• Ohio,  presidents

    William Henry Harrison Burial Place in North Bend, Ohio

    It is commonly believed that due to not wearing a heavy coat during his inauguration despite poor weather that William Henry Harrison contracted pneumonia and died nearly a month after he took office.  A contemporary analysis of the doctor’s notes and records about the White House water supply lead to the conclusion that Harrison died from septic shock due to enteric fever.  Regardless of the cause of death, Harrison died just after midnight on April 4, 1841. Following a brief internment at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., Harrison was buried on his estate in North Bend, Ohio.  The family chose a spot at the crest of Mount Nebo, which became William…

  • Kentucky,  presidents

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace in Hodgenville, Ky.

    In the fall of 1808, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln moved to a farm in LaRue County in Western Kentucky.  On Feb. 12, 1809, at the Sinking Spring Farm Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin.  The original cabin was likely dismantled prior to 1865 and used in the construction of a nearby house, which was later dismantled and used to re-create the Lincoln cabin.  The Lincoln Farm Association believed it purchased the original logs from the cabin and attempted to reconstruct the building, but soon learned they did not have the authentic logs.  Eventually, the organization built a replica cabin on the site that resides inside the Memorial…

  • presidents,  Virginia

    William Henry Harrison Birthplace in Charles City County, Va.

    On the banks of the James River, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred on Dec. 4, 1619.  The 8,000-acre site later became known as Berkeley Plantation and eventually the home of the Harrison family.  In 1726, Benjamin Harrison IV built a Georgia-style three-story brick mansion overlooking the river.  On Feb. 9, 1773, William Henry Harrison, the youngest child of Benjamin V and Elizabeth Bassett Harrison, was born at the house. In the early 1900s, Malcolm and Grace Jamieson bought the house from his father John and restored the home.  They ultimately opened the house to the public.  In 1971, the home became a National Historic Landmark.

  • presidents,  Washington D.C.

    Woodrow Wilson Burial Place in Washington, D.C.

    After leaving the presidency, Woodrow Wilson opened a law practice with his former Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.  Wilson disliked practicing law, and turned to writing.  On Feb. 3, 1924, died from a stroke at his home in Washington, D.C.  He became the only president buried in the District of Columbia when he was interred at Washington National Cathedral.  Wilson’s second wife Edith Bolling Wilson was buried next to him following her death in 1961.

  • presidents,  Vermont

    Calvin Coolidge Burial Place in Plymouth Notch, Vt.

    Following his departure from the presidency in 1929, Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace retired to Northampton, Mass., where the couple lived before he became governor of Massachusetts in 1919.  He published his autobiography shortly after leaving office, and served on the board of several organizations.  The couple purchased a home known as “The Beeches,” where he died from a coronary thrombosis on Jan. 5, 1933.  He was buried with four generations of his ancestors in Plymouth Notch Cemetery in Vermont.

  • presidents,  Virginia

    John F. Kennedy Burial Place in Arlington, Va.

    Following his assassination in Dallas, the body of John F. Kennedy was flown back to Washington, D.C.  He laid in repose in the White House’s East Room for twenty-four hours.  Kennedy later laid in state in the Capitol rotunda before a horse-drawn caisson took his casket to Arlington National Cemetery where he was interred just below Arlington House on Nov. 25, 1963. Kennedy’s friend and architect John Carl Warnecke designed the grave site, which Jacqueline Kennedy stipulated must include an eternal flame.  After several years of design work and construction, the grave site was dedicated and opened to the public on March 15, 1967.

  • New York,  presidents

    Chester A. Arthur Burial Place in Menands, N.Y.

    After leaving office, Chester A. Arthur returned to his old law practice in New York City.  In retirement, Arthur battled illness and made few public appearances.  After spending the summer in New London, Conn., he returned to his home in New York and died from a cerebral hemorrhage on Nov. 18, 1886.  He was buried in his family plot at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, N.Y.

  • New York,  presidents

    Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in New York, N.Y.

    In a row house on East 20th Street in downtown New York City, Theodore Sr. and Martha Bulloch Roosevelt welcomed their second child Theodore Jr. on Oct. 27, 1858.  The family lived in the house until 1872 when they moved to West 57th Street because the neighborhood became more commercial.  In 1916, the original building was demolished to accommodate retail space.  The Women’s Roosevelt Memorial Association rebuilt the Victorian brownstone in 1923 using the neighboring building as a model.  The rededicated house contains main furnishings from the original house donated by family members.  The organization donated the property to the National Park Service in 1963, which dedicated the property as…

  • presidents,  Texas

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Birthplace in Denison, Texas

    David and Ida Eisenhower moved to Denison, Texas, in 1889 after David secured a job working for a Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad.  On Oct. 14, 1890, in a house owned by the railroad, Ida gave birth to Dwight David Eisenhower, the couple’s third of seven sons.  The family moved to Abilene, Kan., two years later, so Dwight did not realize his birthplace was Denison until contacted by local school principal Jennie Jackson while he oversaw U.S. military forces in Europe during World War II. After confirmation from Eisenhower’s mother, the Jackson led the efforts to purchase the house and preserve it.  Following his election to the presidency, the Eisenhower…

  • New Hampshire,  presidents

    Franklin Pierce Burial Place in Concord, N.H.

    Following years of declining health due to heavy drinking, Franklin Pierce retired and became a farmer.  He split his time between Concord, where he gained notoriety as a lawyer before pursuing politics, and a cottage at Little Boar’s Head on the coast.  In September 1869, he returned to Concord full-time and died on October 8 from cirrhosis of the liver.  He was buried in Old North Cemetery next to his wife Jane, who had died six years earlier.