• presidents,  travel,  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,  travel,  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.

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    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,  travel

    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.

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    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,  travel

    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,  travel

    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.

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    William Howard Taft Birthplace in Cincinnati, Ohio

    Alphonso and Louisa Maria Taft lived in Mount Auburn, just a mile from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.  The couple lived in a Greek Revival house where William Howard Taft was born on Sept. 15, 1857.  William lived at the house until entering Yale University in 1874.  The house was sold in 1899, and later restored with the aid of the William Howard Taft Memorial Association, who transferred the property to the National Park Service in 1969.  The National Park Service operates the property as the William Howard Taft National Historic Site, which became a national historic landmark in 1964.

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    Benjamin Harrison Birthplace in North Bend, Ohio

    On the estate of William Henry Harrison in North Bend, Ohio, the second son of John Scott and Elizabeth Harrison was born on Aug. 20, 1833.  Benjamin Harrison was born in “The Big House” on his grandfather’s estate.  The house later burned down, but was located at the intersection of Symmes and Washington avenues.  A historic marker commemorates Harrison’s birthplace.

  • presidents,  Tennessee,  travel

    Andrew Johnson Burial Place in Greeneville, Tenn.

    After his departure from the presidency, Andrew Johnson returned to Greeneville, Tenn., where he lived before becoming involved in state and later national politics.  He had arranged to purchase a farm outside of town, but found life boring and sought political office on multiple occasions.  Johnson was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1875, but died on July 31 after suffering a series of strokes. Johnson was buried on a plot of land he purchased in 1852 that overlooked town because he enjoyed the view from the place known as “Signal Hill.”  Following the construction of a large monument by his grave in 1878, locals began referring to the hill…