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GRACELAND CEMETERY, founded by Thomas A. Bryan, 
was dedicated August 30, 1860 and received its charter 
February 11, 1861. Our Special Legislative Charter, granted 
by the State, guarantees protection from possible change. 

In the days when Chicago was known as "Fort Dearborn'' 
the people buried their loved ones north of the river. There 
in 1828 John Kinzie, the first Chicago white settler, was 
interred. In 1835 he was disinterred and moved to the old 
North Side Cemetery, the present site of the old North Side 
Pumping Station. In 1842 he was again disinterred and 
moved to the City Cemetery, now Lincoln Park. From there 
he was moved again to his final resting place at Graceland. 

Here too lies Alexander Beaubien, the first male child bom of 
permanent residents of Chicago. 

In Graceland Cemetery, where the Midwest holds hands with 
history, the soft-spoken headstones, the dignified shafts, the 
serene tombs are footnotes to the saga of an inland city. Here, 
in 119 acres of a rolling parklike haven of peace, lie the pio- 
neers, leaders, builders and dreamers who wrote the story of 

the Midwest with their Hves and left a skyline where they 
found a sand dune. 

They came to Chicago on moccasined feet, in creaking wag- 
ons, by paddle boat and lake schooner, on horseback and by 
stage— from the farms, village commons and seaports of the 
East— from the backwoods, river towns and plantations of the 
South— from the capitals and hamlets, the castled river banks 
and avenues of the old world. 

Make your pilgrimage to Graceland where in the sanctuary 
of its hallowed ground lie Potter Palmer, the man who built 
several Palmer Houses. At his side lies Bertha Palmer, his 
beautiful wife, who reigned as Chicago's Queen of Society. 

A short distance away lies George M. Pullman, builder of rail- 
road equipment, whose grave is marked by a Corinthian 

Nearby, marked by a simple headstone, he Cyrus Hall 
McCormick, inventor of the first successful harvesting ma- 
chine, and Nettie Fowler, his wife, leader of Chicago's society. 

In another section lies a Massachusetts lad who came to 
Chicago in 1856 to work as a dry goods clerk and founded a 
famous store. His burial place is distinguished by a sunken 
pool that mirrors an allegorical bronze monument. On it ap- 
pear two words "Equity—Integrity" and the name "Marshall 

Philip D. Armom*, Graceland neighbor of Field and Pullman, 
as in life he was their Prairie Avenue neighbor, founded a 
grain empire and changed the eating habits of the world. 

A sharp pointed obelisk towers over Carter H. Harrison Sr., 
who was so loved by the people of Chicago that they elected 
him Mayor five times. After his death they elected his son, 
Carter H. Harrison Jr., to the same high office. 

In the shade of Graceland's trees lies William A. Hulburt, the 
man who founded what became baseball's National League. 
His grave is marked by a large granite baseball complete with 
stitches cut in the stone. 

Other noted sports figures include heavyweight boxing 
champions "Fighting Bob" Fitzsimmons and Jack Johnson. 

John Jones, the first Chicago Negro to gain prominence and 
be elected to a county ofiBce, and his wife also rest eternally 
in Graceland. 

Augustus N. Dickens, youngest brother of the great novelist 
Charles Dickens, lies near the main gate to these hallowed 

In another section lies Joseph T. Ryerson, steel merchant, 
and father of steel merchants, founder of what became Inland 
Steel Company. Imposing monuments mark their resting 

Joseph Medill, founder of the "Chicago Tribune," and John 
T. McCutcheon, author of the famous cartoon "Injun Sum- 
mer," lie where leaves rustle against their monuments. 

A statue of a crusading Knight, sculptured by Lorado Taft, 
marks the tomb of Victor A. Lawson, founder of the "Chicago 
Dailv News." 

A Celtic cross marks the grave of John Wellborn Root, archi- 



tect, a short lived genius who worked out the principle of the 
floating foundation for large buildings. 

The prominent architect, Louis Sullivan, the first master of 
the skyscraper, one of the world renowned of all Chicagoans, 
designer of the Auditorium Building, the Carson Pirie Scott 
and Company store and other noted buildings, lies in Grace- 
land. A simple granite stone marks his grave. 

In 1890 the Getty family commissioned Louis Sullivan to de- 
sign a sepulcher which became the "Getty Tomb", known all 
over the world as a shrine of American architecture and a 
landmark of the City of Chicago as a plaque displayed in the 
cemetery office proudly notes. 

The cremated remains of Daniel Hudson Burnham, father of 
the Chicago Plan, the Cleveland Plan, the San Francisco Plan 
and the Washington, D.C. Plan, lie under a glacier boulder in 
the middle of an island in Willowmere Section. 

One by one they came to Graceland, men who saw Chicago 
when "Checagou" was an Indian word and a 17 star flag flew 
over Fort Dearborn. Men who helped and heard Abraham 

Lincoln nominated for the Presidency. Men who wept in the 
great fire of 1871 and laughed at the notion of not rebuilding 
a metropolis. Men who fought in the wars of this country and 
made the supreme sacrifice. All eternally and peacefully sleep 
in its hallowed ground. 

Observe the names on Graceland's silent tombs and head- 
stones—at the novels and histories condensed into a few let- 
ters chiseled in stone. Here Hes John P. Altgeld, Frank O. 
Lowden, Governors of Illinois— Hempstead Washbume, Fred 
Busse, Julian S. Rumsey, Mayors of Chicago— Allen Pinkerton, 
President Lincoln's private detective — Timothy Webster, 
hanged in Richmond, Virginia, as a spy for the Union — 
Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme 
Court— Samuel W. FuUerton, founder of Packingtown— John 
Calhoun, pioneer newspaper publisher— PhiUp Henrici who 
opened Chicago's first old world coflEee house. 

Year after year they came to Graceland— Hubbard, FuUerton, 
Halsted, Wacker, Buckingham, Newberry, Bowen, Goodman, 
Kimball, McClurg, Blair, Baldwin, Parmelee, Honore, Mani- 
erre, Hutchinson, Keep, Hamill, Burley, Hulburb, Bentley, 
Sprague and many others. 

Some of them lived to see the fruits of their genius but through 
time their shafts point to the stars steadfastly as their faith 
pointed to the future. 

These are the men who made the Midwest. 

Since 1893 Graceland has operated one of the foremost cre- 
matories in the country. Cremations are conducted with ut- 
most dignity and decorum. 

We cordially invite you to visit and our staff will be happy to 
answer your inquiries. 




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