The Congressional Cemetery

The Congressional Cemetery at 1801 E St. SE. opened in 1807 and outside of Arlington National Cemetery, contains the most famous graves in DC including  J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa mayor Marion Barry, the Native American chief Pushmataha and Elbridge Gerry, the only signer of the Declaration of Independence buried in Washington, Herbert Lincoln Clarke, the “world’s premier cornetist,” and Nicholas Alexander “Kolya” Dunaev, “the man who could bend a dime with his fingers.” A tombstone for Leonard Matlovich, a gay Vietnam veteran, is inscribed: “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”

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