Ulysses S. Grant

"I have never advocated war except as a means of peace."

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  • Born on April 27th, 1822 in Point Pleasant, OH
  • Died in Mt. McGregor, NY on July 23rd 1885 at the age of 63
  • Married Julia Dent Grant
  • Children: Frederick, Ulysses Jr., Nellie, and Jesse
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  • First stationed in St. Louis, Missouri
  • During the Mexican-American War, Grant served as quartermaster (overseeing the movement of supplies)
  • Closely observed the people above him's battle tactics and leadership skills
  • developed strong feelings that the war was wrong
  • In the summer of 1853 he was promoted to Captain and moved to Northern California
  • a year later he resigned from the army and moved back to Missouri
  • Then in 1861 when Fort Sumter was attacked his patriotism kicked in and offered his military services
  • General Ulysses S. Grant's victories in the Civil War made him a national hero. His fame propelled him into the White House.


  • When stationed at Fort Vancouver, he attempted several failed business ventures, in an attempt to move his family closer to him
  • Brevet Second Lieutenant(1843), Second Lieutenant(1845), Captain(1847), Major General(1850)
  • Forced to leave the military for drinking problems
  • Attempted to farm some land given to him
  • Denied employment as an engineer and clerk in St. Louis
  • Worked in his father's tannery business
  • Became 18th President
  • Worked as a partner in a financial firm, Grant and Ward, partner embezzled money, 1884
  • Wrote memoir of his life with Mark Twain's help and sold 300,00 copies
  • Died just as his memoirs were being published
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