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Which state has the most presidential burials?

Rick Wagner • Apr 3, 2018 at 5:45 PM

The recent Tuesday Trivia about Andrew Johnson, who was the 17th president of the United States and is buried in nearby Greeneville, raises the question: Where does Tennessee stand in presidential burials compared to the rest of the nation?

The Volunteer State is fourth nationwide when it comes to the final resting places of past presidents. Our neighbor Virginia takes No. 1 in that category. Here’s a rundown of presidential burials in the answers to five questions.

WHO WAS BURIED IN VIRGINIA AND WHEN?

Seven of 38 late U.S. presidents are buried in the commonwealth: George Washington at Mount Vernon in 1799;  Thomas Jefferson at Monticello in Albemarle County in 1826; James Madison in Montpelier in Orange County in 1836; James Monroe in Richmond in 1831; John Tyler in Richmond in 1862; William Taft in Arlington National Cemetery in 1930; and John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery in 1963.

WHICH STATES ARE SECOND AND THIRD? 

At second, with six presidents, is New York, followed by Ohio at third with five.

New York has Martin Van Buren in Kinderhook in 1862; Millard Fillmore in Buffalo in 1874; Ulysses S. Grant in New York City in 1885 (yes, Grant is buried in Grant’s tomb sort of, but it is above ground, not underground); Chester Arthur in Menands in 1886; Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay in 1919; and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945 in Hyde Park.

Ohio has William Henry Harrison in North Bend in 1841; Rutherford B. Hayes in Fremont in 1893; James A. Garfield in Cleveland in 1881; William McKinley in Canton in 1901; and Warren G. Harding in Marion in 1923.

WHICH STATE CAME IN FOURTH WITH THREE BURIALS? 

If you paid attention above, you know it’s the Volunteer State in third with three presidential burials: Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage in Nashville in 1845; James K. Polk at the State Capitol in Nashville in 1849; and (drum roll, please) East Tennessee’s Andrew Johnson in the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery in Greeneville in 1875.

WHICH STATES ON OPPOSITE COASTS TIED FOR FIFTH WITH TWO EACH?

Massachusetts has John Adams in Quincy in 1826 and his son, John Quincy Adams, in Quincy in 1848. California has Richard Nixon in Yorba Linda in 1994  and Ronald Reagan in Simi Vally in 2004.

WHAT ABOUT THE REST?

For the record, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Indiana, New Jersey, Illinois, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Michigan and Pennsylvania each have one presidential burial.That means that the bodies of 38 late presidents are dispersed among 19 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

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