Allaire, Anthony Johnson b. February 17, 1829 d. August 9, 1903 Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He was serving as a New York City, New York police officer when he offered his services to the Union Army, and was commissioned as Captain and commander of Company E, 133rd New York Volunteer Infantry on August 30, 1862. He rose in rank during his field service, being promoted to Major on August 4, 1864, and to Lieutenant Colonel on November 20, 1864. He was brevetted Colonel, US Volunteers, and Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Section 122, Fairview Plot, Lot 11064
Alo, Vincent 'Jimmy Blue Eyes' b. May 26, 1904 d. March 9, 2001 Organized Crime Figure. He was a long time Made-Member of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, going back as far as the days of crime boss Charles "Lucky" Luciano. As a business associate and close friend of mob figure Meyer Lansky, they ran illegal gambling operations both in America and in pre-Fidel Castro Cuba. He died in Florida of natural causes at the age of 96. Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Section 180-181, Arbutus Plot, Lot South 16933
Anderson, John Murray b. September 20, 1886 d. January 30, 1954 Theatrical Director. He directed many Broadway musical revues in the 1920s and 1930s, and is most notable for Billy Rose's "Jumbo" in 1935 and "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" in 1953. Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Wildrose Plot
Armour, Herman Ossian b. March 7, 1837 d. September 8, 1901 Businessman, Meatpacking Magnate. He was a co-founder of the meatpacking firm of Armour & Company. He was born the seventh of eight children whose parents were farmers and little is known of his early life. In 1865 he partnered with John Plankinton and established the New York syndicate of Armour Meats under the name Armour, Plankinton & Co. In 1867 he, along with his brother Philip Danforth Armour, entered the grain business and formed Armour and Company, which would soon become the world's...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Chestnut Hill Plot, Sections 124, 136.
Auchincloss, James Coats b. January 19, 1885 d. October 2, 1976 US Congressman. Born in New York City, New York, he graduated from Yale University in 1908. Entering the financial world, he went on to have a 30 year career as a successful and influential broker on Wall Street in New York City, New York, serving as governor of the New York Stock Exchange from 1921 to 1938. In 1922 he co-founded the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York to fight investment fraud. He served as Mayor of Rumson, New Jersey from 1938 to 1943 before option to run for...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Section 81/82, Columbine Plot, Lot 78
Babbitt, Benjamin T. b. May 1, 1809 d. October 20, 1889 Businessman, Inventor. His first business was a machine shop in Little Falls, New York, which succeeded in making a practical mowing machine, one of the first in the United States. He moved to New York City, New York, and manufactured baking soda by his own process, selling it in economical, convenient packages, and gaining control of the market. He later added the production of yeast, baking powder and a soap powder to the company products. His soap, one of the first nationally advertised...[Read More] (Bio by: Ginny M) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Bailey, James Anthony b. July 4, 1847 d. April 11, 1906 Circus Showman. Along with Phineas T. Barnum, he helped found Barnum and Bailey Circus, which became known as "The Greatest Show On Earth". In 1872, he partner with Philadelphian James E, Cooper to form "Cooper and Bailey's Circus", and toured the United States, Java, New Zealand and South America. In 1873 Cooper died and James Bailey soon joined up with Barnum. They toured for several years until Barnum died in 1891. Bailey...[Read More] Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Larch Plot GPS coordinates: 40.8894081, -73.8744278 (hddd.dddd)
Baldwin, Joseph Clark b. January 11, 1897 d. October 27, 1957 US Congressman. First born of a wealthy dyestuff manufacturing family, he dropped the III upon his father's death in 1937. After graduating from St. Paul's Academy in Concord, New Hampshire, he joined the United States Navy in 1917 but after 6 months of seasickness he was transferred to the Army and saw action in France, rising to the rank of Captain. After the war he graduated from Harvard University in 1920, and became a political reporter for the "New York Tribune" for a short time before...[Read More] (Bio by: Matthew Fatale) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Section 109, Walnut Plot, Lot 10714
Bang, Billy b. September 20, 1947 d. April 11, 2011 Jazz Musician. Born William Vincent Walker, he was a jazz violinist known for wide-range improvisation and intense performances. After serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he settled in New York City, New York, pursuing his music career and becoming an important figure on the experimental jazz scene. In 1977, he co-founded his band the "String Trio" of New York, which started performing at recording sessions and jazz festivals. Signed to the Soul Note label, he released his...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Barrymore (Blythe), Diana Blanche b. March 3, 1921 d. January 25, 1960 Actress. She was the daughter of actor John Barrymore, half-sister of actor John Barrymore, Jr. and the aunt of actress Drew Barrymore. Cause of death: Overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Division 20, between E. Border Avenue and Chapel Hill
Bayes, Nora b. October 8, 1880 d. March 19, 1928 Comedienne, Singer, Songwriter. She is best remembered for introducing George M. Cohan's song, "Over There" during World War I, and for co-writing "Shine On, Harvest Moon" (1903). She was born Dora or Leonora Goldberg (her name was possibly a fabrication that she used with reporters) in Joliet, Illinois, changing her name to Nora Bates when she decided upon a stage career. She would never reveal where or when she was born or raised, or who her parents were, and speculation was that she had an...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Bell, Digby b. November 8, 1849 d. June 20, 1917 Actor. A renown comic theater actor, he appeared in two motion pictures at the very end of his career - "The Education Of Mr. Pipp" (1914), as 'Mr. Pipp' and "Father and the Boys" (1917), as 'Lemuel Morewood'. Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Fairview Lot, William E. Webb Lot
Bell, Laura Joyce b. May 6, 1858 d. May 29, 1904 Opera Singer. A contralto, she was a star of light opera in the late 19th century. Born Hannah Joyce Maskell, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and made her stage debut there at the Strand Theatre. She traveled to New York City, New York and made her first American appearance in 1872. She then appeared in W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" at Haverly's Lyceum Theatre in New York in 1879. In 1882 she married comic baritone Digby Bell, becoming Laura...[Read More] (Bio by: Barry Sharpe) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Belmont, Alva b. January 17, 1853 d. January 26, 1933 Suffragette. Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, she was the daughter of a successful cotton merchant and plantation owner. Her parents were ruined at the outbreak of the Civil War and fled to Paris, France with their five children. When they returned to the United States after the war, her mother ran a New York City, New York boarding house and her father brokered cotton to support their family in genteel poverty. Her best friend from her childhood in Mobile, Consuelo Yznaga (later...[Read More] Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Whitewood Plot, Sections 133, 134.
Belmont, Oliver Hazard Perry b. November 12, 1858 d. June 10, 1908 Businessman, US Congressman. The son of financier August Belmont Sr., he was born into a family of wealth and privilege. He attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1880. He served a year as a Midshipman before resigning his commission in 1881. When his father died in 1890, he inherited much of his wealth, throwing some of it into the construction of Belcourt Castle, his summer home in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1896 he married Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA Plot: Whitewood Plot, Sections 133, 134.
Berlitz, Maximilian (David Berlitzheimer) b. April 14, 1852 d. April 6, 1921 Educator. He was the founder of the Berlitz Language Schools. Born David Berlitzheimer in the village of Mühringen at the edge of the Black Forest in southwest Germany. his father was a village cantor and Jewish religious teacher. In 1872, he came to Rhode Island where he worked for a while as a private language teacher in Westerly before accepting a permanent position as a teacher of French and German at the Warner Polytechnical College in Providence. Although the institute wasn't doing very...[Read More] (Bio by: Eamonn) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA