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Shawnee County
Kansas

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Shawnee County

Index to Locations

  • Auburn Auburn Cemetery
  • Berryton Pleasant Hill Cemetery
  • Topeka Unknown location
  • Topeka Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Topeka Mt. Calvary Cemetery
  • Topeka Mt. Hope Cemetery
  • Topeka Topeka Cemetery


    Auburn Cemetery
    Auburn, Shawnee County, Kansas
    Politicians buried here:
      Norman Bushnell Willey (1838-1921) — also known as Norman B. Willey — of Ada County, Idaho. Born in Guilford, Chenango County, N.Y., March 25, 1838. Republican. Member of Idaho territorial House of Representatives, 1872-78; Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, 1890; Governor of Idaho, 1890-93. Died near Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., October 20, 1921 (age 83 years, 209 days). Interment at Auburn Cemetery.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Pleasant Hill Cemetery
    Ratner Road
    Berryton, Shawnee County, Kansas
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
    Georgia Neese Gray Georgia Neese Gray (1898-1995) — also known as Georgia Neese; Georgia Neese Clark — of Richland, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Richland, Shawnee County, Kan., January 27, 1898. Democrat. Actress; banker; member of Democratic National Committee from Kansas, 1936-64; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1960. Female. Presbyterian. Member, Alpha Phi. Treasurer of the United States, 1949-53. Died October 26, 1995 (age 97 years, 272 days). Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Albert Neese and Ella (O'Sullivan) Neese; married 1929 to George M. Clark; married 1953 to Andrew J. Gray (1912-1994).
      Epitaph: "First Woman Treasurer of the United States of America; Beloved Wife of Andy Gray"
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Library of Congress


    Unknown Location
    Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas


    Memorial Park Cemetery
    Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
    Politicians buried here:
      Walter Augustus Huxman (1887-1972) — also known as Walter Huxman — of Hutchinson, Reno County, Kan. Born near Pretty Prairie, Reno County, Kan., February 16, 1887. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for justice of Kansas state supreme court, 1928; Governor of Kansas, 1937-39; defeated, 1938; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, 1939-57; took senior status 1957. Disciples of Christ. Suffered an apparent stroke and died in a hospital at Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., June 25, 1972 (age 85 years, 130 days). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.
      Cross-reference: James K. Logan
      See also federal judicial profile


    Mt. Calvary Cemetery
    Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
    Politicians buried here:
      Joan Finney (1925-2001) — also known as Joan McInroy — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., February 12, 1925. Candidate in Republican primary for U.S. Representative from Kansas, 1972; Kansas state treasurer, 1975-91; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1984, 2000; Governor of Kansas, 1991-95; candidate in Democratic primary for U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1996. Female. Catholic. Member, American Legion Auxiliary. First woman governor of Kansas. Died, from complications of liver cancer, in St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., July 28, 2001 (age 76 years, 166 days). Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
      See also NNDB dossier


