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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Ionia County

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  • Private or family graveyards
  • Near Belding Green Cemetery
  • Ionia Highland Park Cemetery
  • Ionia Mt. Olive Cemetery
  • Ionia Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery
  • Lake Odessa Lakeside Cemetery
  • Lyons Lyons Township Cemetery
  • North Plains North Plains Cemetery
  • Orleans Township Greenop Memorial Cemetery
  • Palo Palo Cemetery
  • Portland Portland Cemetery


    Private or family graveyard
    Ionia County,
    Politicians formerly buried here:
      Alonzo Sessions (b. 1810) — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in 1810. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ionia County 2nd District, 1857-62; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1872; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1872; Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1877-80. Member, Grange. Original interment at in a private or family graveyard; reinterment at Highland Park Cemetery, Ionia, Mich.


    Green Cemetery
    Near Belding, Ionia County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Charles R. Foote (1871-1942) — of Alto, Kent County, Mich. Born in Ionia, Ionia County, Mich., December 13, 1871. Republican. Lawyer; hotelier; hardware business; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1913-18. Member, Knights of Pythias. Died in Alto, Kent County, Mich., June 1, 1942 (age 70 years, 170 days). Interment at Green Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married, November 23, 1897, to Josephine M. Rounds.


    Highland Park Cemetery
    East Main Street
    Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Fred Warren Green (1871-1936) — also known as Fred W. Green — of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Mich.; Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Manistee, Manistee County, Mich., October 19, 1871. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; furniture manufacturing executive; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1912, 1920, 1928, 1932, 1936; mayor of Ionia, Mich., 1913-25; treasurer of Michigan Republican Party, 1915-19; Governor of Michigan, 1927-30. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Rotary; United Spanish War Veterans. Died, following a heart attack, at Munising Hospital, Munising, Alger County, Mich., November 30, 1936 (age 65 years, 42 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married, June 18, 1901, to Helen A. Kelley.
      Cross-reference: Howard C. Lawrence — Fred A. Chapman
      See also National Governors Association biography — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Allen Benton Morse (1839-1921) — also known as Allen B. Morse — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Otisco, Ionia County, Mich., January 7, 1839. Democrat. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Ionia County Prosecuting Attorney, 1867-71; member of Michigan state senate 27th District, 1875-76; candidate for Michigan state attorney general, 1878; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1880; mayor of Ionia, Mich., 1882; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1885-92; chief justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1885, 1892; candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1892; U.S. Consul in Glasgow, 1893-97; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives, 1906. Wounded during the Civil War, and lost his left arm. Died July 5, 1921 (age 82 years, 179 days). Interment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John L. Morse (born c.1800); married 1874 to Frances Marion Van Allen (died 1884); married 1888 to Anna Babcock.
      George Washington Webber (1825-1900) — also known as George W. Webber — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Newbury, Orange County, Vt., November 25, 1825. Republican. Mayor of Ionia, Mich., 1874-75; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1881-83; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1884. Died in Ionia, Ionia County, Mich., January 15, 1900 (age 74 years, 51 days). Interment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: George Washington
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Delos G. Smith — of Michigan. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1924-27. Interment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Alonzo Sessions (b. 1810) — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in 1810. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ionia County 2nd District, 1857-62; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1872; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1872; Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1877-80. Member, Grange. Original interment at a private or family graveyard, Ionia County, Mich.; reinterment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Herbert Ernest Powell (1866-1954) — also known as Herbert E. Powell — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Ronald Township, Ionia County, Mich., April 27, 1866. Republican. Farmer; banker; hardware business; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1901-04 (Ionia County 1st District 1901-02, Ionia County 1903-04); delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention 18th District, 1907-08; member of Michigan state senate 18th District, 1913-16. Died in Ionia, Ionia County, Mich., October 26, 1954 (age 88 years, 182 days). Interment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Joseph Priestly Powell (1821-1904) and Ruth Ann (Goodwin) Powell (1831-1921); married 1888 to Alice May Waterbury (1866-1947); father of Stanley Maurice Powell; third cousin thrice removed of Chauncey Goodrich and Elizur Goodrich (1761-1849); fourth cousin once removed of Elizur Stillman Goodrich.
      Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Sherman family of Connecticut; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Harvey Edward Kidder (1875-1946) — also known as Harvey E. Kidder — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Keene, Ionia County, Mich., July 21, 1875. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Ionia, Mich., 1910-11; postmaster at Ionia, Mich., 1914-22; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1932; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936, 1940; member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1937. Died in Ionia, Ionia County, Mich., June 23, 1946 (age 70 years, 337 days). Interment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of James Harvey Kidder (1849-1890) and Mary Ann (Ryan) Kidder (1857-1951); married, January 17, 1912, to Annie Theibout; first cousin thrice removed of Ezra Kidder; second cousin twice removed of Arba Kidder; second cousin thrice removed of Isaiah Kidder; third cousin twice removed of Charles Stetson, Luther Kidder, Joseph Souther Kidder and Isaiah Stetson; third cousin thrice removed of Lyman Kidder and David Kidder (1787-1860); fourth cousin once removed of Isaiah Kidder Stetson.
      Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Clough family of New Hampshire (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Lemuel C. Clute (1834-1901) — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Saratoga County, N.Y., August 7, 1834. Lawyer; Prohibition candidate for justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1887; Prohibition candidate for Michigan state attorney general, 1888; Prohibition candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1892. Dutch ancestry. Died in Ionia County, Mich., April 18, 1901 (age 66 years, 254 days). Interment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Richard Clute (1808-1861) and Lucy Jane (Clements) Clute (1814-1906); married 1861 to Ellen M. McPherson (1845-1925).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      George Gundrum (1842-1916) — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Pirmasens, Germany, January 20, 1842. Democrat. Pharmacist; mayor of Ionia, Mich., 1893. Methodist. German ancestry. Died, from acute morphine poisoning, probably intentional, in Ionia, Ionia County, Mich., November 18, 1916 (age 74 years, 303 days). Interment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1877 to Catherine 'Kate' MacPherson (1851-1941).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Stanley Maurice Powell (1898-1988) — also known as Stanley M. Powell — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Ionia, Ionia County, Mich., July 7, 1898. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; farmer; member of Michigan state house of representatives, 1931-32, 1965-78 (Ionia County 1931-32, 89th District 1965-72, 88th District 1973-78); defeated, 1932; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Ionia County, 1961-62. Baptist. Member, Farm Bureau; Grange; American Legion; Pi Kappa Delta; Delta Sigma Rho; Alpha Zeta. Died in Ionia County, Mich., August 25, 1988 (age 90 years, 49 days). Interment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Alice (Waterbury) Powell (1866-1947) and Herbert Ernest Powell (1866-1954); married to Eleanor Grace Partridge (1902-1994).
      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
      Thad B. Preston (d. 1938) — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Democrat. Manager, Michigan Overall Company; vice-president, State Savings Bank; member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1917-19; Michigan Democratic state chair, 1919; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1920, 1924. Died April 9, 1938. Interment at Highland Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Clark A. Preston and Sarah Ann (Cunningham) Preston; married to Lida Canwell (died 1927).


    Mt. Olive Cemetery
    Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Thomas A. Carten (c.1861-1927) — also known as Tom Carten — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born about 1861. Democrat. Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1907; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1912. Died June 1, 1927 (age about 66 years). Interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery.


    Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery
    300 4th Street
    Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Frederick A. Chapman (1878-1938) — also known as Fred A. Chapman — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Leeds, England, October 16, 1878. Republican. Furniture manufacturer; business partner of Gov. Fred W. Green; bank director; co-founder (1915) and manager (1915-38) of the Ionia Free Fair; mayor of Ionia, Mich., 1927-31; defeated, 1931; delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Ionia County, 1933; warden of Michigan Reformatory at Ionia, 1936-37. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus. Suffered from an incurable stomach ailment; while in his car, parked in his home garage, he killed himself with a shotgun, in Ionia, Ionia County, Mich., October 18, 1938 (age 60 years, 2 days). Interment at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Enoch Chapman and Annie (Ryecroft) Chapman; married, July 10, 1900, to Thecla A. 'Dollie' Denk (1878-1926); married, April 19, 1928, to Aurelia T. Denk (1891-1949; sister of first wife); father of Frederick A. Chapman Jr. (1930-2012).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Frederick A. Chapman Jr. (1930-2012) — of Orleans Township, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., May 13, 1930. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict; public relations executive; worked for Mercedes-Benz of North America; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1970; university professor; Orleans Township Supervisor; member, Ionia County Road Commission. Catholic. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., July 25, 2012 (age 82 years, 73 days). Interment at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Frederick A. Chapman (1878-1938) and Aurelia T. (Denk) Chapman (1891-1949); married to Helen Patricia 'Pat' Caldwell (1933-2009).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Lakeside Cemetery
    Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Boyd Kenneth Benedict (1925-1973) — also known as Boyd K. Benedict — of East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Portland, Ionia County, Mich., January 24, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1964. Died in Hastings, Barry County, Mich., July 14, 1973 (age 48 years, 171 days). Interment at Lakeside Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Laura May (Cook) Benedict (1891-1950) and Verne Augustus Benedict; first cousin five times removed of Chester Ashley; first cousin seven times removed of Josiah Cowles (1716-1793).
      Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Otis family of Connecticut; Baldwin-Greene-Upson-Hoar family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Lyons Township Cemetery
    Lyons, Ionia County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Adam L. Roof (1810-1885) — of Lyons, Ionia County, Mich. Born in New York, February 22, 1810. Lawyer; surveyor; Ionia County Register of Deeds; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ionia District, 1845; member of Michigan state senate 7th District, 1849-50. Died January 26, 1885 (age 74 years, 339 days). Interment at Lyons Township Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Carrisa Knox; father of Albert K. Roof (1841-1917).
      Albert K. Roof (1841-1917) — of Ionia County, Mich. Born in 1841. Democrat. Ionia County Register of Deeds; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ionia County 1st District, 1871-72; member of Michigan state senate 19th District, 1887-88; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1892. Died in 1917 (age about 76 years). Interment at Lyons Township Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Adam L. Roof (1810-1885).


    North Plains Cemetery
    North Plains, Ionia County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      David Guy Locke (1860-1944) — also known as David G. Locke — of Gratiot County, Mich. Born in North Shade Township, Gratiot County, Mich., November 27, 1860. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Gratiot County, 1921-22; defeated, 1922. Died in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., June 6, 1944 (age 83 years, 192 days). Interment at North Plains Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1890 to Mary Alma Mitchell; third cousin twice removed of John Locke (1764-1855); fourth cousin once removed of Charles Locke.
      Political family: Locke family.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Greenop Memorial Cemetery
    Orleans Township, Ionia County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Luther Eugene Hall (1846-1936) — also known as Luther E. Hall — of Ionia County, Mich. Born in Ionia County, Mich., January 27, 1846. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ionia County, 1927-30; defeated in primary, 1930. Died in Ionia County, Mich., May 4, 1936 (age 90 years, 98 days). Interment at Greenop Memorial Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Palo Cemetery
    Palo, Ionia County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Byron S. Argersinger (1874-1933) — of Jackson, Jackson County, Mich.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Bloomer Township, Montcalm County, Mich., August 2, 1874. Candidate for Michigan state senate 10th District, 1910. Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., 1933 (age about 58 years). Interment at Palo Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Argersinger (1834-1897) and Louisa (Sharrard) Argersinger (1852-1933); married, September 10, 1918, to Nina D. Curtis (divorced); first cousin once removed of Chauncey Elisha Argersinger (1835-1916).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Portland Cemetery
    Portland, Ionia County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Westbrook Devine (1822-1888) — of Eureka Township, Montcalm County, Mich.; Belding, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Ulster County, N.Y., August 4, 1822. Farmer; Montcalm County Register of Deeds, 1851-54; Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney, 1855; member of Michigan state senate 28th District, 1863-66. Stricken with paralysis, and died almost a year later, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., September 13, 1888 (age 66 years, 40 days). Interment at Portland Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married, January 27, 1845, to Elizabeth Roosa (1852-1908).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Grant M. Morse (1854-1922) — of Ionia, Ionia County, Mich. Born in Michigan, October, 1854. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1896; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1899; state fish and game warden; postmaster. Died in Washington, D.C., June 25, 1922 (age 67 years, 0 days). Interment at Portland Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

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