Richard N. Comly was part owner and editor of the Dayton Journal which in 1834, was the largest newspaper publication in Ohio. Comly served on the City Council in 1842 and welcomed John Quincy Adams to Dayton that year. He later served as Postmaster of Dayton in 1861.
Richard had a brother, William. He was also appointed as Postmaster. William bought out John Van Cleve’s interest in the Dayton Journal and his connection with the Journal lasted more than 60 years. During the “Harrison Campaign,” the Comly brothers published the Log Cabin Newspaper. Both Richard and William were original subscribers to the 1841 Woodland Cemetery Association.
Mr. Comly died on October 25, 1891 at the age of 83. He is located in Section 33 Lot 113.
Woodland Cemetery, founded in 1841, is one of the nation’s five oldest rural garden cemeteries and a unique cultural, botanical and educational resource in the heart of Dayton, Ohio as you will see as you read through this new MostMetro.com series. Visit the cemetery and arboretum and take one of the many tours Woodland offers free of charge. Most of Dayton’s aviation heroes, inventors and business barons are buried at Woodland.
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is located at 118 Woodland Avenue off of Brown Street near the UD Campus. The Woodland Office is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday 8 am to 12 pm. The Cemetery and Arboretum are open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. The Mausoleum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 937-228-3221 or visit the Woodland website.