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Rhea County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Rhea County

Index to Locations

  • Dayton Garrison Cemetery
  • Dayton Rhea County Courthouse Grounds
  • Near Rhea Springs Leuty Cemetery

    Garrison Cemetery
    Dayton, Rhea County, Tennessee
    Politicians buried here:
      Return Jonathan Meigs, Sr. (1740-1823) — Born in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., December 28, 1740. Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; justice of the peace; member of Northwest Territory House of Representatives, 1799-1801; U.S. Indian Agent to Cherokee Nation in Tennessee, 1801-23. Died in Bradley County, Tenn., January 28, 1823 (age 82 years, 31 days). Interment at Garrison Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Jonathan Meigs and Elizabeth (Hamlin) Meigs; brother of Josiah Meigs; married, February 14, 1764, to Joanna Winborn; married, December 22, 1774, to Grace Starr; father of Return Jonathan Meigs Jr.; uncle of Henry Meigs; grandfather of Return Jonathan Meigs III; granduncle of Henry Meigs Jr. and John Forsyth Jr.; first cousin once removed of Martin Chittenden; first cousin twice removed of Chittenden Lyon; second cousin twice removed of John Willard; second cousin thrice removed of Roger Calvin Leete; third cousin once removed of Elijah Hunt Mills; third cousin twice removed of Elisha Hotchkiss Jr., Elisha Hunt Allen, Anson Levi Holcomb, Gouverneur Morris, Ensign Hosmer Kellogg, William Dean Kellogg and Charles Jenkins Hayden; third cousin thrice removed of Charles H. Eastman, William Fessenden Allen, Rush Green Leaming, Frederick Walker Pitkin, Alvred Bayard Nettleton, Robert Cleveland Usher, Charles M. Hotchkiss, Frederick Hobbes Allen, Allen Clarence Wilcox and Carl Trumbull Hayden; fourth cousin of Thomas Chittenden; fourth cousin once removed of Zina Hyde Jr..
      Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Morris-Ingersoll family of New York and Connecticut; Conger-Hungerford family of Connecticut and New York; Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
      Meigs County, Tenn. is named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial

    Rhea County Courthouse Grounds
    Dayton, Rhea County, Tennessee

    Politicians who have (or had) monuments here:
    William J. Bryan William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) — also known as William J. Bryan; "The Great Commoner"; "The Peerless Leader"; "The Silver-Tongued Orator"; "The Boy Orator of the Platte"; "The Niagaric Nebraskan" — of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill.; Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.; Miami, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla. Born in Salem, Marion County, Ill., March 19, 1860. Democrat. Lawyer; newspaper editor; U.S. Representative from Nebraska 1st District, 1891-95; candidate for President of the United States, 1896, 1900, 1908; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1904 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1912 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1920; U.S. Secretary of State, 1913-15; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1920; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1924 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee). Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Sigma Pi; Knights of Pythias. Died in Dayton, Rhea County, Tenn., July 26, 1925 (age 65 years, 129 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.; statue at Rhea County Courthouse Grounds.
      Relatives: Son of Silas Lillard Bryan and Mariah Elizabeth (Jennings) Bryan; brother of Charles Wayland Bryan and Mary Elizabeth Bryan (who married Thomas Stinson Allen); married, October 1, 1884, to Mary Elizabeth Baird; father of Ruth Bryan Owen; grandfather of Helen Rudd Brown; cousin *** of William Sherman Jennings.
      Political family: Bryan-Jennings family of Illinois.
      Cross-reference: Clarence S. Darrow — Willis J. Abbot
      Bryan County, Okla. is named for him.
      Other politicians named for him: William J. Bryan JarvisW. J. Bryan Dorn
      Campaign slogan (1896): "Sixteen to one."
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
      Books about William Jennings Bryan: Robert W. Cherny, A Righteous Cause : The Life of William Jennings Bryan — Paolo E. Coletta, William Jennings Bryan, Vol. 1: Political Evangelist, 1860-1908 — Paolo E. Coletta, William Jennings Bryan, Vol. 2: Progressive Politician and Moral Statesman, 1909-1915 — Paolo E. Coletta, William Jennings Bryan, Vol. 3: Political Puritan, 1915-1925 — Michael Kazin, A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan — Scott Farris, Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation — Gerard N. Magliocca, The Tragedy of William Jennings Bryan: Constitutional Law and the Politics of Backlash
      Image source: Munsey's Magazine, October 1903
      Clarence Seward Darrow (1857-1938) — also known as Clarence S. Darrow — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Kinsman, Trumbull County, Ohio, April 18, 1857. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1896; member of Illinois state house of representatives 17th District, 1903-05; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1904, 1924. Member, American Civil Liberties Union. Defense attorney for, among many others, Patrick Eugene Prendergast, who murdered Chicago mayor Carter H. Harrison. In 1911, he was charged with bribing jurors in a California case; tried and acquitted; a second trial resulted in a hung jury. Famously cross-examined William Jennings Bryan during the 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial.". Died in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., March 13, 1938 (age 80 years, 329 days). Cremated; ashes scattered; statue at Rhea County Courthouse Grounds.
      Relatives: Son of Amirus Darrow and Emily (Eddy) Darrow.
      Cross-reference: William B. Lloyd
      See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
      Books by Clarence Darrow: Why I Am an Agnostic and Other Essays — The Story of My Life
      Books about Clarence Darrow: Arthur Weinberg, ed., Attorney for the Damned: Clarence Darrow in the Courtroom — Mike Papantonio, Clarence Darrow, the journeyman — Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow for the Defense — Richard J. Jensen, Clarence Darrow : The Creation of an American Myth — Geoffrey Cowan, The People v. Clarence Darrow : The Bribery Trial of America's Greatest Lawyer

    Leuty Cemetery
    Near Rhea Springs, Rhea County, Tennessee
    Politicians buried here:
      George Washington Anderson (1832-1902) — also known as George W. Anderson — of Louisiana, Pike County, Mo. Born in Jefferson County, Tenn., May 22, 1832. Member of Missouri state house of representatives, 1859-60; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Missouri state senate, 1862; U.S. Representative from Missouri 9th District, 1865-69. Slaveowner. Died in Rhea Springs, Rhea County, Tenn., February 26, 1902 (age 69 years, 280 days). Interment at Leuty Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: George Washington
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page

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