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Kent County
Michigan

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Kent County

Index to Locations

  • Ada Ada Cemetery
  • Cannon Township Cannonsburg Cemetery
  • Gaines Unknown location
  • Grand Rapids Unknown location
  • Grand Rapids Fairplains Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Fulton Street Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford Museum
  • Grand Rapids Graceland Memorial Park
  • Grand Rapids Greenwood Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Holy Cross Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Mt. Calvary Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Oak Grove Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Oak Hill Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Restlawn Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Resurrection Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Valley City Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Washington Park Cemetery
  • Grand Rapids Woodlawn Cemetery
  • Lowell Oakwood Cemetery
  • Rockford Courtland Cemetery
  • Rockford Rockford Cemetery


    Ada Cemetery
    Ada, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Rix Robinson (1789-1875) — also known as "Wabesha" — of Michigan. Born in 1789. Circuit judge in Michigan, 1844; member of Michigan state senate, 1846-49 (5th District 1846, 7th District 1847-49); Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1848; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention, 1850. Indian trader in the 1820s and 1830s; became a close associate of the Ottawa Indian tribe, and a negotiator on its behalf; he married two Ottawa women, and was also known by an Ottawa name, "Wabesha". Died, of "dropsy" (probably congestive heart failure), Ada, Kent County, Mich., January 13, 1875 (age about 85 years). Interment at Ada Cemetery.


    Cannonsburg Cemetery
    Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Frank Ladner (1845-1911) — of Kent County, Mich. Born in Newlyn, Cornwall, England, February 25, 1845. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 3rd District, 1903-06. Died in 1911 (age about 66 years). Interment at Cannonsburg Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married, July 4, 1872, to Flora Gibbs (born 1851).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Unknown Location
    Gaines, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Horace Thomas Barnaby (1823-1917) — also known as Horace T. Barnaby — of Gratiot County, Mich. Born in Angelica, Allegany County, N.Y., April 26, 1823. Republican. Gratiot County Clerk, 1861-62; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Gratiot County, 1869-72; bishop. Methodist. Died in Gaines Township, Kent County, Mich., February 27, 1917 (age 93 years, 307 days). Interment somewhere.
      Relatives: Married 1844 to Lydia Ann Wilson; married to Sophia Jane Abbey; father of Horace Thomas Barnaby, Jr. (1870-1952).


    Unknown Location
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Robert B. Loomis (1832-1907) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Newcastle, Lincoln County, Maine, September 25, 1832. Republican. Insurance business; member of Michigan state senate 16th District, 1897-1902; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1904. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., January 16, 1907 (age 74 years, 113 days). Interment somewhere.


