Union Street Cemetery

Union Street Cemetery is an active cemetery with over 8,000 interments. Please use this link to visit a searchable GIS map of the cemetery. The map includes links to the original lot records for each lot in a section. 

Notable Persons

There are a number of notable people buried at the Union Street Cemetery. Many are known for their substantial contributions to Ohio University including 28 individuals that have a building named after them on Ohio University's campus. Below is a partial list of notable people.

  • Charles Grosvenor Bond (1877-1974) - United States Congressman (67th Congress), His uncles was General Charles, H. Grosvenor. Although born, raised and practicing law in Columbus, OH, he eventually moved to New York City where he continued to practice law and eventually ran for and was elected to US Congress where he served one term. His granddaughter founded the television network, Oxygen.
  • Elmer Burritt Bryan (1865-1934) - 11th President of Ohio University (1921-1934, died in office), the namesake of Bryan Hall on Ohio University's Campus. Bryan's tenure saw a large number of female students and the need to attract more males. Correspondence courses were offered as well as an emphasis on sports. Peden Stadium was built during his time as well as a men's gymnasium. Chubb Library was also built. The school also became a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. 
  • Dow Henry Finsterwald (1929-2022) - Professional Golfer, most known for his 1958 PGA Championship win. Born in Athens, Dow excelled on the Ohio University golf team, turning pro in 1951. He played on 4 Ryder Cup teams and was the non-playing captain of the 1977 team. Later, Dow served as the Director of Golf for the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. 
  • Alston Ellis (1847-1920) - 10th President of Ohio University (1901-1920, died in office), the namesake of Ellis Hall on Ohio University's campus 
  • Walter S. Gamertsfelder (1885-1967) - 13th President of Ohio University (1943-1945), namesake of Gamertsfelder Hall on Ohio University's campus
  • Charles Henry Grosvenor (1833-1917) - Union Brevet Brigadier General, Civil War, Ohio House of Representatives - Speaker of the House, United States Congressman (53rd-59th Congresses), Chairman of the House Republican Conference
  • George "Crum" Kahler (1889-1924) - Major League Pitcher - Cleveland Naps (Indians), best known for fighting Ty Cobb in 1912: "If he tackles me, he will find that he is going up against just one more man who can take his measure. I don't claim to be a fighter, but I don't think Ty Cobb will ever scare me with any threats." After squaring off with Cobb in the first inning of their next meeting, a fight broke out between them. Neither was thrown out and Kahler went on to pitch a 10-inning shutout, winning the game for Cleveland. 
  • David Hastings Moore (1838-1915) – Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church of China, Japan & Korea for 4 years. Lt. Colonel of the 125th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War including the battle of Harpers Ferry, Chickamauga, and the Atlanta Campaign. Was President of Cincinnati Wesleyan College, the first Chancellor of the University of Denver, and Editor of the Western Christian Advocate publication.   
  • Eliakim Hastings Moore (1812-1900) - United States Congressman (41st Congress)
  • Calvary Morris (1798-1871) - United States Congressman (25th-27th Congresses)
  • John Frank Oldfield (1867-1916) - United States Postal Inspector, credited with taking down one of the first organized crime rings "The Society of the Banana." There is a book written about his life: "Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America's Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective Who Brought Them to Justice." 
  • Don Peden (1898-1970) - Ohio University Football Coach, Ohio University Athletic Director, Ohio University Athletic Hall of Fame, namesake for Ohio University's Peden Stadium. 
  • Charles William Super (1842-1939) - 8th President of Ohio University (1884-1896, 1899-1901) Became president of the university at the age of 41. He once commented that "the college was 75 years old but very small for its age." During his presidency he increased the college by adding departments of commerce, music, and education, among others. He also oversaw the purchase of land for sports playing fields, which now contains the university's Bicentennial Park and Walter Hall.
  • Nelson Holmes Van Vorhes (1822-1882) - Union Colonel, Civil War, United States Congressman (44th, 45th Congresses)
  • John Welch (1805-1891) - United States Congressman (32nd Congress), Associate Justice Ohio Supreme Court (1865-1878), Chief Justice Ohio Supreme Court (1877-78)