    Mt. Hope Cemetery
    Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
    Politicians buried here:
      Harry Hines Woodring (1890-1967) — also known as Harry H. Woodring — of Neodesha, Wilson County, Kan.; Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Elk City, Montgomery County, Kan., May 31, 1890. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Governor of Kansas, 1931-33; defeated, 1932, 1946; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1936, 1940, 1948; U.S. Secretary of War, 1936-40. Congregationalist. Member, American Legion. Suffered a stroke while recovering from burns, and died in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., September 9, 1967 (age 77 years, 101 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
    Alf M. Landon Alfred Mossman Landon (1887-1987) — also known as Alf M. Landon — of Independence, Montgomery County, Kan.; Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in West Middlesex, Mercer County, Pa., September 9, 1887. Republican. Oil producer; Governor of Kansas, 1933-37; candidate for President of the United States, 1936; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1940 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1944, 1948. Methodist. English and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; Phi Gamma Delta; Phi Delta Phi. Died in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., October 12, 1987 (age 100 years, 33 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Anne (Mossman) Landon (1855-1914) and John Manuel Landon (1856-1938); married, January 9, 1915, to Margaret Euphemia Fleming (1889-1918); married, January 15, 1930, to Theo Cobb (1898-1996); father of Nancy Josephine Landon (who married Howard Henry Baker, Jr. (1925-2014)).
      Political family: Baker-Dirksen family of Huntsville and Alcoa, Tennessee.
      Cross-reference: Frederick Andrew Seaton
      See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Books by Alfred M. Landon: America at the Crossroads
      Books about Alfred M. Landon: Donald R. McCoy, Landon of Kansas
      Image source: Official Report of the 21st Republican National Convention (1936)
      William Howard Thompson (1871-1928) — also known as William H. Thompson — of Garden City, Finney County, Kan. Born in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., October 14, 1871. Democrat. District judge in Kansas, 1906-13; U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1913-19; defeated, 1918; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1916 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee); candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas 2nd District, 1922. Died, from heart disease, in Washington, D.C., February 9, 1928 (age 56 years, 118 days). Original interment at Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C.; reinterment in 1928 at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son-in-law of Andrew Jackson Felt (1833-1912).
      Political family: Libby-Felt family of Maine (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William S. Bergundthal (1855-1926) — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Powhattan, Champaign County, Ohio, June 24, 1855. Republican. Lumber business; real estate dealer; mayor of Topeka, Kan., 1903-05. Member, Freemasons. Died, from nephritis and bronchial pneumonia, in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., March 23, 1926 (age 70 years, 272 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Sarah (Powell) Bergundthal (1816-1901) and Benedict Bergundthal (1818-1876); married to Leonora Neely (1854-1918).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Harry W. Colmery (1890-1979) — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in 1890. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1936; drafter the G.I. Bill of Rights in 1943. Member, American Legion. Died in 1979 (age about 89 years). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.


