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Maury County
Tennessee

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Maury County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Ashwood St. John's Cemetery
  • Columbia Greenwood Cemetery
  • Columbia Polk Memorial Gardens
  • Columbia Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Columbia Zion Cemetery


    Private or family graveyard
    Maury County, Tennessee
    Politicians buried here:
      James Holland (1754-1823) — of Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, N.C.; Maury County, Tenn. Born in Anson County, N.C., 1754. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; justice of the peace; member of North Carolina state senate, 1783, 1797; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1786, 1789; delegate to North Carolina convention to ratify U.S. constitution, 1789; lawyer; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1795-97, 1801-11 (at-large 1795-97, 1801-03, 11th District 1803-05, at-large 1805-07, 11th District 1807-09, at-large 1809-11). Died in Maury County, Tenn., May 19, 1823 (age about 68 years). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    St. John's Cemetery
    Ashwood, Maury County, Tennessee
    Politicians buried here:
      James Houston Thomas (1808-1876) — of Tennessee. Born in Iredell County, N.C., September 22, 1808. Democrat. Tennessee state attorney general, 1836-42; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 6th District, 1847-51, 1859-61; Delegate from Tennessee to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62. Died near Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tenn., August 4, 1876 (age 67 years, 317 days). Interment at St. John's Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Greenwood Cemetery
    Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee
    Politicians buried here:
      William Hawkins Polk (1815-1862) — of Tennessee. Born in Maury County, Tenn., May 24, 1815. Democrat. Member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1842-45; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Two Sicilies, 1845-47; major in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 6th District, 1851-53. Died in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., December 16, 1862 (age 47 years, 206 days). Interment at Greenwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Samuel Polk (1772-1827) and Jane Gracy (Knox) Polk (1776-1852); brother of James Knox Polk; married to Lucy Eugenia Williams (1826-1906); father of Tasker Polk; nephew of Mary Ophelia Polk (1785-1835; who married Thomas Jones Hardeman); uncle of Marshall Tate Polk; first cousin once removed of Edwin Fitzhugh Polk; second cousin once removed of Mary Adelaide Polk (1817-1863; who married George Davis) and Richard Tyler Polk; second cousin twice removed of Rufus King Polk and Frank Lyon Polk (1871-1943); second cousin thrice removed of Elizabeth Polk Guest; second cousin four times removed of Raymond R. Guest; third cousin once removed of Charles Polk and Augustus Caesar Dodge; fourth cousin of Trusten Polk; fourth cousin once removed of Albert Fawcett Polk.
      Political families: Ashe-Polk family of North Carolina; Polk family; Manly-Haywood-Polk family of Raleigh, North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Polk Memorial Gardens
    Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee

    Politicians who have monuments here:
    James K. Polk James Knox Polk (1795-1849) — also known as James K. Polk; "Young Hickory"; "Napoleon of the Stump" — of Tennessee. Born in Pineville, Mecklenburg County, N.C., November 2, 1795. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1823-25; U.S. Representative from Tennessee, 1825-39 (6th District 1825-33, 9th District 1833-39); Speaker of the U.S. House, 1835-39; Governor of Tennessee, 1839-41; President of the United States, 1845-49. Presbyterian or Methodist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Died, of cholera, in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., June 15, 1849 (age 53 years, 225 days). Original interment at a private or family graveyard, Davidson County, Tenn.; reinterment in 1891 at Tennessee State Capitol Grounds, Nashville, Tenn.; cenotaph at Polk Memorial Gardens.
      Relatives: Son of Samuel Polk (1772-1827) and Jane Gracy (Knox) Polk (1776-1852); brother of William Hawkins Polk; married, January 1, 1824, to Sarah Childress (1803-1891; daughter of Joel Childress); nephew of Mary Ophelia Polk (1785-1835; who married Thomas Jones Hardeman); uncle of Marshall Tate Polk and Tasker Polk; first cousin once removed of Edwin Fitzhugh Polk; second cousin once removed of Mary Adelaide Polk (1817-1863; who married George Davis) and Richard Tyler Polk; second cousin twice removed of Rufus King Polk and Frank Lyon Polk (1871-1943); second cousin thrice removed of Elizabeth Polk Guest; second cousin four times removed of Raymond R. Guest; third cousin once removed of Charles Polk and Augustus Caesar Dodge; fourth cousin of Trusten Polk; fourth cousin once removed of Albert Fawcett Polk.
      Political families: Ashe-Polk family of North Carolina; Polk family; Manly-Haywood-Polk family of Raleigh, North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Cross-reference: Aaron V. Brown — John Charles Frémont
      Polk counties in Ark., Fla., Ga., Iowa, Minn., Mo., Neb., Ore., Tenn., Tex. and Wis. are named for him.
      Other politicians named for him: James Knox Polk HallJames P. LattaJames K. P. FennerJ. K. P. Marshall
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — Tennessee Encyclopedia
      Books about James K. Polk: Sam W. Haynes, James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse — Paul H. Bergeron, The Presidency of James K. Polk — Thomas M. Leonard, James K. Polk : A Clear and Unquestionable Destiny — Eugene Irving McCormac, James K. Polk: A Political Biography to the Prelude to War 1795-1845 — Eugene Irving McCormac, James K. Polk: A Political Biography to the End of a Career 1845-1849 — Richard B. Cheney & Lynne V. Cheney, Kings Of The Hill : How Nine Powerful Men Changed The Course of American History — John Seigenthaler, James K. Polk: 1845 - 1849
      Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)


