Wacky Wills

Wacky Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…: Reuben John Smith

by Rania Combs

NB: This post is part of a series highlighting wills that contain some interesting, and sometimes bizarre, bequests and stipulations. You can see all these posts here.

Reuben John Smith wanted to make sure he had a comfortable place to sit for eternity.

So when he died in 1899, he directed that his body be placed in a tomb sitting on a leather recliner that he selected specifically for the occasion.

Mr. Smith also selected specific clothing for the occasion: a hat, a warm coat. A key to the tomb was placed in his coat pocket, just in case he rose from the dead needed to get out, I guess.

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