Burial Sites of Presidents of the United States  

           Nearly all the deceased and late presidents of the United States are interred in their home states. However, there are a few exceptions. For instance, James Monroe was from Virginia, but he was interred in New York. Later on, based on a decree from the General Assembly of the state, Monroe's remains were transferred from New York to Richmond, Virginia. (See Reference 1)

           Strangely, there is just one deceased US president who is laid to rest in Washington. This was Woodrow Wilson, whose earthly remains are interred at the Washington Cathedral. The famous Arlington National Cemetery that attracts millions of visitors each year is the burial site for William Howard Taft and John F Kennedy. (See Reference 1) However, there are 18 states in the US and the District of Columbia that have the honor of being burial sites of presidents of the United States. These 18 states include California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Vermont. While the National Cathedral situated in District of Columbia is the burial site for Woodrow Wilson. (See Reference 2)

           Virginia has the distinction of being the state with maximum number of burial sites of presidents of the United States. There are seven deceased presidents who are laid to rest in this state. (See Reference 2)

           One of the most popular US presidents and the first person to hold this position, George Washington is laid to rest at Mount Vernon in Virginia, while Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the US, is buried at the Oak Ridge Cemetery located in Springfield in Illinois. (See Reference 2) Franklin D Roosevelt, who was at the helm during the Great Depression and Second World War, is interred at Warm Springs, Georgia. (See Reference 2) Ronald Reagan, who was 40th president of the United States and one of the most recent former US presidents to die, is interred at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library located in Simi Valley in the state of California. (See Reference 2) The United First Parish Church in Quincy, Massachusetts is the final resting place for 2 presidents of the United States; they are John Adams and John Quincy Adams. (See Reference 2)

           The US military has plan of 138 pages for state funerals. However, just like any other plan, even this does not work according to the written word. In the year 1845 when Andrew Jackson was being laid to rest, his pet parrot stole the limelight and brought gasps from many funeral attendees. It is said that Jackson had taught this parrot to say some nasty things and in the middle of Jackson's funeral, this beloved pet flew to the top of the dome and started shrieking out inappropriate words! (See Reference 1) That must have been a funeral to remember!

Burial Sites of Presidents of the United States

 

Reference:
1. History News Network: Where Are Presidents Buried?
http://hnn.us/roundup/entries/5589.html

2. Wikipedia: List of Presidents of the United States by Date of Death
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States_by_date_of_death

 

    
 
 


 

 

 
   
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