    Rose Hill Cemetery
    Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee
    Politicians buried here:
      Alfred Osborn Pope Nicholson (1808-1876) — also known as A. O. P. Nicholson — of Tennessee. Born in Tennessee, 1808. Democrat. Member of Tennessee state legislature, 1830; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1840-42, 1859-61; chief justice of Tennessee state supreme court, 1870-76. When the Civil War began, he left Washington but did not resign his seat in the Senate; one of ten Southern senators expelled in absentia on July 11, 1861. Died in 1876 (age about 68 years). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Edward Ward Carmack (1858-1908) — also known as Edward W. Carmack — of Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Born near Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tenn., November 5, 1858. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1885; editor of newspapers, including the Nashville American, the Memphis Commercial, and the Nashville Tennesseean; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1896, 1904; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 10th District, 1897-1901; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1901-07; candidate for Governor of Tennessee, 1908. Member, Freemasons. Shot and killed by Robin J. Cooper, whose father, Col. Duncan B. Cooper, had been ridiculed in the Tennesseean, in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., November 9, 1908 (age 50 years, 4 days). Robin and Duncan Cooper were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to prison, but Duncan Cooper was pardoned, and Robin Cooper's conviction was overturned on appeal; in 1919, Robin Cooper was himself murdered in an apparent robbery. Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery; statue (now gone) at State Capitol Grounds, Nashville, Tenn.
      Relatives: Married 1890 to Elizabeth Cobey Dunnington.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Washington Curran Whitthorne (1825-1891) — also known as Washington C. Whitthorne — of Columbia, Maury County, Tenn. Born near Farmington, Marshall County, Tenn., April 19, 1825. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Tennessee state senate, 1855-58; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1859-61; Speaker of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1859-61; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1860, 1876; Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1860; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Tennessee, 1871-83, 1887-91 (6th District 1871-75, 7th District 1875-83, 1887-91); U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1886-87. Died September 21, 1891 (age 66 years, 155 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Lemuel Phillips Padgett (1855-1922) — also known as Lemuel P. Padgett — of Columbia, Maury County, Tenn. Born in Columbia, Maury County, Tenn., November 28, 1855. Democrat. Lawyer; Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1884; member of Tennessee state senate, 1899-1900; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 7th District, 1901-22; died in office 1922. Died in Washington, D.C., August 2, 1922 (age 66 years, 247 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John B. Padgett and Rebecca Ophelia (Phillips) Padgett; married, November 11, 1880, to Ida B. Latta.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      William Charles Salmon (1868-1925) — of Columbia, Maury County, Tenn. Born near Paris, Henry County, Tenn., April 3, 1868. Democrat. School teacher; lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 7th District, 1923-25. Disciples of Christ. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Elks. Died in Washington, D.C., May 13, 1925 (age 57 years, 40 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Horace Frierson (1849-1936) — of Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn.; Columbia, Maury County, Tenn. Born in Maury County, Tenn., 1849. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1912. Died in Maury County, Tenn., 1936 (age about 87 years). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Robert Luther Frierson (1803-1857) and Jane E. (Stephenson) Frierson (1807-1864); married 1872 to Jeannie Phillips (1853-1916); father of Horace Frierson, Jr.; second cousin once removed of William Little Frierson (1868-1953).
      Political family: Frierson family of Columbia, Tennessee.


    Zion Cemetery
    Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee
    Politicians buried here:
      Barclay Martin (1802-1890) — of Tennessee. Born in South Carolina, 1802. Democrat. Member of Tennessee state legislature, 1840; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 6th District, 1845-47. Died in 1890 (age about 88 years). Interment at Zion Cemetery.
      Relatives: Uncle of Lewis Tillman (1816-1886).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


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