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Iowa

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Polk County

Index to Locations

  • Altoona New Altoona Cemetery
  • Avon Avon Cemetery
  • Des Moines Unknown location
  • Des Moines Glendale Cemetery
  • Des Moines Masonic Cemetery
  • Des Moines Woodland Cemetery
  • Valley Junction Glendale Cemetery
  • West Des Moines Resthaven Cemetery


    New Altoona Cemetery
    Altoona, Polk County, Iowa
    Politicians buried here:
      Wilmer Dean Aubrey (1904-1975) — also known as W. Dean Aubrey — of Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa. Born in Munterville, Wapello County, Iowa, September 28, 1904. Democrat. Meatpacking worker; secretary, United Packinghouse Workers, Local 1; secretary, Ottumwa Industrial Union Council (CIO); coal operator; member of Iowa state house of representatives from Wapello County, 1945-46, 1949-51. Methodist. Member, Eagles. Died in October, 1975 (age 71 years, 0 days). Interment at New Altoona Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Aubrey and Rosa E. (Chrisman) Aubrey; married 1935 to Evelyn Juanita Smith (1918-2013).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Avon Cemetery
    Avon, Polk County, Iowa
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Alice Elizabeth Figg (1882-1953) — also known as Alice E. Figg — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, January 21, 1882. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1940, 1948; member of Iowa Republican State Central Committee, 1942-50; treasurer of Iowa Republican Party, 1950-52. Female. Lutheran. Member, American Legion Auxiliary. Died, from a heart ailment, in a hospital at Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, November 8, 1953 (age 71 years, 291 days). Interment at Avon Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Samuel S. Figg (1876-1966).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Unknown Location
    Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
    Politicians buried here:
      James S. Clarkson (1842-1918) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa; New York, New York County, N.Y.; Tarrytown, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Brookville, Franklin County, Ind., May 17, 1842. Republican. Newspaper editor; railroad builder; Iowa Republican state chair, 1869-71; postmaster at Des Moines, Iowa, 1871-79; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1888, 1892, 1896; member of Republican National Committee from Iowa, 1880-96; Chairman of Republican National Committee, 1891-92; First Assistant U.S. Postmaster General, 1889-90; U.S. Surveyor of Customs, 1902-10. Assisted more than 500 escaping slaves en route to Canada via the "underground railroad," 1856-62. Died in Newark, Essex County, N.J., May 31, 1918 (age 76 years, 14 days). Interment somewhere.
      Relatives: Son of Elizabeth (Goudie) Clarkson and Coker Fifield Clarkson (1820?-?); married, December 26, 1867, to Anna Howell.
      See also Wikipedia article


