on a somewhat regular basis – http://politicalgraveyard.com/. It’s an interesting website:
The Internet’s Most Comprehensive Source of U.S. Political Biography
(or, The Web Site that Tells Where the Dead Politicians are Buried)
Created and maintained by Lawrence Kestenbaum
I checked on a former mayor of Wichita and the Political Graveyard had a bit more information about him than Wikipedia; Wikipedia did have a small amount of information about him that wasn’t on the Political Graveyard. Plus, Wikipedia linked to the Political Graveyard article about him. He’s not dead and a fair number of the people listed on the website are still living.
I checked one family line and it had a couple of entries who had run unsuccessfully for political office. Worth checking out if you have or suspect you have politicians in your tree. Even if you don’t think you have any, you may find out you have some. Most of my family surname lines are too common for me to easily find a match.
If you have an uncommon surname in your genealogy, it may be worth checking out.