Of all the graves to look for, no category is more interesting then Presidents of the United States. Since George Washington was inaugurated in 1788, there have been 43 presidents. Of those 43, five are still alive (39 - Jimmy Carter, 41 - George H.W. Bush, 42 - Bill Clinton, 43 - George W. Bush and of course our current president 44 - Barack Obama). This means there are 38 to look for.
To date, I have 33 Dead Presidents. That's over 85% of them. I got Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in July of 2010 during a trip to California. A few months earlier, in April of 2010 during a trip to San Antonio, I got LBJ. I got the 30th, Andrew Johnson, in March of 2009 in Greeneville, Tennessee. I got two of them, James K. Polk and Andrew Jackson, in Nashville in April of 2007. I picked up FIVE during the summer of 2005 on a trip to the Midwest. I got Rutherford B. Hayes and Warren G. Harding in Ohio, Benjamin Harrison in Indiana, Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Herbert Hoover in Iowa. That still leaves five to go.
If you want to see one in particular, click on his name below. The ones in BLUE are Dead Presidents I visited. The one's in BLACK are on my To-Get list. Once in a page, you can either return here to pick who you want see or scroll from one to another.
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Gerald R. Ford
William Henry Harrison
He wasn't president of the United States, but he was a president, so I will include him separately. Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America. Since he was the only one, it doesn't seem logical to create a separate website just for him (DPOTCS? - sounds odd).
December 26, 2006
Mrs. Betty Ford issued the following statement from her home in Rancho Mirage, California:
"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald R. Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, has passed away at 93 years of age. His was a life filled with love of God, his family, and his country."
June 5, 2004.
Mrs. Ronald Reagan issued the following statement from her home in Los Angeles:
"My family and I would like the world to know that President Ronald Reagan has passed away after ten years of Alzheimer's, at 93 years of age. We appreciate everyone's prayers over the years."
Memorials were held initially near Reagan's home and at his presidential library. On June 7, Reagan's body was removed from the funeral home and driven by hearse to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley and placed in the lobby of the library to lie in repose. In all, about 105,000 visited the Reagan Presidential Library to see the casket.
On June 9, Reagan's casket was removed from the presidential library and was then flown to Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. on Air Force One. It was removed from the plane, driven by hearse in a simple procession through the Maryland and Virginia suburbs and into Washington D.C. and onto Constitution Avenue. Right by the Ellipse near the White House, Reagan's body was transferred to a caisson, drawn by seven black horses, for the procession to Capitol Hill. Military units escorted the caisson as it made its way to the sounds of muffled drums. Behind the caisson came the rider less horse, named Sgt. York, with Reagan's boots reversed in the stirrups. The caisson paused at 4th and Constitution, where 21 Air Force F-15's flew over in missing man formation.
On Capitol Hill, Reagan's casket was carried up the west front steps and was placed under the rotunda, where it lay in state on Abraham Lincoln's catafalque. After the dignitaries paid their respects, the doors of the Capitol were opened to the public, who passed by the casket at a rate of about 5,000 an hour, where in all 104,684 paid their respects.
On June 11, the casket was taken to the Washington National Cathedral for the State Funeral (the first since that of LBJ in 1973). About 4,000 people gathered at the cathedral for the service, including President Bush, former presidents Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Foreign dignitaries from 165 nations attended. The dignitaries included 36 past and present heads of state and government, including Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard SchrÃ¶der, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Jordan's King Abdullah along with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Leading the dignitaries were former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, former Polish president Lech Wałęsa, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and Prince Charles (representing Queen Elizabeth II).
After the funeral, Reagan's casket was transported back to California for interment at the Reagan Presidential Library. The three surviving Reagan children gave final eulogies at the interment ceremony.
- Gerald R. Ford past away as the oldest living president at 93 (+165 days).
- Gerald R. Ford died on the 34th anniversary of the death of Harry S. Truman.
- Ronald Wilson Reagan past away, at the time, as the oldest living president at 93 (+120 days).
- Adams, the third oldest, died when he was 92 (+247 days) and Hoover, the fourth oldest, died at 90 (+71 days).
