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Cedar Hill Cemetery of Hartford, Connecticut

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  • Isabella Beecher Hooker (1822 - 1907)
    Author, leader of suffrage movement, member of Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Isabella Beecher Hooker was born on February 22, 1822 in Litchfield, Connecticut to the abolitionist Rev. Lyman Beecher...
  • Alice Beecher Day (1847 - 1928)
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    John Hooker (1816 - 1901)
    John Hooker was a businessperson, judge, activist, and journalist in Hartford, Connecticut. Nationally, he is best known as a leading abolitionist; locally, he is known for for association with Nook Fa...
  • John Pierpont Morgan, Sr. (1837 - 1913)
    "... John Pierpont Morgan (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913) was an American financier, banker and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time. Founder of ...
  • Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003)
    Four time Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn maintained a successful acting career for over 70 years. Her notable performances in The African Queen and On Golden Pond, as well as countless...

Since 1864, Ceder Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut has served as the final resting place of some of the most important people in Connecticut and American history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Cedar Hill Cemetery is a classic example of the "rural cemetery movement" that combines beautiful architectural and landscaping work with dignity for the deceased.

Much more can be learned about the Cedar Hill Cemetery and its significance in Hartford history at the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation website.

More than 7,200 interments are documented at the FindAGrave listing for Cedar Hill Cemetery. That site currently identifies 3 "Very Famous" people among the 38 "Somewhat Famous" interments identified.

Notable Interred People

The following are notable people who have been interred at Cedar Hill. Please add them to the project as you come across their profiles.

This list is incomplete; feel free to expand it. We are currently working to write more specific descriptions for each person, so please excuse the inconsistent format.

Architecture

  • Benjamin Wistar Morris -- architect who primarily worked in the New York City area and the Pacific Northwest
  • Jacob Weidenmann – landscape architect; designed Cedar Hill Cemetery itself

The Arts

  • Robert Ames -- Broadway, vaudeville, and film actor
  • William Gedney Bunce -- painter especially known for scenes of Italy
  • William Baxter Closson -- artist of paintings and wood engravings
  • Katharine Seymour Day -- painter, historic preservationist
  • Charles B. Dillingham -- Broadway producer
  • Albert Entress -- sculptor, including of monuments at Cedar Hill
  • William Glackens -- realist painter and co-founder of the Ashcan School
  • Katharine Hepburn -- legendary Academy Award-winning actor
  • Nicholas Hudson Holt -- film and television actor
  • Wallace Stevens -- poet and businessman
  • Allen Butler Talcott -- landscape and figure-genre painter
  • Dorothy Ulrich Troubetzkoy -- award-winning author, poet and journalist
  • Charles Dudley Warner -- essayist, novelist, newspaper editor; co-author with Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain
  • George F. Wright -- portraiture artist
  • Paul Zimmerman -- painter, professor at the Hartford Art School

Athletics & Hobbies

  • Morgan Gardner Bulkeley -- Baseball Hall of Famer, first president of the National League
  • Giulio "Johnny Duke" Gallucci -- professional prizefighter, member of both the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame and the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Charles K. Hamilton -- pioneering aviator known as "The Crazy Man of the Air"

Business

  • James G. Batterson – Businessman
  • George Beach – Businessman
  • Leverett Brainard – Businessman
  • Donald Lamont Brown – Businessman
  • Judge Eliphalet Adams Bulkeley -- first president of the Aetna Insurance Company
  • Morgan Gardner Bulkeley -- insurance executive, first president of the National League
  • George J. Capewell – Inventor/Businessman
  • Elizabeth Jarvis Colt -- leader of Colt Manufacturing
  • Samuel Colt – Inventor/Businessman
  • Charles Custis – Businessman
  • William Gray – Inventor/Businessman
  • Joseph Roswell Hawley – Civil War Soldier/Businessman
  • Gilbert F. Heublein – Businessman
  • Mark Howard – Businessman
  • Marshall Jewell – Businessman/Politician
  • Pliney Jewell – Inventor/Businessman
  • Walter & Henry Keney – Businessmen
  • John Pierpont Morgan – Businessman
  • Col. Charles Harvey Northam – Businessman/Philanthropist
  • Michael P. Peters – Politician/Businessman
  • Albert Linder Pope -- president of the Pope Manufacturing Co.
  • Francis A. Pratt – Inventor/Businessman
  • Henry Roberts – Businessman/Politician
  • James Terry – Businessman/Anthropologist
  • Amos Whitney – Inventor/Businessman

Community Activists

  • Katharine Seymour Day -- historic preservationist credited with saving Mark Twain House and other landmarks
  • Emily Parmely Collins -- women's rights activist, abolitionist, newspaper columnist
  • Elizabeth Jarvis Colt -- the so-called "First Lady of Hartford" due to her many causes
  • Henry Green -- former slave, abolitionist, bodyman for his friend Gideon Welles
  • Katharine “Kit” Hepburn -- co-founder of Planned Parenthood, feminist, social reformer, leader in women's suffrage movement
  • Isabella Beecher Hooker -- leading figure in the women's suffrage movement
  • Virginia Thrall Smith -- children's rights advocate, Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame member

Education

  • Henry Barnard – Educator
  • Edward Miner Gallaudet – Educator
  • Sophia Fowler Gallaudet – Educator
  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet – Educator
  • James Terry – Businessman/Anthropologist
  • Yung Wing – Educator

Medicine

  • Annie Warburton Goodrich -- nurse, healthcare advocate, Nursing Hall of Fame member
  • Thomas Hepburn -- physician, surgeon, sexual health advocate, educator; father of Katharine Hepburn
  • Cincinnatus Taft – famed homeopath; physician for the Clemens (Twain) family
  • Horace Wells -- Hartford dentist, discoverer of modern anaesthesia

Military

  • John Burnham – Civil War Soldier
  • Henry Ward Camp – Civil War Soldier
  • Lemuel R. Custis – Tuskegee Airman
  • Joseph Roswell Hawley – Civil War Soldier/Businessman
  • General Griffin A. Stedman – Civil War Soldier
  • Isaac Toucey – U.S. Secretary of the Navy
  • Robert Ogden Tyler – Civil War Soldier
  • Gideon Welles – U.S. Secretary of the Navy

Politics

  • John Moran Bailey – Politician
  • Morgan Gardner Bulkeley -- U.S. Senator, Governor of Connecticut, insurance executive, first president of the National League
  • Edwin Denison Morgan – Politician
  • Michael P. Peters – Politician/Businessman
  • Henry Roberts – Businessman/Politician
  • Thomas Henry Seymour – Politician
  • Isaac Toucey – U.S. Secretary of the Navy
  • Gideon Welles – U.S. Secretary of the Navy

Religion