Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
The Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery is a rural cemetery located in Poughkeepsie, New York and includes the gravesites of several notable figures. The forty-four acres of land used for the cemetery were purchased by Matthew Vassar.
Postcard showing entrance to Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, c. 1907
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Some of its architectural features were designed by J. A. Wood. His work includes the cemetery gates and gatehouse, the Frost Mausoleum, and a monument for Matthew Vassar's nephew, John Guy Vassar.
Hamilton and Schuyler familiesEdit
- Allan McLane Hamilton (1848–1919), psychiatrist
- Louis McLane Hamilton (1844–1868), cavalry officer in the Civil War and American Indian Wars
- Philip Hamilton (1802–1884), lawyer, youngest son of Alexander Hamilton
- Philip Jeremiah Schuyler (1768–1835), politician, brother of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler Church and Margarita Schuyler Van Rensselaer.
Other notable individuals interred at the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery include:
- Theodorus Bailey, politician
- Stephen Baker, politician
- Jane Bolin, judge
- Harvey G. Eastman, educator and politician
- James Emott, politician
- Margaret Hamilton, actress, played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz[note 1]
- Charles Johnston, politician
- Anandi Gopal Joshi, first female Indian doctor, buried under the name "Anandabai Joshee" with the Carpenter family.
- John J. Kindred, politician
- Henry A. Livingston, politician
- Samuel Neilson, Irish nationalist
- Adolf Schatz, German-born industrialist, founder of Schatz Bearings
- Homer Augustus Nelson, politician
- Edmund Platt, politician
- Charles H. Ruggles, politician
- James Fields Smathers, inventor
- William Wallace Smith I (1830–1913) and Andrew Smith (1836–1895), founders of Smith Brothers Cough Drops
- John Thompson (1809–1890), politician
- Smith Thompson (1768–1843), U.S. Supreme Court Justice
- Matthew Vassar (1792–1868), brewer, merchant, founder of Vassar College
- "General Information". Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. 2008.
- "A Brief History of the Cemetery". Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. 2008.
- Ghee, Joyce C.; Spence, Joan. Poughkeepsie: Halfway Up the Hudson. p. 95.
- Buechele, Virginia A. (August 2006). "The Frost Mausoleum: "The largest blue stone ever landed here"" (PDF). Friends of Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery Newsletter.
- "Why is a Crater on Venus Named After India's Dr Anandibai Joshi?". The Quint. Retrieved 2018-04-01.