Grave Sites of Famous Economists

grave of Adam Smith

For years, Malcolm Rutherford of the University of Victoria maintained and hosted on his university webpage links to grave sites of famous economists. With Malcolm's kind permission, the HOPE Center is now pleased to maintain and host his original content on our own site. 

Malcolm's original headnote read as follows: "This web page contains details of the grave sites of famous economists. Where possible original photographs are included; otherwise a link is provided to pictures available on or on another site. I have also provided links to Wikipedia pages concerning the economists listed and to the graveyards or churches where they can be found. Wikipedia entries are not entirely reliable, but I was struck by how may of the economists listed here have Wikipedia pages. Perhaps by including these links some of my colleagues in the history of economics might be motivated to improve the entries on Wikipedia. I am also always interested in new pictures and information on the whereabouts of other famous economists. Special thanks go to Ian Preston for pictures and information. See his Economic Walks pages."

Information is assembled in the tabs below. Click on the blue bar to view Economists whose last name begins with the letters indicated.

Henry Carter Adams (December 31, 1851–August 11, 1921)

Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA.

Charles Babbage (December 28, 1791 - October 18, 1871)

Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England.

Frederic Bastiat (June 30, 1801 - December 24, 1850)

San Luigi dei Francesi, National Church in Rome of France, Rome, Italy.

Jeremy Bentham (February 15, 1748 - June 6, 1832)

Student Center, University College London.

Joseph Bertrand (March 11, 1822 - April 5, 1900)

Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris, France.

Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk (February 12, 1851 - August 27, 1914)

Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Austria.

John Elliott Cairnes (December 26, 1823 - July 8, 1875)

Paddington Old Cemetery, Kilburn, London.

Richard Cantillon (1680s - May 1734)

Probably St Pancras Old Church.

  • Ian Preston writes: The remains of the body discovered in the house fire in Albemarle St in 1734, widely believed to be that of the Irish-French economist, Richard Cantillon, were brought to St Pancras Old Church for burial. The burial site is unmarked to the rear of the church. The church grounds themselves contain several interesting graves including, for example, the writer and social reformer, Mary Wollstonecraft.
  • St Pancras Old Church
  • Wikipedia page on Richard Cantillon
  • Wikipedia page on St Pancras Old Church

Henry C. Carey (December 15, 1793 - October 13, 1879)

St Mary's Episcopal Churchyard, Burlington, NJ.

Thomas Carlyle (December 4, 1795 - February 5, 1881)

Ecclefechan Churchyard, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

  • Upon Carlyle's death on 5 February 1881 in London interment in Westminster Abbey was offered but rejected due to his explicit wish to be buried beside his parents in Ecclefechan.
  • Thomas Carlyle's grave site
  • Wikipedia page on Thomas Carlyle
  • Wikipedia page on Ecclefechan

John Bates Clark (January 26, 1847 - March 21, 1937)

Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, USA.

Jean-Baptiste Colbert (August 29, 1619 - September 6, 1683)

St. Eustache Church, Paris, France.

John R. Commons (October 13, 1862 - May 11, 1945)

Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

  • Many biographies of Commons state that he died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but this is incorrect. Commons did retire from Madison to live in Fort Lauderdale (in a trailer park), but when his long missing son, Jack, was rediscovered he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, to live with him. Commons died in Raleigh.
  • Commons' grave site on findagrave
  • Wikipedia page on John R. Commons
  • Wikipedia page on Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison
  • Forest Hill Cemetery on findagrave

Antoine Augustin Cournot (August 28, 1801 - March 31, 1877)

Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris, France.

Charles Davenant (1656 - 1714)

St Bride's, Fleet St, London.

Gerard Debreu (July 4, 1921 - December 31, 2004)

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Major C. H. Douglas (January 20, 1879 - September 29, 1952)

Kenmore Parish Church, Scotland.


Francis Ysrdio Edgeworth (February 8, 1845 - February 13, 1926)

Holywell Cemetery, Oxford.

