Ulysses S. Grant

General of the union army and American president.

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Early Life

Ulysses S. Grant was born on April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio. Grant was the first son of both Jesse Root Grant and Hannah Simpson Grant. He was shy as a child and had what he described as an uneventful childhood, even if he was known to be a great horseman in his childhood. He went to military school at 17 and was average at most all subjects, commonly discriminated for improper dress and tardiness. He did well in math, geology, and horsemanship though. Grant married Julia Dent, and had four children with her. He was in the military for ten years before the civil war, and after his military service but before the war he worked many jobs to supply his family with food.
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Contributation to the CIvil war

Ulysses .S Grant was the General in chef for the civil war April 27 1822 - July 23 1885 fought in battle of Shiloh, battle of Vicksburg, battle of Gettysburg. "His 1862 triumphs at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in western Tennessee won him the nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant, and placed him before the public eye. However, when a surprise attack by Confederate forces at the Battle of Shiloh yielded devastating casualties during the first day's fighting, President Abraham Lincoln received several demands for Grant's removal from command. Nevertheless, Lincoln refused, stating, “I can’t spare this man. He fights.” The following day, Grant's Army - bolstered by troops under Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell - fended off Confederate advances and ultimately won the day. ΅

Life after the War

Grant became the 18th president after Andrew Johnson left office in 1868, and was the youngest president at the time at the age of 46. Grant was known as a poor judge of character and often made many mistakes and appointed many bad people during his year of presidency. When Ulysses left office, he poorly reunited with civilian life, not adjusting well as he was a bad civil man even prior. When the firm went downhill, so did Grant, as he discovered he had throat cancer in 1884, same year the form went bankrupt. In order to pay for medical treatment, Grant started selling magazine articles about his life with the help of friend Mark Twain, and ultimately made $450,000 for Grant and his family. Grant died on July 23, 1885, and his articles worked as almost a memorial for him, as Grant and Twain sold over 300,000 copies. Ulysses S. Grant is interred in Grant's Monument in Manhattan, the largest tomb in North America.

Interesting Facts

  • Grant couldn't stand the sight of blood, and avoided it if he could.
  • A cigar lover most his life, Grant once let it slip that he smoked and gained over 10,000 from Americans in response.
  • Grant received many speeding tickets on his horse because cops didn't realize him as president.
  • His real name was Hiram, but the military school made a mistake in roll and he went with it.
  • Grant was one of three presidents whose parents where alive during presidency.