Birth: Feb. 22, 1770 Death: May 10, 1853
U.S. Senator, Author of Ohio's first Constitution. A native of Newark, New Jersey, he graduated from the College of New Jersey, became an attorney, and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1796. He became a member of the Ohio State House of Representatives from 1812 to 1816 and then served as President of the Cincinnati Branch of the United States Bank. He was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and served from 1821 until his resignation in 1828 to accept an appointment to the United States Senate. Representing Ohio, he was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William H. Harrison. An account of his frontier experiences, entitled "Notes on the Early Settlement of the Northwestern Territory", was published in 1847. Burnet was also the author of Ohio's first Constitution which was adopted in 1851. He died in Cincinnati in 1853 when he was 83 years old. He was initially buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery and was later removed to Spring Grove in 1865. His father, William Burnet, was a member of the Continental Congress and Surgeon General of the United States during the Revolutionary War.
Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio www.springgrove.org/
The cemetery dates from 1844, when members of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society formed a cemetery association. They took their inspiration from contemporary rural cemeteries such as Père Lachaise in Paris, and Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On December 1, 1844 Salmon P. Chase and others prepared the Articles of Incorporation. The cemetery was formally chartered on January 21, 1845, and the first burial took place on September 1, 1845. In 1855 Adolph Strauch, a renowned landscape architect, was hired to renovate the grounds. His sense and layout of the "garden cemetery", made of lakes, trees and shrubs, is what visitors today still see. In 1987, the association officially changed its name to "Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum" to better represent its remarkable collection of both native and exotic trees, as well as its State and National Champion Trees.