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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Newport County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Little Compton Commons Cemetery
  • Little Compton Seaconnet Cemetery
  • Middletown Berkeley Memorial Cemetery
  • Newport Unknown location
  • Newport Clifton Burying Ground
  • Newport Coddington Cemetery
  • Newport Common Burying Ground
  • Newport Friends Cemetery
  • Newport Island Cemetery
  • Newport Trinity Church Graveyard
  • Portsmouth St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery
  • Tiverton Captain Nathaniel Briggs Lot


    Private or family graveyards
    Newport County, Rhode Island
    Politicians buried here:
      John Collins (1717-1795) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., June 8, 1717. Delegate to Continental Congress from Rhode Island, 1778-80, 1782-83; Governor of Rhode Island, 1786-90. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., March 4, 1795 (age 77 years, 269 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Benjamin Howland (1755-1821) — of Tiverton, Newport County, R.I. Born in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., July 27, 1755. Democrat. U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1804-09; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1810. Died in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., May 1, 1821 (age 65 years, 278 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Commons Cemetery
    Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island
    Politicians buried here:
      Henry Tillinghast Sisson — also known as Henry T. Sisson — of Little Compton, Newport County, R.I. Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1875-77. Interment at Commons Cemetery.


    Seaconnet Cemetery
    Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island
    Politicians buried here:
      Isaac Wilbour (1763-1837) — of Little Compton, Newport County, R.I. Born in Rhode Island, April 25, 1763. Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1805-06; Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1806-07, 1810-11; Governor of Rhode Island, 1806-07; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island at-large, 1807-09. Died October 4, 1837 (age 74 years, 162 days). Interment at Seaconnet Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Berkeley Memorial Cemetery
    Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island
    Politicians buried here:
      Claiborne de Borda Pell (1918-2009) — also known as Claiborne Pell; "Senator Oddball" — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 22, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1961-97; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1964, 1996. Episcopalian. Member, Society of the Cincinnati; Council on Foreign Relations. Died, from Parkinson's disease, in Newport, Newport County, R.I., January 1, 2009 (age 90 years, 40 days). Interment at Berkeley Memorial Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Herbert Claiborne Pell, Jr. (1884-1961) and Matilda (Bigelow) Pell (1895-1972); married 1944 to Nuala O'Donnell (1924-2014); great-grandnephew of George Mifflin Dallas (1839-1917); second great-grandson of John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne; second great-grandnephew of George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864); third great-grandson of Alexander James Dallas and Ferdinand Leigh Claiborne; third great-grandnephew of William Charles Cole Claiborne and Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne; first cousin six times removed of Thomas Claiborne (1749-1812); second cousin twice removed of Robert Walker Irwin; second cousin five times removed of John Claiborne and Thomas Claiborne (1780-1856); third cousin once removed of Corinne Claiborne Boggs; fourth cousin of Barbara Boggs Sigmund and Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr.; fourth cousin once removed of Daniel Baugh Brewster.
      Political family: Claiborne-Dallas family of Virginia and Louisiana (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Books about Claiborne Pell: G. Wayne Miller, An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell
      Anthony Boyce Akers (1914-1976) — also known as Anthony B. Akers — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla. Born near Charlotte, Atascosa County, Tex., October 19, 1914. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 17th District, 1954, 1956, 1958; U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, 1961-63. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Federal Bar Association. Died, probably from a heart attack, in Wrightsville Beach, New Hanover County, N.C., April 1, 1976 (age 61 years, 165 days). Interment at Berkeley Memorial Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Ambrose B. Akers and Margaret (Long) Akers; married, November 28, 1942, to Jane Pope (1917-2011).
      Epitaph: "Statesman, Legislator, Champion of Education and the Arts."
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Unknown Location
    Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
    Politicians buried here:
      William Ferdinand Morgan (1816-1888) — also known as William F. Morgan — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., December 21, 1816. Democrat. Episcopal priest; offered prayer, Democratic National Convention, 1868. Episcopalian. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., May 19, 1888 (age 71 years, 150 days). Interment somewhere.


    Clifton Burying Ground
    Golden Hill Street
    Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      William Wanton (1670-1733) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Scituate, Plymouth County, Mass., September, 1670. Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1705-06, 1708-09, 1710-11, 1715, 1716-17, 1718, 1719-22, 1723-24; Governor of Rhode Island, 1732-33; died in office 1733. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., December, 1733 (age 63 years, 0 days). Interment at Clifton Burying Ground.
      Relatives: Son of Edward Wanton; brother of John Wanton; father of Joseph Wanton; uncle of Gideon Wanton (1693-1767).
      Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Joseph Wanton (1705-1780) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., August 15, 1705. Governor of Rhode Island, 1769-75. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., July 17, 1780 (age 74 years, 337 days). Interment at Clifton Burying Ground.
      Relatives: Son of William Wanton; nephew of John Wanton; first cousin of Gideon Wanton (1693-1767).
      Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Coddington Cemetery
    Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
    Politicians buried here:
      John Wanton (1672-1740) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Scituate, Plymouth County, Mass., 1672. Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1707, 1710, 1713; Governor of Rhode Island, 1734-40; died in office 1740. Quaker. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., July 5, 1740 (age about 68 years). Interment at Coddington Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of William Wanton; uncle of Gideon Wanton and Joseph Wanton (1705-1780).
      Political family: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Common Burying Ground
    Farwell and Warner Sts.
    Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
    Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1974
    Politicians buried here:
      William Ellery (1727-1820) — of Rhode Island. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., December 22, 1727. Delegate to Continental Congress from Rhode Island, 1776; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; justice of Rhode Island state supreme court, 1785. Congregationalist. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., February 15, 1820 (age 92 years, 55 days). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      Relatives: Uncle of Christopher Ellery (1768-1840).
      The town of Ellery, New York, was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      Samuel Ward (1725-1776) — of Westerly, Washington County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., May 27, 1725. Governor of Rhode Island, 1762-63, 1765-67; Delegate to Continental Congress from Rhode Island, 1774-76; died in office 1776. Died March 26, 1776 (age 50 years, 304 days). Original interment at First Baptist Churchyard, Philadelphia, Pa.; reinterment in 1860 at Common Burying Ground.
      Relatives: Son of Richard Ward (1689-1763).
      See also congressional biography
      Henry Marchant (1741-1796) — of Rhode Island. Born in Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Mass., April 9, 1741. Rhode Island state attorney general, 1771-77; Delegate to Continental Congress from Rhode Island, 1777-79; signer, Articles of Confederation, 1777; U.S. District Judge for Rhode Island, 1790-96; died in office 1796. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., August 30, 1796 (age 55 years, 143 days). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — federal judicial profile
      Asher Robbins (1757-1845) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Connecticut, 1757. Member of Rhode Island state legislature, 1790; U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, 1812-20; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1825-39. Died in 1845 (age about 88 years). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Richard Ward (1689-1763) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in 1689. Secretary of state of Rhode Island, 1730-33; Governor of Rhode Island, 1740-43. Died February 21, 1763 (age about 73 years). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Ward and Amey (Billings) Ward; married 1709 to Mary Tillinghast (1689-1767); father of Samuel Ward (1725-1776).
      See also Wikipedia article
      Christopher Grant Champlin (1768-1840) — also known as Christopher G. Champlin — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., April 12, 1768. Merchant; banker; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island at-large, 1797-1801; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1809-11; resigned 1811. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., March 18, 1840 (age 71 years, 341 days). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      Relatives: Son of Margaret (Grant) Champlin (1730-1827) and Christopher Champlin (1731-1805); married, April 14, 1793, to Martha Redwood Ellery (1772-1847); nephew of George Champlin; first cousin thrice removed of Charles F. Champlin; second cousin thrice removed of Christopher Elihu Champlin; third cousin twice removed of Erskine Mason Phelps; fourth cousin of David Hough, Jeremiah Mason and Josiah Quincy; fourth cousin once removed of Josiah Quincy, Jr., Henry Brewster Stanton, Edwin Denison Morgan (1811-1883), Samuel Townsend Douglass, George Isaac Sherwood and David B. Sherwood.
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Pendleton family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Robert Bennie Cranston (1791-1873) — also known as Robert B. Cranston — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., January 14, 1791. Republican. U.S. Representative from Rhode Island, 1837-43, 1847-49 (at-large 1837-43, 1st District 1847-49); member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1843-47; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1846-47; mayor of Newport, R.I., 1853; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1864. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., January 27, 1873 (age 82 years, 13 days). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      Relatives: Brother of Henry Young Cranston (1789-1864).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Peter Bours (1706-1761) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in 1706. Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1744-46, 1757-59. Died September 20, 1761 (age about 55 years). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      George Champlin (1738-1809) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Charlestown, Washington County, R.I., November 22, 1738. Banker; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1792, 1796, 1800; Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1793, 1797; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1797-98. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., November 16, 1809 (age 70 years, 359 days). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      Relatives: Son of Christopher Champlin (1707-1766) and Hannah (Hill) Champlin (1707-1756); married, July 26, 1764, to Ruth Wanton (1742-1806); uncle of Christopher Grant Champlin; second great-granduncle of Charles F. Champlin; first cousin four times removed of Christopher Elihu Champlin; second cousin thrice removed of Erskine Mason Phelps; third cousin once removed of David Hough, Jeremiah Mason and Josiah Quincy; third cousin twice removed of Josiah Quincy, Jr., Henry Brewster Stanton, Edwin Denison Morgan, Samuel Townsend Douglass, George Isaac Sherwood and David B. Sherwood; third cousin thrice removed of Enoch C. Chapman, David Edgerton, Jonathan R. Herrick, Alfred Avery Burnham, James Hammond Trumbull, Richard Smith Leaming, Robert Coit, Jr., Samuel Miller Quincy, William Frederick Morgan Rowland, Samuel S. Knabenshue and Carl G. Sherwood; fourth cousin once removed of Reuben Eaton Fenton (1819-1885).
      Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Hatch family of Connecticut; Baldwin-Greene-Upson-Hoar family of Connecticut; Otis family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Linscom Boss, Jr. (1780-1819) — of Rhode Island. Born in Charleston, Charleston District (now Charleston County), S.C., September 7, 1780. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1806; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island at-large, 1815-19. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., August 1, 1819 (age 38 years, 328 days). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Edward Wing Lawton (1786-1867) — also known as Edward W. Lawton — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., November 1, 1786. Republican. Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1847-49; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1856. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., March 16, 1867 (age 80 years, 135 days). Interment at Common Burying Ground.
      Relatives: Son of John Lawton (1750-1837) and Rebecca (Wing) Lawton (1762-1786); first cousin twice removed of Ezra Mills Lawton (1864-1931).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Friends Cemetery
    Tilden & Feke Streets
    Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Gideon Wanton (1693-1767) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., October 20, 1693. Governor of Rhode Island, 1745-46, 1747-48. Quaker. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., September 12, 1767 (age 73 years, 327 days). Interment at Friends Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Joseph Wanton and Sarah (Freeborn) Wanton (1666-1737); married to Mary Codman (1707-1780); nephew of William Wanton and John Wanton (1672-1740); first cousin of Joseph Wanton (1705-1780); first cousin thrice removed of Job Durfee, Elias Durfee and Elihu Durfee; first cousin four times removed of Dudley Emerson Cornell and Henry Rees Durfee; first cousin five times removed of David Melvin Durfee.
      Political family: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Island Cemetery
    Farwell and Warner Sts.
    Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
    Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1974
    Politicians buried here:
      George Peabody Wetmore (1846-1921) — also known as George P. Wetmore — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in London, England, of American parents, August 2, 1846. Republican. Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1880, 1884; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1880, 1884; Governor of Rhode Island, 1885-87; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1895-1907, 1908-13. Member, Skull and Bones. Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., September 11, 1921 (age 75 years, 40 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Shepard Wetmore (1801-1862) and Anstiss Derby (Rogers) Wetmore (1830-1889); brother of Annie Derby Rogers Wetmore (1848-1884; who married William Watts Sherman); married to Edith Malvina Keteltas (1848-1927); father of Maude Alice Keteltas Wetmore; grandnephew of Benjamin Toppan Pickman; great-grandson of Benjamin Pickman, Jr. (1763-1843); first cousin thrice removed of Dudley Leavitt Pickman; third cousin once removed of George Bailey Loring.
      Political families: Saltonstall-Weeks family of Massachusetts; Adams-Baldwin-Otis family of Boston, Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Christopher Ellery (1768-1840) — of Rhode Island. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., November 1, 1768. Democrat. U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1801-05. Died in Middletown, Newport County, R.I., December 2, 1840 (age 72 years, 31 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Nephew of William Ellery (1727-1820).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Isaac Ingalls Stevens (1818-1862) — of Washington. Born in North Andover, Essex County, Mass., March 25, 1818. Major in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; Governor of Washington Territory, 1853-57; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Washington Territory, 1857-61; general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Shot and killed at the Civil War battle of Chantilly, Fairfax County, Va., September 1, 1862 (age 44 years, 160 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Cousin *** of Charles Abbot Stevens (1816-1892) and Moses Tyler Stevens.
      Political family: Stevens family of North Andover, Massachusetts.
      Stevens County, Wash. is named for him.
      Fort Stevens (established 1863; decomissioned 1947; now a state park) in Warrenton, Oregon, was named for him.
      Epitaph: "Who gave to the service of his country a quick and comprehensive mind, a warm and generous heart, a firm will, and a strong arm, and who fell while rallying his command, with the flag of the Republic in his dying grasp, at the battle of Chantilly, Va."
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Books about Isaac Ingalls Stevens: Joseph Taylor Hazard, Companion of Adventure: A Biography of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, First Governor of Washington
      Charles Collins Van Zandt (1830-1894) — also known as Charles C. Van Zandt — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., August 10, 1830. Republican. Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1858-59, 1866-69, 1871-73; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1868 (speaker); Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1873-75; Governor of Rhode Island, 1877-80. Died June 4, 1894 (age 63 years, 298 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      William Channing Gibbs (1789-1871) — also known as William C. Gibbs — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born February 10, 1789. Governor of Rhode Island, 1821-24. Died February 24, 1871 (age 82 years, 14 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      August Belmont (1816-1890) — also known as August Schönberg — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Alzei, Germany, December 2, 1816. Democrat. U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Netherlands, 1853-54; U.S. Minister to Netherlands, 1854-57; Chairman of Democratic National Committee, 1860-68; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1860, 1864, 1876; speaker, 1868. Jewish. Fought a duel with Edward Hayward, in Elkton, Md., 1840; both men were injured. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., November 24, 1890 (age 73 years, 357 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Simon Belmont; married 1849 to Caroline Slidell Perry (daughter of Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858; Commodore, U.S. Navy); aunt by marriage of Joseph Clark Grew; first cousin of Matthew Calbraith Butler); father of Perry Belmont, August Belmont (1853-1924) and Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont.
      Political family: Belmont-Perry family of New York City, New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      The town of Belmont, New Hampshire, is named for him.  — The former town of Belmont, Missouri (now largely abandoned due to flooding), was named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
      Perry Belmont (1851-1947) — of Babylon, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Washington, D.C. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 28, 1851. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1881-88; resigned 1888; defeated, 1902 (7th District); U.S. Minister to Spain, 1888-89; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1912; major in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1908. Member, Sons of the Revolution; Society of the Cincinnati; American Legion. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., May 25, 1947 (age 95 years, 148 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of August Belmont (1816-1890) and Caroline Slidell (Perry) Belmont; brother of August Belmont (1853-1924) and Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont (1858-1908); married 1899 to Jessie Robbins.