    Glendale Cemetery
    Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
    Politicians buried here:
      Henry Agard Wallace (1888-1965) — also known as Henry A. Wallace — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa; South Salem, Westchester County, N.Y. Born near Orient, Adair County, Iowa, October 7, 1888. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1933-40; Vice President of the United States, 1941-45; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1940, 1944 (speaker); candidate for Democratic nomination for Vice President, 1944; U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1945-46; Progressive candidate for President of the United States, 1948. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., November 18, 1965 (age 77 years, 42 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of May (Brodhead) Wallace and Henry Cantwell Wallace (1866-1924); married, May 20, 1914, to Ilo Browne.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Books about Henry A. Wallace: John C. Culver & John Hyde, American Dreamer : The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace — Graham White & John Maze, Henry A. Wallace : His Search for a New World Order — Dwight Macdonald, Henry Wallace : The Man and the Myth
      Clyde LaVerne Herring (1879-1945) — also known as Clyde L. Herring — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., May 3, 1879. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; member of Democratic National Committee from Iowa, 1924-28; Governor of Iowa, 1933-37; defeated, 1920; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1936, 1940; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1937-43; defeated, 1922, 1942. Congregationalist. Died in Washington, D.C., September 15, 1945 (age 66 years, 135 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      George Allison Wilson (1884-1953) — also known as George A. Wilson — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born near Menlo, Adair County, Iowa, April 1, 1884. Republican. Lawyer; Polk County Attorney, 1915-16; district judge in Iowa, 1917-21; member of Iowa state senate, 1925-35; Governor of Iowa, 1939-43; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1943-49; defeated, 1948; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1944. Methodist. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, September 8, 1953 (age 69 years, 160 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
      Archibald Alphonso Alexander (1888-1958) — also known as Archie Alexander — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, May 14, 1888. Civil engineer; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 1954-55; resigned 1955. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, January 4, 1958 (age 69 years, 235 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Hubert Utterback (1880-1942) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Hayesville, Keokuk County, Iowa, June 28, 1880. Democrat. Lawyer; district judge in Iowa 9th District, 1915-27; justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1932-33; U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1935-37; defeated, 1938; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1936; member of Democratic National Committee from Iowa, 1939. Disciples of Christ. Member, Acacia; Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Phi Omega; Delta Theta Phi; Lions. Died in 1942 (age about 62 years). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of A. M. Utterback and Julia Esther (Hayes) Utterback; married, October 4, 1904, to Edith Gwynne (died 1930); married, December 25, 1934, to Cora Alice Prine; cousin *** of John Gregg Utterback (1872-1955).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Benjamin Joseph Gibson (1881-1949) — also known as Ben J. Gibson — of Corning, Adams County, Iowa; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Corning, Adams County, Iowa, November 13, 1881. Republican. Lawyer; Adams County Attorney, 1908-12; member of Iowa state senate 6th District, 1917-18; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Iowa state attorney general, 1921-27. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died in 1949 (age about 67 years). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Gibson and Virginia Gibson; married, September 5, 1905, to Anna Rolston.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Solomon Francis Prouty (1854-1927) — also known as Solomon F. Prouty — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Delaware, Delaware County, Ohio, January 17, 1854. Republican. Member of Iowa state legislature, 1879; district judge in Iowa 9th District, 1899-1902; U.S. Representative from Iowa 7th District, 1911-15. Died in 1927 (age about 73 years). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Frederic Magoun Miller (1896-1958) — also known as Frederic M. Miller — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, February 18, 1896. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1939-46. Member, Freemasons; American Bar Association. Died, of prostate cancer, in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, June 8, 1958 (age 62 years, 110 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      Relatives: Grandnephew of William E. Miller (1829?-?).
      Alexis U. Coates (1858-1943) — also known as A. U. Coates — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Excelsior, Richland County, Wis., June 21, 1858. School teacher; music store manager; grocer; real estate dealer; Prohibition candidate for Governor of Iowa, 1901; Prohibition candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1936. Church of Christ. English ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, January 21, 1943 (age 84 years, 214 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Harvey Coates (1833-1917) and Anna French (Knowlton) Coates (1839-1923); married, August 31, 1875, to Isabel Lein.
      Carroll O. Switzer (1908-1960) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Pilot Mound, Boone County, Iowa, May 23, 1908. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1940, 1948; U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa, 1949-50. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, May 30, 1960 (age 52 years, 7 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      See also federal judicial profile
      Mark G. Thornburg (1882-1962) — of Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa. Born in Linden, Dallas County, Iowa, June 8, 1882. Republican. Iowa secretary of agriculture, 1924-33, 1939-43. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Phi Kappa Psi; Alpha Zeta. Died December 15, 1962 (age 80 years, 190 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas A. Thornburg and Jennie (Vestal) Thornburg; married to Blanche Scholes (died 1969).
      Carl G. Radosevich (1920-2001) — of Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa. Born in Lovilia, Monroe County, Iowa, January 22, 1920. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of Ottumwa, Iowa, 1988-93; defeated, 1965. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Lions; Elks. Died in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa, August 6, 2001 (age 81 years, 196 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.


    Masonic Cemetery
    Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
    Politicians buried here:
    Edwin T. Meredith Edwin Thomas Meredith (1876-1928) — also known as Edwin T. Meredith — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Avoca, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, December 23, 1876. Democrat. Democratic candidate for Governor of Iowa, 1916, 1918 (primary); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1916, 1920, 1924; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1920-21; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1920. Methodist. Died June 17, 1928 (age 51 years, 177 days). Interment at Masonic Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Oliver Meredith and Minnie Minerva (Marsh) Meredith; married, January 8, 1896, to Edna C. Elliott.
      See also NNDB dossier
      Image source: Library of Congress
      Paul Harvey Cunningham (1890-1961) — also known as Paul Cunningham — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Indiana County, Pa., June 15, 1890. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1933-36; U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1941-59 (6th District 1941-43, 5th District 1943-59); defeated, 1958. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Sigma Phi Epsilon; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Moose. Died in Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minn., July 16, 1961 (age 71 years, 31 days). Interment at Masonic Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Robert Harvey Cunningham and Sarah Jane (McQuaide) Cunningham; married 1918 to Harriett French Plummer; married, December 26, 1926, to Gail Fry; father of Edward Plummer Cunningham (U.S. Marine; killed in action in Saipan, 1944).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Francis Robert Gaynor (1852-1920) — also known as Frank R. Gaynor — of Le Mars, Plymouth County, Iowa. Born in Canada, 1852. Republican. District judge in Iowa 4th District, 1891-1912; justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1913-20. Died in 1920 (age about 68 years). Interment at Masonic Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1878 to Annis Judd (1857-1937).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
    Clyde Spry Clyde Spry (1889-1961) — of Woodbury County, Iowa. Born near Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, March 26, 1889. Republican. Farmer; Iowa secretary of agriculture, 1950-61; appointed 1950; died in office 1961. Presbyterian. Member, Farm Bureau; Izaak Walton League; Moose; Freemasons. Died June 14, 1961 (age 72 years, 80 days). Interment at Masonic Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1911 to Fern Barney (1887-1920).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Iowa Official Register 1951-52


    Woodland Cemetery
    Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa

    Politicians buried here:
    Henry Cantwell Wallace Henry Cantwell Wallace (1866-1924) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Rock Island, Rock Island County, Ill., May 11, 1866. Farmer; college professor; magazine editor; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1921-24; died in office 1924. Presbyterian. Member, Delta Tau Delta; Phi Kappa Phi; Freemasons. Died in Washington, D.C., October 25, 1924 (age 58 years, 167 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Henry Wallace and Nannie (Cantwell) Wallace; married, November 24, 1887, to Carrie May Brodhead; father of Henry Agard Wallace (1888-1965).
      See also NNDB dossier
      Image source: American Review of Reviews, February 1922
    John A. Kasson John Adam Kasson (1822-1910) — also known as John A. Kasson — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Charlotte, Chittenden County, Vt., January 11, 1822. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1860; U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1863-67, 1873-77, 1881-84 (5th District 1863-67, 7th District 1873-77, 1881-84); member of Iowa state legislature, 1868; U.S. Minister to Austria-Hungary, 1877-81; Germany, 1884-85. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died May 18, 1910 (age 88 years, 127 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, November 1901
    James B. Weaver James Baird Weaver (1833-1912) — also known as James B. Weaver — of Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa; Colfax, Jasper County, Iowa. Born in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, June 12, 1833. General in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; newspaper editor; U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1879-81, 1885-89; candidate for President of the United States, 1880 (Greenback Labor), 1892 (Populist); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1904. Methodist. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, February 6, 1912 (age 78 years, 239 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Abram Weaver and Susan (Imlay) Weaver; great-grandfather of Hank Ketchum ("Dennis the Menace" cartoonist); second great-grandfather of Stephen Collins (television actor).
      The World War II Liberty ship SS James B. Weaver (built 1943, scrapped 1965) was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
      Image source: The Parties and The Men (1896)
    Albert B. Cummins Albert Baird Cummins (1850-1926) — also known as Albert B. Cummins — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born, in a log house, near Carmichaels, Greene County, Pa., February 15, 1850. Republican. Lawyer; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1888; member of Republican National Committee from Iowa, 1896-1900; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1896, 1904, 1924; Governor of Iowa, 1902-08; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1908-26; died in office 1926; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1912, 1916. Congregationalist. Died of a heart attack, in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, July 30, 1926 (age 76 years, 165 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Layton Cummins and Sarah (Baird) Cummins; married, June 24, 1874, to Ida Lucette Gallery.
      The World War II Liberty ship SS Albert B. Cummins (built 1943, scrapped 1961) was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, September 1901
      Samuel Merrill (1822-1899) — of New Hampshire; Iowa. Born in Turner, Androscoggin County, Maine, August 7, 1822. Republican. Member of New Hampshire state legislature, 1854; member of Iowa state legislature, 1859; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; Governor of Iowa, 1868-72. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., August 31, 1899 (age 77 years, 24 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Abel Merrill (1785-1859) and ABigail (Hill) Merrill (1788-1835); married to Catherine Thomas (1810-1848) and ELizabeth D. Hill (1826-1888); second cousin once removed of William Bradbury Small (1817-1878); fourth cousin once removed of George W. Clough, Harlan Page Andrews, Darvin Pratt Clough, William Rockwell Clough and Clarence Sidney Merrill.
      Political families: Kidder family of Connecticut; Clough family of New Hampshire; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      George Grover Wright (1820-1896) — also known as George G. Wright — of Van Buren County, Iowa; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Bloomington, Monroe County, Ind., March 24, 1820. Republican. Member of Iowa state senate, 1849-51; justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1855-60, 1860-70; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1871-77. Member, American Bar Association. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, January 11, 1896 (age 75 years, 293 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Joseph Albert Wright (1810-1867).
      Cross-reference: Emlin McClain
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      Cassius Clay Dowell (1864-1940) — also known as Cassius C. Dowell — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born near Summerset, Warren County, Iowa, February 29, 1864. Republican. Lawyer; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1894-98; member of Iowa state senate, 1902-12; U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1915-35, 1937-40 (7th District 1915-33, 6th District 1933-35, 1937-40); defeated, 1934; died in office 1940. Disciples of Christ. Member, Freemasons. Died February 4, 1940 (age 75 years, 0 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Cassius Marcellus Clay
