Grant’s Tomb


Grant's Tomb, officially designated as the General Grant National Memorial, is the final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant. The memorial, the second largest mausoleum in the Western Hemisphere, sits prominently in the Morningside Heights area of Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River.


The tomb stands as a tribute to General Grant, the principal author of Union victory during the Civil War and 18th president of the United States. Designed by architect John Hemenway Duncan, whose design was selected in a competition from a field of 65 contestants, the tomb's granite exterior is modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicrnassus (Istanbul).


Inside, are the twin sarcophagi of Grant and his wife, based on that of Napolean Bonaparte at Les Invalides. Despite delays and debate over the tomb’s design and location in New York instead of Washington D.C., the memorial was completed in time for the 75th anniversary ceremony of Grant’s birth on April 27, 1897. 


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