      Political families: Belmont-Perry family of New York City, New York; Vanderbilt-Colby-Burden-French family of New York City, New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier
      William Cole Cozzens (1811-1876) — also known as William C. Cozzens — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., August 26, 1811. Governor of Rhode Island, 1863. Died December 17, 1876 (age 65 years, 113 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      William Paine Sheffield (1820-1907) — of Rhode Island. Born in Rhode Island, 1820. Republican. Member of Rhode Island state legislature, 1860; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1861-63; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1884-85. Died in 1907 (age about 87 years). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Father of William Paine Sheffield (1857-1919).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Henry Young Cranston (1789-1864) — also known as Henry Y. Cranston — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., October 9, 1789. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1820; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1835, 1839-41, 1854, 1855; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1843-47. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., February 12, 1864 (age 74 years, 126 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Robert Bennie Cranston (1791-1873).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      George Gordon King (1807-1870) — also known as George G. King — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., June 9, 1807. Whig. Delegate to Whig National Convention from Rhode Island, 1839 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization); member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1845-46; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1845-46; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1848; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1849-53. Died July 17, 1870 (age 63 years, 38 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Melville Bull (1854-1909) — of Middletown, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., September 29, 1854. Republican. Farmer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1883-85; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1885-92; member of Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee, 1885-95; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1888; Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1892-94; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1895-1903; defeated, 1902. Died July 5, 1909 (age 54 years, 279 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Benjamin Hazard (1770-1841) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Middletown, Newport County, R.I., September 18, 1770. Lawyer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1809-40; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1816-18. Episcopalian. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., March 10, 1841 (age 70 years, 173 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Hazard (1738-1820) and Mary (Easton) Hazard (1743-1794); married to Harriet Lyman (1784-1875).
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Paine Sheffield (1857-1919) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Rhode Island, June 1, 1857. Republican. Member of Rhode Island state legislature, 1890; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1909-11; member of Republican National Committee from Rhode Island, 1912. Died October 19, 1919 (age 62 years, 140 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Paine Sheffield (1820-1907).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Walter Gurnee Dyer (1903-1974) — also known as W. Gurnee Dyer — of Rhode Island. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., February 14, 1903. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; candidate for U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1946. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., April 3, 1974 (age 71 years, 48 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Rathbone Dyer (1869-1834) and Grace Gurnee (Scott) Dyer (1870-1926); married, July 11, 1929, to Betty Brown Tayler (1910-1978); grandson of Elisha Dyer, Jr.; great-grandson of Elisha Dyer; third great-grandson of William Jones; first cousin thrice removed of William Warner Hoppin (1807-1880).
      Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      George Robert Lawton (1858-1937) — also known as George R. Lawton — of Tiverton, Newport County, R.I. Born in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., December 31, 1858. Republican. Accountant; auditor, American Woolen Company, Douglas Shoe Company; member of Rhode Island state senate from Tiverton, 1911; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1912, 1916. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arch Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Sons of the American Revolution. Died in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., November 14, 1937 (age 78 years, 318 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Moses Turner Lawton (1817-1893) and Elizabeth Tillinghast (Harris) Lawton (1831-1904); married 1899 to Calista Church (1869-1941); second cousin five times removed of Ezekiel Cornell (1733-1800).
      Political families: Sherman family of Connecticut; Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; King family; Hatfield-Cornell-Woolsey family of New York; Pendleton family of Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Watts Sherman (1842-1912) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., August 4, 1842. Republican. Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1904. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., January 22, 1912 (age 69 years, 171 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Watts Sherman (1810-1865) and Sarah Maria (Gibson) Sherman; married to Lois Sarah Welds; married 1871 to Annie Derby Rogers Wetmore (1848-1884; sister of George Peabody Wetmore (1846-1921)); married 1885 to Sophia Augusta Brown (1867-1947).
