Category Archives: Dead Presidents

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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John Tyler

(Originally visited 23 June 1999.) Hollywood Cemetery boasts two Presidential graves within a few easy spitting distance. The only pair buried closer together are the Presidents Adams. If you count Jefferson Davis as an American President, and I believe the … Continue reading

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Daniel D. Tompkins

(Originally visited 29 November 1997.) Thanksgiving of 1997 was a time of great uncertainty in my life. I had just received a very lucrative job offer that would have meant leaving my home in the woods. Since I’m using the … Continue reading

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Elbridge Gerry

Usually these visits are solitary affairs. Me, a lone freak, walking amongst the old moss covered graves then suddenly smiling and pulling out a disposable camera and taking a few shots before sauntering off. This time, however, one of my … Continue reading

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