Middle Village, New York: Grave of Geraldine Ferraro, VP Candidate

Democrat Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011) was the first woman VP nominee for a major U.S. political party, on the ticket with Walter Mondale vs. Reagan/HW Bush 2nd term.

St. John Cemetery

Address:
80-01 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY
Directions:
Plot is SW from the central circle/Resurrection Mausoleum. Headstone for "Zaccaro."
Hours:
Gates open daily 8-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
718-894-4888
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Ferraro grave inscription.

Grave of Geraldine Ferraro: Pioneer VP Nominee

Not all vice presidential also-rans are memorable, but it'd be hard to forget a trailblazer like Geraldine Ferraro. A three-term representative from New York, she put cracks in the glass ceiling in 1984 by becoming the first woman on a major U.S. political party's presidential ticket. Her selection as Democrat Walter Mondale's running mate was also noteworthy in that she was the first Italian American on a ticket.

The Mondale-Ferraro campaign ended with a resounding electoral defeat. Incumbents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush won every state except Minnesota Mondale's residence.

Ferraro remained involved in politics the rest of her life, and she worked on Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008. Ferraro died in 2011 and was fondly remembered by politicians on both sides of the aisle. Her grave at St. John Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens, makes note of her pioneering political feat.

[Kurt Deion / kurtshistoricsites.com, 03/07/2020]
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