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Kennedy to Become 156th Lawmaker Interred at Arlington

When Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, the 77-year-old lawmaker will become the latest in a distinguished line of American politicians, war heroes, journalists and other prominent public figures to be buried there.

Kennedy will become the 156th member of the House or Senate to be interred at Arlington. Among them are: 114 House Members, 31 Senators and 10 lawmakers who served in both chambers, according to the Office of the House Historian. Additionally, a number of Members have been buried at Arlington but have subsequently been moved, according to the office.

In addition to Kennedy’s brothers, former President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.), other notable Members interred at Arlington include: Sen. Hugo Black (D-Ala.), also a Supreme Court associate justice; Sen. John Foster Dulles (R-N.Y.), who also served as secretary of State; Rep. William Jennings Bryan (D-Neb.); Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.); Sen. John Sherman Cooper (R-Ky.); Sen. John Porter East (R-N.C.); Rep. William Ford (D-Mich.); Sen. Vance Hartke (D-Ind.); Rep. Kenneth Keating (R-N.Y.); Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.); Sen. Edmund Muskie (D-Maine), who also served as secretary of State; Sen. Pierre Salinger (D-Cal.); Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (R-Pa.) and Sen. George Smathers (D-Fla.).[IMGCAP(1)]

Also, President William Howard Taft — who served as Chief Justice of the United States — is buried at Arlington, as are Chief Justices Earl Warren, Warren Earl Burger and William Rehnquist, and Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Potter Stewart, Thurgood Marshall, William O. Douglas, Arthur Joseph Goldberg, William Brennan Jr. and Harry Blackmun.

Other public figures buried at Arlington include jazz musician Glenn Miller; Chicago Daily News Publisher and Secretary of the Navy William F. Knox; 19 U.S. astronauts; Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in American history who earned 28 medals during World War II and went on to portray himself in several movies chronicling his deeds; and James Tanner, the stenographer who sat by President Abraham Lincoln’s deathbed.

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