Edward S. Hochman
Secretary, Grant Monument Association
Edward S. Hochman, an officer of the Grant Monument Association since 1994, says everyone can learn valuable lessons in loyalty to family, friends, and country, as well as integrity, modesty, frugality, self-confidence, and selflessness, from Grant’s legacy. An attorney, Hochman counsels the GMA in legal affairs and attends to the association’s correspondence.
Hochman notes that Grant’s contemporaries viewed him as a great commander and accomplished politician and that Grant should be elevated to the ranks of great presidents along with Washington and Lincoln. “Grant has been under-evaluated as a president, and his reputation came under attack throughout the 20th century. But now it is about time to set the historic record straight,” he asserts.
It was in January 1994 that, upon reading a New York Times editorial about the deplorable condition of Grant’s Tomb, he offered his assistance to remedy the situation. It was through his pro bono services that the GMA was incorporated and able to sue the federal government to restore the final resting place of America’s greatest commander. Hochman says he feels lucky to have been able to perform this service.