Prominant People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Above: Those buried in Woodlawn who made a difference in our city, county and country

Fleming, Aretas Brooksb. October 15, 1839  d. October 13, 1923
West Virginia Governor. Served as Governor of West Virginia from 1890 to 1893. He became a Curcuit Judge in 1878.

Governor A. B. Fleming
Governor A. B. Fleming
A.B.Fleming Obituary

Martin, Benjamin Franklin    
b. October 2, 1828  d. January 20, 1895
Politician. Served as Delegate to West Virginia State Constitutional Convention in 1872, U.S Representative from West Virginia for the 2nd District, from 1877 to 1881 and Presidential Elector from West Virginia in 1884.

Watson, Clarence Wayland    
b. May 8, 1864  d. May 24, 1940
US Senator. Elected as a Senator from WV to the US Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Stephen B. Elkins, serving from 1911 to 1913. During World War I he served in the United State Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Ordnance Department,and served in France from 1918 to 1919. While in France he was defeated for re-election to his Senate seat.

Making a Difference

Jones, Sam 'Toothpick Sam'    
b. December 14, 1925  d. November 5, 1971
Major League Baseball Player. For twelve seasons (1951 to 1952 and 1955 to 1964), he was a pitcher with Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles. He was nicknamed "toothpick" because he usually had one in his mouth while he pitched. Raised in West Virginia, he attended Dunbar High School and while serving with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, Jones began to play baseball as a member of his camp's team. Signed by the Indians as an amateur free agent in 1950, he marked his Major League debut with Cleveland in1951. He earned a place in the record books, when he tossed a no-hit game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 12th, 1955 as a Chicago Cub. In 322 regular season games, he compiled a 102 win 101 loss record with a 3.59 lifetime ERA in 1,643 innings pitched. After retiring as a player, he remained in the game as a Minor League coach. Jones died from lung cancer at the age of 45. 

Neely, Matthew Mansfield    
b. November 9, 1874  d. January 18, 1958
US Congressman, US Senator, West Virginia Governor. Served as a Private in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. Represented West Virginia's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives, having been elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Congressman John W. Davis, and serving from 1913 to 1921. Defeated for re-election to his House seat, he ran for and was elected as a Senator from West Virginia to the United States Senate, serving first from 1923 to 1929, then from 1931 to 1941. In 1941 he resigned from his Senate postion, having been elected as Governor of West Virginia, which he served from 1941 to 1945. He ran for, and was elcted to, his old 1st District Congressional seat, which he assumed upon the expiration of his Governor's term in 1945. He served in Congress from 1945 to 1947. In 1949 he was elected again as a Senator to the United States Senate, serving from 1949 until his death in office in 1958. 


Images above are from: Genealogical and Personal History of The Upper Monongahela Valley, West Virginia. Callahan, James Morton. Lewis Historical Publishing Company: New York. 1912 volume II, illustrated.

Francis Harrison Pierpont, known as the "Father of West Virginia" b. October 15, 1839  d. October 13, 1923. Pierpont, along with partner James Otis Watson, became one of Virginia's earliest coal operators. A lifelong Methodist, he married Julia Augusta Robertson on December 26, 1854.

Julia Augusta Robertson PierpontJulia Pierpont, wife of Governor Pierpont was the originator of "Decoration Day", now known as Memorial Day. Celebrated the Saturday before Memorial Day, it is a day to pay tribute to Julia Pierpont by readying veterans' graves for Memorial Day.



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