Are any Americans buried in Westminster Abbey?

May 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

No persons of American birth are interred in Westminster Abbey. The deans of the Abbey, however, have thus far consented to the specific recognition of three Americans of distinction. James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), poet and essayist, is commemorated by a stained-glass window in the vestibule of the Chapter House, which is known as “the cradle of parliaments” because the first House of Commons met there in 1282.

In the Poet’s Corner is a bust of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), placed there by English admirers of the American poet five years before his death. A marble tablet was unveiled in the Abbey in 1923 in honor of Walter Hines Page (1855-1918), journalist and diplomat, who was American Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s during the First World War.

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