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Des Moines County
Iowa

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Des Moines County

Index to Locations

  • Burlington Aspen Grove Cemetery
  • Danville Jagger Cemetery


    Aspen Grove Cemetery
    Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa
    Politicians buried here:
      Henry Dodge (1782-1867) — of Ste. Genevieve County, Mo.; Michigan; Dodgeville, Iowa County, Wis. Born near Vincennes, Knox County, Ind., October 12, 1782. Democrat. General in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention from Ste. Genevieve County, 1820; member Michigan territorial council 7th District, 1832-33; Governor of Wisconsin Territory, 1836-41, 1845-48; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Wisconsin Territory, 1841-45; U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1848-57. Slaveowner. Died in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, June 19, 1867 (age 84 years, 250 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Nancy Ann (Hunter) Dodge and Israel Dodge (1760-1806); half-brother of Lewis Fields Linn; married 1800 to Christiana McDonald; father-in-law of James Clarke (1812-1850); father of Augustus Caesar Dodge; third cousin once removed of Augustus Sabin Chase (1828-1896); third cousin twice removed of Irving Hall Chase; third cousin thrice removed of Augustus Sabin Chase (1897-1970); fourth cousin once removed of David Lane Dodge.
      Political family: Polk family (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Dodge counties in Minn. and Wis., and Henry County, Iowa, are named for him.
      Fort Dodge (military installation, 1850-53), and the city of Fort Dodge, Iowa, were named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Henry Dodge (built 1943 at Richmond, California; sold and renamed SS Alheli; sank during a storm in the North Atlantic Ocean, 1968) was originally named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      James Wilson Grimes (1816-1872) — also known as James W. Grimes — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Deering, Hillsborough County, N.H., October 20, 1816. Member of Iowa territorial legislature, 1838-43; member of Iowa state legislature, 1852-54; Governor of Iowa, 1854-58; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1859-69. Congregationalist. Died in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, February 7, 1872 (age 55 years, 110 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Grimes (1772-1851) and Betsey (Wilson) Grimes (1773-1850); married 1846 to Elizabeth Sarah Neally (died 1890).
      The city of Grimes, Iowa, is named for him.  — Grimes Elementary School, in Burlington, Iowa, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS James W. Grimes (built 1943 at Portland, Oregon; scrapped 1972) was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Henry Gear (1825-1900) — also known as John H. Gear — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y., April 7, 1825. Republican. Mayor of Burlington, Iowa, 1863; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1871-77; Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1874-77; Governor of Iowa, 1878-82; U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1887-91, 1893-95; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1895-1900; died in office 1900; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1896. Died in Washington, D.C., July 14, 1900 (age 75 years, 98 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article
      Augustus Caesar Dodge (1812-1883) — also known as Augustus C. Dodge — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., January 2, 1812. Democrat. Delegate to U.S. Congress from Iowa Territory, 1840; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1848-55; U.S. Minister to Spain, 1855-59; candidate for Governor of Iowa, 1859; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1860; mayor of Burlington, Iowa, 1874. Scottish ancestry. Died in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, November 20, 1883 (age 71 years, 322 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Augustus Caesar
      Relatives: Son of Henry Dodge and Christiana (McDonald) Dodge (1785-1865); nephew of Lewis Fields Linn; third cousin once removed of James Knox Polk and William Hawkins Polk; third cousin twice removed of Charles Polk; fourth cousin of Augustus Sabin Chase, Marshall Tate Polk, Tasker Polk, Richard Tyler Polk and Edwin Fitzhugh Polk; fourth cousin once removed of Trusten Polk (1811-1876), Irving Hall Chase, Rufus King Polk and Frank Lyon Polk.
      Political families: Polk family; Maull family of Lewes, Delaware (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Dodge County, Neb. is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
      James Clarke (1812-1850) — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pa., July 5, 1812. Secretary of Iowa Territory, 1839-41; mayor of Burlington, Iowa, 1844-45; delegate to Iowa state constitutional convention from Des Moines County, 1844; Governor of Iowa Territory, 1845-46. Died in a cholera epidemic, in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, July 28, 1850 (age 38 years, 23 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son-in-law of Henry Dodge (1782-1867).
      Political families: Polk family; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Clarke County, Iowa is named for him.
