Grant is such a great character in history. In some ways, he is the ultimate washed up underdog who works his way back up from "has been" to celebrated military genius.... to President.
At the time of his death, he was very admired. From http://www.grantstomb.org/
"The funeral was attended by numerous dignitaries, including President Grover Cleveland, his cabinet, the justices of the Supreme Court, the two living ex-presidents (Hayes and Arthur), virtually the entire Congress, and almost every living figure who had played a prominent role during the Civil War.
There is an odd concrete bench art tribute outside of the tomb. It is very folk arty. I thought it was a very nice project, but it seems a bit out of place with the very structured main tribute to President Grant.
As we explored Grant's Tomb, a high school choir group from South Dakota came in. They sang a few songs, which sounded amazing, as the tomb has great acoustics. We felt very lucky to have been there at that moment.