Notable Persons

Notable Persons

Prominent People Buried in Crown Hill

As the final resting place for more than 190,000 souls, Crown Hill Cemetery echoes with thousands of remarkable stories of the lives memorialized here. Many of the men and women buried in our cemetery were nationally or even globally famous for politics, literature, the arts, and sports.

Crown Hill

Mary Ella McGinnis, 1869-1875
Section 16, Lot 23
Young girl memorialized on Crown Hill’s best known statue.

Lucy Ann Seaton, 1831-1864,
Section 4, Lot 28
First Crown Hill burial, June 2, 1864.


James Baskett, 1904-1948
Section 37, Lot 602
Black actor, best known for role of Uncle Remus in Disney’s song of the South.


Jacob Cox, 1810-1892
Section 33, Lot 142
First professional artist in Indianapolis.

Kin Hubbard, 1868-1930
Mausoleum C-6-GG
Newspaper cartoonist; creator of Abe Martin.

Otto Stark, 1858-1926
Section 62, Lot 1083
With T.C. Steele, one of the leading artists of the Hoosier Group. (Steele’s first wife is buried at Crown Hill.)

Attorneys at Law

Ovid Butler, 1806-1881
Section 6, Lot 14
Early Indianapolis attorney; founded the school now named after him, Butler University, in 1854.

Calvin Fletcher, 1789-1866
Section 7, Lot 9
Began law practice in Indianapolis in 1821; one of our leading citizens for over forty years. Left a nine volume diary.

Authors & Poets

Sarah Bolton, 1814-1893
Section 5, Lot 17
“The first singer in a new land.” First Hoosier poet, her poem “Paddle Your Own Canoe” was known all around the world.

Etheridge Knight, 1931-1991
Section 62, Lot 173
A leading Black poet of the 1970s and 80s.

Meredith Nicholson, 1866-1947
Section 4, Lot 6
A best selling author in the early 1900s.

James Whitcomb Riley, 1849-1916
Section 61, Lot 1
Famous Hoosier Poet.

Booth Tarkington, 1869-1946
Section 13, Lot 56
Author/playwright, winner of two Pulitzers.


John Dillinger, 1903-1934
Section 44, Lot 94
Notorious bank robber during the depression era, his escapades somehow caught the general public’s imagination.


Thomas Marshall, 1854-1925
Section 72, Lot 1
Governor 1909-1913; U.S. Vice President, 1913-1921.

Oliver P. Morton, 1823-1877
Section 9, Lot 37
Indiana’s powerful Civil War governor.

Noah Noble, 1794-1844
Section 1, Lot 13
Governor, 1831-1837.

Robert D. Orr, 1917-2004
Section 24, Lot 63
Indiana Governor, 1981-89; U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, 1989-92.

Samuel St. George Rogers, 1832-1880
Section 3, Lot 22
Confederate soldier and congressman from Florida. Over 1,600 Confederate POWs are also buried at Crown Hill.

Oliver Hampton Smith, 1794-1858
Section 12, Lot 9
Congressman, 1827-1829; U.S. Senator 1837-1843.

Thomas Taggart, 1856-1929
Section 30, Lot 3
Mayor 1895-1901, National Democratic Chairman early 1900s; U.S. Senator, 1917. Developed French Lick Springs Resort and Spa.

David Turpie, 1828-1909
Section 25, Lot 164
U.S. Senator, 1863, 1887-1899.

David Wallace, 1799-1859
Section 3, Lot 10
Governor, 1837-1840; father of Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur.

James Whitcomb, 1795-1852
Section 9, Lot 38
Governor 1843-1848; U.S. Senator 1849-1852.



Albert J. Beveridge, 1862-1927
Section 45, Lot 22
U.S. Senator, 1899-1911. Biographer.

Homer Capehart, 1897-1979
Section 46, Lot 241
U.S. Senator, 1945-1963.

