Life after death?
Author: Brady Carlson
It’s happened exactly 38 times. As of this writing (April 2016), 38 current or former US presidents have gone to meet their maker. Understandably, it tends to be pretty big deal when it happens. It was a big deal when George Washington did it in 1799. It was a big deal when Gerald Ford did it in 2006. It will be a big deal when it happens a 39th time. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, radio journalist Brady Carlson has an unusual fascination with the subject and decided to visit each of the 38 presidential gravesites, often bringing along his family. The result is the aptly titled Dead Presidents and it’s a thoroughly entertaining view of American history from six feet under.
As everyone knows, some presidents are more beloved than others. It’s also a given that there are quite a few that almost no one is be able to remember. But even if you can’t recall one single piece of Millard Fillmore trivia, you can be sure that there’s someone somewhere who works to keep the legacy of even the most undistinguished and thoroughly forgotten dead presidents alive. Carlson travels the country seeking these people and places out, exploring the memorials, museums, libraries and cemeteries that pay tribute to each man’s service.