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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Knox County

Index to Locations

  • DeLong Haynes Cemetery
  • Galesburg East Linwood Cemetery
  • Galesburg Hope Cemetery
  • Galesburg Linwood Cemetery
  • Galesburg Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Galesburg St. Joseph's Cemetery
  • Knoxville City Cemetery
  • Knoxville Knoxville Cemetery
  • Ontario Ontario Cemetery
  • Wataga Wataga Cemetery
  • Yates City Yates City Cemetery


    Haynes Cemetery
    DeLong, Knox County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      George M. Clark (1872-1939) — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Knox County, Ill., April 24, 1872. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912; postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1921-35 (acting, 1921-22). Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., April 6, 1939 (age 66 years, 347 days). Interment at Haynes Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Luther Clark (1829-1900) and Sarah Ann (Yeager) Clark (1839-1903); married, October 22, 1894, to Elizabeth B. Krise (1873-1900); married, December 21, 1905, to Susie Hartnell (1882-1969).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Dale Harper Bragg (1906-1971) — also known as Dale H. Bragg — of Knoxville, Knox County, Ill. Born in Knox County, Ill., October 12, 1906. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1968. Died in Sebring, Highlands County, Fla., December 1, 1971 (age 65 years, 50 days). Interment at Haynes Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Harry Eugene Bragg (1879-1947) and Harriet Pearl (Keys) Bragg (1883-1971); married to Genevieve P. Murdock (1911-2002).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    East Linwood Cemetery
    Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Joseph E. Anderson (1884-1941) — also known as Joe E. Anderson — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Wester, Gottland, Sweden, April 14, 1884. Republican. Grocer; mayor of Galesburg, Ill., 1931-41; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 15th District, 1936. Swedish ancestry. Member, Kiwanis. Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., November 28, 1941 (age 57 years, 228 days). Interment at East Linwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of August Anderson (1851-1932) and Ann M. (Vinn) Anderson (1853-1928); married, September 30, 1908, to Agnes Marie Lundberg (1887-1973).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Craig Lovitt (1932-1993) — of Knox County, Ill. Born in Terre Haute, Henderson County, Ill., February 18, 1932. Democrat. Public Relations Director, Knox College, 1959-64; chair of Knox County Democratic Party, 1964-78; administrative assistant and campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Gale Schisler, 1965-67; aide to Gov. Samuel Shapiro, 1967-69; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 19th District, 1968; assistant to Lt. Gov. and later U.S. Rep. Paul Simon, 1973-77; aide to Illinois Secretary of State and later U.S. Senator Alan Dixon, 1977-93; aide to U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun; aide to Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris. Died, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., October 11, 1993 (age 61 years, 235 days). Interment at East Linwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Preston Lovitt and Mildred (Pence) Lovitt.


