Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Notables

August 27, 2012

The new and improved visitors map is on racks now including an updated list of Notables.  Here you can find links to extended biographies for each individual.

Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Notables

The numbers correspond to the Visitors Map which can be purchased for $1 at the Visitors Center or Entrance Gate rack.

  1. Louis Agassiz     (1807 – 1873)  Geologist, zoologist, ichthyologist
    Elizabeth Cary Agassiz     (1822 – 1907)  First president of Radcliffe College
  2. George T. Angell     (1823 – 1909)  Founder of the MSPCA
  3. John Bartlett      (1820 – 1905)  Author of Barlett’s Quotations
  4. Jacob Bigelow     (1787 – 1879)  Botanist, Physician, Founder of Mount Auburn Cemetery
  5. E. Power Biggs     (1906 – 1977)  Concert organist, recording artist
  6. Katharine Burr Blodgett     (1898 – 1979)  Invented “invisible” glass
  7. Edwin Booth     (1833 – 1893)  Shakespearean actor, Founder of the Players Club
  8. Nathaniel Bowditch     (1773 – 1838)  Navigator, astronomer, mathematician
  9. William Brewster     (1851 – 1919) Founder of Nuttall Ornithological Club
  10. Phillips Brooks     (1835 – 1893)  Episcopal preacher and author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
  11. Charles Bulfinch     (1763 – 1844)  Architect
  12. Thomas Cass     (1821 – 1862)  Commander 9th Massachusetts Reg., Civil War hero
  13. William Ellery Channing     (1780 – 1842)  Unitarian clergyman, social reformer
  14. Robert Creeley     (1926 – 2005)  Poet
  15. Dorothea Dix     (1802 – 1887)  Nurse, hospital reformer
  16. Mary Baker Eddy     (1821 – 1910)  Discoverer of Christian Science
  17. Harold “Doc” Edgerton     (1903 – 1990)  Engineer, stroboscopic photographer
  18. Edward Everett     (1794 – 1865)  Unitarian clergyman, statesman, orator
  19. Fannie Farmer     (1857 – 1915)  Author, standardized cooking measurements
  20. Felix Frankfurter     (1882 – 1965)  U. S. Supreme Court Justice
  21. Buckminster Fuller     (1895 – 1983)  Inventor, popularized the geodesic dome
  22. Isabella Stewart Gardner     (1840 – 1924)  Founder of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  23. Charles Dana Gibson     (1867 – 1944)  Artist, Illustrator (“Gibson Girl”)
  24.  Curt Gowdy     (1919 – 2006)  Sportscaster for the Boston Red Sox
  25. Asa Gray     (1810 -1888)  Botanist
  26. Horatio Greenough     (1805 – 1852)  Sculptor
  27. Ludlow Griscom     (1890 – 1959)  Ornithologist, “patron saint of birding”
  28. Mary Hemenway     (1820 -1894)  Founder of Massachusetts Audubon Society
  29. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.     (1809 – 1894)  Essayist, poet, physician
  30. Winslow Homer     (1836 – 1910)  Painter, Illustrator
  31. Harriet Hosmer     (1830 – 1908)  Sculptor
  32. Julia Ward Howe     (1819 – 1910)  Author, poet, abolitionist
    Samuel G. Howe     (1801 – 1876)  Educator, humanitarian, abolitionist
  33. Harriet Jacobs     (1813 – 1897)  Author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  34. Edwin H. Land     (1909 – 1991)  Inventor and founder of Polaroid
  35. Henry Cabot Lodge     (1850 – 1924)  U.S. Senator, historian
    Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.     (1902 – 1985)  U.S. Senator and ambassador
  36. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow     (1807 – 1882)  Poet
  37. Amy Lowell     (1874 – 1925)  Poet
  38. James Russell Lowell     (1819 – 1891)  Poet, editor, diplomat
    Maria White Lowell     (1821 – 1853)  Poet, abolitionist
  39. Bernard Malamud     (1914 – 1986)  Pulitzer Prize winner author
  40. Clement G. Morgan     (1859 – 1929)  Founder of the NAACP
  41. Maud Morgan     (1903 – 1999)  Contemporary artist
  42. Stephen P. Mugar     (1901 – 1982)  Founder of Star Market
  43. John Murray     (1740 – 1815)  Founder of Universalism in the U.S.
  44. Margaret Fuller Ossoli     (1810 – 1850)  Author, transcendentalist, feminist
  45. Harrison Gray Otis     (1765 – 1848)  Lawyer, political leader
  46. Emily Parsons     (1824 – 1880)  Founder of Mount Auburn Hospital
  47. Eleanor Porter     (1868 – 1920)  Author of Pollyanna
  48. John Rawls     (1921 – 2002)  Philosopher
  49. Eleanor Raymond     (1887 – 1989)  Architect
  50. Anne Revere     (1903 – 1990)  Academy Award-winning actress
  51. William Barton Rogers     (1804 – 1882)  Founder of MIT
  52. George L. Ruffin     (1834 – 1886)  Statesman and judge
    Josephine Ruffin     (1842 – 1924)  Civil rights leader and suffragist
  53. Arthur Schlesinger Jr.     (1917 – 2007)  Historian, Pulitzer Prize
  54. Clara Endicott Sears     (1863 – 1960)  Founder of Fruitlands Museum
  55. John Simmons      (1796 – 1870)  Benefactor of Simmons College
  56. B. F. Skinner     (1904 – 1990)  Psychologist, behaviorist
  57. I. F. Stone     (1907 – 1989)  Journalist, editor ofThe Nation
  58. Joseph Story      (1779 – 1845)  U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1st President of Mount Auburn
  59. Charles Sumner     (1811 – 1874)  U.S. Senator, abolitionist
  60. Helen B. Taussig     (1898 – 1986)  Cardiologist, developed treatment for “blue baby syndrome”
    Frank William Taussig     (1859 – 1940)  Economist
  61. Anne Whitney     (1821 – 1915)  Sculptor, poet
  62. Minor White     (1908 – 1976)  Photographer, teacher

7 Comments

  1. Walter Hampton says:

    Is Francis Parker (author of “The Oregon Trail”) buried in My Auburn Cemetery and, if so, what is the location?

  2. Rebecca Rolke says:

    Is Isaac Sprague, illustrator for botanist Asa Gray’s textbooks buried at Mount Auburn? If so, please indicate where.

    • Jennifer Johnston says:

      Thank you for your interest in Mount Auburn Cemetery! Someone will be in touch with you regarding your question.

      • Rebecca Rolke says:

        Hi Jennifer,
        I have received some information from the Wellesley Historical Society regarding my question about the grave site of illustrator Isaac Sprague IV (1811-1895), who died in Wellesley Hills. His son, Isaac Sprague V, (1859-1934) was a prominent resident of Wellesley Hills. The WHS has a record that Isaac Sprague V was cremated at the Mount Auburn Crematory. If Isaac Sprague V was cremated at Mt. Auburn, possibly he was buried there, which raises the possibility that Isaac the 4th might also be buried there. If Isaac IV is indeed at Mt. Auburn, it would be of interest to add him to the information and sites available at the cemetery pertaining to Asa Gray. Thanks. Best, Rebecca Gray Rolke

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