      Political families: Saltonstall-Weeks family of Massachusetts; Adams-Baldwin-Otis family of Boston, Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
    August Belmont August Belmont (1853-1924) — of Hempstead, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 18, 1853. Democrat. Banker; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912. Member, Sons of the Revolution. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 10, 1924 (age 71 years, 296 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of August Belmont and Caroline Slidell (Perry) Belmont; brother of Perry Belmont (1851-1947) and Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont; married 1881 to Elizabeth Hamilton Morgan (died 1898); married, February 26, 1910, to Eleanor Elise Robson.
      Political family: Belmont-Perry family of New York City, New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Wikipedia article
      Image source: King's Notable New Yorkers of 1896-1899
      Maude Alice Keteltas Wetmore (1873-1951) — also known as Maude K. Wetmore — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Paris, France, of American parents, February 7, 1873. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1936. Female. Died, from a heart attack, in Newport, Newport County, R.I., November 3, 1951 (age 78 years, 269 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of George Peabody Wetmore and Edith Malvina (Keteltas) Wetmore (1848-1927); great-grandniece of Benjamin Toppan Pickman; second great-granddaughter of Benjamin Pickman, Jr. (1763-1843); first cousin four times removed of Dudley Leavitt Pickman; third cousin twice removed of George Bailey Loring.
      Political families: Saltonstall-Weeks family of Massachusetts; Adams-Baldwin-Otis family of Boston, Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Hugh Dudley Auchincloss (1897-1976) — also known as Hugh D. Auchincloss — of Fairfax, Va. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., August 28, 1897. Republican. Lawyer; stockbroker; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1940. Died in Washington, D.C., November 20, 1976 (age 79 years, 84 days). Interment at Island Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Hugh Dudley Auchincloss and Emma Brewster (Jennings) Auchincloss; married 1935 to Nina Gore Vidal (daughter of Thomas Pryor Gore (1870-1949)); married 1942 to Janet Norton (Lee) Bouvier (1907-1989; mother-in-law of John Fitzgerald Kennedy); father of Hugh Dudley Auchincloss III; nephew of Oliver Gould Jennings; first cousin of James Coats Auchincloss and Gordon Auchincloss.
      Political family: Kennedy family.
      Epitaph: "Beloved wise and noble man."
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Trinity Church Graveyard
    Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
    Politicians buried here:
      William Hunter (1774-1849) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., November 26, 1774. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1799; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1811-12; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1811-21; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Brazil, 1834-41; U.S. Minister to Brazil, 1841-43. Died December 3, 1849 (age 75 years, 7 days). Interment at Trinity Church Graveyard.
      Relatives: Father of William Hunter (1805-1886).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary


    St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery
    Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island
    Politicians buried here:
      Sheldon Whitehouse (1883-1965) — of New York. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 5, 1883. Foreign Service officer; U.S. Minister to Guatemala, 1930-33; Colombia, 1933-34. Episcopalian. Member, Sons of the American Revolution. Died in 1965 (age about 82 years). Interment at St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Mary Alexander (daughter of Charles Beatty Alexander (1849-1927); sister-in-law of Winthrop Williams Aldrich; granddaughter of Charles Crocker); father of Charles Sheldon Whitehouse; grandfather of Sheldon Whitehouse.
