Lake View Cemetery

Lake View Cemetery is a privately owned, nonprofit garden cemetery located in the cities of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, and East Cleveland in Ohio.

It was founded in 1869 and was favored by wealthy families during the Gilded Age. Today the cemetery is known for its numerous lavish funerary monuments and mausoleums as well as the famous people buried there.

Two sites within the cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first is the James A. Garfield Memorial, erected in 1890 as the tomb of assassinated President James A. Garfield.

The second is Wade Memorial Chapel, which began construction in 1898 and was completed in 1901. It honors the memory of Jeptha Wade, one of the cemetery’s co-founders, and was donated by his grandson. Wade Chapel features an interior designed by Louis Tiffany.

Notable people buried at Lake View Cemetery include:

  • Newton D. Baker (1871–1937), Mayor of Cleveland and U.S. Secretary of War during World War I
  • Ernest Ball (1878–1927), composer and author of “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”
  • Frances Payne Bolton (1885–1977), United States House of Representatives
  • Charles Francis Brush (1849–1929), inventor and businessman
  • Ray Chapman (1891–1920), baseball player for the Cleveland Indians
  • Henry Chisholm (1822–1891), father of the Cleveland steel industry
  • George Washington Crile (1864–1943), co-founder of the Cleveland Clinic and the first surgeon to successfully perform a blood transfusion
  • Harvey Cushing (1869–1939), pioneer neurosurgeon
  • Alan Freed (1921–1965), radio disc jockey who popularized the term “rock and roll”
  • James A. Garfield (1831–1881), President of the United States
  • Marcus A. Hanna (1837–1904), U.S. Senator and Republican Party boss
  • John Hay (1838–1905), former United States Secretary of State and aide to President Abraham Lincoln
  • Myron T. Herrick (1854–1929), Governor of Ohio, U.S. ambassador to France
  • Adella Prentiss Hughes (1869–1950), founder of the Cleveland Orchestra
  • Al Lerner (1933–2002), owner of the Cleveland Browns
  • Flora Stone Mather (1852–1909), philanthropist
  • Garrett Morgan (1877–1963), inventor of the gas mask and the three-colored traffic light
  • Eliot Ness (1903–1957), Cleveland Safety Director and a member of The Untouchables
  • Arthur L. Parker (1885–1945), founder of Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • George W. “Peggy” Parratt (1883–1959), professional football player who threw the first legal forward pass in a professional game
  • Harvey Pekar (1939–2010), comic book writer known for the groundbreaking American Splendor series
  • John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937), founder of the Standard Oil Company and philanthropist
  • James Salisbury (1823–1905), inventor of the Salisbury steak
  • Viktor Schreckengost (1906–2008), industrial designer, teacher, sculptor, and artist
  • Henry Alden Sherwin (1842–1916), co-founder of the Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Carl B. Stokes (1927–1996), Mayor of Cleveland, United States ambassador
  • Louis Stokes (1925–2015), United States Congressman
  • Amasa Stone (1818–1883), industrialist and philanthropist
  • Mantis James Van Sweringen (1881–1935), railroad and real estate baron
  • Oris Paxton Van Sweringen (1879–1936), railroad and real estate baron
  • Jeptha Homer Wade (1811–1890), founder of Western Union