Fairmount Cemetery (Newark, New Jersey)
|Location||Newark, New Jersey|
|Size||150-acre (0.61 km2) |
|No. of graves||150,000 |
|Find a Grave||Fairmount Cemetery|
|The Political Graveyard||Fairmount Cemetery|
Fairmount Cemetery is a 150-acre (0.61 km2) Victorian cemetery in the West Ward of Newark, New Jersey, in the neighborhood of Fairmount. It opened in 1855, shortly after the Newark City Council banned burials in the central city due to fears that bodies spread yellow fever. The first burial in Fairmount Cemetery was a 24-year-old man named Lewis J. Pierson. Fairmount is still accepting interments.
Along with Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Fairmount has the graves of Newark’s most eminent turn of the century citizens, including Clara Maass, who gave her life in the investigation of yellow fever. A high proportion of the graves belong to German families. Fairmount Cemetery includes large trees, rolling hills, and intricately carved monuments. Featured near the old South Orange Avenue entrance is the recently restored zinc Settlers' Monument, commemorating the founders of Newark. There is also a Civil War memorial. The modern entrance to Fairmount Cemetery is on Central Avenue.
- Harriet Adams (1893–1982), pseudonymous author of many books in the Nancy Drew series and a few in the Hardy Boys series
- Peter Angelo Cavicchia (1879–1967)
- Henry Meade Doremus (1851–1921), Mayor of Newark from 1903–1907
- Thomas Dunn English (1819–1902), represented New Jersey's 6th congressional district from 1891–1895
- Christian William Feigenspan (1836–1939), president of Newark's Feigenspan Brewing Company
- James Fairman Fielder (1867–1954), Governor of New Jersey from 1913–1917
- William Henry Frederick Fiedler (1847–1919), represented New Jersey's 6th congressional district from 1883–1885
- Gwen Guthrie (1950–1999), singer-songwriter
- Fred A. Hartley, Jr. (1902–1969)
- Henry Lang (1828–1897), Mayor of Newark from 1882–1883
- Frederick Lehlbach (1876–1937)
- Herman Lehlbach (1845–1904), represented New Jersey's 6th congressional district from 1885–1889
- Clara Maass (1876–1901), nurse who died as a result of volunteering for medical experiments to study yellow fever
- Gerhard Heinrich Mennen, of the Mennen Corporation
- William Heinrich Mennen, of the Mennen Corporation
- Le Gage Pratt (1852–1911)
- Charles Emil Henry Stengel (1857–1914), Newark patent leather manufacturer who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912
- Annie May Morris Stengel (1868–1956), wife of Charles Emil Henry Stengel, and also a survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912
- Bert Leslie (1871–1933), Vaudeville comedian and Broadway actor
- "Fairmount Cemetery History". Fairmount Cemetery. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
Fairmount Cemetery was founded in the fall of 1854. It is located between Central Avenue and South Orange Avenue, and also between South Twelfth and South Eighteenth Streets in Newark, New Jersey. It was incorporated on February 9, 1855 by a special act of the New Jersey Legislature. Fairmount Cemetery has continued as a public, not-for profit, and non-sectarian cemetery from 1855 to the present. All of its income is devoted to the care, beautification and welfare of its grounds and buildings. The first burial in Fairmount Cemetery was a 24-year-old man named Lewis J. Pierson. Today, there are approximately 150,000 burials in the cemetery.
- Sarapin, Janice Kohl (2002). Old Burial Grounds of New Jersey. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2111-4.
- "Fairmount Cemetery". Newark History. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
- "Fairmount Cemetery, Mausoleum & Crematory". Virtual Newark NJ. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
Fairmount Cemetery was opened and incorporated on February 9, 1855 as a non-sectarian, non-profit organization to serve the community. The land was reportedly purchased from the First Presbyterian Church by some of the most influential and respected citizens of Newark. 1927 saw the opening of the Fairmount Memorial Mausoleum. The Fairmount Crematory opened in 1984.
- Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, Find A Grave. Accessed August 23, 2007.
- Thomas Dunn English profile, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 12, 2007.
- Christian W. Feigenspan, Find A Grave. Accessed August 23, 2007.
- William Henry Frederick Fiedler profile, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 13, 2007.
- Gwen Guthrie, Find A Grave. Accessed August 23, 2007.
- Herman Lehlbach profile, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 13, 2007.
- Clara Louise Maass, Find A Grave. Accessed August 23, 2007.
- Newark History Tour of Fairmount
- Fairmount Cemetery at The Political Graveyard
- Fairmount Cemetery at Find A Grave