Notable Burials

Notable Burials

A selection of Laurel Hill’s most famous permanent residents.


Mercy Carlisle

Mercy Carlisle

d. October 21st 1836 • Location: E, 1

The first burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Carlisle was a Quaker woman who planned her own interment. A thin marble marker was placed on her grave originally, but deteriorated over time; this monument …

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Sarah Josepha Hale

Sarah Josepha Hale

d. April 30th 1879 • Location: X, 61

Editor of Godey’s Lady Book, a crusader for women’s medical education, and the person chiefly credited with establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

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Harry Kalas

Harry Kalas

d. April 13th 2009 • Location: S, 86 E 1/2

Legendary Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster who did play-by-play radio and television broadcasting for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1971 until his death in 2009. His gravesite is marked by a large mic…

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Elisha Kent Kane

Elisha Kent Kane

d. February 16th 1857 • Location: P, 100

A polar explorer and Naval medical officer, Elisha Kent Kane was involved in two unsuccessful attempts to find and rescue Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated Northwest Passage expedition. During the secon…

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​Thomas McKean

​Thomas McKean

d. June 24th 1817 • Location: G, 210

A lawyer and politician from the Philadelphia area, McKean served as the 2nd governor of Pennsylvania and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation. His body was mo…

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General George Gordon Meade

General George Gordon Meade

d. November 6th 1872 • Location: L, 1-7

George Meade, born in Caldiz, Spain was a marine engineer and oversaw the construction of several lighthouses, including the Cape May and Barnegat lighthouses. Meade served in three wars; most notably…

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Lt. General John C. Pemberton

Lt. General John C. Pemberton

d. July 13th 1881 • Location: 9, 53

The only Confederate General buried in Laurel Hill, Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg, Mississippi to General Grant.

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Mary Engle Pennington

Mary Engle Pennington

d. December 27th 1952 • Location: G, 266

The modern world owes a lot to Mary Engle Pennington, bacteriologist and refrigeration engineer. Working as the first female lab chief for the Food Research Laboratory (predecessor of the FDA), she se…

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David Rittenhouse

David Rittenhouse

d. June 26th 1796 • Location: P, 61

Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia is named for this famed colonial astronomer, mathematician, financier, clock-maker, surveyor and first director of the U.S. Mint.

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