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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of U.S. Politicians in Japan

Index to Locations

  • Tokyo Aoyama Cemetery
  • Tokyo Zenpuku-ji
  • Yokohama Negishi Foreign Cemetery
  • Yokohama Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery

    Aoyama Cemetery
    Tokyo, Japan
    Politicians buried here:
      Edwin Dun (1848-1931) — of Yokohama, Japan; Tokyo, Japan. Born in Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, July 19, 1848. U.S. Minister to Japan, 1893-97; director and branch manager, International Oil Co., Ltd. Died in Tokyo, Japan, May 15, 1931 (age 82 years, 300 days). Interment at Aoyama Cemetery.
      Relatives: Nephew of Allen Granberry Thurman.
      Political family: Allen-McCormick-Thurman-Dun family of Chillicothe, Ohio.
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary

    Tokyo, Japan

    Politicians who have (or had) monuments here:
      Townsend Harris (1804-1878) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Sandy Hill (now Hudson Falls), Washington County, N.Y., October 3, 1804. Merchant; importer; U.S. Minister to Japan, 1859. Died February 25, 1878 (age 73 years, 145 days). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.; memorial monument at Zenpuku-ji.
      See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary

    Negishi Foreign Cemetery
    Yokohama, Japan
    Politicians buried here:
      Max David Kirjassoff (1888-1923) — also known as Max D. Kirjassoff — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, March 2, 1888. U.S. Vice Consul in Yokohama, as of 1916; U.S. Consul in Taihoku, as of 1917-19; Dairen, as of 1921; U.S. Consul General in Yokohama, 1922-23, died in office 1923. Jewish. One of more than 100,000 people killed during the Great Kanto Earthquake, probably in the collapse of the consulate building or the fire that followed, in Yokohama, Japan, September 1, 1923 (age 35 years, 183 days). Interment at Negishi Foreign Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

    Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery
    Yokohama, Japan
    Politicians buried here:
      Ransford Stevens Miller Jr. (1867-1932) — also known as Ransford S. Miller — of Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y. Born in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y., October 21, 1867. Chief of Division of Far Eastern Affairs, U.S. State Department, 1909-12 and 1918-19; U.S. Consul General in Seoul, as of 1914-17, as of 1920-30. Died, from heart disease, in Garfield Hospital, Washington, D.C., April 26, 1932 (age 64 years, 188 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Adaline Amelia (Taber) Miller and Ransford Stevens Miller; married, August 22, 1894, to Lily Murray.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

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