- George H. W. Bush is currently the 7th oldest U.S. president of all time, when he passed Thomas Jefferson (who lived 83 years and 82 days) on August 23, 2007, as 7th oldest, and the oldest living president still alive. He is getting closer to pass Gerald R. Ford by as the oldest living president (November 25, 2017).
- Jimmy Carter is right behind Bush as the 9th oldest.
- Of the living presidents; Barack Obama is 52, George H. Bush is 90, Jimmy Carter is 89, George W. Bush is 68 and Bill Clinton is 67.
- Strangely enough, Bush Sr. and Carter's birthdates are only 3 and half months apart (June 12 to October 1) while Bush Jr. and Clinton are even closer at only 43 days apart (July 6 to August 19).
- Only two presidents never lived to see their 50th birthday, John F. Kennedy and James Garfield. Both were assassinated.
- James Polk, at age 59, was the youngest president to die without being assassinated.
- Two presidents died on March 8: Millard Fillmore (1874) and William Howard Taft (1930). Two presidents died the day after Christmas, December 26: Harry Truman (1972) and Gerald Ford (2006). Three presidents died on July 4: John Adams (1826), Thomas Jefferson (1826) and James Monroe (1831).
- Three presidents died during the Grant administration (Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, and Andrew Johnson) and three during the Nixon administration (Dwight Eisenhower, Harry S Truman and Lyndon Johnson). Hopefully, George W. Bush's administration, with two dying already, does not join this list. Though the four living ex-presidents look pretty healthy.
June 12, 1924 - George H. W. Bush
July 6, 1946 - George W. Bush
August 4, 1961 - Barack Obama
August 19, 1946 - Bill Clinton
October 1, 1924 - Jimmy Carter
PRESIDENTIAL BIRTHDAY FACTS
- 2 presidents share a birthday - November 2 - James K. Polk (1795) and Warren G. Harding (1865).
- The month with the most presidential birthdays is October with 6! - Jimmy Carter (Oct. 1), Rutherford B. Hayes (Oct. 4), Chester Arthur (Oct. 5), Dwight Eisenhower (Oct. 14), Teddy Roosevelt (Oct. 27) and John Adams (Oct. 30). August is second with 5 - Barack Obama (August 4), Herbert Hoover (August 10), Bill Clinton (August 19), Benjamin Harrison (August 20) and Lyndon Johnson (August 27).
- There are two months with the fewest presidential birthdays - one each. They are September - William H. Taft on the 15th and June - George H. W. Bush on the 12th.
- Eight Presidents (the first eight) were born prior to the formation of the United States of America.
- 10 presidents have been born in the same year as another: Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams were both born in 1767, Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes were both born in 1822, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford were both born in 1913, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were both born in 1924 and George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were both born in 1946.
- The first president born was George Washington on February 22, 1732
- Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782) was the first president to be born in the United States while it was an independent confederacy of states.
- John Tyler (March 29, 1790) was the first president to be born after the ratification of the Constitution.
- Jimmy Carter is the only President born on the first of a month; no Presidents have been born on the last day of a month.
- Two presidents were born after Christmas - Woodrow Wilson on December 28 and Andrew Johnson on December 29.
- Millard Fillmore has the earliest birthday in the year - January 7.
- John F. Kennedy was the only president born while World War I was being fought and no president was born during World War II.
- Andrew Jackson was the first president to be older than his predecessor - he was 128 days older then John Quincy Adams.
- The presidents born the closest to each other are George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at only 43 days. They are followed by George Bush Sr. and Jimmy Carter at 111 days, Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams at 118 days and Richard Nixon and Gerald R. Ford at 186 days.
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visitors since August of 2002
Kunhardt, Philip B. Jr., Kunhardt, Phip B. III, Kunhardt, Peter W., The American President, New York, New York, Riverhead Books, 1999.
Lamb, Brian and the C-SPAN Staff, Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb, Washington D.C., National Cable Satellite Corporation, 2000.
McPherson, James M., To the Best of My Ability. New York, DK Publishing, 2001.
Warner, Era J., Generals in Blue - Lives of the Union Commanders. Baton Rouge and London, Louisiana University Press, 1992.
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