September 16, 2015

21 Historical Celebrities You Probably Didn't Know Were Buried in Cleveland

We all know our city is flush with living and breathing people doing incredible things but did you know we also house some pretty cool dead people as well? From political figures to movie stars, Cleveland has a wide variety of note-worthy people buried right here in the city's cemeteries.

We all know our city is flush with living and breathing people doing incredible things but did you know we also house some pretty cool dead people as well? From political figures to movie stars, Cleveland has a wide variety of note-worthy people buried right here in the city's cemeteries.

By Brandon Koziol

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Carl B. Stokes (1927-1996) - Lakeview Cemetery 
Mayor Stokes that is! He served as the first black mayor of a major American City (Cleveland, 1968). (Photo via Cleveland Memory Project)
Carl B. Stokes (1927-1996) - Lakeview Cemetery

Mayor Stokes that is! He served as the first black mayor of a major American City (Cleveland, 1968). (Photo via Cleveland Memory Project)

Bob Feller (1918-2010) - Gates Mills 
Batter up and a strike out! Bob "Bullet" Feller is a Cleveland Indians pitcher who's said to be the best Indians player of all time. The National Baseball Hall of Famer was the first to pitch "a complete game no-hitter on opening day," according to his website (Photo via Boston Public Library, Flickr CC)
Bob Feller (1918-2010) - Gates Mills

Batter up and a strike out! Bob "Bullet" Feller is a Cleveland Indians pitcher who's said to be the best Indians player of all time. The National Baseball Hall of Famer was the first to pitch "a complete game no-hitter on opening day," according to his website (Photo via Boston Public Library, Flickr CC)

James A. Garfield (1831-1881) - Lakeview Cemetery
Who said Clevelanders can't be President? Naysayers can step aside because James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. He now rests right here at a must-see monument in Lakeview after being assassinated just 200 days in office. (Photo via Cleveland Memory Project)
James A. Garfield (1831-1881) - Lakeview Cemetery

Who said Clevelanders can't be President? Naysayers can step aside because James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. He now rests right here at a must-see monument in Lakeview after being assassinated just 200 days in office. (Photo via Cleveland Memory Project)

Edwin Converse Higbee (1837-1906) - Lakeview Cemetery 
Responsible for spreading department stores throughout northeast Ohio, Higbee became a stepping stone for Dillards. He started out with a dry-goods and clothing store called Hower & Higbee. Long after his death, the Higbee name remained until Dillards bought the company.
Edwin Converse Higbee (1837-1906) - Lakeview Cemetery

Responsible for spreading department stores throughout northeast Ohio, Higbee became a stepping stone for Dillards. He started out with a dry-goods and clothing store called Hower & Higbee. Long after his death, the Higbee name remained until Dillards bought the company.

John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) - Lakeview Cemetery
He's basically THE Captain of Industry back in the booming age of oil and machinery. Rockefeller is the brainchild of Standard Oil, becoming a tycoon and philanthropist. (Photo via Bruce Fingerhood, Flickr CC)
John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) - Lakeview Cemetery

He's basically THE Captain of Industry back in the booming age of oil and machinery. Rockefeller is the brainchild of Standard Oil, becoming a tycoon and philanthropist.

(Photo via Bruce Fingerhood, Flickr CC)

Chief Thunderwater (1865-1950) - Erie St. Cemetery
Credited for being the inspiration for Chief Wahoo, he's a famous Iroquois Chief from New York who came to Cleveland and worked to preserve his people's rights and culture. He also improved their welfare and image among white Americans. (Photo via 
Elizabethe, Flickr CC)
Chief Thunderwater (1865-1950) - Erie St. Cemetery

Credited for being the inspiration for Chief Wahoo, he's a famous Iroquois Chief from New York who came to Cleveland and worked to preserve his people's rights and culture. He also improved their welfare and image among white Americans.

(Photo via Elizabethe, Flickr CC)

George Washington Crile (1864-1943) - Lakeview Cemetery 
No, not that George Washington. Crile holds the title of the first physician to perform a successful blood transfusion. He's also a co-founder of the Cleveland Clinic. Who would've known?(Photo via Wikimedia)
George Washington Crile (1864-1943) - Lakeview Cemetery

No, not that George Washington. Crile holds the title of the first physician to perform a successful blood transfusion. He's also a co-founder of the Cleveland Clinic. Who would've known?

(Photo via Wikimedia)

Frankie Yankovic (1915-1998) - Calvary Cemetery 
We built this city on Polka? Cleveland's the choice home to this American Polka King who had 200 recordings and one landed him the first ever Grammy for Best Polka Recording in 1968. (Photo via Wikimedia)
Frankie Yankovic (1915-1998) - Calvary Cemetery

We built this city on Polka? Cleveland's the choice home to this American Polka King who had 200 recordings and one landed him the first ever Grammy for Best Polka Recording in 1968.

(Photo via Wikimedia)

Raymond Johnson Chapman (1891-1920) - Lakeview Cemetery
Raymond was a Cleveland Indians' shortstop, and the only player in Major League history to die from being hit by a pitch. Today, his gravestone is adorned with baseball memorabilia. (Photo via Wikimedia)
Raymond Johnson Chapman (1891-1920) - Lakeview Cemetery

Raymond was a Cleveland Indians' shortstop, and the only player in Major League history to die from being hit by a pitch. Today, his gravestone is adorned with baseball memorabilia.

(Photo via Wikimedia)

Charles J. "Cupid" Pinkney (1888-1909) - Lakeview Cemetery 
Charles is another baseball player to die from being hit by a pitch, but he never made the majors. Cupid played second base for the Ohio Central League and was a reported fan favorite.
Charles J. "Cupid" Pinkney (1888-1909) - Lakeview Cemetery

Charles is another baseball player to die from being hit by a pitch, but he never made the majors. Cupid played second base for the Ohio Central League and was a reported fan favorite.