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Botetourt County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Botetourt County

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  • Fincastle Lauderdale Cemetery

    Private or family graveyard
    Botetourt County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      James Breckinridge (1763-1833) — of Virginia. Born near Fincastle, Botetourt County, Va., March 7, 1763. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1789-1802, 1806-08, 1819-21, 1823-24; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1809-17 (4th District 1809-11, 5th District 1811-13, 4th District 1813-15, 5th District 1815-17); general in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Slaveowner. Died in Botetourt County, Va., May 13, 1833 (age 70 years, 67 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Half-brother of Robert Breckinridge; brother of John Breckinridge; second great-granduncle of John Bayne Breckinridge; cousin *** of John Brown, Francis Smith Preston and James Brown.
      Political families: Brown-Breckinridge family of Lexington, Kentucky; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell-Floyd family of Virginia; Walker-Helm-Lincoln-Brown family of Kentucky (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
    Politicians formerly buried here:
    John W. Kern John Worth Kern (1849-1917) — also known as John W. Kern — of Kokomo, Howard County, Ind.; Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Alto, Howard County, Ind., December 20, 1849. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for Indiana state house of representatives, 1870; Indiana reporter of state courts, 1885-89; member of Indiana state senate, 1893-97; candidate for Governor of Indiana, 1900, 1904; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1904, 1908, 1912 (chair, Platform and Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1916; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1908; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1911-17; defeated, 1916. Member, American Bar Association; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons. Died of tuberculosis and uremic poisoning, in Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C., August 17, 1917 (age 67 years, 240 days). Original interment at in a private or family graveyard; reinterment in 1929 at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
      Relatives: Son of Dr. Jacob Kern and Nancy (Ligget) Kern; married, November 10, 1869, to Annie Hazzard; married, December 23, 1885, to Araminta Cooper; father of John Worth Kern Jr..
      Political family: Kern family of Indianapolis, Indiana.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
      Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, August 1908

    Lauderdale Cemetery
    Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      John James Allen (1797-1871) — of Virginia. Born in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Va., September 25, 1797. Member of Virginia state senate, 1828; U.S. Representative from Virginia 20th District, 1833-35; state court judge in Virginia, 1836; justice of Virginia state supreme court, 1840. Slaveowner. Died near Fincastle, Botetourt County, Va., September 18, 1871 (age 73 years, 358 days). Interment at Lauderdale Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Robert Allen; married to Mary Jackson (daughter of John George Jackson).
      Political families: Jackson-Lee family; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page

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