Notable Burials

Rock Creek Cemetery serves as the final resting place to some of Washington’s most notable residents including (in alphabetical order):
  • Henry Adams, Author and diplomat
  • Eugene Allen, White House butler for 34 years and inspiration for the 2013 movie, “The Butler”
  • Abraham Baldwin, Signer of the U.S. Constitution
  • Montgomery Blair, Postmaster General in Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet
  • Charles Corby, Baking Innovator of “Wonderbread”
  • Julius Garfinckel, Founder of Garfinckel’s Department Store
  • Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Chairman of the National Geographic Society
  • Patricia Roberts Harris, Secretary Health and Human Services in Jimmy Carter’s Cabinet
  • Charles Francis Jenkins, Inventor of the television
  • Opha May Johnson, First Women in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Alice Roosevelt Longworth, President’s daughter
  • George McGovern, U.S. Senator, 1972 Democratic Party presidential nominee
  • George Washington Riggs, Founder of Riggs Bank
  • Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice of the United States
  • Upton Sinclair, Author and Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Sumner Welles, Under Secretary of State for Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Gore Vidal, Author, screenwriter, and essayist

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