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  • Geneva Unknown location
  • Geneva Genthod Cemetery
  • Vevey Village Cemetery
  • Zurich Friedhof Nordheim


    Unknown Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
    Politicians buried here:
      Alexander Cook Thayer (1865-1918) — also known as Alexander Thayer — Born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., June 18, 1865. U.S. Deputy Consul in Trieste, 1901-02; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Venice, 1902-05; U.S. Vice Consul in Venice, as of 1916-17. Died, from dementia paralytica, in the Bellevue Sanatorium, Kreuzlingen, Thurgau, Switzerland, September 16, 1918 (age 53 years, 90 days). Interment somewhere.
      Relatives: Son of Henry Thayer (1823-1882) and Jane (Cook) Thayer; married, August 6, 1910, to Alice Bartlett Mansfield; nephew of Alexander Wheelock Thayer; third cousin once removed of John Ogden Bigelow; third cousin twice removed of Nathan Read; third cousin thrice removed of Timothy Bigelow; fourth cousin of Staley N. Wood (1832-1914); fourth cousin once removed of Rufus Heaton, Edward M. Chapin and George A. Dix.
      Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).


    Genthod Cemetery
    Geneva, Switzerland
    Politicians buried here:
    Hugh S. Gibson Hugh Simons Gibson (1883-1954) — also known as Hugh S. Gibson — of California. Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., August 16, 1883. Foreign Service officer; U.S. Minister to Poland, 1919-24; Switzerland, 1924-27; Luxembourg, 1927-33, 1937-38; U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, 1927-33, 1937-38; Brazil, 1933-36. Died in Geneva, Switzerland, December 12, 1954 (age 71 years, 118 days). Interment at Genthod Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Francis Asbury 'Frank' Gibson and Mary Kellogg (Simons) Gibson; married, February 27, 1922, to Ynés Reyntiens (died 1950).
      See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Time Magazine, February 8, 1932


    Village Cemetery
    Vevey, Switzerland
    Politicians buried here:
      Robert John Thompson (b. 1865) — also known as Robert J. Thompson — Born in La Porte City, Black Hawk County, Iowa, October 15, 1865. School teacher; railway mail clerk; newspaper editor; president and manager, National Recording Safe Company; U.S. Consul in Hanover, 1906-11; Aix-la-Chapelle, as of 1914. Died, of a heart attack, in Montreux, Switzerland. Interment at Village Cemetery.


    Friedhof Nordheim
    Zurich, Switzerland
    Politicians buried here:
      Maurice Willard Altaffer (1893-1974) — also known as Maurice W. Altaffer — of Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. Born in West Unity, Williams County, Ohio, May 10, 1893. School teacher; served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; U.S. Vice Consul in Stuttgart, 1923; Frankfort, 1923-24; Aleppo, 1924-26; Nogales, 1926; Agua Prieta, 1926-27; U.S. Consul in Nogales, 1927-29; Dresden, 1931-33; Zurich, 1933-43. Died in Zurich, Switzerland, July 11, 1974 (age 81 years, 62 days). Interment at Friedhof Nordheim.
      Relatives: Son of Charles Edward Altaffer and Elizabeth (Kniess) Altaffer; married, July 9, 1925, to Jeanne Marguerite Rocher.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


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