Only two U.S. presidents have ever been interred at Arlington National Cemetery — John F. Kennedy and William Taft. Most of the other presidents are buried either in their hometowns or in other private plots outside of Washington, D.C. In fact, Woodrow Wilson is the only other president buried in Washington and is the only president interred at the Washington National Cathedral.
More facts about Arlington National Cemetery:
- There are 62 foreign nationals buried at the cemetery, including people from the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, China and South Vietnam, along with one of unknown origin.
- Famous people interred at Arlington include explorers Robert C. Scott, Admiral Richard Byrd and John Wesley Powell, as well as astronaut Gus Grissolm, justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and author Samuel Dashiell Hammett.
- More than 300,000 people are buried at Arlington Cemetery, including almost 4,000 escaped slaves. The cemetery averages 28 burials and inurnments a day.