Robert Morris Copeland

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Robert Morris Copeland
Born (1830-12-11)December 11, 1830
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Died March 28, 1874(1874-03-28) (aged 43)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Josephine Kent (m. 1854)
Practice Cleveland & Copeland
Projects Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Robert Morris Copeland, Sr. (December 11, 1830 – March 28, 1874) was a landscape architect, town planner and Union Army officer in the American Civil War. Along with his partner H.W.S. Cleveland of the firm Cleveland and Copeland, he is known chiefly for his cemetery plans, most notably Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts as well as contemporaneous designs around Massachusetts and New England.


Copeland was born on December 11, 1830 to Benjamin and Julia Fellows Copeland, who lived in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard College, and opened a Boston-based landscape gardening firm with Horace Cleveland in 1854, which became known as Cleveland and Copeland.[1]

Copeland died suddenly on March 28, 1874 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is buried at his Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.[2]



Town, park, and estate plans[edit]



  1. ^ "Robert Morris Copeland". The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Pupdawg (August 25, 2013). "Robert Morris Copeland, Sr.". Find a Grave. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ Tishler, William H. (2009) [First published 1866]. "Introduction to the Reprint Edition" (PDF). Country Life: A Handbook of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Landscape Gardening (Reprint ed.). University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 978-1-55849-694-1. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Weiss, Ellen (1975). "Robert Morris Copeland's Plans for Oak Bluffs". Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 34 (1): 60–66. doi:10.2307/988957. ISSN 0037-9808.