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You Too Can Support the Internet’s Least Important Series


Now that the grave series has reached 200 posts, it’s acquired a bit of following. So this is a good time to take stock. Two things. First, I am going to start compiling a list of all the completed graves like I do with the labor history posts. That is below. I will update it with every post.

Second, people have begun sending me requests. That’s great, the only problem being is that I just do this whenever I am traveling somewhere anyway. So I have said, well, if you want to pay my expenses I would be more than happy to do so. In a yesterday’s comments, readers noted they would actually contribute for this series. That’s amazing to me, but OK. We may work out some sort of system to contribute on a regular basis, but for now I am creating a PayPal link for the series. If you want to contribute to this, feel free. If you want me to use this to visit someone specific and you are willing to pay my expenses, I will go there. If you want to contribute to someone specific, I will do the best I can. If you want to just help me do this and don’t care too much about who I discuss, that’s great too. There was talk yesterday of a trip to Mississippi to visit Fannie Lou Hamer and of course the many, many fine politicians from the history of that state. I’d also love to go Richmond and Charleston to visit so many of our nation’s most horrible historical figures. Hello John C. Calhoun!

This feels like I am scamming people here to pay for my travel, but hey, if you want to do this, who am I to say no? I travel cheap on principle so at least you’d get what you pay for.

So here’s the PayPal button to donate. I will probably include this on some of the future posts as well. If you don’t do PayPal but actually want to contribute to this, send me an e-mail or something and we will figure it out.

Now, on to the series, with a brief explanation of who these people are. Sorry that some of the early ones are so bad, I never really intended this series to become a thing like it has.

