Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
May 2024

Same House

Patrick Miller was born at the exact midpoint of the century, and died before the new century began. He was a teenager when Johnson was sworn in as President of the United States, right after the assassination. He was born in the same house he died in . . . although he died in a different state than the one in which he was born. The house was not moved, and in fact, was in the exact same location for the entire century. Where was he born, and where did he die?

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2 guesses to Same House

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  • Paul

    Miller was born in Virginia. His house became part of West Virginia in ’63, two years before Johnson became President. So, he was born in Virginia in 1850 and following the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination, he died in West Virginia before 1900.

  • You’re right, Paul.

    You didn’t fall for all of our “red herrings.” We wanted you to believe that this all took place around 1950 but in fact, it took place around 1850. There were two Johnsons sworn in after assassinations. Lyndon Johnson was sworn in when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and when Lincoln was assassinated, Andrew Johnson was sworn in. And that’s the period of time that we’re interested in. He was born in the midpoint of the century, born in 1850 and died before 1900, and the reason he was born in the same house that he died in, and it was in two different states, is that Virginia became two states. Virginia became Virginia and West Virginia in 1863, and his house, even though it was never moved, wound up in West Virginia.

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