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Grant's Tomb The Highlights
The final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia, Grand's Tomb is the largest mausoleum in North America. It testifies to a people’s gratitude to the man who ended the bloodiest conflict in American history as Commanding General of the Union Army and then, as President of the United States, strove to heal a nation after a brutal civil war. Architecturally, it exemplifies the mixture of classical forms and motifs, on a massive scale, that characterized turn-of-the-century architecture. Interior mosaics and sculptures reflect the desire, on the part of the Grant Monument Association and the National Park Service, to embellish the tomb with artistic pieces commemorating General Grant. Grant’s Tomb offers a visitor’s center, free tours and even some special events.
You might be wondering why Grant gets such a big tomb? Grant is credited as the defender of the Union. He was respected in both the North and the South. When he died, Grant was the most popular American - domestically and internationally. Why is he buried in New York? For the last five years of his life, Grant resided in New York City. He requested to be buried in the City. And most importantly, why are there no public restrooms?? According to oral tradition, Mrs. Grant requested that there never be a public restroom in her tomb. New York sightseeing tours include a stop at Grant’s Tomb and it is well worth a visit!
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