    Fairplains Cemetery
    2056 Diamond Avenue Northeast
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      William Henry Allswede (1874-1962) — also known as William H. Allswede — of Sanford, Midland County, Mich.; Hersey, Osceola County, Mich. Born in Midland County, Mich., January 22, 1874. Farmer; merchant; grain dealer; gravel business; member of Michigan state senate 24th District, 1913-14; defeated (Progressive), 1914; candidate in Republican primary for Michigan state house of representatives from Osceola District, 1926. German ancestry. Died July 22, 1962 (age 88 years, 181 days). Interment at Fairplains Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George H. Allswede and Dora Allswede; married, June 30, 1897, to Lola M. Sanford (1876-1950).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Fulton Street Cemetery
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Wilder De Ayr Foster (1819-1873) — also known as Wilder D. Foster — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Orange County, N.Y., January 8, 1819. Mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1854-55, 1865-67; member of Michigan state senate 24th District, 1855-56; U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1871-73 (4th District 1871-73, 5th District 1873); died in office 1873. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., September 20, 1873 (age 54 years, 255 days). Interment at Fulton Street Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      John Wayne Champlin (1831-1901) — also known as John W. Champlin — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y., February 17, 1831. Democrat. Candidate for circuit judge in Michigan, 1863; mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1867-68; defeated, 1868; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1884-91; chief justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1890-91; Gold Democratic candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1896. Member, Freemasons. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., July 24, 1901 (age 70 years, 157 days). Interment at Fulton Street Cemetery.
      See also Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
      Edmund B. Dikeman (1843-1916) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born November 22, 1843. Democrat. Mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1882-83, 1886-88. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., April 8, 1916 (age 72 years, 138 days). Interment at Fulton Street Cemetery.
      Charles Carter Comstock (1818-1900) — also known as Charles C. Comstock — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Sullivan, Cheshire County, N.H., March 5, 1818. Democrat. Mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1863-65; candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1870; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1885-87; defeated, 1873. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., February 20, 1900 (age 81 years, 352 days). Interment at Fulton Street Cemetery.
      Relatives: Father-in-law of Huntley Russell (1858-?).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Francis William Kellogg (1810-1879) — also known as Francis W. Kellogg — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; Mobile, Mobile County, Ala. Born in Worthington, Hampshire County, Mass., May 30, 1810. Republican. Lumber business; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1857-58; U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1859-65 (3rd District 1859-63, 4th District 1863-65); U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 1st Alabama District, 1865-67; U.S. Representative from Alabama 1st District, 1868-69. Died in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio, January 13, 1879 (age 68 years, 228 days). Interment at Fulton Street Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Giles Crouch Kellogg (1783-1863) and Eunice Palmer (Cottrell) Kellogg (1785-1864); married, March 24, 1832, to Emeline White (1811-1890); fifth great-grandnephew of Thomas Welles; first cousin twice removed of Aaron Kellogg; third cousin of Greene Carrier Bronson, John Russell Kellogg (1793-1868) and George Smith Catlin; third cousin once removed of Jason Kellogg, Charles Kellogg (1773-1842), Orsamus Cook Merrill, Timothy Merrill, Daniel Fiske Kellogg, Joshua Perkins, George Isaac Sherwood, Arthur Tappan Kellogg, David B. Sherwood, Selah Merrill and Eli Coe Birdsey (1843-1929); third cousin twice removed of Josiah Cowles, Simeon Baldwin, Carl G. Sherwood, William Lucius Case and Edward Russell Kellogg; third cousin thrice removed of Leonard Leach Case; fourth cousin of Luther Walter Badger, Silas Dewey Kellogg, Chester Ashley, Daniel Kellogg (1791-1875), Alvan Kellogg, Alvah Nash, Day Otis Kellogg, Dwight Kellogg, Albert Gallatin Kellogg, Ensign Hosmer Kellogg, Farrand Fassett Merrill and Charles Kellogg (1839-1903); fourth cousin once removed of Silas Condict, Abel Merrill, James Doolittle Wooster, Daniel Upson, Roger Sherman Baldwin, Eli Coe Birdsey (1799-1843), Orlando Kellogg, William Dean Kellogg, Stephen Wright Kellogg, Benjamin Doolittle, George Bradley Kellogg, William Pitt Kellogg, Daniel Kellogg (1835-1918), Austin George Nettleton, Nelson Platt Wheeler, William Egbert Wheeler and Benjamin Baker Merrill.
      Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Alva Winslow Nichols (1848-1911) — also known as Alva W. Nichols — of Greenville, Montcalm County, Mich. Born in Michigan, October 6, 1848. Physician; surgeon; candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1894 (People's), 1908 (Independent); Democratic candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1896; Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 11th District, 1898; Michigan People's Party state chair, 1899; member of Michigan People's Party State Executive Committee, 1899; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1904. Died, from cardiac dropsy (congestive heart failure), in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., August 22, 1911 (age 62 years, 320 days). Interment at Fulton Street Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Charles M. Nichols (1820-1861) and Mary A. (Winslow) Nichols (1825-1902).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Dorothy Leonard Judd (1898-1989) — also known as Dorothy L. Judd — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., September 14, 1898. Republican. Delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Kent County 3rd District, 1961-62. Female. Member, League of Women Voters; Urban League. Died in 1989 (age about 90 years). Interment at Fulton Street Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Harry C. Leonard and Willie (Stansbury) Leonard; married to Siegel Wright Judd (1895-1982).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Gerald R. Ford Museum
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
    Gerald R. Ford Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (1913-2006) — also known as Gerald R. Ford; Jerry Ford; Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; "Passkey" — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, Calif. Born in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., July 14, 1913. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1948, 1960, 1964; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1949-73; resigned 1973; member, President's Commission on the Assassination of President KNDY, 1963-64; Vice President of the United States, 1973-74; President of the United States, 1974-77; defeated, 1976. Episcopalian. English and Scottish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Amvets; Sons of the American Revolution; Forty and Eight; Jaycees; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Phi Delta Phi; Humane Society; Elks; American Bar Association. Shot at in two separate incidents in San Francisco in September 1975. On September 5, Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme, follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, got close to the President with a loaded pistol, and squeezed the trigger at close range; the gun misfired. On September 22, Sara Jane Moore fired a shot at him, but a bystander deflected her aim. Both women were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Received the Medal of Freedom in 1999. Died in Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, Calif., December 26, 2006 (age 93 years, 165 days). Interment at Gerald R. Ford Museum.
      Relatives: Step-son of Gerald Rudolph Ford, Sr. (1890-1962); son of Leslie Lynch King, Sr. (1884-1941) and Dorothy Ayer (Gardner) King Ford (1892-1967); half-brother of Thomas G. Ford, Sr. (1918-1995); married, October 15, 1948, to Elizabeth Ann 'Betty' (Bloomer) Warren (1918-2011).
      Cross-reference: Richard M. Nixon — L. William Seidman
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
      Books by Gerald R. Ford: A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford (1983)
      Books about Gerald R. Ford: John Robert Greene, The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford — Edward L. Schapsmeier, Gerald R. Ford's Date With Destiny: A Political Biography — James Cannon, Time and Chance : Gerald Ford's Appointment With History — Douglas Brinkley, Gerald R. Ford
      Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58


