Grant, Ulysses S.

The oldest Grant equestrian statue, in Chicago, Illinois, was the result of a spontaneous reaction by the population. Within days of Grant’s death in 1885, tens of thousands of people began donating dimes, quarters and dollars to commission a monument in his honour. When the statue was dedicated in 1891, more than 200,000 people attended the Lincoln Park ceremonies. Participants included Grant’s widow and relatives, members of his regiment, cabinet members from his presidency, as well as several governors and senators. Not everyone thought the sculpture by Italian immigrant Louis T. Rebisso resembled the Northern general, but Grant’s own son thought that it was accurate. Grant is shown on the horse he rode into battle—named “Cincinnati”—a Kentucky thoroughbred. 

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