Famous Grave Sites

Hugh Henry Brackenridge's gravesite sits in Carlisle's Old Graveyard.

Michael Bupp, The Sentinel

The Sentinel offers “Graves in the Valley” throughout September, looking at some of the famous and infamous people buried in cemeteries of the Cumberland Valley:

Hugh Henry Brackenridge

THE HISTORY: At just 5 years old in 1753, Hugh Henry Brackenridge and his family emigrated from Scotland and settled on a small farm in York County. At the age of 15, Brackenridge taught at a frontier school and subsequently enrolled at Princeton University.

According to post-gazette.com, Brackenridge would later become the legislative father of Allegheny County. He founded the Pittsburgh Academy, now the University of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Gazette newspaper, still operating today as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Brackenridge then went on to write novels about the Revolutionary War and even served as a chaplain in Gen. George Washington’s army in New Jersey, before becoming a lawyer.

He eventually was appointed to a lifetime seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

HOW THEY DIED: Brackenridge died on June 25, 1816, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

GRAVESITE: Old Graveyard, South Bedford and East South streets in Carlisle. He had moved to Carlisle shortly after his Supreme Court appointment.

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