Erie Cemetery

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Erie Cemetery
Erie Cemetery gate.jpg
Erie Cemetery's gate
Established 1850
Location Erie, Pennsylvania
Country United States
Coordinates 42°6′41″N 80°5′5″W / 42.11139°N 80.08472°W / 42.11139; -80.08472Coordinates: 42°6′41″N 80°5′5″W / 42.11139°N 80.08472°W / 42.11139; -80.08472
Type Public
Owned by Erie Cemetery Association
Size 75 acres (30 ha)
Website Erie Cemetery
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Erie Cemetery is a prominent cemetery located in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is situated on 75 acres (30 ha) of land bordered on the east by Chestnut Street, the west by Cherry Street, the north by 19th Street, and the south by 26th Street.


Porters' house is just to the right inside the entrance gate.

The cemetery was conceived in October 1846 when a citizens group circulated a petition and collected $1,500 towards the purchase of land. A new subscription effort in December 1849 led to the incorporation of the cemetery on 29 January 1850, at which time seven managers were named. The deed was conveyed to the corporation on 28 March 1850, at which time a $1,500 deposit was paid and a judgment bond of $6,000 signed to secure payment of the balance due. Officers of the corporation were elected on 24 May 1850, namely George A. Eliot, President; William A. Brown, Secretary; and J. C. Spencer, Treasurer. H. Daniels was hired in December 1850 to develop the property. The formal opening of the cemetery took place on 20 May 1851. A porters' lodge was erected near the main entrance before 1885.[1]

The Erie Cemetery Association manages the Erie Cemetery, as well as Laurel Hill Cemetery in Millcreek Township and Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery in Harborcreek Township.

Notable interments[edit]

Notable people buried at the Erie Cemetery:

Name Date of birth Date of death Notable event or occupation
Babbitt, ElijahElijah Babbitt 29 July 1795 9 January 1887 U.S. Congressman
Brainerd, Samuel M.Samuel M. Brainerd 13 November 1842 21 November 1889 U.S. Congressman
Brewster, Alexander W.Alexander W. Brewster 6 June 1796 26 May 1851 Burgess of Erie (first person buried at the cemetery)
Burleigh, Harry T.Harry T. Burleigh 2 December 1866 12 December 1945 Famous African-American singer
Clark, Henry A.Henry A. Clark 7 January 1850 15 February 1944 U.S. Congressman
Colt, JudahJudah Colt 1 July 1761 11 October 1832 Early settler of Erie County
Curtze, Charles A.Charles A. Curtze 8 May 1911 26 December 2007 World War II veteran, U.S. Navy rear admiral
Cushman, EdEd Cushman 27 March 1852 26 September 1915 Major League Baseball pitcher, pitched no-hitter for
Milwaukee Brewers in 1884
Davenport, Samuel A.Samuel A. Davenport 15 January 1834 1 August 1911 U.S. Congressman
Dobbins, DanielDaniel Dobbins 5 January 1776 29 February 1856 War of 1812 veteran, manager of the construction of Perry's
fleet for the Battle of Lake Erie.
Forbeck, Andrew P.Andrew P. Forbeck 29 April 1881 24 April 1924 Philippine–American War veteran, Medal of Honor winner
Galbraith, JohnJohn Galbraith 2 August 1794 15 June 1860 U.S. Congressman
Himrod, WilliamWilliam Himrod 19 May 1791 21 June 1873 Industrialist, founder of Himrod Mission school
Jethroe, SamSam Jethroe 23 January 1917 16 June 2001 Major League Baseball player
Metcalf, PrescottPrescott Metcalf 25 January 1813 14 October 1891 former Mayor of Erie
Read, SethSeth Read 6 March 1746 19 March 1797 Veteran of the Battle of Bunker Hill, early settler of Erie County
Reed, Charles M.Charles M. Reed 3 April 1803 16 December 1871 U.S. Congressman
Scott, William L.William L. Scott 2 July 1828 19 September 1891 U.S. Congressman, President of the Erie and Pittsburgh Railroad
Shreve, Milton W.Milton W. Shreve 3 May 1858 23 December 1939 U.S. Congressman, Erie County District Attorney,
Pennsylvania state representative
Sill, Thomas H.Thomas H. Sill 11 October 1783 7 February 1856 U.S. Congressman, Burgess of Erie, Erie Postmaster
Vincent, StrongStrong Vincent 17 June 1837 7 July 1863 Brigadier General, hero of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
Rdml. John Marshall Bowyer 19 June 1853 15 March 1912 Rear Admiral, U.S.N., Superintendent of US Naval Academy, 1909–1911
Alexander Brewster was the first person buried at the cemetery.


  1. ^ History of Erie County, Pennsylvania. 1. Chicago: Warner, Beer's and Company. 1884. pp. 605–606. 

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