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Madison County
Illinois

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Madison County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Alton Alton Cemetery
  • Alton Oakwood Cemetery
  • Edwardsville Lusk Park
  • Edwardsville Ninian Edwards Plaza
  • Edwardsville Sunset Hill Cemetery
  • Edwardsville Valley View Cemetery
  • Edwardsville Woodlawn Cemetery
  • Edwardsville Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery


    Private or family graveyard
    Madison County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Dick H. Mudge — of Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Democrat. Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 22nd District, 1918; candidate for Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1924; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936. Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Father-in-law of Jeanne Mudge (born c.1932).


    Alton Cemetery
    1205 East Fifth Street
    Alton, Madison County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Joseph Brown (d. 1899) — of Alton, Madison County, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. Democrat. Riverboat captain; mayor of Alton, Ill., 1856-57; mayor of St. Louis, Mo., 1871-75. Died December 3, 1899. Entombed in mausoleum at Alton Cemetery.
      David Jewett Baker (1792-1869) — also known as David J. Baker — of Kaskaskia, Randolph County, Ill. Born in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., September 7, 1792. Democrat. Probate judge in Illinois, 1827-30; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1830; U.S. Attorney for Illinois, 1831-39. Died in Alton, Madison County, Ill., August 6, 1869 (age 76 years, 333 days). Interment at Alton Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      Robert Smith (1802-1867) — of Alton, Madison County, Ill. Born in New Hampshire, 1802. Democrat. Member of Illinois state legislature, 1840; U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1843-49, 1857-59 (1st District 1843-49, 8th District 1857-59). Died in 1867 (age about 65 years). Interment at Alton Cemetery.
      Relatives: Nephew of Jeremiah Smith (1759-1842) and Samuel Smith.
      Political family: Smith family of Peterborough, New Hampshire.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Lyne Shackelford Metcalfe (1822-1906) — also known as Lyne S. Metcalfe — of Alton, Madison County, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. Born in Madisonville, Hopkins County, Ky., April 21, 1822. Republican. Mayor of Alton, Ill., 1840; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Missouri 3rd District, 1877-79; defeated, 1878. Died in Kirkwood, St. Louis County, Mo., January 31, 1906 (age 83 years, 285 days). Interment at Alton Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      George T. Brown (1820-1880) — of Alton, Madison County, Ill. Born in Scotland, 1820. Republican. Lawyer; mayor of Alton, Ill., 1846-47; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Madison County, 1847; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1856 (member, Platform Committee). Scottish ancestry. Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate 1861-69; served the impeachment summons on President Andrew Johnson. Died in Alton, Madison County, Ill., June 10, 1880 (age about 59 years). Interment at Alton Cemetery.
      Wilbur T. Norton (1844-1925) — of Alton, Madison County, Ill. Born September 10, 1844. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; newspaper editor; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1880; postmaster at Alton, Ill., 1889-94, 1897-1906. Died January 8, 1925 (age 80 years, 120 days). Interment at Alton Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Arthur Harold Otto Beneze (1896-1970) — also known as A. H. Otto Beneze; "Tootie" — of Illinois. Born in Alton, Madison County, Ill., April 11, 1896. Socialist. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Socialist Labor candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1926. Died in the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Quincy, Adams County, Ill., October 21, 1970 (age 74 years, 193 days). Interment at Alton Cemetery.


    Oakwood Cemetery
    Alton, Madison County, Illinois
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Cyrus Edwards (1793-1877) — of Alton, Madison County, Ill. Born in Howard County, Md., June 17, 1793. Whig. Candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1838; postmaster at Alton, Ill., 1841-43; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Madison County, 1847. Baptist. Died in Alton, Madison County, Ill., August 31, 1877 (age 84 years, 75 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Benjamin Edwards and Margaret (Beall) Edwards (1754-1826); brother of Ninian Edwards; married 1818 to Nancy Harriet Reed (1802-1834); married 1837 to Sophia Loomis (1809-1897); uncle of Julia Catherine Edwards (1801-1830; who married Daniel Pope Cook), Ninian Wirt Edwards and Lucy Amanda Gray (1812-1867; who married Finis Ewing McLean); grandfather of Richard Lee Metcalfe (1861-1954); granduncle of John Pope Cook; great-grandfather of Theodore W. Metcalfe.
      Political family: Edwards-Cook family (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Lusk Park
    (formerly Lusk Cemetery)
    Randle Street
    Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Reuben Hopkins (d. 1822) — of Orange County, N.Y.; Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of New York state assembly from Orange County, 1792-93; member of New York state senate Middle District, 1793-97; member of New York council of appointment, 1794; general in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Died August 16, 1822. Interment at Lusk Park.