1) Henry Clay Frick, vile steel capitalist
2) Eng and Chang Bunker, famed 19th century conjoined twins
3) James Buchanan , our doughface 15th president
4) William F. Buckley, vomit-inducing conservative
5) Thaddeus Stevens , abolitionist hero
6) John Mitchell, former United Mine Workers of America president
7) Gifford Pinchot, founding conservationist and forester
8) Philip Murray, CIO president
9) Johnny Unitas, quarterback with a haircut you can set your watch to.
10) Jacob Riis, writer of How the Other Half Lives
11) Henry George, single-tax advocate of late 19th century
12) Samuel Gompers, American Federation of Labor president
13) Sidney Hillman, Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union president
14) J.P. Morgan, capitalist swine
15) Boss Tweed, honest broker
16) Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century minister
17) William Clark, Montana copper plutocrat who bought his Senate seat, leading to 17th Amendment
18) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Supreme Court justice
19) Andrew Carnegie, steel capitalist who spent a lot of money to charity to try and wash the blood off his hands
20) Martin Luther King, Jr., seller of Dodge trucks on Super Bowl ads and Coretta Scott King, the woman who pushed him to the left
21) Richard Nixon, asshole of all assholes
22) Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect and designer of Central Park
23) Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 2nd greatest president in U.S. history and Eleanor Roosevelt, greatest first lady in U.S. history.
24) Bob Marshall, forester and socialist
25) John Winthrop, Puritan leader
26) Howard Zahniser, leader of the Wilderness Society
27) Eliot Ness, man who stole much needed booze from people
28) Robert McNamara, who never hurt a living soul
29) John D. Rockefeller, oil capitalist who God decided deserved to lose all his body hair so that he looked like the shriveled parasite he was
30) Nathanael Greene, Rhode Island’s Revolutionary War hero
31) Ambrose Burnside, man with better facial hair than military leadership skills
32) Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, first Speaker of the House
33) James Garfield, 20th in presidential order, 1st in absurdly over the top tombs
34) Lyman Beecher, early 19th century minister
35) Archibald MacLeish, playwright, Popular Front figure
36) William Marcy, New York doughface who served the slave power
37) George Washington, 1st president, etc
38) Noah Webster, dictionary creator
39) Jedidiah Morse, early geographer
40) Mark Hanna, Gilded Age Republican kingmaker
41) Thurlow Weed, leading Whig
42) Bart Giamatti, baseball commissioner, unionbuster
43) Robert Fulton, steamship pioneer
44) William McKinley, 25th president
45) Eli Whitney, inventor
46) Timothy Dwight, Federalist and Yale president
47) Spiro Agnew, alliterative vice-president and crook
48) Roger Sherman, Founding Father
49) Ulysses S. Grant, General, 18th president, went from underrated to overrated overnight sometime in June 2013 or so
50) William Paterson–early political figure from New Jersey
51) Al Smith, Democratic candidate for president in 1928
52) Mark Twain, greatest of all American authors
53) Tip O’Neill, Speaker of the House
54) Nicholas Cage, American lunatic
55) Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Jefferson and Madison
56) Hubert Humphrey, Democratic nominee for president in 1968
57) Lyle Alzado, defensive linemen and steroid addict
58) Harold Stassen, addicted to presidential runs
59) Leona Helmsley, model for the New Gilded Age capitalist
60) Abigail Scott Duniway, suffragist
61) Homer Plessy, plaintiff in Plessy v. Ferguson
62) Charles Goodyear, vulcanized rubber
63) Louisa May Alcott, writer
64) Paul Wellstone, great liberal senator
65) Carl Pohlad, Minnesota Twins owner
66) James J. Hill, railroad capitalist
67) Robert Wagner, senator responsible for National Labor Relations Act
68) Rexford Guy Tugwell, New Deal liberal
69) Ely Parker, Seneca engineer and assistant to Grant in Civil War
70) Virgil Earp, gunfighter
71) Edward Everett, long-winded orator of mid-19th century
72) Joseph Story, Supreme Court justice
73) Buckminster Fuller, futurist
74) Joseph Warren, early Revolutionary War general
75) Thomas Catron, legal thief of New Mexican land grants
76) Buffalo Bill Cody, western entertainer
77) Bernard Baruch, New Deal financier
78) Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer
79) Lucien Maxwell, New Mexico land baron
80) Glenn Miller, musician
81) Walter Camp, college football coach
82) Louis Agassiz, 19th century scientist
83) William Clay Ford, owner of Detroit Lions, bane of Lions fans
84) Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, The Rebel Girl
85) Warren Harding, 23rd president
86) Emma Goldman, anarchist
87) Henry Ford, auto capitalist, anti-Semite
88) Roscoe Conkling, Gilded Age New York political leader
89) Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s Secretary of the Treasury, Federalist Party founder
90) Charles McNary, Oregon senator
91) George Hoar, anti-imperialist Gilded Age senator
92) John Galen Locke, Grand Dragon of the Colorado Ku Klux Klan
93) Gerald and Betty Ford, 38th president and first lady
94) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, first lady
95) Ralph Waldo Emerson, legendary essayist
96) Voltarine de Cleyre, anarchist
97) John F. Kennedy, overrated president
98) Billy Sunday, preacher of the early 20th century
99) Ron Brown, one of Hillary’s many many many murder victims
100) Joseph Inslee Anderson, early 19th century Tennessee senator
101) William Howard Taft, 27th president
102) Stephen Solarz, Democratic congressman and congressional leader on foreign policy
103) Billy the Kid, murderous thug
104) Omar Bradley, general
105) Elbridge Gerry, Early Republic politician who has caused us no problems today
