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State Funerals and People Who Were Given State Funerals in US

Anna Scott Mar 12, 2019
In United States of America, State Funeral is the official funeral ceremony conducted by the federal government of USA in Washington D.C.

Who Gets State Funerals?

State funerals are given to people who have done an extraordinary service to their country. This mostly includes politicians, former presidents and national heroes.

William Henry Harrison

An experienced military officer wise politician and the 9th president of USA, William Henry Harrison Sr. died of typhoid just 31 days into his presidential term and became the first person to be given a state funeral.

Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor is known for his heroics in the Mexican-American war. Zachary Taylor became the 12th president of the USA in March 1849, and served the country till his death in July 1850.

Abraham Lincoln

Known for leading the nation during its bloodiest war. Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president of the country in 1861, and served till his assassination in 1865.

Thaddeus Stevens

Thaddeus Stevens was given the state funeral on his death in 1868, for his extraordinary service to the country as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

James Abram Garfield

The 20th president of USA, James A. Garfield served as president from March of 1881 till his assassination in late 1881.

William McKinley

William McKinley was elected as the 25th president of America in 1897, and he served the country until his assassination six months into his second term.

Warren Gamaliel Harding

As 29th president of the country, Warren Harding served from 1921 until his death in latter half of 1923.

Unknown Soldier of WW1

In 1921, the body of an unidentified soldier who served in the World War 1 was brought to the USA and was buried in Arlington Cemetery after being given a state funeral.

William Howard Taft

The only person in US history who have served the country as both, Chief Justice of US and President of US, William H. Taft died in 1930 and was given a state funeral.

John J. Pershing

John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing, a very senior officer of the US Army, was given a state funeral for is great service to the country, specially during the First World War.

Unknown Soldiers of WW2 and Korean War

In 1958, bodies of unidentified soldiers who served in Second World War and Korean War were interred in the plaza next to their WW1 brothers after being given a state funeral.

They are all buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Eastern Memorials is where you can find Korean Memorials and flat Granite Headstones for graves in Manassas, VA.

John F. Kennedy

Most commonly known as JFK, President Kennedy served the country from January 1961 till his assassination in late 1963.

Douglas MacArthur

A five-star general in the US Army, Douglas MacArthur was given a state funeral for playing an extraordinary role in the Pacific theatre of Second World War.

Herbert Hoover

Known for holding office during the Great Depression, Herbert Clark Hoover was elected the 31st president of the USA in 1929 and served till 1933.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

A five-star general of the US Army, President Eisenhower became the 34th president of the country in 1953. Upon his death in 1969, he too, was given a state funeral.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Commonly known as LBJ, President Johnson was the Vice President during President Kennedy’s era and became the president of the country after Kennedy’s assassination.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was a film actor and a union leader before he joined politics and eventually, became the 40th president of the USA.

Gerald Ford

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was the 38th president of USA and served from 1974 to 1977.

George H. W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush served as Vice President to President Reagan before eventually becoming the president. He is the latest person who have received a state funeral in the US.

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