Richard T. Ely (April 13, 1854 - October 4, 1943)

Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Adam Ferguson (June 20, 1723 - February 22, 1816)

St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

Irving Fisher (February 27, 1867 - April 29, 1947)

Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Charles Fourier (April 7, 1772 - October 10, 1837)

Montmartre Cemetery, Paris, France.

Henry George (September 2, 1839 - October 29, 1897)

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

William Godwin (March 3, 1756 - April 7, 1836)

Saint Pancras Old Church, London, England. Remains later moved to St. Peter's Church, Bournmouth.

Richard M. Goodwin (1913–1996)

Pievasciata, a small village near  Siena, Italy.

Sir Thomas Gresham (c 1519 - November 21, 1579)

Gresham Memorial Chapel, St Helen's, Bishopsgate, City of London, England.

Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1757 - July 12, 1804)

Trinity Churchyard, Broadway, Manhattan, New York.

Alvin H. Hansen (August 23, 1887 - June 6, 1975)

Viborg Baptist Cemetery, Viborg, South Dakota, USA.

F.A. Hayek (May 8, 1899 - March 23, 1992)

Neustift am Walde cemetery, Vienna, Austria.

  • "On a rough-hewn gravestone, beneath a cross it reads: F.A. Hayek, 1899 -- 1992.
  • The stone comes from the area of the Tyrolean Alps which Hayek often visited."
  • (Alan Ebenstein, Friedrich Hayek: Philosopher of Libertarianism)
  • F. A. Hayek's grave
  • F. A. Hayek on findagrave
  • Wikipedia page on F. A. Hayek

David Hume (May 7, 1711 - August 25, 1776)

Old Calton Burial Ground, Waterloo Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland.

William Stanley Jevons (September 1, 1835 - August 13, 1882)

Hampstead Cemetery, London, England.

John Maynard Keynes (June 5, 1883 - April 21, 1946)

"He was cremated in Brighton on 24 April ... His ashes were scattered on the Downs above Tilton where he and Lydia used to walk. Lydia's ashes were scattered beside them 35 years later."

  • "Keynes's will stated that his ashes were to be deposited in the crypt at King's, but Geoffrey Keynes, 'not a very conscientious executor' according to his son Richard, forgot about that instruction and scattered them on the Downs. Thus when Richard Keynes, acting as Lydia's executor, had to deal with Lydia's ashes, he too could not follow the instructions in the will to put them beside Keynes's in King's and scattered them on the Downs."
  • (D.E. Moggridge, Maynard Keynes: An Economist's Biography)
  • Wikipedia page on John Maynard Keynes

Gregory King (December 15,1648 - August 29, 1712)

St. Benet, Paul's Warf, London.

Frank H. Knight (November 7, 1885 - April 15, 1972)

First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S Woodlawn Ave.,Chicago, USA.

Wassily Leontief (August 5, 1905 - February 5,1999)

Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury, Connecticut, USA.

John Locke (August 29, 1632 - September 28, 1704)

High Laver Church, Essex, England.

T. R. Malthus (February 13, 1766 - December 29, 1834)

Bath Abbey, Bath, England.

  • "He was buried in Bath Abbey on 6 January 1835, in the north aisle, but the grave has since been covered by pews. His memorial tablet, believed to be Otter's work, is now in the north porch at the west end of the Abbey, and is a far better summing-up than epitaphs usually are, of 'a serene and happy life...supported by a calm and but firm conviction of the usefulness of his labours.' The inscription may contain a 'mistake' about his birth [born February 13th not 14th] but it is the truth about the man." (Patricia James, The Travel Diaries of T. R. Malthus).
  • Malthus' grave has now been uncovered.
  • Malthus's memorial plaque, Bath Abbey
  • Malthus's grave, Bath Abbey
  • Ceiling and stained-glass window, Bath Abbey
  • T. R. Malthus on findagrave
  • Wikipedia page on T. R. Malthus
  • Wikipedia page on Bath Abbey
  • Thanks to Nigel Malthus, see his blog

Jane Marcet (January 1, 1769 - June 28, 1858)

Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

Alfred Marshall (July 26, 1842 - July 13, 1924)

Ascension Burying Ground (formerly St. Giles Graveyard), Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, England.

