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Lee County
Alabama

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Lee County

Index to Locations

  • Auburn Pine Hill Cemetery
  • Opelika Rosemere Cemetery


    Pine Hill Cemetery
    Auburn, Lee County, Alabama
    Politicians buried here:
      James Ferguson Dowdell (1818-1871) — also known as James F. Dowdell — of Chambers Court House (now Lafayette), Chambers County, Ala. Born near Monticello, Jasper County, Ga., November 26, 1818. Lawyer; candidate for Alabama state house of representatives, 1849, 1851; U.S. Representative from Alabama, 1853-59 (7th District 1853-55, 3rd District 1855-59); colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; president, East Alabama College at Auburn, 1868-70. Died near Auburn, Lee County, Ala., September 6, 1871 (age 52 years, 284 days). Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Lewis Jefferson Dowdell (1785-1848) and Elizabeth Clay (Farley) Dowdel (1800-1826); brother of William Crawford Dowdell; married to Sarah Hamilton Render (1822-1887); father of James Render Dowdell; uncle of William James Samford; grandfather of Armstead Brown (1875-1951); granduncle of William Hodges Samford and Thomas Drake Samford.
      Political family: Dowdell-Samford family of Auburn, Alabama.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Crawford Dowdell (1826-1901) — also known as William C. Dowdell — of Auburn, Lee County, Ala. Born in Jasper County, Ga., February 8, 1826. Democrat. Postmaster at Auburn, Ala., 1895-1901. Methodist. Died in Auburn, Lee County, Ala., March 17, 1901 (age 75 years, 37 days). Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of James Ferguson Dowdell; uncle of William James Samford and James Render Dowdell; granduncle of William Hodges Samford, Thomas Drake Samford and Armstead Brown (1875-1951).
      Political family: Dowdell-Samford family of Auburn, Alabama.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Rosemere Cemetery
    Opelika, Lee County, Alabama
    Politicians buried here:
      William James Samford (1844-1901) — of Alabama. Born in Meriwether County, Ga., September 16, 1844. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; lawyer; Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1872, 1876; delegate to Alabama state constitutional convention, 1875; U.S. Representative from Alabama 3rd District, 1879-81; member of Alabama state senate, 1892-95; Governor of Alabama, 1900-01; died in office 1901. Died in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Ala., June 11, 1901 (age 56 years, 268 days). Interment at Rosemere Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Flewellyn Samford (1817-1894) and Susan Lewis (Dowdell) Samford (1822-1897); married, October 31, 1865, to Caroline Elizabeth Drake (1847-1940; granddaughter of John Hodges Drake); father of William Hodges Samford (1866-1940) and Thomas Drake Samford; nephew of James Ferguson Dowdell and William Crawford Dowdell; first cousin of James Render Dowdell; first cousin once removed of Armstead Brown.
      Political family: Dowdell-Samford family of Auburn, Alabama.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Louis Dickinson (1925-2008) — also known as William L. Dickinson; Bill Dickinson — of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Born in Opelika, Lee County, Ala., June 5, 1925. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; common pleas court judge in Alabama, 1953-59; circuit judge in Alabama, 1959-63; assistant vice president, Southern Railway System, 1963-64; U.S. Representative from Alabama 2nd District, 1965-93. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Kiwanis; American Bar Association. Died, from colon cancer, in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala., March 31, 2008 (age 82 years, 300 days). Interment at Rosemere Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
      Thomas Drake Samford (1868-1947) — also known as Thomas D. Samford — of Opelika, Lee County, Ala. Born in Auburn, Lee County, Ala., November 2, 1868. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Alabama Democratic State Executive Committee, 1896-98; president, Bank of Opelika, 1911-12; director, Lowe & Samford Grocery Co.; U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, 1913-24, 1934-42. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Knights of Pythias. Died February 26, 1947 (age 78 years, 116 days). Interment at Rosemere Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William James Samford and Caroline Elizabeth (Drake) Samford (1847-1940); brother of William Hodges Samford; married, July 5, 1899, to Louise Andrew Westcott; grandnephew of James Ferguson Dowdell and William Crawford Dowdell; great-grandson of John Hodges Drake (1767-1859); first cousin once removed of James Render Dowdell; second cousin of Armstead Brown.
