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Madison’s Grave

Roger Clegg has a nice piece today on the gravesite of James Madison, referencing an article that suggests Madison isn’t properly memorialized in DC or anywhere else–i.e., there’s no Madison’s Tomb mausoleum, or somesuch thing. Yet his gravesite is my favorite among the presidential ones I’ve seen because it’s so plain, which, as Clegg points out, says something wonderful about our republic. Also near the top of my favorite-gravesite list is General Pershing’s–one of America’s great military leaders, resting beneath a headstone in Arlington that looks like a regular GI’s.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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