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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Polk County

Index to Locations

  • Bartow Wildwood Cemetery
  • Lakeland Lakeland Memorial Gardens
  • Lakeland Lakeview Cemetery
  • Lakeland Roselawn Cemetery
  • Winter Haven Old Cemetery


    Wildwood Cemetery
    Bartow, Polk County, Florida
    Politicians buried here:
      Spessard Lindsey Holland (1892-1971) — also known as Spessard L. Holland — of Bartow, Polk County, Fla. Born in Bartow, Polk County, Fla., July 10, 1892. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; county judge in Florida, 1921-29; member of Florida state senate, 1932-40; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1940 (alternate), 1948 (alternate), 1952 (alternate; member, Platform and Resolutions Committee), 1956 (alternate), 1968; Governor of Florida, 1941-45; U.S. Senator from Florida, 1946-71. Methodist. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Shriners; Kiwanis; Elks; Alpha Tau Omega; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Delta Phi; American Bar Association. Sponsor of 24th Amendment outlawing the poll tax. Died in Bartow, Polk County, Fla., November 6, 1971 (age 79 years, 119 days). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Benjamin Franklin Holland and Fannie V. (Spessard) Holland; married, February 8, 1919, to Mary Agnes Groover.
      The Spessard Holland state office building (opened 1949), in Tallahassee, Florida, is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
      Frank Clark (1860-1936) — of Polk County, Fla.; Duval County, Fla.; Lake City, Columbia County, Fla.; Gainesville, Alachua County, Fla.; Miami, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla. Born in Eufaula, Barbour County, Ala., March 28, 1860. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1889-91, 1899; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, 1894-97; U.S. Representative from Florida 2nd District, 1905-25; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1920, 1924 (alternate). Baptist. Member, Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died in Washington, D.C., April 14, 1936 (age 76 years, 17 days). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Wise Clark and Mary Emeline (Keits) Clark; married to Mary Ellen Mays.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Lakeland Memorial Gardens
    2125 Bartow Road
    Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Joseph Edward Hendricks (1903-1974) — also known as Joe Hendricks — of DeLand, Volusia County, Fla.; Plant City, Hillsborough County, Fla. Born in Lake Butler, Union County, Fla., September 24, 1903. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Florida 5th District, 1937-49. Died in Lakeland, Polk County, Fla., October 20, 1974 (age 71 years, 26 days). Interment at Lakeland Memorial Gardens.
      Relatives: Son of Joseph Edward Hendricks (1865-1903) and Mary Ellinor (Andrews) Hendricks (1873-1918).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Lakeview Cemetery
    Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
    Politicians buried here:
      Lowell Curtis Wadmond (1896-1986) — also known as Lowell Wadmond — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Racine, Racine County, Wis., March 16, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1952. Baptist. Member, American Bar Association; Order of the Coif; Freemasons. Died September 25, 1986 (age 90 years, 193 days). Interment at Lakeview Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Christian George Wadmond and Celia (Jensen) Wadmond; married, July 27, 1938, to Mary Elita Cason (1904-1997).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Roselawn Cemetery
    Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
    Politicians buried here:
      Park Trammell (1876-1936) — of Lakeland, Polk County, Fla. Born in Macon County, Ala., April 9, 1876. Democrat. Lawyer; newspaper publisher; mayor of Lakeland, Fla., 1900-02; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1903-04; member of Florida state senate 7th District, 1905-09; Florida state attorney general, 1909-13; Governor of Florida, 1913-17; U.S. Senator from Florida, 1917-36; died in office 1936. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Woodmen. Died May 8, 1936 (age 60 years, 29 days). Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John W. Trammell and Ida E. (Park) Trammell; married, November 21, 1900, to Virginia Darby.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
      Herbert Jackson Drane (1863-1947) — also known as Herbert J. Drane — of Lakeland, Polk County, Fla. Born in Franklin, Simpson County, Ky., June 20, 1863. Democrat. Railroad builder; insurance and real estate business; orange grower; mayor of Lakeland, Fla., 1888-92; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1903-05; member of Florida state senate, 1913-17; U.S. Representative from Florida 1st District, 1917-33; defeated, 1932; member, Federal Power Commission, 1933-37. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Woodmen; Sigma Nu Phi. Died in Lakeland, Polk County, Fla., August 11, 1947 (age 84 years, 52 days). Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Ossian A. Drane and Josephine F. (Dickey) Drane; married, December 31, 1885, to Mary Wright; father of Ossian Wright Drane (died in World War I).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      James Hardin Peterson (1894-1978) — also known as J. Hardin Peterson — of Lakeland, Polk County, Fla. Born in Batesburg (now part of Batesburg-Leesville), Lexington County, S.C., February 11, 1894. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; citrus grower; Polk County Prosecuting Attorney, 1921-32; U.S. Representative from Florida 1st District, 1933-51; chairman, First State Bank of Lakeland. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Kappa Phi; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Knights of Pythias; Knights of Khorassan; Odd Fellows; Kiwanis; American Legion. Died in Lakeland, Polk County, Fla., March 28, 1978 (age 84 years, 45 days). Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Newton Fay Peterson and Willa E. (Geiger) Peterson; married, May 29, 1917, to Christine Farrar.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Old Cemetery
    Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida
    Politicians buried here:
      Robert Joseph Wells (1856-1941) — of Breckenridge, Wilkin County, Minn. Born in Mazomanie, Dane County, Wis., October 4, 1856. Newspaper editor; lawyer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 60, 1901-10. Baptist. Died in Winter Haven, Polk County, Fla., February 12, 1941 (age 84 years, 131 days). Interment at Old Cemetery.

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