    Hope Cemetery
    Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Edgar Addison Bancroft (1857-1925) — also known as Edgar A. Bancroft — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., November 20, 1857. Republican. Lawyer; solicitor in Illinois for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad; vice-president and general solicitor for Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad and the Belt Railway Company; general counsel, International Harvester Company, farm equipment and truck manufacturer; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1888; U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 1924-25, died in office 1925. Died, from an intestinal hemorrhage, in Karuizawa, Japan, July 27, 1925 (age 67 years, 249 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Addison N. Bancroft (1820-1879) and Catharine (Blair) Bancroft (1822-1874); married, April 18, 1896, to Margaret Healy (1859-1923).
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Clark Ezra Carr (1836-1919) — also known as Clark E. Carr — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Boston Corners, Erie County, N.Y., May 20, 1836. Republican. Lawyer; postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1861-85; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1864, 1884; U.S. Minister to Denmark, 1889-93. Died, in Mitchell Sanitarium, Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., February 28, 1919 (age 82 years, 284 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Clark Merwin Carr (1805-1878) and Delia Ann (Torrey) Carr (1809-1839); married, December 31, 1873, to Grace Mills (1852-1920).
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Philip Sidney Post (1833-1895) — also known as P. Sidney Post — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Florida, Orange County, N.Y., March 19, 1833. Republican. Lawyer; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Consul in Vienna, 1866-74; U.S. Consul General in Vienna, 1874-79; U.S. Representative from Illinois 10th District, 1887-95; died in office 1895. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Received the Medal of Honor in 1893 for action at the Battle of Nashville. Died in Washington, D.C., January 6, 1895 (age 61 years, 293 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Edward John King (1867-1929) — also known as Edward J. King — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., July 1, 1867. Republican. Member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1907; U.S. Representative from Illinois 15th District, 1915-29; died in office 1929. Died in Washington, D.C., February 17, 1929 (age 61 years, 231 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Hope Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Alfred Marion Craig (1831-1911) — also known as Alfred M. Craig — of Knox County, Ill. Born in Paris, Edgar County, Ill., January 15, 1831. Lawyer; banker; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention 34th District, 1869-70; justice of Illinois state supreme court, 1873-1900. Member, Freemasons. Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., September 6, 1911 (age 80 years, 234 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of David Craig and Minta (Ramey) Craig; married 1857 to Elizabeth Proctor Harvey (1839-1904); father of Charles Curtis Craig (1865-1944).
      Political family: Harvey-Craig family of Galesburg, Illinois.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Alfred Babcock (1805-1871) — of Gaines, Orleans County, N.Y.; Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Hamilton, Madison County, N.Y., April 15, 1805. Whig. Physician; U.S. Representative from New York 33rd District, 1841-43. Died May 16, 1871 (age 66 years, 31 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Charles Curtis Craig (1865-1944) — also known as Charles C. Craig — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Knoxville, Knox County, Ill., June 16, 1865. Democrat. Lawyer; banker; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1899-1903; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1912 (member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee); justice of Illinois state supreme court, 1913-18; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 15th District, 1922. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., August 25, 1944 (age 79 years, 70 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Alfred Marion Craig (1831-1911) and Elizabeth Proctor (Harvey) Craig (1839-1904); married, July 12, 1893, to Louise Dary (1866-1952); grandson of Curtis Kendall Harvey.
      Political family: Harvey-Craig family of Galesburg, Illinois.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Omer Nixon Custer (1873-1942) — also known as Omer N. Custer — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Fayette County, Pa., December 25, 1873. Republican. Banker; president, Purington Paving Brick Company; president, Intra-State Telephone Company; postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1909-13; Illinois state treasurer, 1925-27, 1929-31; newspaper publisher; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1928 (member, Credentials Committee), 1932, 1936, 1940; candidate in primary for Governor of Illinois, 1932. Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., October 17, 1942 (age 68 years, 296 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Hernon Custer (1850-1911) and Dorcas Ann (Nixon) Custer (1854-1919); married, December 24, 1894, to Olive Frances Temple (1873-1956).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Walter C. Frank (1869-1929) — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Appanoose County, Iowa, August 24, 1869. Circuit judge in Illinois 9th Circuit, 1925. Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., August 11, 1929 (age 59 years, 352 days). Entombed at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John E. Frank (1838-1907) and Harriet E. (Price) Frank (1839-1919); married to Irene O. Olson (1883-1941).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Francis A. Freer (1843-1908) — also known as Frank A. Freer — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Pennsylvania, April 6, 1843. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; school teacher; postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1889-93, 1897-1908. Presbyterian. French Huguenot and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Good Templars; Sons of Temperance; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Odd Fellows; Freemasons. Died, from heart disease, in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., December 16, 1908 (age 65 years, 254 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Abram Freer and Mary (McKimens) Freer; married, December 26, 1871, to Jennie E. Christy (1850-1903; she and her daughter Alda Freer Henry were among the 602 killed in the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Selden Gale (1822-1900) — also known as W. Selden Gale — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Adams, Jefferson County, N.Y., February 15, 1822. Lawyer; postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1849-53; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Knox County, 1862; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1869; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1872; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1880. Died, from pleurisy, in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., September 1, 1900 (age 78 years, 198 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Washington Gale (1789-1861) and Harriet (Selden) Gale (1800-1840); brother of Josiah Gale (1828-1863); married 1845 to Caroline Elija Ferris (1822-1904); grandson of Charles Selden; grandfather of George Candee Gale.
      Political family: Gale-Selden family of Galesburg, Illinois.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      David Edgerton (1815-1853) — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Moriah, Essex County, N.Y., February 2, 1815. Democrat. Postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1845-49. Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., November 1, 1853 (age 38 years, 272 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Sarah Mary 'Sally' (Spencer) Edgerton (1780-1840) and Jedediah Edgerton (1783-1842); married, January 29, 1848, to Abigail Cottle Hurlbut; first cousin twice removed of David Hough; second cousin once removed of Howard Curtis Brown; second cousin twice removed of Curtis Palmer Brown; third cousin once removed of Samuel Townsend Douglass (1814-1898) and Silas Hamilton Douglas; third cousin twice removed of Jeremiah Mason, Bela Edgerton, Charles Mann Hamilton, Claudius Victor Pendleton and Hamilton Fish Jr. (1888-1991); third cousin thrice removed of George Champlin and Hamilton Fish Jr. (1926-1996); fourth cousin of Robert Coit Jr. and Henry Woolsey Douglas; fourth cousin once removed of Orville Hungerford, Alfred Peck Edgerton, Joseph Ketchum Edgerton, Judson H. Warner, Alonzo Mark Leffingwell, Thomas Theodore Prentis and William Brainard Coit.
      Political family: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Josiah Gale (1828-1863) — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in 1828. Democrat. Postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1858-61. Died in the military service, 1863 (age about 35 years). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Washington Gale (1789-1861) and Harriet (Selden) Gale (1800-1840); brother of William Selden Gale (1822-1900); grandson of Charles Selden; granduncle of George Candee Gale.
      Political family: Gale-Selden family of Galesburg, Illinois.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Nehemiah Homand Losey (1804-1875) — also known as Nehemiah H. Losey — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Montgomery, Orange County, N.Y., March 4, 1804. Democrat. School teacher; surveyor; college professor; postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1837-40. Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., June 1, 1875 (age 71 years, 89 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1831 to Lucretia Hitchcock (1810-1891).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      George Cromwell Lanphere (1814-1886) — also known as George C. Lanphere — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in New York, June 30, 1814. Democrat. Postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1855-58. Died July 6, 1886 (age 72 years, 6 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      George Candee Gale (1873-1927) — also known as George C. Gale — of Knox County, Ill. Born in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., July 12, 1873. Lawyer; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention 43rd District, 1920-22. Died September 1, 1927 (age 54 years, 51 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Washington Gale (1848-1938) and Frances (Candee) Gale (1850-1904); married 1900 to Irma Reel (1873-1964); grandson of William Selden Gale; grandnephew of Josiah Gale (1828-1863); second great-grandson of Charles Selden.
      Political family: Gale-Selden family of Galesburg, Illinois.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Linwood Cemetery
    Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      William Estus McVey (1885-1958) — also known as William E. McVey — of Harvey, Cook County, Ill. Born in Clinton County, Ohio, December 13, 1885. Republican. University professor; U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1951-58; died in office 1958. Episcopalian. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Tau. Died in Washington, D.C., August 10, 1958 (age 72 years, 240 days). Interment at Linwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Katharine Johnson.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Frederick Reuben Jelliff (1854-1936) — also known as Fred R. Jelliff — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Whitesboro, Oneida County, N.Y., September 25, 1854. Republican. Newspaper editor; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1904. Died in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., September 17, 1936 (age 81 years, 358 days). Interment at Linwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Fletcher Gould Jelliff (1823-1902) and Mary White (Wilcox) Jelliff (1824-1903); married, February 25, 1897, to Lillie C. Bassler (1860-1944).


