Category Archives: Dead Presidents

Schuyler Colfax

Since I was sort of in the area and the libraries were closed on Sunday I drove up to South Bend to visit the grave of U.S. Vice President Schuyler Colfax who served under Ulysses Grant. It’s been a while … Continue reading

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James S. Sherman

(Originally visited 23 August 1997.) The usual pattern for traveling to these graves is to find some reason to visit someone who happens to live near a grave or two. That way the people think I’m just being social, when, … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt

(Originally visited 16 December 1998, nearly sixteen years ago!) These pictures were taken on my second visit to Oyster Bay. The photos from my first visit never came out only because I gave the partially taken roll of film to … Continue reading

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Levi P. Morton

(Originally visited 25 October 1998) Autumn in New England was made for Sunday drives. This Sunday the leaves were just past their peak color and many of them littered the sides of the road like the campaign signs for November’s … Continue reading

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Chester Alan Arthur

(Originally visited 18 March 2000) The stories recorded in these pages almost always end at the grave site. However, on this journey the adventure began after I left Chester Arthur’s tomb in Albany Rural Cemetery. Finding the grave was relatively … Continue reading

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Henry Wilson

(Originally visited 28 April 1998.) The winter of ’98 was one of the mildest in my experience in New England. Still, this Tuesday afternoon in late April was sweetened by my absence from the office. I’d been visiting a client … Continue reading

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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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