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Marion County
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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Marion County

Index to Locations

  • Salem Belcrest Memorial Park
  • Salem City View Cemetery
  • Salem Jason Lee Cemetery
  • Salem Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum
  • Salem Pioneer Cemetery
  • Salem Riverfront Park
  • Stayton Lone Oak Cemetery


    Belcrest Memorial Park
    1295 Browning Avenue South
    Salem, Marion County, Oregon
    Politicians buried here:
    Charles L. McNary Charles Linza McNary (1874-1944) — also known as Charles L. McNary — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born near Salem, Marion County, Ore., June 12, 1874. Republican. Lawyer; law school dean; justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1913-14; appointed 1913; Oregon Republican state chair, 1916-17; U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1917-18, 1918-44; appointed 1917, 1918; died in office 1944; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1940; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1940. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; Grange. Died February 25, 1944 (age 69 years, 258 days). Original interment at Pioneer Cemetery; reinterment at Belcrest Memorial Park.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
      Books about Charles L. McNary: Steve Neal, McNary of Oregon: A Political Biography
      Image source: Official Report of the 22nd Republican National Convention (1940)
      Douglas James McKay (1893-1959) — also known as Douglas McKay — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., June 24, 1893. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; automobile dealer; mayor of Salem, Ore., 1933-34; member of Oregon state senate 1st District, 1935; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1940 (alternate), 1952 (speaker); Governor of Oregon, 1949-52; resigned 1952; U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1953-56; candidate for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1956. Scottish ancestry. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., July 22, 1959 (age 66 years, 28 days). Interment at Belcrest Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of E. D. McKay and Minnie (Musgrove) McKay; married 1917 to Mabel Hill.
      Douglas McKay High School, in Salem, Oregon, is named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
      Earl Wilcox Snell (1895-1947) — also known as Earl Snell — of Arlington, Gilliam County, Ore. Born near Olex, Gilliam County, Ore., July 11, 1895. Republican. Secretary of state of Oregon, 1935-43; Governor of Oregon, 1943-47; died in office 1947. While flying to southern Oregon on a hunting trip, along with Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell, Jr. and State Senate President Marshall E. Cornett, was killed when the small plane crashed in stormy weather near Dog Lake, Lake County, Ore., October 28, 1947 (age 52 years, 109 days). Interment at Belcrest Memorial Park.
      Alfred Wells Loucks (1908-1990) — also known as Alfred W. Loucks; Al Loucks — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born July 14, 1908. Mayor of Salem, Ore., 1951-54. Died in Multnomah County, Ore., June 4, 1990 (age 81 years, 325 days). Interment at Belcrest Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of James Sidney Loucks (1856-1919) and Effie Viola (Wells) Loucks (1857-1930); married to Irene Josephine Schreiber (1910-2001).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Howard Clair Belton (1893-1988) — also known as Howard C. Belton — of Canby, Clackamas County, Ore. Born in Algona, Kossuth County, Iowa, January 2, 1893. Republican. Member of Oregon state house of representatives, 1933; member of Oregon state senate, 1939-47; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1944, 1952, 1956 (member, Credentials Committee); Oregon state treasurer, 1960-65; appointed 1960; defeated, 1964. Presbyterian. Member, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Gamma Sigma Delta; Phi Kappa Phi; Kiwanis; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Order of the Eastern Star; Shriners. Died in Canby, Clackamas County, Ore., November 21, 1988 (age 95 years, 324 days). Interment at Belcrest Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Married, October 27, 1917, to Mae C. Brown (1894-1982).
      Epitaph: "In Loving Memory."
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    City View Cemetery
    Salem, Marion County, Oregon
    Politicians buried here:
      Zenas Ferry Moody (1832-1917) — of Oregon. Born in Granby, Hampshire County, Mass., May 27, 1832. Republican. Governor of Oregon, 1882-87. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., March 14, 1917 (age 84 years, 291 days). Interment at City View Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Hannah Montague (Ferry) Moody (1794-1841) and Thomas Hovey Moody (1795-1881); married, November 19, 1853, to Mary Stephenson; father of Malcolm Adelbert Moody; first cousin once removed of Henry Clay Hall; second cousin once removed of Arthur Platt Howard; second cousin thrice removed of Daniel Chapin (1761-1821); third cousin of Edmund Gillett Chapin; third cousin once removed of Marshall Chapin (1798-1838); third cousin twice removed of Daniel Chapin (1791-1878), Graham Hurd Chapin and Selden Chapin; third cousin thrice removed of Frederic Lincoln Chapin; fourth cousin of Alfred Clark Chapin; fourth cousin once removed of Silas Wright, Jr., Chester William Chapin, John Hall Brockway, John Putnam Chapin, William Dean Kellogg and John W. Chapin.
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Woodruff-Hornblower-Seymour-Wadsworth family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Willis Chatman Hawley (1864-1941) — also known as Willis C. Hawley — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born near Monroe, Benton County, Ore., May 5, 1864. Republican. School principal; college professor; president, Willamette University, 1893-1902; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Oregon 1st District, 1907-33. Member, Woodmen; Elks. Co-sponsor of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff. Died July 24, 1941 (age 77 years, 80 days). Interment at City View Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Sewel R. Hawley and Emma A. (Nobel) Hawley; married, August 19, 1885, to Anna M. Geisendorfer.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      James Wheaton Mott (1883-1945) — also known as James W. Mott — of Clatsop County, Ore.; Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born near New Washington, Clearfield County, Pa., November 12, 1883. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; member of Oregon state house of representatives, 1922-26, 1930; U.S. Representative from Oregon 1st District, 1933-45; defeated in primary, 1928; died in office 1945. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Sigma Chi; Elks; Kiwanis; Acacia. Died in Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., November 12, 1945 (age 62 years, 0 days). Entombed in mausoleum at City View Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Thomas Benjamin Kay (1864-1931) — also known as Thomas B. Kay — of Marion County, Ore. Born in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., February 28, 1864. Republican. Woolens company executive; Oregon state treasurer, 1911-19, 1925-31; died in office 1931. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., April 28, 1931 (age 67 years, 59 days). Interment at City View Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Frederick Silas Bynon (1870-1950) — also known as Fred S. Bynon — of Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Salem, Marion County, Ore.; North Bend, Coos County, Ore. Born in Brooklyn (now part of Oakland), Alameda County, Calif., December 3, 1870. Republican. With his father, he founded the Hollywood (Calif.) Sentinel newspaper, which later became the Hollywood Citizen News; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1912. Protestant. Member, Freemasons. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., June 6, 1950 (age 79 years, 185 days). Entombed in mausoleum at City View Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Alfred Augustus Bynon; married, September 5, 1891, to Stella Mitchell.


    Jason Lee Cemetery
    Salem, Marion County, Oregon
    Politicians buried here:
      William Ellsworth Purdy (d. 1925) — also known as Will E. Purdy — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Nonpartisan candidate for Governor of Oregon, 1914; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1920. Died in 1925. Interment at Jason Lee Cemetery.


    Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum
    Salem, Marion County, Oregon
    Politicians buried here:
      William Paine Lord (1839-1911) — also known as William P. Lord — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born in Dover, Kent County, Del., July 1, 1839. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; member of Oregon state senate, 1878; justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1880-94; chief justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1880-82, 1886-88, 1892-94; Governor of Oregon, 1895-99; U.S. Minister to Argentina, 1899-1903. Died in San Francisco, Calif., February 17, 1911 (age 71 years, 231 days). Entombed at Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum.
      Relatives: Married, January 12, 1880, to Juliette Montague (1844-1924).
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
      James Withycombe (1854-1919) — of Oregon. Born in Tavistock, Devon, England, March 21, 1854. Republican. Farmer; Governor of Oregon, 1915-19; defeated in primary, 1906; died in office 1919. Member, Grange. Died, from a heart condition, in Salem, Marion County, Ore., March 3, 1919 (age 64 years, 347 days). Entombed at Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Withycombe and Mary Ann Withycombe; married, June 6, 1875, to Isabell Carpenter.
      The World War II Liberty ship SS James Withycombe (built 1943, wrecked and lost 1943) was named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Isaac Lee Patterson (1859-1929) — also known as I. L. Patterson — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born in Benton County, Ore., September 17, 1859. Republican. Farmer; chair of Marion County Republican Party, 1892; member of Oregon state senate, 1895-98, 1919-21; Oregon Republican state chair, 1924-26; Governor of Oregon, 1927-29; died in office 1929; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1928. Member, Freemasons; Elks; Moose; Woodmen; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Rotary. Died, from pneumonia, in Marion County, Ore., December 21, 1929 (age 70 years, 95 days). Entombed at Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum.
      Relatives: Son of Francis Austin Patterson and Caroline (Tatom) Patterson; married, May 12, 1886, to Mary Elizabeth Woodworth.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Oswald West (1873-1960) — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born near Guelph, Ontario, May 20, 1873. Democrat. Governor of Oregon, 1911-15; candidate for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1918; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1924. Died August 22, 1960 (age 87 years, 94 days). Entombed at Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum; memorial monument at Oswald West State Park, Tillamook County, Ore.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Charles Arthur Sprague (1887-1969) — also known as Charles A. Sprague — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kan., November 12, 1887. Republican. Newspaper editor and publisher; Governor of Oregon, 1939-43. Presbyterian. Member, Sigma Delta Chi; Rotary. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., March 13, 1969 (age 81 years, 121 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum.
      Relatives: Son of Charles Allen Sprague (1856-1911) and Caroline (Glasgow) Sprague (1857-1896); married, August 8, 1912, to Blanche Chamberlain (1881-1976); third cousin twice removed of William Sprague (1799-1856); fourth cousin of Walter Keene Linscott and Sidney Smythe Linscott; fourth cousin once removed of Augustus Brown Reed Sprague (1827-1910) and William Sprague (1830-1915).
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Sprague family of Providence, Rhode Island (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Charles A. Sprague High School (opened 1972), in Salem, Oregon, is named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Ben Wilson Olcott (1872-1952) — also known as Ben W. Olcott; B. W. Olcott — of Salem, Marion County, Ore.; Redlands, San Bernardino County, Calif. Born in Keithsburg, Mercer County, Ill., October 15, 1872. Republican. Miner; secretary of state of Oregon, 1911-20; appointed 1911; resigned 1920; Governor of Oregon, 1919-23; defeated, 1922; president, American Savings Bank, Long Beach, 1923. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Elks. Died in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., July 21, 1952 (age 79 years, 280 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum.
      Relatives: Son of Hiram Wallace Olcott and Mary Jane (Wilson) Olcott; married, December 25, 1912, to Lena O. Hutton (1882-1936).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Pioneer Cemetery
    (formerly Odd Fellows Community Cemetery)
    Salem, Marion County, Oregon
    Politicians buried here:
      Reuben Patrick Boise (1818-1907) — also known as Reuben P. Boise — of Polk County, Ore.; Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born in Blandford, Hampden County, Mass., June 9, 1818. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Oregon state constitutional convention from Polk County, 1857; justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1859-72, 1876-80; chief justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1862-64, 1868-70. French Huguenot ancestry. Member, Grange. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., April 10, 1907 (age 88 years, 305 days). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married 1851 to Ellen F. Lyon (died 1865); married, December 27, 1866, to Emily A. Pratt (died 1919).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Pollard Gaines (1795-1857) — Born in Augusta County, Va., September 22, 1795. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of Kentucky state legislature, 1830; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 10th District, 1847-49; Governor of Oregon Territory, 1850-53. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., December 9, 1857 (age 62 years, 78 days). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Hancock Lee Jackson (1796-1876) — of Randolph County, Mo. Born in Madison County, Ky., May 12, 1796. Delegate to Missouri state constitutional convention 11th District, 1845-46; Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1857-61; Governor of Missouri, 1857. Died March 19, 1876 (age 79 years, 312 days). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Jackson (1762-1833) and Mary Forrest (Hancock) Jackson (1769-1846); married, March 8, 1821, to Ursula D. Oldham (1802-1880); second cousin of Claiborne Fox Jackson; second cousin thrice removed of Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee and Arthur Lee; third cousin twice removed of Thomas Sim Lee, Henry Lee, Charles Lee (1758-1815), Edmund Jennings Lee and Zachary Taylor; fourth cousin once removed of John Lee and Thomas Leonidas Crittenden.
      Political families: Lee-Randolph family of Maryland and Virginia; Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Biddle-Randolph family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jackson-Lee family of Virginia; Lincoln-Lee family; Pendleton-Lee family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Stephen Fowler Chadwick (1825-1895) — also known as Stephen F. Chadwick — of Douglas County, Ore. Born in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., December 25, 1825. Democrat. Lawyer; postmaster; delegate to Oregon state constitutional convention from Douglas County, 1857; secretary of state of Oregon, 1870-78; Governor of Oregon, 1877-78. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., January 15, 1895 (age 69 years, 21 days). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Edwin Nathinal Cooke (1810-1879) — also known as E. N. Cooke — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born in Adams, Jefferson County, N.Y., February 26, 1810. Republican. Oregon state treasurer, 1862-70; mayor of Salem, Ore., 1862. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., May 6, 1879 (age 69 years, 69 days). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery.
      George Knox Shiel (1825-1893) — also known as George K. Shiel — of Oregon. Born in Ireland, 1825. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Oregon at-large, 1861-63. While slightly intoxicated, fell over a railing, fourteen feet down into a window well, at the entrance to the Hotel Williamett, broke his neck, and died, in Salem, Marion County, Ore., December 12, 1893 (age about 68 years). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Samuel Royal Thurston (1816-1851) — of Oregon. Born in Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine, April 15, 1816. Lawyer; newspaper editor; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Oregon Territory, 1849-51. Died aboard the steamer California, in the North Pacific Ocean, April 9, 1851 (age 34 years, 359 days). Original interment somewhere in Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero; reinterment in 1853 at Pioneer Cemetery.
      Thurston County, Wash. is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Sebastian C. Adams (1825-1898) — of Yamhill County, Ore.; Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born July 28, 1825. Yamhill County Clerk, 1862; member of Oregon territorial senate, 1860. Died in Salem, Marion County, Ore., January 5, 1898 (age 72 years, 161 days). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Sebastian Adams (1789-1847) and Eunice (Harmon) Adams; brother of William Lysander Adams (1821-1906); married 1851 to Martha McBride (1831-1882); married to Sarah A. Babcock (1839-1904).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
    Politicians formerly buried here:
    Charles L. McNary Charles Linza McNary (1874-1944) — also known as Charles L. McNary — of Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born near Salem, Marion County, Ore., June 12, 1874. Republican. Lawyer; law school dean; justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1913-14; appointed 1913; Oregon Republican state chair, 1916-17; U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1917-18, 1918-44; appointed 1917, 1918; died in office 1944; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1940; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1940. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks; Grange. Died February 25, 1944 (age 69 years, 258 days). Original interment at Pioneer Cemetery; reinterment at Belcrest Memorial Park.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
      Books about Charles L. McNary: Steve Neal, McNary of Oregon: A Political Biography
      Image source: Official Report of the 22nd Republican National Convention (1940)


