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Orange County
Virginia

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Orange County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Barboursville Barboursville Vineyards and Winery
  • Montpelier Station Montpelier Plantation
  • Orange Graham Cemetery
  • Orange St. Thomas Episcopal Church


    Private or family graveyards
    Orange County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      James Lawson Kemper (1823-1895) — of Virginia. Born in Madison County, Va., June 11, 1823. Member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1853; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Governor of Virginia, 1874-78. Died in Orange County, Va., April 7, 1895 (age 71 years, 300 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Third cousin of Henry Wharton Conway, James Sevier Conway, Elias Nelson Conway and Henry Massey Rector (1816-1899).
      Political family: Conway-Norvell-Johnson-Carroll family.
      See also National Governors Association biography
      William Fitzhugh Gordon (1787-1858) — of Charlottesville, Va. Born in Spotsylvania County, Va., January 13, 1787. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1818-29; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1829-30; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1830-35 (10th District 1830-33, 12th District 1833-35). Slaveowner. Died in Albemarle County, Va., August 28, 1858 (age 71 years, 227 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Robert Taylor (1763-1845) — of Virginia. Born in Virginia, 1763. Member of Virginia state legislature, 1804; U.S. Representative from Virginia 11th District, 1825-27. Slaveowner. Died in 1845 (age about 82 years). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Barboursville Vineyards and Winery
    Barboursville, Orange County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      James Barbour (1775-1842) — of Barboursville, Orange County, Va. Born near Gordonsville, Orange County, Va., June 10, 1775. Whig. Lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1798-1812; Speaker of the Virginia State House of Delegates, 1809; Governor of Virginia, 1812-14; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1815-25; U.S. Secretary of War, 1825-28; U.S. Minister to Great Britain, 1828-29; delegate to Whig National Convention from Virginia, 1839 (Convention President; speaker). Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons. Slaveowner. Died in Barboursville, Orange County, Va., June 7, 1842 (age 66 years, 362 days). Interment at Barboursville Vineyards and Winery.
      Relatives: Son of Col. Thomas Barbour and Mary (Thomas) Barbour; brother of Philip Pendleton Barbour (1783-1841); married 1792 to Lucy Johnson; cousin *** of John Strode Barbour.
      Political family: Barbour family of Virginia.
      Barbour County, Ala. is named for him.
      The World War II Liberty ship SS James Barbour (built 1942-43 at Houston, Texas; scrapped 1970) was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Montpelier Plantation
    Highway VA 20
    Montpelier Station, Orange County, Virginia
    Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1966
    Politicians buried here:
    James Madison James Madison (1751-1836) — also known as "Father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights" — of Virginia. Born in Port Conway, King George County, Va., March 16, 1751. Democrat. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Virginia state legislature, 1776; Delegate to Continental Congress from Virginia, 1780-83, 1787-88; member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1789-97 (at-large 1789-91, 5th District 1791-93, 15th District 1793-97); U.S. Secretary of State, 1801-09; President of the United States, 1809-17. Episcopalian. English ancestry. He was elected in 1905 to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Slaveowner. Died in Montpelier, Orange County, Va., June 28, 1836 (age 85 years, 104 days). Interment at Montpelier Plantation.
      Relatives: Son of James Madison (1723-1801) and Eleanor Rose (Conway) Madison (1731-1829); brother of William Taylor Madison; married, September 15, 1794, to Dolley Todd (sister-in-law of Richard Cutts and John George Jackson); first cousin once removed of George Madison; first cousin twice removed of Edmund Pendleton; second cousin of Zachary Taylor; second cousin once removed of John Penn, John Pendleton Jr., Nathaniel Pendleton and Coleby Chew; second cousin twice removed of Henry Gaines Johnson, John Strother Pendleton, Albert Gallatin Pendleton and Samuel Bullitt Churchill; second cousin thrice removed of George Cassety Pendleton, Hubbard T. Smith, Charles M. Pendleton, Elliot Woolfolk Major, Edgar Bailey Woolfolk and Daniel Micajah Pendleton; second cousin four times removed of Charles Sumner Pendleton and Sidney Fletcher Taliaferro; third cousin of Clement F. Dorsey, Philip Clayton Pendleton, Edmund Henry Pendleton and Nathanael Greene Pendleton; third cousin once removed of Gabriel Slaughter, Andrew Dorsey, Philip Coleman Pendleton, George Hunt Pendleton and Joseph Henry Pendleton; third cousin twice removed of Robert Pryor Henry, John Flournoy Henry, Gustavus Adolphus Henry, David Shelby Walker, Alexander Warfield Dorsey, William Barret Pendleton, Francis Key Pendleton, Charles Rittenhouse Pendleton and John Overton Pendleton; third cousin thrice removed of Charles Rice Slaughter (1819-1862), James David Walker, David Shelby Walker Jr. and Eli Huston Brown Jr.; fourth cousin once removed of Charles Willing Byrd.
      Political families: Blackburn-Slaughter-Buckner-Madison family of Kentucky; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Madison counties in Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., Idaho, Ill., Ind., Iowa, Ky., La., Miss., Mo., Mont., Neb., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Tenn., Tex. and Va. are named for him.
