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, more than 161,000 souls now rest under our perpetual care. That’s more than 161,000 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We invite you to explore our extensive archive of more than 1.2 million historical documents, including the most comprehensive family archives in Western New York, with 350,000 individual family records, and growing by 3,500 per year.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."


Dorothy Goetz Berlin

Dorothy Goetz Berlin

Wife of composer Irving Berlin

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Willis Haviland Carrier

Willis Haviland Carrier

Father of modern air conditioning

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Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm

November 30, 1924 - January 1, 2005

Find out more about Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm here.

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Dr. Frederick Cook

Dr. Frederick Cook

Discovered the North Pole

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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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Rick James

Rick James

Music Legend

February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004

Find out more about musician Rick James here.

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Erastus Granger

Erastus Granger

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William Hengerer

William Hengerer

Founder of Hengerer's Department Store

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Katharine Pratt Horton

Katharine Pratt Horton

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Kathleen Howard

Kathleen Howard

Star of the stage and screen.

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Red Jacket

Red Jacket

1750 - January 20, 1830

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

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Edward Kleinhans

Edward Kleinhans

Founder of men's clothing store

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William P. Letchworth

William P. Letchworth

Estate became Letchworth State Park

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Brigadier General Albert Myer

Brigadier General Albert Myer

Founder of the National Weather Service

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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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George Rand

George Rand

Prominent Banker

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Sidney Shepard

Sidney Shepard

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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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Alfred P. Southwick

Alfred P. Southwick

Inventor of the electric chair

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Margaret L. Wendt

Margaret L. Wendt

Prominent philanthropist

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Mary Burnett Talbert

Mary Burnett Talbert

Civil rights pioneer

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Seymour H. Knox II

Seymour H. Knox II

Benefactor of the arts

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Wilson S. Bissell

Wilson S. Bissell

Campaign Manager for President Grover Cleveland

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Dr. Roswell Park

Dr. Roswell Park

Medical pioneer

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