According to the Washington Evening Star for Saturday, Jan. 7, 1871, President Ulysses S. Grant attended a reception of the Illinois State Association (now called Illinois State Society) the previous night. In the 19th Century, the President of the United States was often invited to attend an event but was not always expected to be the principal speaker. The president just might listen to other speakers who had prepared a special speech for the occassion. In this case, the featured speaker was Congressman Norman B. Judd of Illinois. For many years, President and Mrs. Grant owned a home in Galena, Illinois where his father had a leather store and where he once worked when retired from his Army service in the Mexican War but before his return to service in the Civil War. President Grant eventually moved to New York City in his retirement years after the White House and he his wife Julia Dent Grant are both buried in New York at Grant's Tomb in the Morningdale Heights neighborhood of Manhattan on Riverside Drive.