  • Alfred Marshall's grave site
  • Alfred Marshall on findagrave
  • "The grave is in a far corner of its consecrated ground, marked by a simple granite surround, inscribed, equally simply, 'Alfred Marshall 1842-1924.' (Peter Groenewegen, A Soaring Eagle: Alfred Marshall 1842-1924, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1995, p. 743)
  • Wikipedia page on Alfred Marshall
  • Wikipedia page on Ascension Burying Ground

Karl Marx (May 5, 1818 - March 14, 1883)

Highgate Cemetery (East), Highgate, London, England.

John Ramsey McCulloch (March 1, 1789 - November 11, 1864)

Brompton Cemetery, London, England.

Carl Menger (February 28, 1840 - February 26, 1921)

Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Austria.

John Stuart Mill (May 20, 1806 - May 7, 1873) and Harriet Taylor Mill (October 8, 1807 - November 3, 1858)

Cemetery of St. Véran, near Avignon, Provence, France.

Ludwig von Mises (September 21, 1881 - October 10, 1973)

Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester County, NY.

Gustave de Molinari (March 3, 1819 - January 12, 1912)

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Thomas Mun (1571 - 1641)

Chancel of St Helen's, Bishopsgate, City of London, England.


Dudley North (May 16, 1641 - December 31, 1691)

St Paul's Covent Garden London, and St. Andrew's, Little Glemham, Suffolk.

  • "He died suddenly . . . from respiratory failure at the home of his brother, Roger North, in the piazza of Covent Garden. He was buried in St Paul's, Covent Garden on 2 January 1692; in 1715 his remains were transferred by his eldest son to Little Glemham church in Suffolk to rest next to those of his widow. Both were commemorated there by a monument designed by William Holland in 1716" (Oxford Index)
  • St. Paul's and St Andrew's
  • Wikipedia page on Dudley North
  • Wikipedia page on St. Paul's Covent Garden
  • Web page on St. Andrew's, Little Glemham, Suffolk

Robert Owen (May 14, 1771 - November 17, 1858)

Church of St Mary, Newton, Wales.

Vilfredo Pareto (July 15, 1848 - August 19, 1923)

Cemetery of Celigny, Canton Geneva, Switzerland.

Sir William Petty (May 26, 1623 - December 16, 1687)

Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, England.

  • Romsey Abbey contains an effigy of Sir William Petty, 17th century anatomist, cartographer and inventor, erected by his descendant, the Marquis of Landowne in 1858. It was believed he was the one man in the 17th century who might have had enough money to make good the damage done by the Roundheads - although born in 1623 and buried in 1687 in Romsey, Petty left nothing to the abbey in his will. A modest gravestone records his death, and it was not until 1858 that a life-size effigy was placed in the church. See this page for a picture of the effigy
  • Wikipedia page on William Petty
  • Wikipedia page on Romsey Abbey
  • John Aubrey's brief life of Petty

Arthur Cecil Pigou (November 18, 1877 - March 7, 1959)

Churchyard of St. Andrew and St. Mary, Grantchester, England.

John Rae (June 1, 1796 - July 12, 1872)

Woodland Cemetery, Staten Island.

Frank P. Ramsey (February 22, 1903 - January 19, 1930)

Ascension Burial Ground (formerly the Churchyard of St. Giles), Cambridge, England.

David Ricardo (April 18, 1772 - September 11, 1823)

St. Nicholas' Churchyard, Hardenhuish, Wiltshire, England.

Lionel (Baron) Robbins (November 22, 1898 - May 15, 1984)

His ashes were scattered off The Cobb, Lyme Regis, England, where he had a cottage.

Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon (October 17, 1760 - May 19, 1825)

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Jean-Baptiste Say (January 5, 1767 - November 15, 1832)

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Gustav von Schmoller (June 24, 1838 – June 27, 1917))

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtnis Friedhof, Berlin, Germany.

Joseph A. Schumpeter (February 8, 1883 - January 8, 1950)

Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury, Connecticut, USA.

