Famous Residents

Discover the stories of those who influenced our community, the nation and the world.

Each of us has a story – a story about who we are and where we came from, about the people we love, the friendships we’ve made, what we’ve done during our life, and the qualities that define us.

Here at Forest Lawn, nearly 165,000 souls now rest under our perpetual care. That’s nearly 165,000 stories - some of which are familiar to all; most only to those who played a part in them. In any case, we’re committed to ensuring that the stories do not end within our gates, which is why we’re so pleased to be able to share them with the world at the Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center and here on the Forest Lawn website.

We invite you to explore our extensive archive of more than 1.2 million historical documents, including the most comprehensive family archives in Western New York, with 350,000 individual family records, and growing by 3,500 per year.

Here, we're pleased to present the stories of some of our most famous "permanent residents."


Lewis Allen

Lewis Allen

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Dr. Ida Catherine Bender

Dr. Ida Catherine Bender

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Louis L. Berger, Sr.

Louis L. Berger, Sr.

Successful Retailer

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Dorothy Goetz Berlin

Dorothy Goetz Berlin

Wife of composer Irving Berlin

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Louise Blanchard Bethune

Louise Blanchard Bethune

The first female architect in the United states

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John Blocher

John Blocher

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Wilson S. Bissell

Wilson S. Bissell

Campaign Manager for President Grover Cleveland

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Al Boasberg

Al Boasberg

Accomplished Comedy Writer

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Willis Haviland Carrier

Willis Haviland Carrier

Father of modern air conditioning

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George Cary

Renowned Architect

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Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm

Pioneering U.S. Congresswoman

November 30, 1924 - January 1, 2005

Find out more about Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm here.

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George Clinton

George Clinton

Governor of New York

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Dr. Frederick Cook

Dr. Frederick Cook

Discovered the North Pole

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Jessica Brown Cornelius

Jessica Brown Cornelius

Famous Broadway performer

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Joseph Dart

Joseph Dart

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August Esenwein

August Esenwein

Accomplished architect

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Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore

13th US President

January 7, 1800 - March 8, 1874

Find out more about the Thirteenth President of the United States, Millard Fillmore.

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Millard Powers Fillmore

Millard Powers Fillmore

Millard Fillmore's Son

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Mary Abigail Fillmore

Mary Abigail Fillmore

Daughter of President Millard Fillmore

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Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore

Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore

Second Wife of President Millard Fillmore

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Frank H. Goodyear

Frank H. Goodyear

Successful Businessman

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Erastus Granger

Erastus Granger

Owned the land which is now Forest Lawn

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Charles W. Goodyear

Charles W. Goodyear

Prominent businessman

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William Hengerer

William Hengerer

Founder of Hengerer's Department Store

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Katharine Pratt Horton

Katharine Pratt Horton

Civic leader

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Kathleen Howard

Kathleen Howard

Star of the stage and screen.

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Red Jacket

Red Jacket

Great Seneca Orator and Chief of the Wolf Clan

1750 - January 20, 1830

Find more about Red Jacket, the Great Chieftain of the Seneca Indians.

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Rick James

Rick James

Music Legend

February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004

Find out more about musician Rick James here.

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Mary Elizabeth Johnson

Mary Elizabeth Johnson

Co-founder of the SPCA

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Rev. Leeland Newton Jones Jr.

Rev. Leeland Newton Jones Jr.

Accomplished religious leader

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Edward Austin Kent

Edward Austin Kent

Renowned architect who perished aboard the Titanic

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Irvine Kittinger

Irvine Kittinger

Founder of legendary furniture company

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Edward Kleinhans

Edward Kleinhans

Founder of men's clothing store

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Seymour H. Knox II

Seymour H. Knox II

Benefactor of the arts

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Northrup Knox

Northrup Knox

Successful businessman and co-founder of the Buffalo Sabres

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William P. Letchworth

William P. Letchworth

Estate became Letchworth State Park

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Daniel Lockwood

Daniel Lockwood

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Maria Love

Maria Love

Visionary philanthropist

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Brigadier General Albert Myer

Brigadier General Albert Myer

Founder of the National Weather Service

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John R. Oishei

John R. Oishei

Accomplished Businessman and Philanthropist

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Dr. Roswell Park

Dr. Roswell Park

Medical pioneer

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Ely Parker

Ely Parker

Civil War Legend

1828 - August 31, 1895

Learn more about the man who wrote the final draft of the Confederate surrender terms at Appomattox.

