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Riverside Cemetery

 

RIVERSIDE CEMETERY
When you think about Asheville, do you wonder about those families who first settled here? They were a diverse group of people who brought with them their varied craft, poetry, and song. By pooling individual talents, and resources, they built a town and lived productive lives. They were the stone cutters who built Biltmore House; the writers, who wrote about the mountains and its people; the doctors, whose contributions allow us to live longer lives today. When they died, many of them were laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.
Anyone with information about those buried at Riverside is encouraged to share their knowledge. To learn more about the Cemetery, call David Olsen, the Manager at 254-8400.

Politicians buried here:

  • Zebulon Baird Vance (1830-1894) Nephew of Robert Brank Vance (1793-1827); brother of Robert Brank Vance (1828-1899). Born in North Carolina, May 13, 1830. Member of North Carolina state legislature, 1854; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1858-61; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Governor of North Carolina, 1862-65, 1877-79; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1879-94. Died April 14, 1894. Interment at Riverside Cemetery. Vance County, N.C. is named for him.
  • Thomas Lanier Clingman (1812-1897) of Asheville, N.C. Born in North Carolina. Member of North Carolina state legislature; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1843-45, 1847-58; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1858-61; delegate from North Carolina to Democratic National Convention, 1876. Interment at Riverside Cemetery. (Read his congressional biography.)
  • Robert Rice Reynolds (1884-1963) of Asheville, N.C. Born in Asheville, N.C., June 18, 1884. candidate for nomination for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, 1924; candidate for Presidential Elector from North Carolina, 1928; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1932-45. Died in Asheville, N.C., February 13, 1963.
  • Jeter Connelly Pritchard (1857-1921) Father of George Moore Pritchard. Born in Tennessee. Member of North Carolina state legislature; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1895-1903; federal judge.
  • Locke Craig (1860-1924) Born August 16, 1860. Governor of North Carolina, 1913-17. Died June 9, 1924.
  • Zebulon Weaver (1872-1948) of Asheville, N.C. Born in Weaverville, N.C., May 12, 1872. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1907-09; member of North Carolina state senate, 1913-15; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1919-29, 1931-47.
  • Richmond Pearson (1852-1923) Born in Yadkin County, N.C., January 26, 1852. Member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1884-86; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1895-99, 1900-01; U.S. Minister to Persia, 1902-07; U.S. Minister to Greece, 1907-09; U.S. Minister to Montenegro, 1907-09. Died in Asheville, N.C., September 12, 1923.
  • John Brown (1772-1845) Born in Pennsylvania. Member of Pennsylvania state legislature; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1821-25.
  • James Madison Gudger, Jr. (1855-1920) Father-in-law of John Wesley Langley; father of Katherine Gudger Langley. Born in North Carolina. Member of North Carolina state senate, 1900; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1903-07, 1911-15.
  • Robert Brank Vance (1828-1899) Nephew of Robert Brank Vance (1793-1827); brother of Zebulon Baird Vance. Born in North Carolina, April 24, 1828. General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1873-85; member of North Carolina state legislature. Died November 28, 1899. (Read his Congressional biography.)
  • Allen Turner Davidson (1819-1905) Born in Haywood County, N.C., May 9, 1819. Delegate from North Carolina to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Representative from North Carolina in the Confederate Congress, 1862-64. Died in Asheville, N.C., January 24, 1905.
  • Thomas Dillard Johnston (1840-1902) Born in Waynesville, N.C., April 1, 1840. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; mayor of Asheville, N.C., 1869; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1870; member of North Carolina state senate, 1876; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1885-89. Died June 22, 1902.
  • James Jefferson Britt (1861-1939) Born in Tennessee. Member of North Carolina state legislature; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1915-17, 1919.
  • George Adams Shuford (1895-1962) of Asheville, N.C. Born in Asheville, N.C., September 5, 1895. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1945-47; state court judge, 1947-49; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1953-59. Died in Asheville, N.C., December 8, 1962.

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