The Angel of Death, San Diego

You may have seen this photo on my website and in my book of funerary art. This statue is very dear to me. It sits under a wide tree in Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego, California. It was erected over the resting place of Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.

He was the second son of the famed military president born when the General was a lieutenant in the Fourth regiment, U.S. Army on July 22, 1852. Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. took his A.B. from Harvard University in 1874 and his L.L.B from Columbia two years later and was admitted to the bar in New York in 1876. Forced by ill health to seek a milder climate, Mr. Grant and his family selected San Diego to live in 1893. He became interested in real estate and launched construction of the U.S. Grant Hotel which is still in operation today in downtown San Diego.

Grant had an intimate knowledge of his father's experiences in the White House inasmuch as he was secretary to his father, President Grant, for eighteen months during his second term. He was politically active running for U.S. senator in 1904 but was unsuccessful. A world traveler, after returning from one of his many journeys and suffering from throat cancer, Mr. Grant died on my birthday September 25 in 1928.

Angel of Death

Photo by D. A. Goodrich

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