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Object Name Good, Grave
Catalog Number 1939.113
Date 1816
Material(s) Wood/Brass/Velvet
Dimensions H-3.25 W-5.5 D-1.5 inches
Description This is a piece of wood with a brass handle attached. The handle is attached with two threaded studs that penetrate the wood and are secured in the back with nuts. There is an oval piece of brown velvet between the handle and the wood.
Notes The piece is said to be from the coffin of Governor George Madison.

George Madison was Kentucky's fifth governor and the first to die in office. He was elected in the fall of 1816 and died on October 14, 1816.

According to the authors of "Frankfort Cemetery: The Westminster Abbey of Kentucky" there is some doubt as to where Madison is buried. Some people believe he was moved from the old Bellevue Cemetery to the Frankfort Cemetery in 1874 when the KY legislature passed an act moving Madison and Governor Greenup. Members of his family believe he was missed in that move and they buried what they believed were his remains in Section N of the Frankfort Cemetery. Governor Madison has a tombstone in both the state plot and section N of the Frankfort Cemetery.

Presumably this piece was collected during the re-burial in 1874.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Madison, George
Subjects Funerary Object
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS