Rushville, Indiana: Grave of Wendell Willkie

Willkie ran for President in 1940, but lost to FDR. Had he won, it might have been awkward, as both he and his VP-nominee died before the next election in 1944.

East Hill Cemetery

704 IN-44, Rushville, IN
East Hill Cemetery. Main gate is on the east edge of town, on the south side of IN-44. To find the grave, follow the plaque signs. Lot 9 704.
Gates open daily 8-7 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Grave of Wendell Willkie.

Grave of Wendell Willkie

As the only native Hoosier ever nominated for the Presidency by a major political party, Wendell L. Willkie and his campaign manager (also his wife), Edith Willkie, set up the headquarters of his 1940 Presidential campaign in the Durbin Hotel. The Durbin is currently under renovation to become an apartment complex titled "Campaign Quarters." Willkie is buried in East Hill Cemetery.

[Barbara Hershberger, 08/09/2018]

Some historians believe that Willkie would have made a good President, but he was defeated by FDR in 1940, and died in 1944. His grave features a large, open book inscribed with quotations from his book, "One World."

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