With the holidays approaching, we celebrate the festivities. Some of us feel melancholic when we remember our loved ones who passed away. Even though they are no longer with us, they remain in spirit. Most of us remember those special holiday moments that we had with them. As we cherish the memories of our loved ones, we visit cemeteries during the holiday season.
In Newark, New Jersey, there is a historic cemetery called, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Many remarkable Newarkers are buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. This burial site is approximately 40 acres. Mount Pleasant Cemetery has the distinction of being on the New Jersey Register since 1987. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.
Even though we never knew the distinguished Newarkers who are buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, we should still remember them. They are important historic figures. Among many other exceptional Newarkers, Peter Ballantine, Seth Boyden and John F. Dryden are all interred at this historic cemetery.
Peter Ballantine (November 16, 1791- January 23, 1883) founded the Patterson & Ballantine Brewing Company in 1840 in Newark, New Jersey. Emigrating from Scotland, Ballantine came to Albany, New York hoping to turn his dream into reality. He learned brewing in Albany, New York. By becoming a successful businessman, he achieved the American dream. In 1850, Ballantine built his own brewery on the Passaic River. In 1857, he transformed his brewery into a family business and made his sons his business partners. Today the Ballantine House, where the Ballantine family resided, still stands. This Victorian home is part of the Newark Museum.
Seth Boyden (November 17, 1788 – March 31, 1870) was an American inventor and engineer. Born in Foxboro, Massachusetts on November 17, 17888, he started his career working as a watchmaker. He improved the method of making patent leather, invented a nail making machine and constructed his own steamboat. In addition to all of these inventions, he also created a cut off switch for steam engines. He developed a process of creating zinc from ore. Possessing a love of gardening, he created a hybrid strawberry called Hilton strawberry.
Of all of his inventions, his creation of malleable iron was one of his most important. At the age of 32, he began working with malleable iron. Boyden received an award from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for his (“Premium No. 4”). He obtained this award for his work and research of malleable iron. Boyden created a daguerrean camera that is exhibited in the Newark Museum. Boyden’s inventions improved the lives of people worldwide, not just Newarkers. At Washington Park in Newark, New Jersey, there is a statue that pays tribute to Boyden. It was the first sculpture erected to honor an engineer in the United States.
John F. Dryden (August 7, 1839 – November 24, 1911) was the founder of the Prudential Insurance Company. He was also one of the founders of the Fidelity Trust Company. In addition to being a very successful businessman, Dryden also became a Republican US Senator from New Jersey.
Known as “the father of industrial insurance,” Dryden founded the Widows and Orphans Friendly Society. It is now known as the Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey. He became the first secretary of the Prudential. In 1881, he became the president of the Prudential until 1911.
During its beginnings, Prudential only sold burial insurance. Today this Fortune 500 Company has come a long way, for it now sells life insurance, mutual funds, retirement investments, annuities and real estate. The Prudential is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PRU. Ranking an impressive 69 on the 2017 Forbes World’s Biggest Public Companies list, it has a market value of $45.6 billion.
Prudential has now expanded globally. This reputed company functions in 30 countries. Besides North America, Prudential has offices in Asia, Europe and Latin America. When Dryden died on November 24, 1911, he left so many the gift of financial security. There is no doubt that he would have been proud that his company still remains strong today.