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  • Salem East Lawn Cemetery

    East Lawn Cemetery
    Salem, Marion County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Wesley Vursell (1881-1974) — also known as Charles W. Vursell — of Salem, Marion County, Ill. Born in Salem, Marion County, Ill., February 8, 1881. Republican. Hardware merchant; Marion County Sheriff, 1910-14; member of Illinois state house of representatives 42nd District, 1915-18; newspaper publisher; U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1943-59 (23rd District 1943-49, 24th District 1949-53, 23rd District 1953-59); defeated, 1958. Protestant. Member, Freemasons; Elks. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ill., September 21, 1974 (age 93 years, 225 days). Interment at East Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Henry Vursell and Nancy I. (Young) Vursell; married, April 18, 1904, to Bessie A. Brasel.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Cunningham Martin (1880-1952) — also known as John C. Martin — of Salem, Marion County, Ill. Born in Salem, Marion County, Ill., April 29, 1880. Democrat. Banker; Illinois state treasurer, 1933-35, 1937-39; U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1939-41; candidate for Illinois state auditor of public accounts, 1940; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1944, 1948. Methodist. Member, Elks; Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Rotary. Died in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 27, 1952 (age 71 years, 273 days). Interment at East Lawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      James Stewart Martin (1826-1907) — of Illinois. Born in Virginia, 1826. Republican. U.S. Representative from Illinois 16th District, 1873-75. Died in 1907 (age about 81 years). Interment at East Lawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Silas Lillard Bryan (1822-1880) — also known as Silas L. Bryan — of Salem, Marion County, Ill. Born in Culpeper County, Va., November 4, 1822. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Illinois state senate, 1853-60 (3rd District 1853-54, 20th District 1855-60); circuit judge in Illinois, 1860; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention 9th District, 1869-70; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1872. Baptist. Died in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., March 30, 1880 (age 57 years, 147 days). Interment at East Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Nancy June (Lillard) Bryan and John Charles Bryan; married, November 4, 1852, to Mariah Elizabeth Jennings; father of William Jennings Bryan and Charles Wayland Bryan; grandfather of Ruth Bryan Owen.
      Political family: Bryan-Jennings family of Illinois.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Walter Louis Finn (1875-1936) — also known as Walter L. Finn — of Iuka, Marion County, Ill. Born in Marion County, Ill., April 15, 1875. Democrat. Physician; farmer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; mayor of Iuka, Ill.; member of Illinois state senate 42nd District, 1929-36; died in office 1936. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Izaak Walton League. Died in Iuka, Marion County, Ill., November 7, 1936 (age 61 years, 206 days). Interment at East Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Alfred C. Finn and Art (Mercer) Finn; married, December 31, 1912, to Kate M. Ward.

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