    Memorial Park Cemetery
    Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Roy E. Larson (1899-1963) — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in 1899. Republican. Member of Illinois Republican State Central Committee, 1943. Died in 1963 (age about 64 years). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    St. Joseph's Cemetery
    Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Edward L. Kennedy (1908-1983) — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in 1908. Democrat. Chair of Knox County Democratic Party, 1950; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1964. Died in 1983 (age about 75 years). Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    City Cemetery
    Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      James Knox (1807-1876) — of Knoxville, Knox County, Ill. Born in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, N.Y., July 4, 1807. Delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Knox County, 1847; U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1853-57. Died October 8, 1876 (age 69 years, 96 days). Interment at City Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Knoxville Cemetery
    Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      John Henry Lewis (1830-1929) — also known as John H. Lewis — of Knoxville, Knox County, Ill. Born near Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y., July 21, 1830. Republican. Member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1874; U.S. Representative from Illinois 9th District, 1881-83. Died in Knoxville, Knox County, Ill., January 6, 1929 (age 98 years, 169 days). Interment at Knoxville Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1857 to Elizabeth S. Russell (1836-1925).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Ontario Cemetery
    Ontario, Knox County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Henry Wetmore Crane (1859-1932) — also known as Henry W. Crane — of Oneida, Knox County, Ill.; Woodhull, Henry County, Ill. Born in Oneida, Knox County, Ill., July 7, 1859. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1908. Died by suicide, in Woodhull, Henry County, Ill., October 10, 1932 (age 73 years, 95 days). Interment at Ontario Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of James W. Crane (1829-1905) and Cornelia S. (Wetmore) Crane (1833-1920); married, September 21, 1882, to Carrie Wood Stickney (1856-1928).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Wataga Cemetery
    Wataga, Knox County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      William McMurtry (1801-1875) — of Illinois. Born in Mercer County, Ky., February 20, 1801. Democrat. Member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1836; member of Illinois state senate, 1842; Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1849-53; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War. Died April 10, 1875 (age 74 years, 49 days). Interment at Wataga Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Ruth Champion.


    Yates City Cemetery
    Yates City, Knox County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Clinton L. Ewing (1879-1953) — of Douglas, Knox County, Ill. Born in Yates City, Knox County, Ill., December 7, 1879. Republican. Farmer; member of Illinois state house of representatives 3rd District, 1927-31; member of Illinois state senate 43rd District, 1931-43. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Eagles; Woodmen; Farm Bureau. Died January 23, 1953 (age 73 years, 47 days). Interment at Yates City Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Oliver Ewing (1841-1905).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

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