Category Archives: Dead Presidents

James Buchanan

(Originally visited 19 December 1998.) The little old lady at the visitor’s center lead me astray. I was traveling back to my ancestral home in Ohio and went out of my way to collect the only presidential grave in Pennsylvania, … Continue reading

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Franklin Pierce

(Originally visited 25 May 1998. Tomorrow and the next thirty days, a poem-a-day!) On the way back from a long weekend in Quebec, I was making good time on I-91 and thought, “Y’know, I haven’t revisited Pierce’s grave and I … Continue reading

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Millard Fillmore

(Originally visited 26 December 1998.) After a wonderful holiday with my family in Ohio, I embarked on the drive back east with several dead presidents in my path. I chose Millard Fillmore mostly because Manus Hand has not yet been … Continue reading

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Zachary Taylor

(Originally visited 3 April 2005.) Finding President Taylor’s grave was easier than finding our hotel that evening. We drove back roads on the Indiana side of the Ohio river from Cincinnati to Louisville. My traveling companions were my fiancĂ©e and … Continue reading

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William Henry Harrison

(Originally visited 23 June 2000) The great thing about laptop computers is that I can write this sitting in the grass, leaning my back against the bricks of the tomb built to house the first President Harrison. It’s a beautiful … Continue reading

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Richard Mentor Johnson

(Originally visited 4 April 2005.) We awoke in Louisville the morning after visiting President Taylor’s grave and headed straight for Frankfort. I timed our visit so that we’d be there during normal working hours since tracking down the Vice Presidents … Continue reading

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John Cabell Breckinridge

(Originally visited 4 April 2005. The puppy mentioned below celebrated her 10th birthday this past weekend.) We left the Frankfort grave of Richard Mentor Johnson and took a short but scenic route into Lexington. We did this despite knowing that … Continue reading

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Martin Van Buren

(Originally visited 20 October 1999.) The summer had slipped away like a drowsy afternoon and I had accomplished very little over the past three months. Then the first chills of autumn awakened me like the bright dawn after an restful … Continue reading

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John C. Calhoun

(Originally visited 3 April 2010.) The primary reason for my day trip to Charleston was to attend a preseason soccer game between my beloved Carolina RailHawks and our local rivals the odious Charleston Battery. Knowing John Calhoun was buried somewhere … Continue reading

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James Monroe

(Originally visited 23 June 1999.) In historic downtown Richmond, through a residential neighbor, lies Hollywood Cemetery. Right at the entrance there’s a map of the cemetery carved in stone, detailing exactly where to find all the famous graves. This means … Continue reading

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