Famous & Notable Burials of Cypress Hills Cemetery
In addition to the book about our notables, we’re always finding more as historians & history enthusiasts pass through our grounds
This area was the first police memorial of its kind created in the United States. The Police Arlington Memorial was established in 1871 by the Metropolitan Police Benevolent Association. The memorial was designed to be a place of pride and to honor the bravery of police officers. To this date, the PBA holds an annual memorial service at the site for those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Notable veteran of the War of 1812:
Hiram Cronk: Lived until the age of 103 and became known for being the last surviving member of the War of 1812.
Medal of Honor recipients from the Civil War include:
- Benjamin Levy
- John G. Morrison
- Alex Forman
- James Horton
- Joseph Hibson
Medal of Honor recipient from the Spanish American War:
- Joseph Franklin
Medal of Honor recipient from the USS Philadelphia:
- Henry A. Eilers
Cypress Hills National Cemetery
A portion of the Cemetery serves as a military burial ground for soldiers of the American Civil War, which in 1941 received the bodies of 235 Confederate prisoners who died on Hart Island.
For a complete listing of all the notables, along with biographies, please visit the office for a complimentary Notable Map.