      Political families: Rockefeller family of New York City, New York; Crocker-Whitehouse family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary
      Clark Burdick (1868-1948) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Newport, Newport County, R.I., January 13, 1868. Republican. Lawyer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1906-08; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1912; member of Rhode Island state senate, 1915-16; mayor of Newport, R.I., 1917-18; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1919-33. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died August 27, 1948 (age 80 years, 227 days). Interment at St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of J. Truman Burdick and Emily F. (Sherman) Burdick; married, February 9, 1898, to Elizabeth L. Peckham.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Ellen F. FitzSimons (1879-1948) — also known as Elsie FitzSimons; Ellen Tuck French; Ellen French Vanderbilt; Mrs. Paul FitzSimons — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., June 15, 1879. Republican. Member of Republican National Committee from Rhode Island, 1940; member, Arrangements Committee, Republican National Convention, 1940. Female. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., February 26, 1948 (age 68 years, 256 days). Interment at St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Francis Ormand French (1837-1893) and Ellen M. (Tuck) French; married, January 11, 1901, to Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (1877-1915; divorced 1908; died in sinking of the Lusitania, ocean liner torpedoed by a German submarine in 1915); married, April 3, 1919, to Paul FitzSimons, Jr. (1891-1946); mother of William Henry Vanderbilt III; granddaughter of Benjamin Brown French (1800-1870) and Amos Tuck.
      Political family: Vanderbilt-Colby-Burden-French family of New York City, New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Robert Ralph Young (1897-1958) — also known as Robert R. Young; "Railroad Young"; "Populist of Wall Street"; "The Daring Young Man of Wall Street"; "Maverick of Wall Street" — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Canadian, Hemphill County, Tex., February 14, 1897. Republican. Stockbroker; financier; assistant treasurer of General Motors; predicted the 1929 stock market crash, and profited by selling stocks short; chairman of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, and later the New York Central Railroads; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1944. Presbyterian. Died from a self-inflicted gunshot, in Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., January 25, 1958 (age 60 years, 345 days). Interment at St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of David John Young (1865-1927) and Mary Arabella (Moody) Young (1869-1910); married, April 27, 1916, to Anita Ten Eyck O'Keeffe (1892-1985; sister of artist Georgia O'Keeffe); father of Eleanor Jane 'Cookie' Young (1918-1941; famed socialite and 'Glamour Girl', killed in plane crash).
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Captain Nathaniel Briggs Lot
    Nannaquakeet Road
    Tiverton, Newport County, Rhode Island
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Job Durfee (1790-1847) — of Tiverton, Newport County, R.I. Born in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., September 20, 1790. U.S. Representative from Rhode Island at-large, 1821-25; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1820; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1827-29. Died in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., July 26, 1847 (age 56 years, 309 days). Interment at Captain Nathaniel Briggs Lot.
      Relatives: Son of Mary (Lowden) Durfee (1753-1842) and Thomas Durfee (1759-1829); married, November 25, 1820, to Judith Borden (1796-1884); first cousin thrice removed of Gideon Wanton; second cousin of Elias Durfee and Elihu Durfee; second cousin once removed of Henry Rees Durfee; second cousin twice removed of David Melvin Durfee; fourth cousin of Nathaniel Briggs Durfee; fourth cousin once removed of Dudley Emerson Cornell (1837-1911), Bradford Kirk Durfee and Charles W. Durfee.
      Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Cornell family of New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Nathaniel Briggs Durfee (1812-1872) — also known as Nathaniel B. Durfee — of Tiverton, Newport County, R.I. Born in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., September 29, 1812. Republican. Member of Rhode Island state legislature, 1850; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1855-59; delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1860. Died in Tiverton, Newport County, R.I., November 9, 1872 (age 60 years, 41 days). Interment at Captain Nathaniel Briggs Lot.
      Relatives: Son of Patience (Cook) Durfee (1779-1851) and David Durfee (1781-1876); married, March 16, 1832, to Harriet Maria Greene (1814-1874); fourth cousin of Job Durfee, Elias Durfee and Elihu Durfee; fourth cousin once removed of Bradford Kirk Durfee, Henry Rees Durfee and Charles W. Durfee (1863-1959).
      Political families: Durfee-Wanton family of Newport, Rhode Island; Beakes-Greene-Jennings family of Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial


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