    Graceland Memorial Park
    4341 Cascade Road Southeast
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Frederick Henry Mueller (1893-1976) — also known as Frederick H. Mueller — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; Sarasota, Sarasota County, Fla. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 22, 1893. Republican. Member of Michigan state board of agriculture, 1945-57; appointed 1945; defeated, 1957; U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1959-61; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1960. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Rotary. Died August 31, 1976 (age 82 years, 283 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Graceland Memorial Park.
      See also NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Fred Morton Raymond (1876-1946) — Born in Berlin (now Marne), Ottawa County, Mich., March 22, 1876. U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Michigan, 1925-46; died in office 1946. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., February 6, 1946 (age 69 years, 321 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Graceland Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of Joseph P. Raymond (1842-1905) and Elizabeth Stacy (McLennan) Raymond (1842-1910); married 1902 to Mabel K. Kenworthy (1883-1959).
      See also federal judicial profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
    Benjamin S. Hanchett Benjamin Sawtelle Hanchett (1868-1933) — also known as Benjamin S. Hanchett — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., October 1, 1868. Republican. President and general manager, Grand Rapids Traction System; built and led the Grand Rapids, Holland, and Lake Michigan interurban railway; member of University of Michigan board of regents, 1911-27; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1916 (member, Resolutions Committee). Died in 1933 (age about 64 years). Entombed in mausoleum at Graceland Memorial Park.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Michigan Manual 1927
      Cornelius Hoffius (1881-1943) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; East Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Goes, Netherlands, August 5, 1881. Republican. Lawyer; Kent County Prosecuting Attorney, 1916-24; circuit judge in Michigan 17th Circuit, 1938-43; died in office 1943. Member, American Bar Association. Died October 26, 1943 (age 62 years, 82 days). Entombed at Graceland Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of Martin Hoffius and Maria (De Grew) Hoffius; married, August 26, 1908, to Rose Kass; father of R. Stuart Hoffius (1914-2005).
      Marion C. Steketee (1904-1994) — also known as Marion Elizabeth Cornelius — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., September 28, 1904. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1964. Female. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 15, 1994 (age 90 years, 48 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Graceland Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Married, December 29, 1923, to Frank Wallder Steketee (1900-1951; son of Jacob Steketee and Frances W. Steketee (1874-1961); brother of John Steketee (1897-1975); grandson of John Steketee (1833-1900); grandnephew of George G. Steketee).
      Political family: Steketee family of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Greenwood Cemetery
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Eugene Belknap (1846-1929) — also known as Charles E. Belknap — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Massena, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., October 17, 1846. Republican. Major in the Union Army during the Civil War; mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1884-85; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1889-91, 1891-93; defeated, 1892. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., January 16, 1929 (age 82 years, 91 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Jacob Steketee (1873-1946) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., February 22, 1873. Lawyer; Vice-Consul for Netherlands in Grand Rapids, Mich., 1901-12; Honorary Consul for Netherlands in Grand Rapids, Mich., 1912-46. Dutch ancestry. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., May 3, 1946 (age 73 years, 70 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Catherine (VanderBoegh) Steketee (1833-1915) and John Steketee (1833-1900); married, November 7, 1895, to Frances Wallder (1874-1961); father of John Steketee (1897-1975) and Frank Wallder Steketee (1900-1951; who married Marion Elizabeth Cornelius); nephew of George G. Steketee.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Steketee (1833-1900) — also known as Jan Steketee — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Netherlands, January 13, 1833. Republican. Vice-Consul for Netherlands in Grand Rapids, Mich., 1884-1900; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 4th Michigan District, 1889-93. Dutch ancestry. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., June 1, 1900 (age 67 years, 139 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Jan Steketee (1803-1878) and Maria Janse (Fraanje) Steketee (1812-1879); brother of George G. Steketee; married to Catherine VanderBoegh (1833-1915); father of Jacob Steketee (who married Frances W. Steketee (1874-1961)); grandfather of John Steketee and Frank Wallder Steketee (1900-1951; who married Marion Elizabeth Cornelius).
      Political family: Steketee family of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Frances W. Steketee (1874-1961) — also known as Frances Wallder; Mrs. Jacob Steketee — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 3, 1874. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1924 (alternate), 1928; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1927; vice-chair of Michigan Republican Party, 1927-29; member of Republican National Committee from Michigan, 1932-39. Female. Died, in a hospital at Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., October 12, 1961 (age 86 years, 343 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Frank Wallder (1848-1902) and Anna Maria (Bengtson) Wallder (1851-1914); married, November 7, 1895, to Jacob Steketee (son of John Steketee (1833-1900); nephew of George G. Steketee); mother of John Steketee (1897-1975) and Frank Wallder Steketee (1900-1951; who married Marion Elizabeth Cornelius (1904-1994)).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      R. Lester Hill (1902-1991) — also known as Mike Hill — of Caro, Tuscola County, Mich. Born in Kent County, Mich., August 11, 1902. Democrat. Fruit farmer; chair of Tuscola County Democratic Party, 1968; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1968. Presbyterian. Member, Exchange Club; Rotary. Died, in the Tuscola County Medical Care Facility, Caro, Tuscola County, Mich., March 4, 1991 (age 88 years, 205 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1932 to Leona May Ames (died 1977); married 1978 to Frances Shubel.