      Relatives: Son of James W. Dowell and Martha (Rees) Dowell.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Nathaniel Bradley Baker (1818-1876) — also known as Nathaniel B. Baker — of New Hampshire; Iowa. Born in Henniker, Merrimack County, N.H., September 29, 1818. Lawyer; newspaper publisher; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1850; Governor of New Hampshire, 1854-55; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1859; Adjutant General of Iowa, 1861-76. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, September 11, 1876 (age 57 years, 348 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Second cousin thrice removed of Jonah Howe and Gardner Howe; fourth cousin once removed of Charles Augustus Eldredge (1820-1896) and Marshall Otis Howe.
      Political family: Howe family of Massachusetts.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Lampson Parker Sherman (1821-1900) — also known as Lampson P. Sherman — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in New Lancaster (now Lancaster), Fairfield County, Ohio, October 13, 1821. Republican. Printer; newspaper publisher; merchant; mayor of Des Moines, Iowa, 1854-55; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 5th Iowa District, 1867-79. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, November 21, 1900 (age 79 years, 39 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Mary (Hoyt) Sherman (1787-1852) and Charles Robert Sherman; brother of Charles Taylor Sherman, William Tecumseh Sherman and John Sherman; married, April 19, 1845, to Mary Getchell (1821-1848); married, December 31, 1851, to Susan Rebecca Lawson (1830-1905); uncle of Mary Hoyt Sherman (1842-1904; who married Nelson Appleton Miles); sixth great-grandson of Thomas Welles; second cousin of David Munson Osborne; second cousin once removed of Thomas Mott Osborne; second cousin twice removed of Charles Devens Osborne and Lithgow Osborne; second cousin thrice removed of Pierpont Edwards and Aaron Burr; third cousin of Phineas Taylor Barnum; third cousin once removed of Ezekiel Gilbert Stoddard and Blanche M. Woodward; third cousin twice removed of John Davenport, James Davenport, Theodore Dwight, Henry Waggaman Edwards, Ira Yale, Louis Ezekiel Stoddard and Asbury Elliott Kellogg; third cousin thrice removed of Jonathan Brace, Chauncey Goodrich and Elizur Goodrich; fourth cousin of Philo Fairchild Barnum, Andrew Gould Chatfield (1810-1875), Henry Jarvis Raymond and Edwin Olmstead Keeler; fourth cousin once removed of Charles Yale, Theodore Davenport, David Lowrey Seymour, Chauncey Mitchell Depew, Fred Lockwood Keeler and Thomas McKeen Chidsey.
      Political families: Otis family of Connecticut; Sherman family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Ira Cook (1821-1902) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Union Center, Broome County, N.Y., October 6, 1821. Republican. Surveyor; banker; insurance and real estate business; mayor of Des Moines, Iowa, 1861. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, March 11, 1902 (age 80 years, 156 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Ira Cook (1780-1845) and Rachel (Faxon) Cook (1785-1837); married, April 25, 1854, to Mary C. Owens (1831-1918).
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Lafayette Young (1848-1926) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Monroe County, Iowa, May 10, 1848. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; member of Iowa state legislature, 1890; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1900, 1908; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1910-11. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, November 15, 1926 (age 78 years, 189 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Charles Augustus Rawson (1867-1936) — also known as Charles A. Rawson — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, May 29, 1867. Republican. Manufacturer; campaign manager for U.S. Senator William S. Kenyon, 1911; Iowa Republican state chair, 1912-20; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1920; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1922; member of Republican National Committee from Iowa, 1924. Protestant. Died in 1936 (age about 69 years). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of A. Y. Rawson and Mary (Scott) Rawson; married, February 1, 1900, to Carrie Hubbard.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      Josiah Given (1828-1908) — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Murrysville, Westmoreland County, Pa., August 31, 1828. Served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; lawyer; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1876; circuit judge in Iowa 5th District, 1881-86; district judge in Iowa 9th District, 1887-89, 1903; justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1889-1901. Presbyterian. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Freemasons. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, February 3, 1908 (age 79 years, 156 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Charles Alvord Bishop (1854-1908) — also known as Charles A. Bishop — of La Porte City, Black Hawk County, Iowa; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Waukesha County, Wis., May 22, 1854. Lawyer; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1882; district judge in Iowa 9th District, 1889-90, 1897-1902; justice of Iowa state supreme court, 1902-08. Died in 1908 (age about 54 years). