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From Congressional Cemetery The Grave Site Of J. Edgar Hoover (And His Partner)

June 6, 2017

We spent a morning at the Congressional Cemetery and there were countless notables with headstones or cenotaphs that we walked past.    Perhaps none other seemed more sad and tortured than that of J. Edgar Hoover and that of his partner, Clyde Anderson Tolson.   The bachelors were close on the job and off, traveling, vacationing, and attending social engagements together.  And yet not living authentically.  For instance, the draped flag from Hoover’s casket was folded and presented to Tolson by the military after the service.

The Hoover house was Tolson’s after the Director died, and he promptly took up residency and remained there until his own death in 1975.  He chose Congressional Cemetery as his burial place. It is nearly a forgotten place that is mainly used today by Capitol Hill inhabitants to exercise their dogs. However, he wanted to lie near J. Edgar—but his burial plot is a dozen lots away.


I wish to add some trivia that Mark Felt was appointed to Tolson’s position in time.  Felt was the famed ‘Deep Throat’ of Watergate which helped my two favorite journalists from the Washington Post nail down their stories.

There are however some other openly gay men buried in the cemetery and I thought one such gravestone should be included in this post, too.



One Comment leave one →
  1. Marilyn Ciucci permalink
    June 7, 2017 12:10 PM

    Sharing that sad one from the Vietnam veteran…At least he got his permanent comment in on the sad state of the military views at the time…

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