    Holy Cross Cemetery
    2000 Walker Northwest
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Joseph E. Arsulowicz (1909-1982) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., April 8, 1909. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1944, 1948; candidate for University of Michigan board of regents, 1949; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1964, 1968; defeated, 1952. Catholic. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., July 23, 1982 (age 73 years, 106 days). Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Arsulowicz (1882-1959) and Ludwicka (Reda) Arsulowicz (1886-1956); married 1935 to Helen A. Mikulski (1909-1982).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Mt. Calvary Cemetery
    1362 Leonard N.W.
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      James C. Quinlan (1879-1948) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., December 8, 1879. Republican. Member of Michigan state senate 17th District, 1925-28, 1947-48; defeated in primary, 1928; died in office 1948; candidate in primary for Governor of Michigan, 1932; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1939; candidate in primary for Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1942. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks; Moose; Eagles; Lions. Died January 10, 1948 (age 68 years, 33 days). Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
    Perry W. Greene Perry William Greene (1894-1974) — also known as Perry W. Greene — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Carsonville, Sanilac County, Mich., May 28, 1894. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; pharmacist; member, Grand Rapids City Commission, 1934-44; member of Michigan state senate 16th District, 1945-62. Catholic. Member, Elks; Lions; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Knights of Columbus; Purple Heart. Died February 16, 1974 (age 79 years, 264 days). Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1925 to Bernadine Hartnacke.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58


    Oak Grove Cemetery
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
    Charles R. Feenstra Charles R. Feenstra (1894-1981) — of Paris Township (now Kentwood), Kent County, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Kent County, Mich., February 11, 1894. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; farmer; supervisor of Paris Township, Michigan, 1928-36; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1935-48; defeated in primary, 1948; member of Michigan state senate 17th District, 1951-62; defeated in primary, 1962. Christian Reformed. Dutch ancestry. Member, American Legion; Farm Bureau. Died in 1981 (age about 87 years). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Martha J. Zuidema.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58


    Oak Hill Cemetery
    647 Hall Street, Southeast
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Founded 1859
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg (1884-1951) — also known as Arthur H. Vandenberg — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., March 22, 1884. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1911, 1912-18; U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1928-51; appointed 1928; died in office 1951; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1940. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Woodmen. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., April 18, 1951 (age 67 years, 27 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Aaron Vandenberg and Alpha (Hendrick) Vandenberg; married to Hazel H. Whitaker.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      George Wilson Welsh (1883-1974) — also known as George W. Welsh — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; Ada, Kent County, Mich. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, March 27, 1883. Republican. Printing business; publisher of a The Fruit Belt (farm magazine); member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1917-24; Speaker of the Michigan State House of Representatives, 1923-24; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1924; Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1925-26; defeated in primary, 1926, 1952; candidate in primary for Governor of Michigan, 1928, 1932; mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1938-49; candidate in primary for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from 17th Senatorial District, 1961. Presbyterian. Scottish ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks. Died in Ada, Kent County, Mich., June 29, 1974 (age 91 years, 94 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Joseph Welsh and Elizabeth (Wilson) Welsh; married, October 4, 1906, to Shirlie Louise Smith.
      Loyal Edwin Knappen (1854-1930) — of Hastings, Barry County, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Hastings, Barry County, Mich., January 27, 1854. School principal; lawyer; Barry County Prosecuting Attorney, 1879-83; U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Michigan, 1906-10; Judge of U.S. Circuit Court for the 6th Circuit, 1910-11; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 1910-24; took senior status 1924. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., May 14, 1930 (age 76 years, 107 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Edwin Knappen (1826-1854) and Sarah (Nevins) Knappen (1832-1912); married to Amelia Isabelle Kenyon (1854-1930).
      See also federal judicial profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Edwin Forrest Sweet (1847-1935) — also known as Edwin F. Sweet — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; Ojai, Ventura County, Calif. Born in Dansville, Livingston County, N.Y., November 21, 1847. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1904-06; defeated, 1906; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1911-13; defeated, 1908, 1912; Assistant U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1913-21; candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1916. Episcopalian. Member, Delta Kappa Epsilon. Died in Ojai, Ventura County, Calif., April 2, 1935 (age 87 years, 132 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Sidney Sweet and Hannah (Redmond) Sweet; married, April 26, 1876, to Sophia Fuller (1854-1923).
      Cross-reference: Robert H. Clancy
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Julius Houseman (1832-1891) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Germany, December 8, 1832. Democrat. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1871-72; mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1872-73, 1874-75; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1876; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1883-85. Jewish. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., February 8, 1891 (age 58 years, 62 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Carl Edgar Mapes (1874-1939) — also known as Carl E. Mapes — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Eaton County, Mich., December 26, 1874. Republican. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1905-06; member of Michigan state senate 16th District, 1909-12; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1913-39; died in office 1939. Congregationalist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Woodmen. Suffered a heart attack, and died, in his hotel room at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., December 12, 1939 (age 64 years, 351 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Selah Warrington Mapes (1836-1920) and Sarah Ann (Brooks) Mapes (1839-1917); married, August 14, 1907, to Julia Pike (1874-1948); third cousin thrice removed of Daniel Davis; fourth cousin once removed of Bailey Frye Adams (1825-1894).
      Political families: Kidder family of Connecticut; DuPont family of Wilmington, Delaware; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; Sargent-Arnold-Pike-Davis family of New Hampshire; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Patton, Jr. (1850-1907) — of Michigan. Born in Curwensville, Clearfield County, Pa., October 30, 1850. Republican. U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1894-95. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., May 24, 1907 (age 56 years, 206 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Patton (1823-1897); brother of Charles Emory Patton.
      Political family: Patton family of Curwensville, Pennsylvania.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Melbourne Haddock Ford (1849-1891) — also known as Melbourne H. Ford — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Salem, Washtenaw County, Mich., June 30, 1849. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1885-86; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1887-89, 1891; defeated, 1888; died in office 1891. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., April 20, 1891 (age 41 years, 294 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      James Allwood Smith (1865-1920) — also known as James A. Smith — of Middlebury, Addison County, Vt. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 3, 1865. Marble quarry business; U.S. Consul in Leghorn, 1897-1907; U.S. Consul General in Boma, 1907-08; Genoa, 1908-11; Calcutta, 1913-20. Died in Monte Carlo, Monaco, September 29, 1920 (age 54 years, 331 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Gilman Chase Godwin (1840-1891) — also known as G. Chase Godwin — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Wyoming Township (now Wyoming), Kent County, Mich., April 18, 1840. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, 1886-90. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., February 26, 1891 (age 50 years, 314 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William R. Godwin (1802?-1862); married 1868 to Cornelia A. Chambers.
      Allen Clark Adsit (1837-1912) — also known as Allen C. Adsit — of Adams, Jefferson County, N.Y.; Spring Lake, Ottawa County, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Rutland, Jefferson County, N.Y., February 20, 1837. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ottawa County 2nd District, 1871-72; Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney, 1875-76; circuit judge in Michigan 17th Circuit, 1891-99; defeated, 1899, 1908; law partner of Peter J. Danhof, 1901-12; candidate for justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1901, 1904. Universalist. English and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., January 3, 1912 (age 74 years, 317 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Stephen Adsit (1805-1884) and Polly (Smiley) Adsit (died 1853); married 1871 to Mary Hubbell (died 1872); married, February 24, 1886, to Sarah Kilpatrick (1854-1920); third cousin of Ohlin H. Adsit; fourth cousin of Bert Wilson Adsit; fourth cousin once removed of George Washington Ingersoll (1803-1860).
      Political families: Adsit-Garcelon family of Lewiston, Maine; Holden-Davis-Lawrence-Garcelon family of Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Sybrant Wesselius (c.1859-1926) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., about 1859. Lawyer; member of Michigan state senate 20th District, 1889; Independent candidate for mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1908; candidate in Republican primary for Governor of Michigan, 1916. Presbyterian. Member, Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., May 9, 1926 (age about 67 years). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Alfred Wolcott (1858-1908) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Ohio, March 17, 1858. Lawyer; Kent County Circuit Court Commissioner, 1889-92; Kent County Prosecuting Attorney, 1893-96; circuit judge in Michigan 17th Circuit, 1900-08; died in office 1908. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., March 8, 1908 (age 49 years, 357 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Alfred Wolcott (1812-1892) and Mary Ann (Scoville) Wolcott (1821-1882); brother of Anna Augusta Wolcott (1856-1926; who married Lemuel Ballantine Bissell); married to Caroline B. 'Carrie' Hawk (1858-1943); second great-grandnephew of Erastus Wolcott and Oliver Wolcott, Sr.; third great-grandson of Roger Wolcott (1679-1767); first cousin thrice removed of Oliver Wolcott, Jr., Roger Griswold and Frederick Wolcott; second cousin four times removed of William Pitkin; third cousin once removed of John William Allen, James Samuel Wadsworth, Henry Titus Backus, Christopher Parsons Wolcott, Matthew Griswold (1833-1919) and Roger Wolcott (1847-1900); third cousin twice removed of Gaylord Griswold, Samuel Clesson Allen, Henry Leavitt Ellsworth and William Wolcott Ellsworth; third cousin thrice removed of Matthew Griswold (1714-1799) and Daniel Pitkin; fourth cousin of Charles Frederick Wadsworth, James Wolcott Wadsworth and Edward Oliver Wolcott; fourth cousin once removed of Elisha Hunt Allen, George Washington Wolcott, James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr. and Selden Chapin.
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Waterman-Huntington family of Connecticut and New York; Wolcott-Wadsworth family of Connecticut and Maryland; Wolcott-Packwood-Griswold family of Connecticut; Hosmer-Griswold-Parsons family of Middletown, Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Horace Thomas Barnaby, Jr. (1870-1952) — also known as Horace T. Barnaby — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in North Star Township, Gratiot County, Mich., October 24, 1870. Republican. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1901-04; candidate for probate judge in Michigan, 1904; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention 17th District, 1907-08; member of Michigan state senate 17th District, 1909-12; candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1938, 1940. Methodist. Member, Knights of Pythias; Optimist Club. Died May 20, 1952 (age 81 years, 209 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Horace Thomas Barnaby (1823-1917) and Sophia Jane (Abbey) Barnaby; married, April 5, 1893, to Mary E. Ryno (died 1921); married, March 27, 1927, to Maude C. Jones.
      Israel C. Smith (1838-1899) — of Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo.; Denver, Colo.; Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in 1838. Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; hotel proprietor; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 4th Michigan District, 1893-97. Episcopalian. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Loyal Legion; Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died in 1899 (age about 61 years). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1867 to Ada Elizabeth Meeker (granddaughter of Edward Mundy (1794-1851)).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      William De Boer (1871-1951) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Michigan, October 5, 1871. Republican. Machinist; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1915-16, 1925-28; defeated, 1912, 1916, 1930, 1932; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 16th District, 1928. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., May 12, 1951 (age 79 years, 219 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      John M. Dunham (1888-1973) — of East Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Cadillac, Wexford County, Mich., July 16, 1888. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Kent County 2nd District, 1933; candidate for justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1941. Member, American Bar Association; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Shriners; Elks. Died in Kent Community Hospital, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., January 23, 1973 (age 84 years, 191 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Harrison M. Dunham and Kittie (Parks) Dunham; married 1917 to Frances Adeline Rogers; nephew of Major L. Dunham (1850-1932).
      John Wood Blodgett (1860-1951) — also known as John W. Blodgett — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; East Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Hersey, Osceola County, Mich., July 26, 1860. Republican. Lumber and timber business; member of Republican National Committee from Michigan, 1900-12; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1908, 1924, 1932; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1940. Died in East Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 21, 1951 (age 91 years, 118 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Delos Abiel Blodgett and Jane (Wood) Blodgett (1841-1890); married, January 16, 1895, to Minnie A. Cumnock (1862-1931); father of John Wood Blodgett, Jr.; second cousin twice removed of Caleb Blodgett (1793-1872); third cousin once removed of Isaac Newton Blodgett.
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Kidder family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Dunham (1824-1905) — of Manistee, Manistee County, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Isle, Grand Isle County, Vt., March 6, 1824. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1876; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1876. Member, Freemasons. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., June 30, 1905 (age 81 years, 116 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Delos Abiel Blodgett (1825-1908) — also known as Delos A. Blodgett — of Hersey, Osceola County, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Otsego, Otsego County, N.Y., March 3, 1825. Republican. Lumber merchant; banker; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1880, 1892, 1900. Founder of towns in Michigan: Baldwin, Evart, and Hersey. Died, from arteriosclerosis, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 1, 1908 (age 83 years, 243 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Abiel Davis Blodgett (1794-1861) and Susan (Richmond) Blodgett (1796-1866); married, September 9, 1859, to Jane S. 'Jennie' Wood (1841-1890); married, June 3, 1893, to Daisy Albertine Peck (1862-1947); father of John Wood Blodgett; grandfather of John Wood Blodgett, Jr.; second cousin once removed of Caleb Blodgett (1793-1872); third cousin of Isaac Newton Blodgett; third cousin thrice removed of Isaiah Kidder, Lyman Kidder, Ezra Kidder and David Kidder; fourth cousin once removed of Chauncey Fitch Cleveland.
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Kidder family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      James R. Wylie (1849-1915) — of Petoskey, Emmet County, Mich. Born in Martin, Allegan County, Mich., October 14, 1849. Banker; village president of Petoskey, Michigan, 1892-93. Died in Grand Rapids Township, Kent County, Mich., June 30, 1915 (age 65 years, 259 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of David Wylie (1816-1885) and Mary Thompson (Monteith) Wylie (1823-1911); married to Jeannette Curtis (1855-1929).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      James Foote Barnett (1869-1947) — also known as James F. Barnett — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., 1869. Delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention 16th District, 1907-08. Died July 27, 1947 (age about 78 years). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of James Melanchton Barnett and Lucy (Foote) Barnett.
      John Wood Blodgett, Jr. (1901-1987) — also known as John W. Blodgett, Jr. — of Michigan. Born in 1901. Republican. Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1964. Died in 1987 (age about 86 years). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Wood Blodgett and Minnie (Cumnock) Blodgett (1862-1931); married to Edith Irwin (1916-2012); grandson of Delos Abiel Blodgett; second cousin thrice removed of Caleb Blodgett (1793-1872); third cousin twice removed of Isaac Newton Blodgett.
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Kidder family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Restlawn Cemetery
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Deufay Bartlett Hovey, Sr. (1865-1949) — also known as Deufay B. Hovey, Sr.; D. B. Hovey — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Vassar, Tuscola County, Mich., June 5, 1865. Linotype operator; Socialist candidate for justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1910; Socialist candidate for Michigan superintendent of public instruction, 1911; candidate for Michigan state senate 16th District, 1932 (Socialist), 1936 (Farmer-Labor). Died September 5, 1949 (age 84 years, 92 days). Interment at Restlawn Cemetery.
      William H. Kooistra (1936-2004) — also known as Bill Kooistra; "Mr. Democrat" — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; East Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born May 20, 1936. Democrat. Psychologist; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996, 2000 (alternate). Died, of Lou Gehrig's disease, November 30, 2004 (age 68 years, 194 days). Interment at Restlawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Carol Landheer (1952?-).