    Topeka Cemetery
    Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Curtis (1860-1936) — also known as "Square Shooter"; "The Whisperer" — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in a log cabin at Eugene (now part of Topeka), Shawnee County, Kan., January 25, 1860; his mother was one-quarter blood Kansa/Osage Indian. Republican. Lawyer; Shawnee County Prosecuting Attorney, 1884-88; U.S. Representative from Kansas, 1893-1907 (4th District 1893-99, 1st District 1899-1907); resigned 1907; U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1907-13, 1915-29; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1908; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1924, 1928; Vice President of the United States, 1929-33; defeated, 1932. Protestant. English, French, and Kansa/Osage Indian ancestry. Died of a heart attack, in Washington, D.C., February 8, 1936 (age 76 years, 14 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Oren A. Curtis and Helen (Pappan) Curtis; married, November 27, 1884, to Annie E. Baird (1861-1924); father of Leona Curtis Knight (1888?-?); third great-grandson of "White Hair" Pawhuska (Great Osage chief for whom Pawhuska, Okla. is named).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
      Thomas Ryan (1837-1914) — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Oxford, Chenango County, N.Y., November 25, 1837. Republican. Lawyer; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Shawnee County Prosecuting Attorney, 1865-73; U.S. Representative from Kansas, 1877-89 (3rd District 1877-85, 4th District 1885-89); resigned 1889; U.S. Minister to Mexico, 1889-93. Died in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., April 5, 1914 (age 76 years, 131 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary
    Arthur Capper Arthur Capper (1865-1951) — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Garnett, Anderson County, Kan., July 14, 1865. Republican. Newspaper publisher; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1908, 1928 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1936; Governor of Kansas, 1915-19; defeated, 1912; U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1919-49. Quaker. Member, Freemasons; Order of the Eastern Star; Odd Fellows; Elks; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Anti-Saloon League. Died in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., December 19, 1951 (age 86 years, 158 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Herbert Capper and Isabella (McGrew) Capper; married, December 1, 1892, to Florence Crawford (daughter of Samuel Johnson Crawford (1835-1913)).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: American Review of Reviews, February 1922
      Thomas Andrew Osborn (1836-1898) — also known as Thomas A. Osborn — of Elwood, Doniphan County, Kan.; Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kan.; Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born near Meadville, Crawford County, Pa., October 26, 1836. Republican. Member of Kansas state senate, 1861; Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 1863-65; Governor of Kansas, 1873-77; U.S. Minister to Chile, 1877-81; Brazil, 1881-85; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1888 (speaker). Died in Meadville, Crawford County, Pa., February 4, 1898 (age 61 years, 101 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary
      Samuel Johnson Crawford (1835-1913) — of Garnett, Anderson County, Kan. Born near Bedford, Lawrence County, Ind., April 10, 1835. Republican. Member of Kansas state house of representatives, 1861; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; Governor of Kansas, 1865-68; resigned 1868; member of Republican National Committee from Kansas, 1866-68. Died in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., October 21, 1913 (age 78 years, 194 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      Relatives: Father of Florence Crawford (who married Arthur Capper (1865-1951)).
      Crawford County, Kan. is named for him.
      William Alfred Peffer (1831-1912) — also known as William A. Peffer — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Cumberland County, Pa., September 10, 1831. Farmer; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; newspaper publisher; member of Kansas state senate, 1874; Presidential Elector for Kansas, 1880; U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1891-97; Prohibition candidate for Governor of Kansas, 1898. Died October 7, 1912 (age 81 years, 27 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Peffer and Elizabeth (Souder) Peffer; married, December 28, 1852, to Sarah Jane Barber.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      John Martin (1833-1913) — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born near Hartsville, Wilson County, Tenn., November 12, 1833. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Kansas Democratic State Central Committee, 1864-84; member of Kansas state house of representatives, 1871-75; Kansas Democratic state chair, 1874-83; candidate for Governor of Kansas, 1876, 1888; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1880; district judge in Kansas, 1883-85; candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas 4th District, 1886; U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1893-95. Died in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., September 3, 1913 (age 79 years, 295 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      George Tobey Anthony (1824-1896) — of Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kan. Born in Mayfield, Fulton County, N.Y., June 9, 1824. Republican. Major in the Union Army during the Civil War; Governor of Kansas, 1877-79; member of Kansas state house of representatives, 1885. Died, of pneumonia, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kan., August 5, 1896 (age 72 years, 57 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Benjamin Anthony and Anna (Odell) Anthony; married 1852 to Rosa A. Lyon; cousin of Susan B. Anthony (women's rights advocate).
      The city of Anthony, Kansas, is named for him.
      Cyrus Kurtz Holliday (1826-1900) — also known as Cyrus K. Holliday — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Cumberland County, Pa., April 3, 1826. Republican. Mayor of Topeka, Kan., 1859-60, 1867-68, 1869-70; first president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, 1860-63; member of Kansas state senate, 1861; Adjutant General of Kansas, 1864-65; candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas, 1874. Member, Freemasons. Died in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., March 29, 1900 (age 73 years, 360 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Mary Dillon Jones.
      The town of Holliday, now the site of a landfill within the city of Shawnee, Kansas, was named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Cyrus K. Holliday (built 1943, scrapped 1966) was named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Lewis Hanback (1839-1897) — of Salina, Saline County, Kan. Born in Winchester, Scott County, Ill., March 27, 1839. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; state court judge in Kansas, 1868-72; U.S. Representative from Kansas, 1883-87 (at-large 1883-85, 6th District 1885-87). Died in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kan., September 7, 1897 (age 58 years, 164 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      John Davis (1826-1901) — of Junction City, Geary County, Kan. Born near Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., August 9, 1826. U.S. Representative from Kansas 5th District, 1891-95. Died in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan., August 1, 1901 (age 74 years, 357 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Cassius Gaius Foster (1837-1899) — of Kansas. Born in Webster, Monroe County, N.Y., June 22, 1837. Member of Kansas state senate, 1863-64; mayor of Atchison, Kan., 1867; U.S. District Judge for Kansas, 1874. Died June 21, 1899 (age 61 years, 364 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      John Grant Otis (1838-1916) — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Danby, Rutland County, Vt., 1838. U.S. Representative from Kansas 4th District, 1891-93. Died in 1916 (age about 78 years). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Harris F. Otis and Elizabeth H. (Haviland) Otis (1817-1841); married to Bina A. Numan; second cousin of George Lorenzo Otis and Charles Eugene Otis; second cousin thrice removed of Samuel Allyne Otis (1740-1814); third cousin once removed of John Otis; third cousin twice removed of Harrison Gray Otis.
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Otis family of Connecticut; Lansing family of New York; Adams-Baldwin-Otis family of Boston, Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Frank Elwood Grimes (1859-1921) — also known as Frank E. Grimes — of Leoti, Wichita County, Kan.; Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born April 9, 1859. Republican. Kansas state treasurer, 1899-1903; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1920. Died November 1, 1921 (age 62 years, 206 days). Interment at Topeka Cemetery.


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