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Matthew Patrick Bishop and Roxana (Alvord) Bishop; married, November 2, 1873, to Della M. Dow (1855-1900); married, June 24, 1902, to Alice S. Lyman.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Hiram Ypsilanti Smith (1843-1894) — of Iowa. Born in Ohio, 1843. Republican. Member of Iowa state legislature, 1880; U.S. Representative from Iowa 7th District, 1884-85. Died in 1894 (age about 51 years). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Benjamin F. Gue (1828-1904) — of Scott County, Iowa; Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Greene County, N.Y., December 25, 1828. Newspaper editor; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1858-62; member of Iowa state senate, 1862-66; Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 1866-68. Died in Polk County, Iowa, June 4, 1904 (age 75 years, 162 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Albert Winfield Swalm (1845-1922) — also known as Albert W. Swalm — of Grand Junction, Greene County, Iowa; Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pa., November 30, 1845. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; newspaper editor and publisher; postmaster; U.S. Consul in Montevideo, 1897-1903; Southampton, 1903-19; Hamilton, 1919-22, died in office 1922. Member, Freemasons. Died in Hamilton, Bermuda, August 24, 1922 (age 76 years, 267 days). Interment at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John E. Swalm and Elizabeth (Christ) Swalm; married, October 1, 1872, to Pauline Given (born 1850).
    Other politicians who have monuments here:
      Frederick William Lehmann (1853-1931) — also known as Frederick W. Lehmann — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa; St. Louis, Mo. Born in Prussia, February 28, 1853. Democrat. Lawyer; attorney for Wabash Railroad; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1888 (member, Resolutions Committee; speaker); U.S. Solicitor General, 1910-12. German ancestry. Member, American Bar Association. Died September 12, 1931 (age 78 years, 196 days). Interment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.; cenotaph at Woodland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Friedrich Wilhelm Lehmann and Sophia Lehman; married, December 23, 1879, to Nora Stark.
      Personal motto: "The United States wins its point whenever justice is done its citizens in the courts."
      See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Glendale Cemetery
    Valley Junction, Polk County, Iowa
    Politicians buried here:
      Edward Hooker Gillette (1840-1918) — of Iowa. Born in Bloomfield, Hartford County, Conn., October 1, 1840. U.S. Representative from Iowa 7th District, 1879-81. Died August 14, 1918 (age 77 years, 317 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Francis Gillette (1807-1879).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Resthaven Cemetery
    801 19th Street
    West Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
    Founded 1931
    Politicians buried here:
      Robert Dolph Ray (1928-2018) — also known as Robert D. Ray — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, September 26, 1928. Republican. Lawyer; Iowa Republican state chair, 1963-67; Governor of Iowa, 1969-83; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1972 (delegation chair). Christian. Member, American Bar Association. Died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, July 8, 2018 (age 89 years, 285 days). Interment at Resthaven Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Clark Anderson Ray (1898-1960) and Mildred Helen (Dolph) Ray (1902-1998).
      See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Robert Kingman Goodwin (1905-1983) — also known as Robert K. Goodwin — of Redfield, Dallas County, Iowa. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, May 23, 1905. Republican. Farmer; brick and clay tile manufacturer; bank director; mayor of Redfield, Iowa, 1938-40; U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1940-41; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1952; member of Republican National Committee from Iowa, 1952-56. Congregationalist. Member, Farm Bureau; Alpha Tau Omega; Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Odd Fellows; Elks. Died in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minn., February 21, 1983 (age 77 years, 274 days). Interment at Resthaven Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William John Goodwin and Grace Henrietta (Kingman) Goodwin; married, August 24, 1932, to Marguerite Lois Schoen (1907-2006).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
    M. L. Abrahamson M. L. Abrahamson (1902-1975) — of Boone County, Iowa. Born in Pilot Mound, Boone County, Iowa, June 19, 1902. Republican. Boone County Treasurer, 1927-32; Iowa state treasurer, 1951-65. Methodist. Scandinavian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Moose; Lions. Died in February, 1975 (age 72 years, 0 days). Entombed at Resthaven Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1926 to Mary Wahl.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Iowa Official Register 1951-52


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