    Resurrection Cemetery
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Edward B. Kirkwood (1880-1957) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in 1880. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1931-34; defeated, 1918 (Democratic), 1920 (Democratic), 1934 (Republican), 1936 (Republican primary), 1940 (Republican primary). Died June 14, 1957 (age about 76 years). Interment at Resurrection Cemetery.
      Mary E. Doran (c.1873-1955) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Muskegon, Muskegon County, Mich., about 1873. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1936. Female. Catholic. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., July 13, 1955 (age about 82 years). Interment at Resurrection Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1898 to James A. Doran.


    Valley City Cemetery
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Moses V. Aldrich (1829-1879) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Macedon, Wayne County, N.Y., September 13, 1829. Republican. Mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1868-71. Died December 8, 1879 (age 50 years, 86 days). Interment at Valley City Cemetery.
      Emil Ames Dapper (1844-1906) — also known as Emil A. Dapper — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 21, 1844. Socialist. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; candidate for Michigan state senate 16th District, 1902. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 13, 1906 (age 62 years, 265 days). Interment at Valley City Cemetery.


    Washington Park Cemetery
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Ate Dykstra (1865-1953) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Netherlands, December 1, 1865. Republican. Grocer; dry goods merchant; political editor of a weekly newspaper; candidate for mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1910; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1923-34, 1939-42, 1945-46; defeated, 1934, 1936. Dutch ancestry. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., September 18, 1953 (age 87 years, 291 days). Interment at Washington Park Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Anna Feenstra (died 1938).


