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Tazewell County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Tazewell County

Index to Locations

  • Delavan Prairie Rest Cemetery
  • Pekin Glendale Memorial Gardens
  • Pekin Lakeside Cemetery
  • Pekin St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
  • Washington Glendale Cemetery

    Prairie Rest Cemetery
    Delavan, Tazewell County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Harry Howland Mason (1873-1946) — also known as Harry H. Mason — of Illinois. Born in McLean County, Ill., December 16, 1873. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Illinois 21st District, 1935-37. Died in a hospital at Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., March 10, 1946 (age 72 years, 84 days). Interment at Prairie Rest Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page

    Glendale Memorial Gardens
    Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
    Everett M. Dirksen Everett McKinley Dirksen (1896-1969) — also known as Everett M. Dirksen; "The Wizard of Ooze" — of Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill. Born in Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill., January 4, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; merchant; U.S. Representative from Illinois 16th District, 1933-49; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1940 (alternate), 1948, 1952 (speaker), 1956 (speaker), 1960 (member, Credentials Committee), 1964 (delegation chair), 1968 (delegation chair); U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1951-69; died in office 1969. Christian Reformed. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners; Eagles; Elks; Moose; American Bar Association; Odd Fellows; Izaak Walton League. Died, of lung cancer, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., September 7, 1969 (age 73 years, 246 days). Interment at Glendale Memorial Gardens.
      Relatives: Father of Joy Dirksen (who married Howard Henry Baker Jr. (1925-2014)).
      Political family: Baker-Dirksen family of Huntsville and Alcoa, Tennessee.
      Cross-reference: Harold E. Rainville
      The Dirksen Senate Office Building (opened 1958), in Washington, D.C., is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
      Books about Everett Dirksen: Byron C. Hulsey, Everett Dirksen and His Presidents: How a Senate Giant Shaped American Politics
      Image source: U.S. postage stamp (1981)

    Lakeside Cemetery
    Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Dietrich Conrad Smith (1840-1914) — also known as Dietrich C. Smith — of Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill. Born in Germany, April 4, 1840. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; banker; railroad builder; manufacturer; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1876-78; U.S. Representative from Illinois 13th District, 1881-83; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1884. Died in Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill., April 18, 1914 (age 74 years, 14 days). Interment at Lakeside Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page

    St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
    Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      George Leroy Saal (1918-1996) — also known as George L. Saal — of Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill. Born in Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill., December 2, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; insurance business; Tazewell County Sheriff, 1950-54, 1958-62; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1952 (alternate), 1960, 1964; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1955-58, 1963-64, 1967-68. Catholic. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Forty and Eight; Marine Corps League; Amvets; Knights of Columbus; Elks; Moose; Eagles. Died in Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., July 12, 1996 (age 77 years, 223 days). Interment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George John Saal (1878-1944) and Alice (Baldwin) Saal (1879-1937); married, August 31, 1946, to Jane Dorothy Allen (1920-1996); second cousin five times removed of Simeon Baldwin (1761-1851).
      Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Sherman family of Connecticut; Cornell family of New York; Baldwin-Greene-Upson-Hoar family of Connecticut; Baldwin-Yates-Adams family of Maine; Adams-Baldwin-Otis family of Boston, Massachusetts; Hendricks family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

    Glendale Cemetery
    Washington, Tazewell County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
    Joseph V. Graff Joseph Verdi Graff (1854-1921) — also known as Joseph V. Graff — of Pekin, Tazewell County, Ill.; Peoria, Peoria County, Ill. Born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., July 1, 1854. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1892; U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1895-1911 (14th District 1895-97, 5th District 1897-99, 14th District 1899-1903, 16th District 1903-11). Died in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., November 10, 1921 (age 67 years, 132 days). Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Image source: Autobiographies and Portraits of the President, Cabinet, etc. (1899)

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