  • Wikipedia page on Joseph A. Schumpeter
  • Schumpeter's grave site on findagrave
  • Schumpeter's wife is buried next to him.
  • His first names are misspelled on the headstone.
  • Leontief is buried close by, as he desired to be.

Nassau William Senior (September 26, 1790 - June 4, 1864)

Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England.

George Shackle (July 13, 1903 - March 3, 1992)

Churchyard of St. Peter and St. Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England.

Adam Smith (June 5, 1723 - July 17, 1790)

Canongate Churchyard, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Herbert Spencer (April 27, 1820 - December 8, 1903)

Highgate Cemetery (East), Highgate, London, England.

Piero Sraffa (August 5, 1908 - December 3, 1983)

Memorial at Trinity College, Cambridge, England.

Dugald Stewart (November 22, 1753 - June 11, 1828)

Canongate Churchyard, Royal Mile Edinburgh, Scotland.

Frank William Taussig (December 28, 1859 - November 11, 1940)

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Henry Thornton (March 10, 1760 - January 16, 1815)

Clapham Old Church, Clapham, London, England.

Thomas Tooke (February 18, 1774 - February 26, 1858)

Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England.

Robert Torrens (1780 - May 27, 1864)

Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England.

A. R. Jacques Turgot (May 10, 1727 - March 18, 1781)

Turgot is buried beneath the chapel floor of the Laennec Hospital (known even earlier as the Hospice des Incurables), 42 Rue de Sevres, Paris. The chapel courtyard contains a memorial bust, a picture of which can be found on the French Wikipedia page for the Laennec Chapel.

Sebastian le Prestre, Seigneur de Vauban (May 15, 1633- March 30, 1707)

Les Invalides, Paris, France.

  • "His tomb is among the most beautiful there. I wonder if the remains of any other economist rest in such splendor." (Earl J. Hamilton, HOPE vol 1, 1969, pp 123-49, n. 52). In fact only his heart is buried there, his remains were scattered after the French Revolution.
  • Vauban's Tomb
  • Wikipedia page on Seigneur de Vauban
  • Wikipedia page on Les Invalides

Thorstein Veblen (July 30, 1857 - August 3, 1929)

"Ardzrooni and Davenport, who was in Palo Alto at the time, were at a loss as to Veblen's wishes in the matter of burial. They decided to have him cremated and scatter the ashes over the Pacific Ocean. Later Ardzrooni found a piece of writing in Veblen's papers which indicated that the funeral arrangements accorded with Veblen's wishes. The note was unsigned, written in pencil probably within a week of his death:It is my wish, in case of death, to be cremated, if it can conveniently be done, as expeditiously and inexpensively as may be, without ritual or ceremony of any kind; that my ashes be thrown loose into the sea, or into some sizeable stream running to the sea; that no tombstone, slab, epitaph, effigy, tablet, inscription, or monument of any name or nature, be set up in my memory or name in any place or at any time; that no obituary, memorial, portrait, or biography of me, nor any letters written to or by me be printed or published, or in any way reproduced, copied or circulated."(Joseph Dorfman, Thorstein Veblen and His America, p.504)

John von Neumann (December 28, 1903 - February 8, 1957)

Princeton University Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Johann Heinrich von Thünen (June 24, 1783 - September 22, 1850)

Prebberede-Belitz Church, Germany.

Leon Walras (December 16, 1834 - January 5, 1910)

Cemetery of Clarens (Montreux), Switzerland.

William Whewell (May 24, 1794 - March 6, 1866)

Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, England.

Friedrich von Wieser (July 10, 1851 - July 22, 1926)

Friedhof Dornbach, Vienna, Austria.

Allyn Abbott Young (September 19, 1876 - March 7, 1929)

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Allyn Young's grave site
  • Allyn Young died in 1929 in London, only 18 months after taking up his appointment at the LSE, as a result of a influenza epidemic. He was cremated in London and his ashes buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery two years later in 1931.
  • Wikipedia page on Allyn Young
  • Wikipedia page on Mount Auburn Cemetery