Category Archives: Presidential graves

The Eternal Flame

50 years ago today, Jacqueline Kennedy lit the eternal flame marking the grave of the fallen president, John F. Kennedy, who lies buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  The flame was requested by Mrs. Kennedy who was inspired by several sources including … Continue reading

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Taft’s Gravestone Revisted

The elegant 14 and a half foot tall Stony Creek granite monument designed by James Earl Frazer marks the graves of United States President William Howard Taft and his wife and First Lady, Helen Herron Taft.  Gold lettering states their names … Continue reading

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President James Buchanan

HERE REST THE REMAINS OF JAMES BUCHANAN FIFTEENTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BORN IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA. APRIL 23, 1791: DIED AT WHEATLAND. JUNE 1, 1868. James Buchanan served as president from 1857 to the eve of the Civil … Continue reading

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President Millard Fillmore

When John Tyler became the president after the death of William Henry Harrison, he was referred to by the political wags of the day as “His Accidency.”  Millard Fillmore was the second president to ascend to the office upon the … Continue reading

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Grant’s Tomb, part 2

Grant’s Tomb was dedicated on April 27th, 1897, President Grant’s 75th anniversary of his birth.  His mausoleum was to be the centerpiece of Riverside Park.  For many years it was a gathering place.  But by the 1970s the tomb had … Continue reading

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Grant’s Tomb

President Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer July 23, 1885, only 4 days after he finished writing his memoirs, Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.  He was mired in debt from financial catastrophes and bad investments, but Mark Twain’s … Continue reading

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President James Knox Polk’s Last Words

James Knox Polk was born at Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, on November 2, 1795.  Polk was an accomplished politician representing Tennessee in Congress and serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839).  He was later elected Governor of Tennessee … Continue reading

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