Who is Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

“Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” is a riddle that was popular on the game show You Bet Your Life, hosted by Groucho Marx.  Ulysses S. Grant seems to be the obvious answer to the trick question.  The correct answer is that nobody is buried under the monument, but Ulysses S. Grant and his wife are entombed there. Otherwise, it would be called Grant’s Grave.

Some other presidential death and burial facts:

  • George Washington had a fear of being buried alive and requested that he be buried three days after his death.
  • The state of Virginia has the most presidential gravesites.
  • William H. Taft and John F. Kennedy are both buried in Arlington Cemetery.
  • The average age of our chief executives at death was 70.

To read more about presidential gravesites go to http://www.c-span.org/GrantsTomb/


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