    Riverfront Park
    Salem, Marion County, Oregon

    Politicians who have monuments here:
      Thomas Lawson McCall (1913-1983) — also known as Tom McCall — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.; Salem, Marion County, Ore. Born in Egypt, Scituate, Plymouth County, Mass., March 22, 1913. Republican. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oregon 3rd District, 1954; secretary of state of Oregon, 1965-67; Governor of Oregon, 1967-75; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1972 (delegation chair). Radio and television commentator. Died January 8, 1983 (age 69 years, 292 days). Interment at Redmond Memorial Cemetery, Redmond, Ore.; statue erected 2008 at Riverfront Park.
      Relatives: Grandson of Samuel Walker McCall (1851-1923).
      See also NNDB dossier


    Lone Oak Cemetery
    Stayton, Marion County, Oregon
    Politicians buried here:
      Albin Walter Norblad, Jr. (1908-1964) — also known as A. Walter Norblad — of Astoria, Clatsop County, Ore.; Stayton, Marion County, Ore. Born in Escanaba, Delta County, Mich., September 12, 1908. Republican. Lawyer; member of Oregon state house of representatives, 1935-37; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1940 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1960; served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; U.S. Representative from Oregon 1st District, 1946-64; defeated in primary, 1938; died in office 1964. Swedish ancestry. Died in Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., September 20, 1964 (age 56 years, 8 days). Interment at Lone Oak Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Albin Walter Norblad (1881-1960).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial


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