Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?: A Tour of Presidential Gravesites

Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?: A Tour of Presidential Gravesites

Brian Lamb

Language: English

Pages: 288


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In this newly updated book, C-SPAN provides a comprehensive guide to the final resting places of our nation’s presidents. As much about the presidents' lives as it is about their burial sites and how to visit them, this book belongs in the glove box of every traveler and the bedside table of every American history fan. Contributions from presidential historian Richard Norton Smith and an afterword by historian Douglas Brinkley add to this unique look at the American presidency.

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is Kinderhook Reformed Cemetery’s best-known resident In 1853 Van Buren traveled to Europe, hoping a warmer climate might help his chronic asthma. He stayed there until the summer of 1855, but his respiratory problems resurfaced when he returned. Back in New York, he also suffered a series of falls, including one in which he broke his left arm and another in which he was thrown from a horse. Van Buren’s sense of humor remained intact. After the latter fall, he remarked, “Does not this not speak

life and death are part of the same Great Adventure.” On the night of January 5, 1919, an exhausted TR put down one of his ever-present volumes and remarked to his wife, Edith, “I wonder if you’ll ever know how I love Sagamore Hill.” Shortly afterward the old lion instructed his valet, “James, will you please put out the light?” They were his last words. Before dawn a blood clot stole into his lungs, carrying off the most lovable of presidents. Three thousand miles away, on a train streaking

selves. If you’re a curious but inexperienced gravesite tourist, don’t be daunted by cemeteries. Presidential tombs are not morbid. The truth is, these graves aren’t so much about death as they are about personal and political symbolism. In making this tour, I’ve come to realize how much presidents and their families, from our earliest times, understood the public nature of presidential deaths. Obvious care was given to planning most of their funerals and memorials. Andrew Jackson and his

buried alongside her husband when she died in 1994. On September 24, 1964, the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy submitted its final report. The investigative panel, known as the Warren Commission after its chairman, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, concluded that accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Many still believe that a larger conspiracy was at work but no conclusive evidence has been found. Touring John F. Kennedy’s Tomb at Arlington

to. I hope you’ll tell people about some of the things I tried to do.” One of the things Lyndon Johnson tried hardest to do was redress centuries of racial injustice. In December 1971, an obviously ailing former president attended a civil rights conference at the LBJ Library. In the audience were such giants of the movement as Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkins, Hubert Humphrey, and Earl Warren. His doctors urged him to stay away; if he had to go, by all means he should avoid the strain of

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