Horatio Seymour
Governor of New York State 1851 - 1852
Lost as a presidential candidate to Ulysses S. Grant in 1868
Born: May 31, 1810 in Pompey, Onondaga County, New York
Died: February 12, 1886 in Utica, Oneida County, New York
Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, Oneida County, New York
Date of Visit: April 18, 2004

 

I visited his grave on April 18, 2004. It was probably the hardest grave to find in all my travels. Forest Hill is a large cemetery with many famous people buried. As we were driving through the main gate, and I noticed a map. Now, usually at these little information stops, they have handouts, and on the handouts are maps and directions to famous people's graves. Well, needless to say, Forest Hill didn't. I don't know if they were out of them or what, but they weren't there. So, we started to drive around.

We found Vice-President
James Sherman's grave easily enough. As we drove around the cemetery's winding roads for about 45 minutes, I finally called my nephew, Mike, and told him to look up Seymour at findagrave.com. Luckily, on that page it at least told us what section he is buried in. (He is buried in section 7.)

Now, we have the section! Logic would tell you that the numbered sections go in order right? Well, in Forest Hill they don't. We had to go back to the large map to get the directions, and eventually weaved our way to correct section.

When we finally got there, I realized that we had already went by it. There was a gate blocking the road, so the first time we were there I was paying more attention to the gate and less on the graves. It wouldn't have mattered anyway because you could just see the back of the headstone.

We took a few pictures, then left for our drive home. 

 

Me at Governor Seymour's Grave. Maybe when I'm finished seeing the graves of the President's, I'll visit the graves of the Governors of New York.

 

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