Larry Conrad, 1935-1990
Section 88, Lot 5
Indiana Sec. of State, 1971-1979, State Democratic leader of the 1970s and 80s; author of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

William H. English, 1822-1896
Section 1, Lot 72
Banker, built English Hotel and Theater, which was on Monument Circle. Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential Candidate in 1880.

Charles Fairbanks, 1852-1918
Section 24, Lot 3
U.S. Senator, 1897-1904, U.S. Vice President, 1905-1909. Fairbanks, Alaska is named after him.

Benjamin Harrison, 1833-1901
Section 13, Lot 57
U.S. Senator, 23rd U.S. President 1889-1893.

Caroline Harrison, 1832-1892
Section 13, Lot 57
First President General of DAR, First Lady of U.S.

Thomas A. Hendricks, 1819-1885
Section 29, Lot 2
U.S. Senator, 1863-1869; Governor, 1873-1877, U.S. Vice Presidential Candidate, 1876, U.S. Vice President, 1885.

George Washington Julian, 1817-1899
Section 27, Lot 196
Congressman, 1849-1851 and 1861-1871; Candidate for U.S. Vice President, 1852. Outspoken abolitionist and advocate of woman’s rights.

John Worth Kern, 1849-1917
Section 104, Lot 237
Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential Candidate, 1908; U.S. Senator, 1911-1917; Senate Majority Leader.


Founders & Inventors

Lyman S. Ayres, 1824-1896
Section 11, Lot 11
Founded L.S. Ayres department stores in 1874. The first store was at the southwest corner of Washington and Meridian Streets.

Dr. John S. Bobbs, 1809-1870
Section 7, Lot 53
Founder of Indiana Medical College. In 1867 he performed the first gall bladder surgery in the country.

Carl Fisher, 1874-1934
Section 13, Lot 42
Co-Founder of Indianapolis Motor Speedway; developer of Miami Beach, Florida.

Dr. Richard J. Gatling, 1818-1903
Section 3, Lot 9
Inventor of the Gatling Gun.


Founders & Inventors

Col. Eli Lilly, 1844-1898
Section 13, Lot 19
Founder of Eli Lilly & Company.

Alexander Ralston, 1771-1827
Section 3, Lot 30
Surveyor who platted Indianapolis in 1821.

Mozel Sanders, 1924-1988
Mausoleum D-13-2A
Black Minister and founder of annual Thanksgiving outreach.

Bernard Vonnegut, 1855-1908
Section 6, Lot 4
Architect of L.S. Ayres Building, Athenaeum, Shortridge High School, and Herron Art School; grandfather of author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Sports & Entertainment

Edward “Cannonball” Baker, 1882-1960
Section 60, Lot 150
Won the first race at the Speedway, drove in the first Indy 500. In the early years of automobiles, he held many speed records.

Robert Irsay, 1923-1997
Section 88, Lot 5
Owner of the Indianapolis Colts/NFL team.


Edward Black, 1853-1872
Section 16, Lot 148
Drummer Boy and youngest U.S. Army soldier at the age of 8 1/2.

Edward R.S Canby, 1817-1872
Section 9, Lot 1
Civil War general; killed by Modoc Indian chief during peace negotiations.

Jefferson C. Davis, 1828-1879
Section 29, Lot 1
Civil War General, killed his own commanding officer, but was quickly restored to his own command.

Catharine Merrill, 1824-1900
Section 7, Lot 16
Civil War nurse and author, 1st female professor at Butler.

Thomas Morris, 1811-1904
Section 6, Lot 1
Chief engineer of portion of National Road, Indianapolis Canal, numerous railroad projects, also a Civil War general.

John Morrow, 1760-1835
Section 9, Lot 14
Revolutionary War Soldier and Methodist minister.

Abel Streight, 1826-1892
Section 29, Lot 72
Civil War General, staged escape from military prison that freed over 100 Union officers.

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