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Butte County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Butte County

Index to Locations

  • Chico Chico Cemetery
  • Gridley Gridley Cemetery
  • Oroville Unknown location
  • Oroville Old Oroville Cemetery

    Chico Cemetery
    881 Mangrove Avenue
    Chico, Butte County, California
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      John Bidwell (1819-1900) — of Chico, Butte County, Calif. Born in Chautauqua County, N.Y., August 5, 1819. Major in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of California state senate, 1849-50; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1860; U.S. Representative from California 3rd District, 1865-67; candidate for Governor of California, 1875 (Independent), 1890 (Prohibition); Prohibition candidate for President of the United States, 1892. Member, Freemasons. Died in Chico, Butte County, Calif., April 4, 1900 (age 80 years, 242 days). Interment at Chico Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Annie Ellicott Kennedy (1839-1918).
      The World War II Liberty ship SS John Bidwell (built 1942 at Terminal Island, California; scrapped 1960) was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Theodore Meriam (1910-2001) — also known as Ted Meriam — of Chico, Butte County, Calif. Born in Chico, Butte County, Calif., April 18, 1910. Mayor of Chico, Calif., 1949-59. Died in Chico, Butte County, Calif., August 5, 2001 (age 91 years, 109 days). Interment at Chico Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Morrison Ellsworth Meriam (1867-1947) and Annie (Lund) Meriam (1871-1937).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

    Gridley Cemetery
    Gridley, Butte County, California
    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Hastings Deuel (1868-1947) — of Chico, Butte County, Calif. Born in Forbestown, Butte County, Calif., 1868. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1936. Died in Chico, Butte County, Calif., 1947 (age about 79 years). Interment at Gridley Cemetery.

    Unknown Location
    Oroville, Butte County, California
    Politicians buried here:
      William Chalmers Hendricks (1825-1892) — also known as William C. Hendricks — of California. Born in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pa., 1825. Democrat. Went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1880 (Convention Vice-President); secretary of state of California, 1887-91. Died in Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., January 24, 1892 (age about 66 years). Interment somewhere.
      Relatives: Son of Abraham Hendricks (1785-1851) and Sarah Elizabeth (Henderson) Hendricks; brother of Abram Washington Hendricks; married to Susan Elizabeth Glass (1843-1921); father of Scott Springer Hendricks; nephew of Thomas Hendricks, William Hendricks and John Hendricks; first cousin of Abraham Hendricks (1805-1878), William Hendricks Jr. (1809-1850) and Thomas Andrews Hendricks.
      Political family: Hendricks family (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).

    Old Oroville Cemetery
    Oroville, Butte County, California
    Politicians buried here:
      Richard Quinton (1801-1885) — of Keokuk County, Iowa. Born in Kentucky, 1801. Served in the U.S. Army during the Black Hawk War; delegate to Iowa state constitutional convention from Keokuk County, 1844. Died November 7, 1885 (age about 84 years). Interment at Old Oroville Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Margaret Morgan.
      Epitaph: "Steadfast Father and Pioneer."

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