Congressional Cemetery, Washington DC

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The Congressional Cemetery, officially Washington Parish Burial Ground, is a historic and active cemetery located at 1801 E Street, SE, in Washington, D.C., on the west bank of the Anacostia River. It is the only American "cemetery of national memory" founded before the Civil War.

Over 65,000 individuals are buried or memorialized at the cemetery, including many who helped form the nation and the city of Washington in the early 19th century.
Although the Episcopal Christ Church, Washington Parish owns the cemetery, the U.S. government has purchased 806 burial plots, which are administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Congress, located about a mile and a half (2.4 km) to the northwest, has greatly influenced the history of the cemetery. The cemetery still sells plots, and is an active burial ground. From the Washington Metro, the cemetery lies three blocks east of the Potomac Avenue station and two blocks south of the Stadium-Armory station.

Many members of the U.S. Congress who died while Congress was in session are interred at Congressional Cemetery. Other burials include early landowners and speculators, the builders and architects of early Washington, Native American diplomats, Washington city mayors, and American Civil War veterans. Nineteenth-century Washington, D.C., families unaffiliated with the federal government also have graves and tombs at the cemetery.

In all, there are one Vice President, one Supreme Court justice, six Cabinet members, 19 Senators and 71 Representatives (including a former Speaker of the House) buried there, as well as veterans of every American war, and the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1969, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011.
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  • Our daughter is buried there so it is very personal.She was born, raised, educated and worked in the District o Columbia.full circle for her inal resting place.  more »
  • If, like me, you enjoy moping around cemeteries wherever you travel, this is one of the greats. Civil war soldiers, members of Congress, a Native American chief, and lots of random Americans all...  more »
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  • This is a peaceful area. Congressional has worked with the community for years & years, extending themselves as more than just a rest home for the beloved departed. I have heard (but not attended 😔) that there are many events for the living; spanning from film viewings to book readings. It is a quiet place for walking & a unique meet up for dog walks. There are many benches for relaxing & a few tables as well. There is lots of local history located at this cemetery. The grounds are simple but mostly well kept.
  • Really cool spot, some VERY notable residents.

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