      Shepherd Leffler (1811-1879) — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Washington County, Pa., April 24, 1811. Democrat. Member of Iowa territorial House of Representatives, 1839; delegate to Iowa state constitutional convention from Des Moines County, 1844; delegate to Iowa state constitutional convention from Des Moines County, 1846; U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1846-51 (at-large 1846-47, 2nd District 1847-51); candidate for Governor of Iowa, 1875. Died September 7, 1879 (age 68 years, 136 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Isaac Leffler (1788-1866).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Thomas Hedge (1844-1920) — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, June 24, 1844. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1899-1907. Member, Skull and Bones. Died in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, November 28, 1920 (age 76 years, 157 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Hedge (1815-1885) and Eliza B. (Eldridge) Hedge (1815-1869); married, January 8, 1873, to Mary Frances Cook (1850-1924).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Isaac Leffler (1788-1866) — Born in Washington County, Pa., November 17, 1788. Member of Virginia state legislature, 1817; U.S. Representative from Virginia 18th District, 1827-29; member of Wisconsin territorial legislature, 1836; member of Iowa territorial House of Representatives, 1841. Slaveowner. Died March 8, 1866 (age 77 years, 111 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Shepherd Leffler (1811-1879).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Benton Jay Hall (1835-1894) — also known as Benton J. Hall — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, January 13, 1835. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1872-73; member of Iowa state senate, 1882-85; U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1885-87; defeated, 1886. Died in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, January 5, 1894 (age 58 years, 357 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Joseph Champlin Stone (1829-1902) — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Westport, Essex County, N.Y., July 30, 1829. Republican. Iowa superintendent of public instruction, 1857; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1877-79. Died in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, December 3, 1902 (age 73 years, 126 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      John Joseph Seerley (1852-1931) — also known as John J. Seerley — of Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born near Toulon, Stark County, Ill., March 13, 1852. Democrat. School principal; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1891-93; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1920. Died in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, February 23, 1931 (age 78 years, 347 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Seerley (1821-1904) and Louisa Ann (Smith) Seerley (1826-1914); married to Elizabeth L. Clark (1854-1913) and Caroline Keeler (1861-1943).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Flournoy Henry (1793-1873) — of Kentucky; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Born in Scott County, Ky., January 17, 1793. Physician; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 12th District, 1826-27; medical school professor. Slaveowner. Died in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, November 12, 1873 (age 80 years, 299 days). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Henry (1761-1824) and Elizabeth Julia (Flournoy) Henry (1768-1813); brother of Robert Pryor Henry and Gustavus Adolphus Henry (1804-1880); married, May 7, 1818, to Mary Wilson Duke (1797-1821); married, January 1, 1828, to Lucy Stringer Ridgely (1805-1876); second cousin of Thomas Stanhope Flournoy; second cousin once removed of James Speed; third cousin once removed of Richard Aylett Buckner, Luke Pryor Blackburn and Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn; third cousin twice removed of James Madison and William Taylor Madison; third cousin thrice removed of Smith Alford Blackburn; fourth cousin of Aylette Buckner; fourth cousin once removed of Aylett Hawes Buckner and James Francis Buckner.
      Political families: Blackburn-Slaughter-Buckner-Madison family of Kentucky; Walker-Meriwether-Kellogg family of Virginia; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland; Bullitt-Fry-Henry family of Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Dale Ray Andre (1889-1950) — of Iowa. Born in 1889. Member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1917. Was indicted in 1931 for misusing investment funds; found not guilty, but his career was wrecked. Died in 1950 (age about 61 years). Interment at Aspen Grove Cemetery.


    Jagger Cemetery
    Danville, Des Moines County, Iowa
    Politicians buried here:
      Howard Alvin Mathews (1866-1945) — also known as Howard A. Mathews — of Iowa. Born September 27, 1866. Superintendent of schools; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1922-32; Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1928. Died April 23, 1945 (age 78 years, 208 days). Interment at Jagger Cemetery.

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