Agee, James b. November 27, 1909 d. May 16, 1955 Author, Motion Picture Screenwriter. He wrote the books, "A Death In The Family" (1957), which was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1958 and adapted for the stage as "All The Way Home" (1960), and "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." He wrote the film scripts for the motion pictures "Face To Face" (1952), "The African Queen" (1951), "Night Of The Hunter" (1955), and "The Quiet One" (1949). (Bio by: K) Agee Family Farm, Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York, USA
Beekman, Thomas b. July 4, 1790 d. February 2, 1870 US Congressman. He studied law, became an attorney and farmer, and settled in Smithfield, Madison County, New York, where he served in local offices including Town Clerk. He was active in the New York Militia, serving as aide-de-camp to the commander of its 17th Division. He was also active in the Anti-Masonic movement of the late 1820s and early 1830s. In 1828 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as an Anti-Jacksonian, serving one term, 1829 to 1831. In 1831 he was an...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA
Blunt, John W. b. May 18, 1840 d. January 21, 1910 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Brevet Major in the Union Army. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a First Lieutenant in Company K, 6th New York Cavalry for action on October 19, 1864 at Cedar Creek, Virginia. His citation reads "Voluntarily led a charge across a narrow bridge over the creek, against the lines of the enemy." (Bio by: Don Morfe) Chatham Rural Cemetery, Chatham, Columbia County, New York, USA
Cannon, J.D. b. April 24, 1922 d. May 20, 2005 Actor. A native of Salmon, Idaho, Cannon is best remembered for his role as New York City police detective 'Peter B. Clifford' on the television series, "McCloud" from 1970 to 1977, which also starred Dennis Weaver. Cannon's other roles include the films, "Memorandum For A Spy" (1965), "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "Krakatoa, East Of Java" (1969), "Lawman" (1971), "Scorpio" (1973), "Ike: The War Years" (1978), "Raise The Titanic" (1980), "Death Wish II" (1982), "Beyond Witch Mountain" (1982), "Steel...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson, Columbia County, New York, USA
Chrysler, Morgan Henry b. September 30, 1822 d. August 24, 1890 Civil War Union Brevet Major General. Born in Ghent, New York, at the start of the Civil War, he was a framer when he enlisted as a Private in the Union Army. Serving in a company of the 30th New York Infantry, he was appointed a Captain in June 1, 1861. Rising through the ranks, he became a Major in March 1862, a Lieutenant Colonel in August 1863 and Colonel of the 2nd New York Cavalry on December 13, 1863. He was in actions at the Battles of the Second Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Prospect Hill Cemetery, Valatie, Columbia County, New York, USA
Collin, John Francis b. April 30, 1802 d. September 16, 1889 US Congressman. Born in Hillsdale, New York, he engaged in agricultural pursuits, was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1834 and was town supervisor of Hillsdale. In 1845, he was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress, serving until 1847. After his term, he resumed agricultural pursuits until his death at age 87 in Hillsdale, New York. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Hillsdale Rural Cemetery, Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York, USA
Livingston, Henry Walter b. June 11, 1768 d. December 22, 1810 US Congressman. He graduated from Yale College in 1786, studied law, attained admission to the bar and practiced in New York City and upstate New York. From 1792 to 1794 he was private secretary to Gouverneur Morris, who was Minister to France. Livingston served as Judge of Columbia County, and was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1802 and 1810. In 1806 he was the successful Federalist candidate for a seat in Congress, and he served two terms, 1803 to 1807. Livingston died at his...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) Henry W. Livingston House, Livingston, Columbia County, New York, USA Plot: Entombed in a vault on the Henry W. Livingston House grounds. Tomb was broken into in 1904 and remains were scattered.
Millay, Edna St. Vincent b. February 22, 1892 d. October 18, 1950 Poet. Edna was born to Cora Lounella who was a nurse, and Henry Tollman Millay, he was a schoolteacher who would later become superintendent of schools. Her mother Cora taught Edna to write poetry when she was age 4 and play the piano at the age of 7. Edna published her first poem "Forest Trees" at the age of 14. Edna went to Vassar College in 1914 supported by woman who was impressed by her poem "Renascence." She studied literature, drama, and classic and modern languages. She was a good...[Read More] Steepletop Cemetery, Austerlitz, Columbia County, New York, USA
Reynolds, John H. b. June 21, 1819 d. September 24, 1875 US Congressman. He graduated from Kinderhook Academy, New York in 1840, was admitted to the bar and began law practice in 1843. In 1859, he was elected as an Anti-Lecompton Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress, serving until 1861. Not a candidate for re-nomination, he resumed the practice of law. He was appointed a judge of the commission of appeals of New York State in 1873 and stayed in position until the expiration of the court by limitation in 1875. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA
Rockefeller, Lewis Kirby b. November 25, 1875 d. September 18, 1948 US Congressman. Elected as a Republican to represent New York's 27th District in the Seventy-fifth and two succeeding Congresses, he served from 1937 to 1943. Rockefeller graduated from New York State College in Albany in 1898 and spent the next 35 years in various State financial offices, including as Deputy State Tax Commissioner (1915 to 1921) and Deputy State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance (1921 to 1933). In 1933 he opened his own accounting and tax consulting firm in Chatham, New...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA Plot: Bain Family Plot, west side of Albany Ave.
Silvester, Peter b. 1734 d. October 15, 1808 US Congressman. Elected to represent New York's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1789 to 1793. Also served as a State Court Judge, and Member of the New York State Senate serving the Eastern District from 1796 to 1797, and the Middle District from 1797 to 1800. (Bio by: K) Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, USA
Simpson, Kenneth Farrand b. May 4, 1895 d. January 25, 1941 He was a son of Dr. William Kelly Simpson, a well-known ear, nose, and throat specialist in Manhattan and Anna Farrand, a daughter of Joseph Steevens Farrand, Sr. and Elizabeth Carroll. He married Helen Louise Knickerbacker Porter and had one son, Dr. William Kelly Simpson (Ph. D. in Egyptian archealogy) and three daughters. Kenneth did his undergraduate work at Yale and gradutated from Harvard Law School. He was a lawyer in New York City, head of the Republican Party in New York State, and...[Read More] Hudson City Cemetery, Hudson, Columbia County, New York, USA
Tilden, Samuel Jones b. February 9, 1814 d. August 4, 1886 US Senator, New York Governor. Samuel Tilden is a forgotten figure in American History who lost the 1876 Presidential Election to Rutherford B. Hayes. The recent Bush-Gore election, and its comparisons with the Hayes-Tilden election of 1876, brought Tilden back into the public's memory. Born in New Lebanon New York, Tilden became famous as the prosecutor who put away the infamous New York City Tammany Hall Tweed Gang. Election as New York Governor followed, and in 1876, Tilden was nominated for...[Read More] Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon, Columbia County, New York, USA
Trowbridge, Bob b. June 27, 1930 d. April 3, 1980 Major League Baseball Player. The right-hander pitched for five years with the Milwaukee Braves from 1956 to 1959 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1960. With the Braves loaded in pitching with the likes of Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, Bob Buhl, Juan Pizarro, Joey Jay and others, he didn't get much opportunity with them. His best season was 1957, when he was 7-5 with a 3.64 earned run average, 126 innings pitched, three complete games in 16 starts and his only shutout. He made one appearance in...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Coons) Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson, Columbia County, New York, USA