The dedication of the Lincoln Memorial was attended by the sitting president Warren G. Harding, Vice President Calvin Coolidge, and the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Courtroom, former president William Howard Taft. Harding spoke on the occasion, emphasizing that the memorial was as a lot meant for contemporary People as for Lincoln (through the Nationwide Park Service). His speech adopted an invocation by Reverend Wallace Radcliffe from the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, which Lincoln had attended, and a speech by Robert Russa Moton, president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
Additionally in attendance was Lincoln’s oldest and final surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln, who was 78 on the time. He had served as Secretary of Struggle below presidents James Garfield and Chester Arthur, in addition to Minister to Nice Britain below President Benjamin Harrison. He had taken an excellent curiosity within the constructing of the Lincoln Memorial, visiting the positioning throughout development and sometimes asking his driver to take him previous it. He didn’t communicate on the dedication, however did obtain an ovation from the gang (through the Nationwide Park Service).