Congress has held such solemn ceremonies 31 times in American history, beginning with Kentucky Sen. Henry Clay in 1852 and most recently with the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) in 2012. The remains of unknown soldiers from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War have earned the honor, as did 10 U.S. presidents — from Abraham Lincoln to Gerald R. Ford. Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the planner of the District of Columbia; civil rights activist Rosa Parks; and former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover are among the notable names who have also lain in honor.
Congressional honors for Graham will come during a week of events to mark his death. He will lie in repose next Monday and Tuesday at the Graham Family Homeplace at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. From there, his body will be brought to Washington.
An invitation-only funeral is scheduled for noon on March 2 in Charlotte. The Graham family has invited President Trump, Vice President Pence and all living former presidents — Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — to attend. It was unclear whether any of the former presidents have accepted the invitation.