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  • Dr. Elijah Richardson Craven, Sr. (1796 - 1823)
    Dr. Elijah Richardson Craven, Sr. From the Congressional Cemetery Archives: In this city, about 9 o'clock yesterday morning, Elijah Richardson Craven, A.M. and M.D. Professor of Botany in the Col...
  • Alexander Hamilton Mechlin (1805 - 1876)
    Alexander Hamilton Mechlin In 1860, he was a Claim Agent. In 1861, he was the 4th Auditor. They lived in Georgetown. He witnessed the burning of Washington, DC by the British during the War of 181...
  • Georgian Mack (1838 - 1915)
    Georgian Mack (Mechlin) ~~~~~ NAME VARIATIONS: Georgiana, Georgina, Georgie ~~~~~ MARRIED: Pub: Fri, 28 Jun 1872, Evening Star, Washington DC -- MARRIED -- MACK - MECHLIN * On Thu, 27 Jun (187...
  • Colonel Oscar Addison Mack (1827 - 1876)
    Colonel Oscar Addison Mack (USA) Name Oscar Addison Mack Birth Place New Hampshire Enlistment Date 14 May 1861 Enlistment Rank Captain Muster Date 14 May 1861 Muster Regiment Regular Army 13th Inf...
  • Hale Boggs, US Congress (1914 - 1972)
    presumably a small plane crash...wreckage never found Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr. (born February 15, 1914; presumed to have died on October 16, 1972 but not declared dead until January 3, 1973) was an Ameri...


The Congressional Cemetery or 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.

Though the cemetery is privately owned, the U.S. government owns 806 burial plots 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.

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