    Ninian Edwards Plaza
    Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois

    Politicians who have monuments here:
      Ninian Edwards (1775-1833) — of Kaskaskia, Randolph County, Ill.; Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Born in Montgomery County, Md., March 17, 1775. Democrat. Member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1796-97; state court judge in Kentucky, 1803; justice of Kentucky state supreme court, 1808; Governor of Illinois Territory, 1809-18; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1818-24; Governor of Illinois, 1826-30; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1832. Baptist. Slaveowner. Died of cholera, in Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill., July 20, 1833 (age 58 years, 125 days). Original interment somewhere in Belleville, Ill.; reinterment in 1855 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.; statue at Ninian Edwards Plaza.
      Relatives: Son of Margaret (Beall) Edwards (1750-1826) and Benjamin Edwards; brother of Cyrus Edwards (1793-1877); married, February 20, 1803, to Elvira Lane (1780-1839); father of Julia Catherine Edwards (1801-1830; who married Daniel Pope Cook) and Ninian Wirt Edwards; uncle of Lucy Amanda Gray (1812-1867; who married Finis Ewing McLean); grandfather of John Pope Cook; granduncle of Richard Lee Metcalfe; great-granduncle of Theodore W. Metcalfe.
      Political family: Edwards-Cook family (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Edwards County, Ill. is named for him.
      The city of Edwardsville, Illinois, is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article


    Sunset Hill Cemetery
    Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Ralph Tyler Smith (1915-1972) — also known as Ralph T. Smith — of Alton, Madison County, Ill. Born in Granite City, Madison County, Ill., October 6, 1915. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1955-69; Speaker of the Illinois State House of Representatives, 1967-69; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1968; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1969-70; defeated, 1970. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Elks; Eagles; Moose; Freemasons; Shriners; Optimist Club. Died in Alton, Madison County, Ill., August 13, 1972 (age 56 years, 312 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article


    Valley View Cemetery
    Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois

    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Boeschenstein (1862-1952) — of Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Born in Highland, Madison County, Ill., October 27, 1862. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; banker; mayor of Edwardsville, Ill., 1887-89; organized Edwardsville Water Co., 1897; member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1900-12; Illinois Democratic state chair, 1904-12; member of Democratic National Committee from Illinois, 1912-24; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940. Died in Alton, Madison County, Ill., July 3, 1952 (age 89 years, 250 days). Interment at Valley View Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Charles Boeschenstein (1829-1883) and Louisa (Leder) Boeschenstein (1833-1901); married, November 11, 1892, to Bertha Whitbread (1870-1947).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
    Other politicians who have monuments here:
      Edward Coles (1786-1868) — of Madison County, Ill. Born in Albemarle County, Va., December 15, 1786. Governor of Illinois, 1822-26. Slaveowner. Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., July 7, 1868 (age 81 years, 205 days). Cenotaph at Valley View Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother-in-law of John Rutherford (1792-1866).
      Coles County, Ill. is named for him.
      See also National Governors Association biography
      Books about Edward Coles: David Ress, Governor Edward Coles and the Vote to Forbid Slavery in Illinois, 1823-1824 — Suzanne Cooper Guasco, Confronting Slavery: Edward Coles and the Rise of Antislavery Politics in Nineteenth-Century America


    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      William Flavius Lester Hadley (1847-1901) — also known as William F. L. Hadley — of Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Born near Collinsville, Madison County, Ill., June 15, 1847. Republican. Member of Illinois state senate, 1886; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1888; U.S. Representative from Illinois 18th District, 1895-97; defeated, 1896. Died in Riverside, Riverside County, Calif., April 25, 1901 (age 53 years, 314 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery
    Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      J. F. Gillham (d. 1958) — of Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Republican. Circuit judge in Illinois 3rd Circuit, 1919-25; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1928. Died in 1958. Interment at Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery.

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