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Davenport's First Mayor Gets New Tombstone

Davenport's First Mayor Gets New Tombstone

July 07, 2018 02:05 PM

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Davenport's first mayor now has a tombstone after cemetery volunteers and city officials worked to get a marker placed on the grave.
    
The Quad-City Times reports Rudolphus Bennett was a Vermont native who journeyed to Davenport in 1837. He was buried in Davenport after his death in 1871. It's unclear whether Bennett's grave originally had a tombstone.
    
Bennett's new marker is in honor of the 175th anniversary of Davenport's City Cemetery founding. The stone installed June 29 by Art Stone Co. is engraved with all three names, along with their birth and death dates.
    
The $995 marker was paid for out of the city's capital improvements budget.
    
Bennett served a single one-year term as Davenport's mayor in 1839.
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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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