      The city of Madison, Wisconsin, is named for him.  — Mount Madison, in the White Mountains, Coos County, New Hampshire, is named for him.  — Fort Madison (1808-13), and the subsequent city of Fort Madison, Iowa, were named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS James Madison (built 1942 at Houston, Texas; scrapped 1966) was named for him.
      Other politicians named for him: James Madison BroomJames Madison Hite BealeJames Madison PorterJames M. BuchananJames Madison GreggJ. Madison WellsJames M. TarletonJames Madison HughesJames M. MarvinJames Madison GaylordJames M. LeachJames TurnerJames M. HarveyJames M. SeymourJames Madison BarkerJames Madison MullenJames M. CandlerJames Madison McKinneyJames M. MortonJames Madison Barrett, Sr.James M. Gudger, Jr.James Madison Morton, Jr.James Madison WoodardJames M. Waddell, Jr.
      Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on the U.S. $5,000 bill in 1915-46.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
      Books about James Madison: Ralph Louis Ketcham, James Madison : A Biography — Garry Wills, James Madison — Robert Allen Rutland, The Presidency of James Madison — Charles Cerami, Young Patriots: The Remarkable Story of Two Men. Their Impossible Plan and The Revolution That Created The Constitution — Samuel Kernell, ed., James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government — Kevin R. C. Gutzman, James Madison and the Making of America
      Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
      Dolley Madison (1768-1849) — also known as Dorothea Dandridge Payne; Dolley Todd — Born in New Garden (now part of Greensboro), Guilford County, N.C., May 20, 1768. First Lady of the United States, 1809-17. Female. Quaker; later Episcopalian. Slaveowner. Died in Washington, D.C., July 12, 1849 (age 81 years, 53 days). Original interment at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.; reinterment in 1858 at Montpelier Plantation.
      Relatives: Daughter of John Parish Payne (1740-1792) and Mary Winston (Coles) Payne (1743-1807); married, January 7, 1790, to John Todd (1763-1793); married, September 15, 1794, to James Madison (brother of William Taylor Madison (1762-1843)).
      Political families: Walker-Meriwether-Kellogg family of Virginia; Blackburn-Slaughter-Buckner-Madison family of Kentucky; Dorsey-Poffenbarger family of Maryland; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland; Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
      William Taylor Madison (1762-1843) — also known as William Madison — of Madison County, Va. Born in Orange County, Va., May 1, 1762. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1791-94, 1804-11 (Culpeper County 1791-94, Madison County 1804-11); general in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Member, Phi Beta Kappa. Died in Madison County, Va., July 19, 1843 (age 81 years, 79 days). Interment at Montpelier Plantation.
      Relatives: Son of James Madison (1723-1801) and Eleanor Rose (Conway) Madison (1731-1829); brother of James Madison (1751-1836) (who married Dolley Madison); married, December 20, 1783, to Francis Throckmorton (1769-1843); first cousin once removed of George Madison; first cousin twice removed of Edmund Pendleton; second cousin of Zachary Taylor; second cousin once removed of John Penn, John Pendleton Jr., Nathaniel Pendleton and Coleby Chew; second cousin twice removed of Henry Gaines Johnson, John Strother Pendleton, Albert Gallatin Pendleton and Samuel Bullitt Churchill; second cousin thrice removed of George Cassety Pendleton, Hubbard T. Smith, Charles M. Pendleton, Elliot Woolfolk Major, Edgar Bailey Woolfolk and Daniel Micajah Pendleton; second cousin four times removed of Charles Sumner Pendleton and Sidney Fletcher Taliaferro; third cousin of Clement F. Dorsey, Philip Clayton Pendleton, Edmund Henry Pendleton and Nathanael Greene Pendleton; third cousin once removed of Gabriel Slaughter, Andrew Dorsey, Philip Coleman Pendleton, George Hunt Pendleton and Joseph Henry Pendleton; third cousin twice removed of Robert Pryor Henry, John Flournoy Henry, Gustavus Adolphus Henry, David Shelby Walker, Alexander Warfield Dorsey, William Barret Pendleton, Francis Key Pendleton, Charles Rittenhouse Pendleton and John Overton Pendleton; third cousin thrice removed of Charles Rice Slaughter (1819-1862), James David Walker, David Shelby Walker Jr. and Eli Huston Brown Jr.; fourth cousin once removed of Charles Willing Byrd.
      Political families: Blackburn-Slaughter-Buckner-Madison family of Kentucky; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Graham Cemetery
    Orange, Orange County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Nathaniel B. Early Jr. (1902-1979) — of Richmond, Va. Born in Albemarle County, Va., March 4, 1902. U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Virginia, 1941-47. Died in Richmond, Va., November 12, 1979 (age 77 years, 253 days). Interment at Graham Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Nathaniel Beazaleel Early and Sudie (Brown) Early (1876-1971); married, June 12, 1943, to Jessie Catherine Garnette (1907-1998); fourth cousin of William Nelson Brown (born1848).
      Political family: Overton-Early-Brown-Brooks family of Virginia.
      Norman Calvin Bailey, Sr. (1890-1969) — also known as Norman C. Bailey — of Orange, Orange County, Va. Born in Orange County, Va., June 22, 1890. Democrat. Wholesale grocer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1944-57. Methodist. Member, Rotary. Died July 23, 1969 (age 79 years, 31 days). Interment at Graham Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    St. Thomas Episcopal Church
    Orange, Orange County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Murat Willis Williams (1914-1994) — also known as Murat W. Williams — Born in Richmond, Va., June 11, 1914. Rhodes scholar; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, 1961. Died March 31, 1994 (age 79 years, 293 days). Cremated; ashes interred at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary

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