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Polk County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Polk County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Falls City Falls City Cemetery
  • Rickreall Nesmith Family Cemetery

    Private or family graveyard
    Polk County, Oregon

    Falls City Cemetery
    Falls City, Polk County, Oregon
    Politicians buried here:
      Abner McDonald Bryant (1838-1896) — also known as A. M. Bryant — of Fort Branch, Gibson County, Ind.; Wahoo, Saunders County, Neb.; Gettysburg, Graham County, Kan.; Republican City, Harlan County, Neb.; Falls City, Polk County, Ore. Born in Ohio County, Ky., March 1, 1838. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; minister; school teacher and principal; superintendent of schools; member of Nebraska state senate 16th District, 1877; president, McPherson Normal College, Republican City, Neb., 1886-87. Presbyterian. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Died, of asthma, in Falls City, Polk County, Ore., June 4, 1896 (age 58 years, 95 days). Interment at Falls City Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married, March 30, 1865, to Susan C. Davis.

    Nesmith Family Cemetery
    Rickreall, Polk County, Oregon
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      James Willis Nesmith (1820-1885) — also known as James W. Nesmith — of Salem, Marion County, Ore.; Rickreall, Polk County, Ore. Born in New Brunswick of American parents, July 23, 1820. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1861-67; U.S. Representative from Oregon at-large, 1873-75. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died in Rickreall, Polk County, Ore., June 17, 1885 (age 64 years, 329 days). Interment at Nesmith Family Cemetery.
      Relatives: Father of Jennie Nesmith (who married Levi Ankeny) and Harriet K. Nesmith (who married Lewis Linn McArthur); grandfather of Clifton Nesmith McArthur; cousin *** of Joseph Gardner Wilson.
      Political family: Nesmith-McArthur family of Oregon.
      The World War II Liberty ship SS James W. Nesmith (built 1942 at Portland, Oregon; damaged by a torpedo and later scuttled in the North Sea, 1946) was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial

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