4. Fiorello H. LaGuardia: Woodlawn Cemetery
Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest mayors in American history, Fiorello H. La Guardia is best known for revitalizing New York City and restoring faith in City Hall. With support from Franklin D. Roosevelt, La Guardia managed to reorganize the police force and defeat the notorious Tammany Hall, thus rescinding employment based on patronage.
When La Guardia died of pancreatic cancer in his home in The Bronx in 1947, he was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, also in The Bronx.
Woodlawn Cemetery was established in 1863, when a group of businessmen convened and decided that New York City was in need of a new cemetery that could sustain its growth. A 400-acre sight was picked in The Bronx, with advertisements boasting of being only “thirty minutes away from Manhattan” on the train from Grand Central Terminal.
Over the years the cemetery grew in popularity–-especially among stars of the screen and stage–many of whom opted to be buried in the city they adored but also those of the famous Gilded Age families, like Ava Vanderbilt who has an impressive mausoleum. The cemetery is teeming with over 1,300 mausoleums, many of which were designed by renowned architects and landscape designers. The cemetery is also the final resting place for dozens of Titanic victims, more than anywhere else in the country. The heritage of Woodlawn Cemetery culminated in being designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2011.