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George N. Pierce

George N. Pierce

Founder of the Pierce Arrow Motor Company

January 9, 1846 - March 23, 1910

Find out more about George N. Pierce, the originator and manufacturer of the Pierce Arrow automobile.

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Samuel F. Pratt

Samuel F. Pratt

Prominent business leader

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George Rand

George Rand

Prominent Banker

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Mary Jane Rathbun

Mary Jane Rathbun

Preeminent marine biologist

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Major General Bennet Riley

Major General Bennet Riley

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Anna Katharine Green Rohlfs

Anna Katharine Green Rohlfs

Mother of the American Detective Story

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Aaron Rumsey

Aaron Rumsey

Prominent business leader

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Rev. Willie Brown Seals

Rev. Willie Brown Seals

Accomplished musician and photographer

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John N. Scatcherd

John N. Scatcherd

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Jacob Schoellkopf

Jacob Schoellkopf

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Col. George H. Selkirk

Col. George H. Selkirk

Civil War Figure and Sculptor

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Prince Kyril Scherbatow

Prince Kyril Scherbatow

Russian Prince, Godson to Czar Nicholas II

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Sidney Shepard

Sidney Shepard

Successful Businessman

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Elvin J. “Shep” Shepherd

Elvin J. “Shep” Shepherd

Legendary saxophonist

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William J. Simon Jr

William J. Simon Jr

Brewmaster

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Annie Singleton

Annie Singleton

Mother of Alpha Phi Alpha

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Rev. Bennett Smith, Jr.

Rev. Bennett Smith, Jr.

Renowned Leader in the Faith Community

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Alfred P. Southwick

Alfred P. Southwick

Inventor of the electric chair

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Elbridge Spaulding

Elbridge Spaulding

"Father of the Greenback"

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Margaret St. John

Margaret St. John

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Victoria Sutherland

Victoria Sutherland

One of the "Singing Sutherland Sisters"

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Mary Burnett Talbert

Mary Burnett Talbert

Civil rights pioneer

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Edwin R. Thomas

Edwin R. Thomas

Founder of the ER Thomas Motor Company

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Charles Townsend

Charles Townsend

Judge played a key role in establishing Buffalo harbor

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Margaret L. Wendt

Margaret L. Wendt

Prominent philanthropist

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America Pinckney Peter Williams

Great Granddaughter of Martha Washington

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William Fargo

William Fargo

Co-Founder of Wells Fargo and American Express

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Cyrus Lazelle Warner Eidlitz

Cyrus Lazelle Warner Eidlitz

World-renowned architect who designed One Time Square in NYC

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William Buchanan

William Buchanan

Director of the 1901 Pan American Exposition

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Charles Reidpath

Charles Reidpath

Olympic gold medalist

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Lawrence Bell

Lawrence Bell

Aviation pioneer

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John E. Brent

John E. Brent

Buffalo's first African American Architect

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James Tillinghast

James Tillinghast

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Ehrhardt Koch

Ehrhardt Koch

Founder of New Era Cap

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John Dover

John Dover

Civil War Soldier

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Grant "Home Run" Johnson

Grant "Home Run" Johnson

Pioneering Negro League Baseball Player

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Marian de Forest

Marian de Forest

A major force in the progressive women’s movement.

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Elizabeth Coe Marshall

Elizabeth Coe Marshall

Founder of the Visiting Nurses Association

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 Anna Katharine Green Rohlfs.

Anna Katharine Green Rohlfs.

The mother of the great American detective story

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