Joseph Story elected first President of Mount Auburn

September 5, 2016

In 1835, four years after the founding of Mount Auburn Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story was elected the first President of the Cemetery.  He was a logical choice for the job as he had been greatly involved in the meetings to establish the Cemetery – serving on the Horticulture Society committee and then the board of managers and finally giving the main address at the Consecration Ceremony.  A committee voted and “At an adjourned meeting, April 23d, 1835, the Hon. Joseph Story was chosen President.” Bigelow’s History, 34.

Over Mount Auburn’s 185 years there have been 12 men who have served as president:

Joseph Story (1835 – 1845)
Jacob Bigelow (1845 – 1871)
John T. Bradlee (1871 – 1874)
Israel M. Spelman (1874 – 1905)
Prentiss Cummings (1905 – 1917)
William T. Richardson (1917 – 1918)
Charles Almy (1918 – 1934)
Oakes I. Ames (1934 – 1963)
Francis B. Richardson (1963 – 1967)
Oakes I. Ames (1967 – 1968)
Alan D. Chesney (1968 – 1988)
William Clendaniel (1988 – 2008)
David Barnett (2008 – Present)

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