Elaborate granite & marble tomb (North America’s largest) for President Ulysses S. Grant & his wife.
Grant’s Tomb, formally known as General Grant National Memorial, is the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), the 18th President of the United States, and his wife, Julia Dent Grant (1826–1902). Completed in 1897, the tomb is located in Riverside Park in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City, across Riverside Drive from the monumental Riverside Church. It was placed under the management of the National Park Service in 1958.
On July 23, 1885, Grant died of throat cancer at 63 in Wilton, New York. Within hours of Grant’s death, William Grace sent a telegram to Julia offering New York City to be the burial ground for both Grant and Julia. Grant’s only real wish when he died was to be next to his wife when he was buried. Grant’s family agreed to have his remains interred in New York City. William Russell Grace, the Mayor of New York City, wrote a letter to prominent New Yorkers the following day, to gather support for a national monument in Grant’s honor.