106) Charles Pillsbury, flour capitalist
107) Potter Stewart, Supreme Court justice
108) Paul Laurence Dunbar, African-American poet
109) John Shalikashvili, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
110) John Smilie, early Jeffersonian member of Congress
111) Phil Sheridan, general who subdued the South and committed genocide in the West
112) Orville and Wilbur Wright, first flyers
113) Matthew Brady, photographer
114) Hugh Bennett, head of Soil Conservation Service
115) Adolph Strasser, president of the Cigar Makers International Union, key early figure in the AFL
116) Paul Revere, critical figure of American Revolution
117) Thomas Nast, cartoonist
118) William Niskanen, economist, running dog for extremist anti-government capitalism
119) Clement Vallandigham, arrested for treason in Civil War, then became Democratic nominee for governor of Ohio while in Canadian exile
120) Paul Harvey, Cold War-era radio blowhard
121) James Otis, early leader of Boston’s resistance to British rule
122) William Brennan, Supreme Court justice
123) William Pinkney, Jeffersonian Era political figure
124) Max Roach, drummer and jazz legend
125) Robert Wagner, Jr., New York mayor
126) John Chivington, genocidal maniac, leader of the Sand Creek Massacre
127) Mass grave of the Hawk’s Nest victims, the greatest massacre of workers from unhealthy conditions in American history
128) Claude Bowers, popularizer of pro-Southern Reconstruction history, ambassador to Spain during Spanish Civil War
129) Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed
130) LeRoy Neiman, artist
131) Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey senator
132) Lysander Spooner, abolitionist and intellectual founder of libertarianism
133) Jackie McLean, saxophonist
134) Adolph Sabath, long-time congressman from Chicago
135) Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president
136) Fiorello LaGuardia, mayor
137) Julius Krug, Truman’s Secretary of the Interior
138) Alexander Wilson, ornithologist
139) John Hay, Lincoln’s secretary, McKinley and Roosevelt’s Secretary of State
140) Thelonious Monk, pianist and jazz legend
141) Ernie Davis, Heisman winner
142) John C. Breckinridge, traitor, 1860 Southern Democratic candidate for president
143) Jay Gould, Gilded Age capitalist scum
144) Sid Hatfield, Matewan, West Virginia police chief killed by coal companies for defending miners
145) Grantland Rice, sportswriter
146) Charles Sumner, abolitionist senator
147) William Gibbs McAdoo, Wilson’s Secretary of the Treasury
148) William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist
149) Louis Armstrong, foundational figure of jazz
150) Red Jacket, Seneca leader
151) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice
152) Miles Davis, trumpeter, one of most innovative figures in music history
153) Millard Fillmore, very bad president
154) George McNeill, father of the 8-hour day
155) Ed Muskie, Maine senator
156) Charles Evans Hughes, Supreme Court justice, 1916 Republican candidate for president
157) Mass grave of the victims of Wounded Knee
158) Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court justice, civil rights leader
159) Collis Huntington, railroad capitalist
160) Rick James, Superfreak
161) Uriah Tracy, Federalist politician
162) Abraham Lincoln, greatest president in American history
163) Tom Lantos, chief fighter for human rights in Congress during late 20th and early 21st centuries
164) Horatio Seymour, racist, 1868 Democratic candidate for president
165) Adolph Rupp, college basketball coach
166) Cab Calloway, jazz singer
167) Bernard Malamud, novelist
168) Pushmataha, Choctaw leader
169) John L. Lewis, United Mine Workers of America president, founder of the CIO
170) James Cox, Democratic candidate for president in 1920
171) Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner
172) Samuel Adams, revolutionist
173) Ray and Joan Kroc, fast food capitalist, San Diego Padres owner, and she, a philanthropist
174) Michael Green and Theda Perdue, historians of Native American history
175) Henry Clay, Whig, 3-time presidential candidate
176) Charles Wilkes, 19th century naval officer with penchant for major screwups
177) Celia Cruz, queen of Cuban music
178) James Forrestal, first Secretary of Defense
179) Malcolm Glazer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner
180) Whitney Young, head of Urban League, civil rights activist
181) George Bird Grinnell, conservationist
182) Hugh Marlowe, actor
183) David Clough, Minnesota governor, architect of 1916 Everett Massacre
184) Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, wife of Chinese leader
185) Philip Barbour, early 19th century states rights advocate, Supreme Court justice
186) Hugh Johnson, National Recovery Administration head
187) John Nordstrom, department store founder
188) Robert Mosbacher, Secretary of Commerce under George HW Bush
189) Ben Reitman, anarchist
190) Hal Roach, film director
191) Henry Yesler, early Seattle timber capitalist
192) Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, actors and civil rights leaders
193) Francis Cabot Lowell, early textile industrialist
194) Hugo Black, Supreme Court justice, father of the Fair Labor Standards Act
195) James Sherman, Taft’s vice-president
196) Al Haig, scary and bad man
197) Paul Robeson, actor, singer, freedom fighter
198) Henry Teller, Colorado senator
199) Lawrence La Monte, killed during American Indian Movement’s Wounded Knee occupation
200) Malcolm X, black freedom fighter
201) Peggy Pascoe, historian
202) Enrico Fermi, atomic physicist
203) Franklin Pierce, alcoholic doughface 14th President who served the Slave Power
204) Paul Revere, frontman of Paul Revere and the Raiders
205) Lucy Parsons, radical

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