Famous Residents of Oakland

Residents of Oakland 
The celebrated and humble rest together at Oakland. Tycoon and pauper, Christian and Jew, black and white, powerful and meek, soldier and civilian—all are here.

Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African American mayor, and Ivan Allen, Jr. became the 26th and 27th mayors of the city to be buried at Oakland, joining six Georgia governors. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind, is also buried here. So are golf great Robert T. (Bobby) Jones; Joel Hurt, one of the city’s leading developers and entrepreneurs; Atlanta historian Franklin Garrett, Bishop Wesley John Gaines, founder of Morris Brown College; Carrie Steele Logan, 19th Century founder of Atlanta’s first orphanage for black children which continues today as the Carrie Steel Pitts Home, and others who played a role in Atlanta’s evolution. Many of Oakland’s graves are etched with familiar names borne by Atlanta parks, streets, neighborhoods and businesses. For every lavish monument marking a prominent or wealthy family, there are hundreds of small, simple headstones. Not far from some of Atlanta’s best known sons and daughters are paupers buried at public expense. Here, an ornate tomb is inscribed with flowery verse—there, a plain marker merely says “Infant.”

Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of Atlanta from 1962 to 1970, led the city through a period of significant growth and social change.

Edwin P. Ansley
Developer of Ansley Park.

Alfred Austell
Merchant, banker, financier, and railroad builder who organized the Atlanta National Bank (now a part of Wells Fargo Bank). Became one of the country’s largest cotton dealers and built railroads in several southern states. Namesake of Austell, GA.

Joseph Emerson Brown
Governor of Georgia, 1857-65, during the Civil War; Chief Justice of Georgia, 1868-70; U.S. Senator, 1880-91; and president, Western & Atlantic Railroad, 1870-90.

Joseph M. Brown
Governor of Georgia, 1901-13; known as “Little Joe” Brown.

James M. Calhoun
Pioneer Decatur and Atlanta lawyer. Relative of John C. Calhoun. Mayor of Atlanta, 1862-65. Surrendered Atlanta to Union troops, September 2, 1864.

Martha Lumpkin Compton
Daughter of Governor Wilson Lumpkin; Terminus (original Atlanta name, 1837-42) renamed Marthasville (1843-45, became Atlanta in 1846) in her honor.

Dr. Peter Paul Noel D’Alvigny
Pioneer French-born physician; saved Atlanta Medical College (now known as the Emory University School of Medicine) from being burned by Union soldiers in 1864.

Jacob Elsas
Philanthropist and owner of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills.

Moses W. Formwalt
Atlanta’s first mayor in 1848.

Captain William A. Fuller
After his “General” locomotive and first three cars were stolen in Kennesaw by Andrews Raiders in 1862, Fuller pursued the Raiders on foot, hand car, and the “Texas” locomotive before capturing the Raiders outside of Chattanooga.

Bishop Wesley John Gaines
Former slave, second pastor of Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and founder of Morris Brown College.

Franklin Garrett
The only citizen to be named Atlanta’s Official Historian, Garrett authored Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, a comprehensive reference source of Atlanta’s history that is used to this day.

General John B. Gordon
Lieutenant General, C.S.A.; U.S. senator, 1873-80, 1891-97; governor of Georgia, 1886-90.

Joel Hurt
Engineer, entrepreneur, developer of Inman Park, builder of the Hurt Building. Hurt Street bears his name.

Edward H. Inman
Cotton merchant; Fulton County commissioner, 1930-31; original owner of the Swan House.

Samuel M. Inman
Cotton merchant, banker, civic leader, known as “Atlanta’s First Citizen.” Inman Park bears his name.

Maynard Jackson
The first African American mayor of Atlanta (1974-82, 1990-94).

Dr. Joseph Jacobs
Founder, Jacobs chain of drug stores. The first drink of Coca-Cola was sold in his store at Five Points in 1886.

Robert T. “Bobby” Jones
Lawyer, amateur golfer (only person to win the four major golfing titles in one year, 1930), developer and founder of the Augusta National Golf Club, and founder of the Masters Tournament.

The Lion of Atlanta guarding nearly 3,000 unknown Confederation dead.

Carrie Steele Logan
An ex-slave who established the first African American orphanage (The Carrie Steele-Pitts Home) in Atlanta.

Margaret Mitchell
Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gone With the Wind.

Jonathan Norcross
Mayor of Atlanta, 1851. Namesake of Norcross, GA.

Reverend Frank Quarles
Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church from 1866-81. Instrumental in bringing the Augusta Institiute (now Morehouse College) to Atlanta and in the founding of Spelman College.

Morris and Emanuel Rich
Founders of M. Rich Dry Goods, which became one of the largest retail department store chains in the South.

Hoke Smith
Secretary of Interior during second Grover Cleveland administration, 1892-96; noted lawyer; governor of Georgia, 1907-09, 1911; United States senator, 1911-21.

James G. Woodward
Atlanta labor leader who served as mayor of Atlanta for four terms, 1899-1900, 1905-6, 1913-16.