      Political family: Dowdell-Samford family of Auburn, Alabama.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      George Paul Harrison (1841-1922) — also known as George P. Harrison — of Opelika, Lee County, Ala. Born near Savannah, Chatham County, Ga., March 19, 1841. Democrat. General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Alabama state constitutional convention, 1875; member of Alabama state senate, 1876; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1892; U.S. Representative from Alabama 3rd District, 1894-97; delegate to Alabama state constitutional convention, 1901. Died in Opelika, Lee County, Ala., July 17, 1922 (age 81 years, 120 days). Interment at Rosemere Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Nimrod Davis Denson (1856-1927) — also known as N. D. Denson — of Lafayette, Chambers County, Ala.; Opelika, Lee County, Ala. Born in Russell County, Ala., June 20, 1856. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Alabama state senate, 1884-88; circuit judge in Alabama, 1892-1904; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1900, 1916; associate justice of Alabama state supreme court, 1904-09. Died in Columbus, Muscogee County, Ga., March 25, 1927 (age 70 years, 278 days). Interment at Rosemere Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Augustus Russel Denson (1812-1871) and Elizabeth (Ivey) Denson (1819-1899); brother of William Henry Denson; married, December 19, 1883, to Carrie Eugenia Vernon (1861-1953); father of Nimrod Davis Denson, Jr. (1887-1958); grandfather of John Vernon Denson II; fourth cousin once removed of Samuel Crawford Denson.
      Political family: Denson family of Opelika, Alabama.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Dallas Burton Smith (1883-1936) — also known as Dallas B. Smith — of Opelika, Lee County, Ala. Born in Opelika, Lee County, Ala., March 9, 1883. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; served in the U.S. Army on the Mexican border; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I; candidate for Governor of Alabama, 1918; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1920; candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama 3rd District, 1920. Member, Rotary; Freemasons. Died, in the Veterans Hospital, Gulfport, Harrison County, Miss., August 1, 1936 (age 53 years, 145 days). Interment at Rosemere Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Mary Josephine (Bingham) Smith (1844-1905) and Dallas Burton Smith (1844-1913); married to Allie Mitchell (1886-1971); nephew of William Hugh Smith; great-grandson of David Dickson.
      Political family: Smith family of Opelika, Alabama.
      The Dallas B. Smith Armory (now the Dallas B. Smith Building), in Opelika, Alabama, is named for him.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Dallas Burton Smith (1844-1913) — also known as Dallas B. Smith — of Opelika, Lee County, Ala. Born near Wedowee, Randolph County, Ala., October 19, 1844. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; merchant; postmaster at Opelika, Ala., 1889-93, 1897-1913; delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1896 (alternate), 1908. Member, Elks; Grand Army of the Republic; Loyal Legion. Died, from locomotor ataxia, in Opelika, Lee County, Ala., January 25, 1913 (age 68 years, 98 days). Interment at Rosemere Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Nancy Campbell (Dickson) Smith (1802-1894) and Jeptha Vinen Smith; brother of William Hugh Smith (1826-1899); married, November 8, 1866, to Mary Josephine Bingham (1844-1905); father of Dallas Burton Smith; grandson of David Dickson.
      Political family: Smith family of Opelika, Alabama.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Nimrod Davis Denson, Jr. (1887-1958) — also known as Nim Denson — of Opelika, Lee County, Ala. Born in Alabama, January 31, 1887. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1936. Died June 13, 1958 (age 71 years, 133 days). Interment at Rosemere Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Nimrod Davis Denson and Carrie (Vernon) Denson (1861-1953); married 1920 to Annie Elizabeth Rush (born 1897); father of John Vernon Denson II; nephew of William Henry Denson (1846-1906).
      Political family: Denson family of Opelika, Alabama.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


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