Lake View Cemetery

Lake View Cemetery is on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, along the East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights borders. More than 104,000 people are buried at Lake View,[1] with more than 700 burials each year. There are 70 acres (0.28 km2) remaining for future development. Known locally as "Cleveland's Outdoor Museum," Lake View Cemetery is home to the James A. Garfield Memorial, Wade Memorial Chapel, which features an interior designed by Louis Tiffany,[2] as well as an 80,000,000-US-gallon (300,000,000 l) capacity concrete-filled dam.

Lake View Cemetery
The James A. Garfield Memorial in Lake View cemetery.
Lake View Cemetery is located in Ohio
Lake View Cemetery
Location of Lake View Cemetery
Lake View Cemetery is located in Cleveland
Lake View Cemetery
Lake View Cemetery (Cleveland)
CountryUnited States
Coordinates41°30′49″N 81°35′55″W / 41.5135°N 81.5986°WCoordinates: 41°30′49″N 81°35′55″W / 41.5135°N 81.5986°W
Size285 acres (115 ha)
No. of graves104,000
Find a GraveLake View Cemetery
Rockefeller grave 2
The Rockefeller family obelisk
Ness marker
Eliot Ness marker


Lake View Cemetery was founded in 1869 and sits on 285 acres (1.15 km2) of land.[1] The cemetery is so named because it is partially located in the "heights" area of Greater Cleveland, with a view of Lake Erie to the north. It was modeled after the great garden cemeteries of Victorian-era England and France. The Italian stonemasons brought in to create the Cemetery founded the Cleveland neighborhood of Little Italy just to its southwest.

The James A. Garfield Memorial is the most prominent point of interest at Lake View Cemetery. The ornate interior features a large marble statue, stained glass, bas relief, and various historical relics from Garfield's life and presidency. The monument also serves as a scenic observation deck and picnic area. President and Mrs. Garfield are entombed in the lower level crypt, their coffins placed side by side and visible to cemetery visitors.

Another prominent structure in the cemetery is the Wade Chapel. A small but magnificent chapel with Tiffany windows and elaborate Biblically-inspired mosaics on the walls, the edifice is still used for small weddings and located north and down the hill from the Garfield monument. Behind the chapel is a large pond. A smaller and very well-known memorial, the Angel of Death Victorious at the gravesite of the Haserot family, was created by sculptor Herman Matzen.[3]

The cemetery is among those profiled in the 2005 PBS documentary A Cemetery Special.

Scenes of the 2014 film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, were filmed at the cemetery.[4]

Notable interments


  1. ^ a b Vigil, p. 98.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Lake View Cemetery". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  3. ^ "Lake View Cemetery". Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  4. ^ "Captain America: The Winter Soldier film locations (2014)". Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  5. ^ "Bolton, Frances Payne". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  6. ^ Vigil, p. 101.
  7. ^ Brill, Jason (December 1, 2016). "Hidden Cleveland: Chisholm Mausoleum". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Vigil, p. 104.
  9. ^ Funeral of John A. Ellsler. The New York Times, August 26, 1903 p. 3
  10. ^ Vigil, p. 103.
  11. ^ Gertrude Harrison at Find a Grave
  12. ^ Vigil, p. 106.
  • Vigil, Vicki Blum (2007). Cemeteries of Northeast Ohio: Stones, Symbols & Stories. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Company. ISBN 978-1-59851-025-6.

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Born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, Townsend attended the common schools of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and clerked in a store in Pittsburgh. He moved to Mansfield, Ohio, in 1839 and engaged in mercantile pursuits. He served as United States marshal during the Kansas troubles. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1858 and engaged in the wholesale grocery business. He served as member of the Cleveland City Council 1866-1876, serving as president for seven years. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1873.

Townsend was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883). He served as chairman of the Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-seventh Congress). He declined renomination. He served as member of a wholesale foodpacking firm. He died while on a visit to St. Augustine, Florida, March 17, 1895. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Clifton B. Beach

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Born in Sharon Township, Medina County, Ohio, Beach moved to Cleveland with his parents in 1857.

He attended the common schools and was graduated from Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio, known now as Case Western Reserve University, in 1871.

He studied law.

He was admitted to the bar in 1872 and commenced practice in Cleveland.

He served as deputy collector of customs at Cleveland.

He retired from the practice of law in 1884 and engaged in the manufacture of wire nails, staples, and rods.

Beach was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899).

He was not a candidate for renomination in 1898.

He resumed his former manufacturing pursuits in Cleveland.

He died at Rocky River, Ohio, November 15, 1902.

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Although Flint was born in Warren, Ohio, he was raised by his grandparents in Vermont because of the early deaths of his parents. After local schooling, Flint started working as a bookkeeper. Flint and his family moved to Cleveland in 1851 where Flint started a real estate firm. Since he was always interested in railroads, Flint served as the superintendent of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway from 1859 to 1878. Flint became a member of the Cleveland board of schools in 1860 and was elected mayor in 1861. Flint, a Republican because of the Civil War, later realigned his views to that of a War Democrat; he supported the North's cause during the Civil War. He retired after being defeated for re-election, continuing the railroad business until 1878. Flint died in Cleveland and is buried in Lake View Cemetery.

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L. Paul Howland

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