Former President George H.W. Bush, the longest-living president in our nation’s history, died on Nov. 30 at the age of 94.
There will be a national day of mourning for the 41st president on Wednesday. The former president’s body will lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, there will be a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral. The body will then be flown to Houston where it will lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. From there, Bush’s remains will be transported to his presidential library where he will be interred on Thursday next to his wife Barbara and his daughter Robin in College Station, Texas.
There are 38 burial sites for the men who served as president of the United States. America’s chief executives are buried in 18 states as well as Washington D.C. While burial sites for presidents such as Arlington National Cemetery are well known, the locations of the final resting places of the presidents vary, from presidential libraries, to family cemeteries, to burial places in the towns where they were from.
Before Bush, the longest-living presidents were Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, who both lived to be 93. Ford had been the longest-lived president by 45 days before the passing of Bush.
The president who died the youngest was John F. Kennedy, who was just 46 when he was assassinated in his first term in office in 1963. The president who died after serving the briefest term in office was William Henry Harrison, who passed away after just 32 days in office in 1841. He was the first president to die in office and the first to lie in state in the Capitol.