    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Eastern Avenue
    Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
    Thomas F. McAllister Thomas Francis McAllister (1896-1976) — also known as Thomas F. McAllister — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., March 4, 1896. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1934, 1936; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1938-41; resigned 1941; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 1941-63; took senior status 1963. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild; American Judicature Society; American Legion; Elks; Eagles; Moose; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Phi Delta Phi; Pi Delta Epsilon; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died November 10, 1976 (age 80 years, 251 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Dorothy S. McAllister (1899-1983).
      See also federal judicial profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Michigan Manual 1939
      William Alden Smith (1859-1932) — also known as "Michigan's Friendliest Man" — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Dowagiac, Cass County, Mich., May 12, 1859. Republican. Lawyer; member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1888-92; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1895-1907; U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1907-19; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1916. Died, following a heart attack, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., October 11, 1932 (age 73 years, 152 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
      John D. Karel (1878-1959) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Paris Township (now Kentwood), Kent County, Mich., March 5, 1878. Republican. Mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1930-34; defeated, 1934; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1945-50; defeated, 1934. Dutch ancestry. Member, Elks; Freemasons; Shriners. Died in Kent County, Mich., 1959 (age about 81 years). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Marten 'Martin' Karel (1856-1944) and Geertje 'Gertrude' (Houman) Karel (1859-1891); married, September 7, 1904, to Pearl J. Jackson (1884-1962).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Bartel John Jonkman (1884-1955) — also known as Bartel J. Jonkman — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., April 28, 1884. Republican. Lawyer; Kent County Prosecuting Attorney, 1929-36; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1940-49; defeated in primary, 1948. Christian Reformed. Member, Delta Sigma Rho; Lions. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., June 13, 1955 (age 71 years, 46 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John B. Jonkman and Sarah (Holwerda) Jonkman; married, September 28, 1904, to Anna Vanden Bosch.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Paul Brentwood Henry (1942-1993) — also known as Paul B. Henry — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; Rockford, Kent County, Mich. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., July 9, 1942. Republican. Served in the Peace Corps; member of Michigan state board of education, 1975-78; appointed 1975; resigned 1978; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1976; member of Michigan state house of representatives 91st District, 1979-82; member of Michigan state senate 32nd District, 1983-85; resigned 1985; U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1985-93 (5th District 1985-93, 3rd District 1993); died in office 1993. Christian Reformed. Died July 31, 1993 (age 51 years, 22 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
      Willis B. Perkins (d. 1937) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Republican. Circuit judge in Michigan 17th Circuit, 1900-37; died in office 1937. Died August 31, 1937. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      Harold Hinsdill Smedley (1893-1980) — also known as Harold H. Smedley; Dike Smedley — of Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., September 29, 1893. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War I; lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1925-26; defeated in primary, 1926. Four time national flyrod accuracy champion; considered to be one of the best flyrod fishermen in the country. Died in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Fla., November, 1980 (age 87 years, 0 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Charles Osmer Smedley (1856-1926) and Lillian M. (Hinsdill) Smedley.
      Dorothy S. McAllister (1899-1983) — also known as Dorothy Smith; Mrs. Thomas F. McAllister — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.; East Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born January 29, 1899. Democrat. Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Kent County 1st District, 1933; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936, 1944 (alternate). Female. Died in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., December 27, 1983 (age 84 years, 332 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Thomas Francis McAllister (1896-1976).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Oakwood Cemetery
    Lowell, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Augustus W. Weekes (1850-1916) — of Lowell, Kent County, Mich. Born in Keene, Ionia County, Mich., May 27, 1850. Republican. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1893-96; member of Michigan state senate 17th District, 1901-04. Died August 7, 1916 (age 66 years, 72 days). Interment at Oakwood Cemetery.


    Courtland Cemetery
    Rockford, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      William H. Bartlette (1903-1988) — of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born November 18, 1903. Prohibition candidate for Michigan state senate 16th District, 1946; Prohibition candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1948; Prohibition candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1948. Died July 1, 1988 (age 84 years, 226 days). Interment at Courtland Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Rockford Cemetery
    Rockford, Kent County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Harold Samuel Sawyer (1920-2003) — also known as Harold S. Sawyer — of Michigan. Born in San Francisco, Calif., March 21, 1920. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1977-85. Died in Kent County, Mich., April 2, 2003 (age 83 years, 12 days). Interment at Rockford Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


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