Let President Polk and his wife rest in peace

WestWordsWEBIn this ever more bizarre world we live in, the creepiest news story of the week is that the Tennessee State Senate voted 20-6 to exhume the bodies of James K. Polk, 11th president of the U;nited States, and that of his wife, Sarah Childress Polk.
The good senators want to move the bodies — or what’s left of them, he died in 1849 and she in 1891 — from the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol to the grounds of the James K. Polk House and Museum in Columbia, Tenn., 95 miles away.
President Polk is considered one of our better presidents. On his watch, the U.S. won the Mexican-American War in 1846, which led to Mexico giving the United States most of what is now the southwestern part of the U.S. He also arranged the purchase of the Oregon Territory, oversaw the creation of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Smithsonian Institution, and the groundbreaking for the Washington Monument.
Polk died of cholera, three months after leaving office. He was originally buried in a mass grave because the disease is infectious. A year later, his bones were dug up and reburied at Polk Place, his estate, as he instructed in his will.
The estate was sold in 1893, and he and Sarah had to move again, this time to the State Capitol.
Is it just me, or does it seem bizarre that 168 years after anybody died, except maybe Jesus Christ, that anyone would care enough to exhume the body? And even then, in hopes that more people will look at the head stone, and not because of an alleged question as to cause of death?
Tennessee would do his memory better by investing the tax dollars saved in a few Polk biographies to use in its public schools. I say, let the Polks rest in peace.