Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago

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Rosehill Cemetery is a Victorian era cemetery on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA, and at 350 acre, is the largest cemetery in the City of Chicago. The name "Rosehill" resulted from a City Clerk's error – the area was previously called "Roe's Hill", named for nearby farmer Hiram Roe. He refused to sell his land to the city until it was promised that the cemetery be named in his honor.

Rosehill's Joliet-limestone entrance gate was designed by William W. Boyington, the architect of the Chicago Water Tower and the Old University of Chicago, who is buried in Rosehill. As Rosehill Cemetery Administration Building and Entry Gate, it was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1975.<ref name="nris"/>

Like its sister cemetery Graceland, Rosehill is the burial place of many well-known Chicagoans. The cemetery contains many monuments that are notable for their beauty and eccentricity, such as that of Lulu Fellows.[1]

Several graves from the old City Cemetery, originally located in what is now Lincoln Park were relocated to Rosehill. Some of the gravestones and monuments were also moved to Rosehill Cemetery and can be seen. Monuments relocated from City Cemetery are generally encased in protective glass.

Rosehill was featured in the films U.S. Marshals, Backdraft, and Next of Kin.

Notable burials

  • Levi Boone, former mayor of Chicago
  • William W. Boyington, architect
  • Jack Brickhouse, baseball broadcaster
  • Avery Brundage, athlete, construction, president US and International Olympic Committees (USOC and IOC)
  • Leo Burnett, advertising executive
  • Harvey Doolittle Colvin, former mayor of Chicago
  • Charles G. Dawes, 30th Vice President of the United States
  • Martin Emerich Maryland House of Delegates, former Congressman from Chicago
  • Bobby Franks, murder victim of Leopold and Loeb
  • Lyman J. Gage, banker
  • Augustus Garrett, former mayor of Chicago
  • Elisha Gray, inventor, founder of Western Electric
  • Dwight H. Green, governor of Illinois
  • John Charles Haines, former mayor of Chicago
  • John D. Hertz, Yellow Cab founder, Hertz Rent-A-Car
  • Otis Hinckley, co-founder of Hinckley & Schmitt
  • Nat Hudson, Major League Baseball pitcher from 1886-1889 for the St. Louis Browns.
  • Charles J. Hull, Hull House owner
  • Leonidas Lee, Major League Baseball player, 1877.
  • Benjamin F. Lindheimer, Chicago horse racing and football executive
  • Sidney Lovell, architect of the Rosehill Mausoleum
  • George W. Maher, architect
  • Roswell B. Mason, former mayor of Chicago
  • Oscar F. Mayer, Founder of the Oscar Mayer weiner company
  • Isaac Lawrence Milliken,former mayor of Chicago
  • Buckner Stith Morris, former mayor of Chicago
  • Richard B. Ogilvie, governor of Illinois
  • Martha O'Driscoll, actress
  • Henry Riggs Rathbone, Illinois congressman
  • John Blake Rice, former mayor of Chicago
  • John A. Roche, former mayor of Chicago
  • Julius Rosenwald, Sears
  • George J. Schmitt, co-founder of Hinckley & Schmitt
  • Charles M. Schwab, U.S. Steel
  • Richard Warren Sears, Sears, Roebuck
  • John G. Shedd, Shedd Aquarium
  • Milton Sills, stage and film actor
  • George Bell Swift, former mayor of Chicago
  • Edmund Dick Taylor, "Father of the Greenback"
  • Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer, creator of "Kukla, Fran and Ollie"
  • Aaron Montgomery Ward, Montgomery Ward stores & catalogue
  • "Long John" Wentworth, former mayor of Chicago
  • Frances Willard, temperance leader and suffragist
  • Ned Williamson, Major League Baseball player, 1878-1890

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