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Jackson County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Jackson County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Ava Ava Evergreen Cemetery
  • Carbondale Woodlawn Cemetery
  • Makanda Rowan Cemetery
  • Murphysboro City Cemetery

    Private or family graveyard
    Jackson County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Paul Martin Simon (1928-2003) — also known as Paul Simon — of Makanda, Jackson County, Ill. Born in Eugene, Lane County, Ore., November 29, 1928. Democrat. University professor; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1955-63; member of Illinois state senate, 1963-69; Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1969-73; candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1972; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972 (alternate), 1996; U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1975-85 (24th District 1975-83, 22nd District 1983-85); U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1985-97; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1988, 1992. Lutheran. Died, following heart surgery, in Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., December 9, 2003 (age 75 years, 10 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Married, April 21, 1960, to Jeanne C. Hurley (1922-2000); married 2001 to Patricia 'Patti' Derge.
      Cross-reference: Craig Lovitt — David Chiu
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
      Books about Paul Simon: Robert E. Hartley, Paul Simon: The Political Journey of an Illinois Original

    Ava Evergreen Cemetery
    Ava, Jackson County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Kent Ellsworth Keller (1867-1954) — also known as Kent E. Keller — of Ava, Jackson County, Ill. Born near Campbell Hill, Jackson County, Ill., June 4, 1867. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; mining business; member of Illinois state senate 44th District, 1913-17; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1916, 1952; U.S. Representative from Illinois 25th District, 1931-41; defeated, 1940 (25th District), 1942 (25th District), 1944 (25th District), 1948 (26th District), 1950 (26th District). Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias. Died September 3, 1954 (age 87 years, 91 days). Interment at Ava Evergreen Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Philip Jacob Keller and Harriet Elizabeth (Bradley) Keller; married to Olive Robinson.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Alexander M. Jenkins (1802-1864) — also known as Alex Jenkins — of Jackson County, Ill. Born in 1802. Democrat. Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1834-36; member of Illinois Democratic State Committee, 1837-38; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Jackson County, 1847. Died in 1864 (age about 62 years). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

    Rowan Cemetery
    Makanda, Jackson County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Jeanne Hurley Simon (1922-2000) — also known as Jeanne C. Hurley — of Wilmette, Cook County, Ill.; Makanda, Jackson County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., May 10, 1922. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1957-61. Female. Catholic. Died of complications from brain cancer, in Makanda, Jackson County, Ill., February 20, 2000 (age 77 years, 286 days). Interment at Rowan Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Ira W. Hurley; married, April 21, 1960, to Paul Martin Simon (1928-2003).

    City Cemetery
    Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      George Washington Smith (1846-1907) — also known as George W. Smith — of Murphysboro, Jackson County, Ill. Born in Ohio, 1846. Republican. U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1889-1907 (20th District 1889-95, 22nd District 1895-1903, 25th District 1903-07); died in office 1907. Died in 1907 (age about 61 years). Interment at City Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: George Washington
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      John Logan (born c.1800) — of Illinois. Born in Ireland, about 1800. Physician; member of Illinois state legislature, 1840. Interment at City Cemetery.
      Relatives: Father of John Alexander Logan (1826-1886).
      Logan County, Ill. may have been named for him.

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