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Epitaphs: Politics and Booze

August 26, 2009

Nathaniel Grigsby was a friend of Abe Lincoln.  He is probably spinning in his grave these days, screaming, “I told you so!”

The Tombstone Inscription Willed by an Ardent Republican.

At Attica in the little burying ground is the grave of Nathaniel Grigsby. He died in 1890 and was a man of much ????. He had a war record, serving as second lieutenant in Company G, Tenth Indiana cavalry. Grigsby was a ardent Republican. He stood by the G.O.P. at all times and even in death. This epitaph is on his tombstone:

Through this inscription
I wish to enter my dying
protest against what is
called the Democratic party.
I have watched it closely
since the days of Jackson
and know that all the mis-
fortunes of our nation have
come to it through this so
called party. Therefore be-
ware of this party of treason.

Grigsby’s heirs did not want this inscription to go on the tombstone, but the lawyer declared that the will provided that it must be used, and the family had to agree. But the inscription is headed with a line that Grigsby’s will made the epitaph mandatory.

Tyrone Daily Herald (Tyrone, Pennsylvania) Jan 22, 1909

Other random epitaphs:

gravecross

A LIFE OFFICEHOLDER.

He’s left this world of pain and strife
And reached the other side.
He held an office all his life,
Resigning when he died.

Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) Sep 17, 1897

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Bill Boozer’s taken his last drink,
He had his share on earth, we think.
His end was sad, alas, alack;
The clove he swallowed was a tack.

Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) Jun 12, 1924