Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Newark, New Jersey)
Tomb of George Opdyke within the Mount Pleasant Cemetery
375 Broadway, Newark, New Jersey
|Size||40 acres (16 ha)|
|Find a Grave||Mount Pleasant Cemetery|
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
|Architectural style||Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Gothic, Other, Egyptian Revival|
|NRHP reference #||87000836|
|Added to NRHP||October 28, 1988|
Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a large Victorian-era cemetery in the North Ward of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is located on the west bank of the Passaic River in Newark's Broadway neighborhood, opposite Kearny. It occupies approximately 40 acres (162,000 m²) and is widely used as a park. The cemetery is listed on both the New Jersey Register (ID #1284, since 1987) and the National Register of Historic Places (Reference #87000836, since 1988).
The graves of some of Newark's most eminent citizens are within Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The cemetery is dominated by the marble mausoleum of John Fairfield Dryden, the founder of Prudential Financial. Other notable interees include Marcus Lawrence Ward, Governor of New Jersey; Seth Boyden, inventor of patent leather; and Mary Stillman, first wife of Thomas Edison. Mount Pleasant also contains graves of members of the Kinney, Ballantine, and Frelinghuysen families.
The cemetery itself was opened and incorporated in 1844, but there are graves that date back to the mid-17th century, which were moved from older graveyards that were crowded out due to development.
- Peter Ballantine (1791–1883)
- Seth Boyden (1788–1870), inventor of patent leather
- Joseph Philo Bradley (1813–1892), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, served on the Electoral Commission that decided the disputed 1876 presidential election
- Amanda Minnie Douglas (1831–1916), writer
- John F. Dryden (1839–1911), United States Senator and founder of Prudential Financial
- Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen (1817–1885), member of the United States Senate representing New Jersey and a United States Secretary of State
- Edward W. Gray (1870–1942), represented New Jersey's 8th congressional district from 1915–1919
- George A. Halsey (1827–1894), represented New Jersey's 7th congressional district from 1867–1869 and 1871–1873
- Augustus A. Hardenbergh (1830–1889), represented New Jersey's 7th congressional district from 1875–1879 and 1881–1883
- Franklin Murphy (1846–1920), 31st Governor of New Jersey
- Thomas Baldwin Peddie (1808–1889), Mayor of Newark
- Alexander C.M. Pennington (1810–1867), represented New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1853–1857
- William Pennington (1796–1862), 13th Governor of New Jersey and Speaker of the House during his single term in Congress
- Nehemiah Perry (1816–1881), member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey, Mayor of Newark
- Theodore Runyon (1822–1896), Civil War general, Newark mayor, and U.S. ambassador to Germany
- Marcus Lawrence Ward (1812–1884), 21st Governor of New Jersey and represented the state in Congress for one term
- Fairmount Cemetery, Newark
- List of cemeteries in New Jersey
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Essex County, New Jersey
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- About Rutgers-Newark Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine, accessed December 4, 2006
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- George Armstrong Halsey, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 26, 2007.
- Augustus Albert Hardenbergh, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 13, 2007.
- Thomas Baldwin Peddie, Find A Grave. Accessed September 24, 2007.
- Alexander C.M. Pennington, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Political Graveyard interment information for Mount Pleasant Cemetery
- Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Find a Grave
- A newarkhistory.com feature on mausoleums of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery