Ulysses S. Grant

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Early Life

Born Hiram Ulssyses Grant, he was raised in a well doing house hold, his father a tanner. They had a large amount ofland and used it for lumber and agriculture. His favorite jobs were the ones that included horses, and he once bought a colt by saying "Papa says I may offer you twenty dollars for the colt, but if you won't take that, I am to offer twenty-two and a half, and if you won't take that. To give you 25", which of course caused him to be berated by friends and family for some time. He father was incredibly interested in genecolagy, which allowed Grant to have a fluent history of his fathers side and where he came from, however he only knows up to his great-grandfather on his mother's side. Ulysses also never missed a quarter of school, his father being very enforcefull on taking the opportunity of their subscription to the school. However, the teaching was very lacking and even the entirety of the teachers knowledge was very unelightening. He was eventually given offers by West Point to join up, however he disliked the idea of joining then military, yet his father pushed him to at least try it as this is a unique opportunity. Due to a mistake at registration he was written down as Ulssyes S Grant, and instead of not attending West Point, he changed his name immediately. During his time there he opted out of studying to instead read from the on campus library. During his stay there, the prohibition on Military Academy was being voted on, and Gramt figured that it would be an honorable what to be discharged and voted in favor, however it did not pass.

Life Influences

Grant was heavily influenced by his Fathers's pushing him to take advantage of an education while still helping the family with hard labor, with the military background within his family, Grant's great grandfather and his brother participating and dying in the French and Indian war, and his grandfather fought in the entirety of the Revolutionary War, subtly pushed him towards West Point and the life in the military. As the Mexican war started, General Taylor was the one who Grant was assigned too, during this point he had become a full second lieutenant. Deapite disagreeing with, and tried to get out of fighting in, the Mexican War, Taylor taught Grant much about humility and caring for his men. Taylor had only ever wore his uniform and designated rank twice up to this point, and both were less than desirable situations, and the men knew his rank merely by knowing him. Taylor taught Grant morality in war, telling his men to not plunder or take spoils, and not to torture or purposely let enemy troops suffer.


Grant had practically no self motivation or desire to do the things he did. He dad had to push him into going to West Point, and Grant voted for the prohibition of Military academies, and distinct study for classes and rather just read from the library. He tried to be a mathematicians assistant at West Point to not get into the Mexican War, and then tried to not get moved into higher rankings within the military. During the Civi War he was reluctant to take part in it, and was even more reluctant to become the commanding general of the Union Army and had to pushed by Lincoln. He also had no desire to run as president but the demand for him had been to strong and he was Nominated by the republicans, and during his presidency he relied on others to make decisions for him as he did not want to make them. Yes, Grant had basically no personal motivation, but he was an incredibly hard and diligent worker when it matters. His participation in the Mexican and Civil war showed his outstanding tactical abilities, and he worked day and night for war efforts, which brought him great, while unwanted, fame and admiration from the people, who called upon him to do more.

"It is men who wait to be selected, and not those who seek, from whom we may expect the most efficient service." -Ulysses S. Grant

This quote defines Ulysses's life completely, as he never saught his positions or opportunities, he was instead granted them by others, and would always do an amazing job, causing others to seek him out and grant him opportunity

Compare and Contrast: WWI

Grant would have been much more successful in his presidency if it had taken place during a war, instead of the gilded age where he was allowed to live in luxury and have others make decisions for him. Grant probably had no issue being a forgettable and was fully comfortable being a figurehead president letting tycoons and the cabinet and congress to do as they wished. However, if was president during a time of war, he, as an inate pacifist, would do his best to prevent war, and would do his best for peace. However if he felt war was the only want to achieve peace,he would declare war to save more lives in the future. As president he would be commander in cheif and would be a much better at helping direct and plan out the war with the current generals of that time period.

If I was Grant during that time period, I would enter war much earlier in order to limit the casualties and allow for a quicker and more decisive victory

Political Cartoon

This cartoon depicts how Grant had to be forced and pushed into positions he did not want to, or had no interest in doing throughout his life and careers
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Your suffrages having elected me to the office of President of the United States, I have, in conformity to the Constitution of our country, taken the oath of office prescribed therein. I have taken this oath without mental reservation and with the determination to do to the best of my ability all that is required of me. The responsibilities of the position I feel, but accept them without fear. The office has come to me unsought; I commence its duties untrammeled. I bring to it a conscious desire and determination to fill it to the best of my ability to the satisfaction of the people.

On all leading questions agitating the public mind I will always express my views to Congress and urge them according to my judgment, and when I think it advisable will exercise the constitutional privilege of interposing a veto to defeat measures which I oppose; but all laws will be faithfully executed, whether they meet my approval or not.

I shall on all subjects have a policy to recommend, but none to enforce against the will of the people. Laws are to govern all alike--those opposed as well as those who favor them. I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.

The country having just emerged from a great rebellion, many questions will come before it for settlement in the next four years which preceding Administrations have never had to deal with. In meeting these it is desirable that they should be approached calmly, without prejudice, hate, or sectional pride, remembering that the greatest good to the greatest number is the object to be attained.

This requires security of person, property, and free religious and political opinion in every part of our common country, without regard to local prejudice. All laws to secure these ends will receive my best efforts for their enforcement.

A great debt has been contracted in securing to us and our posterity the Union. The payment of this, principal and interest, as well as the return to a specie basis as soon as it can be accomplished without material detriment to the debtor class or to the country at large, must be provided for. To protect the national honor, every dollar of Government indebtedness should be paid in gold, unless otherwise expressly stipulated in the contract. Let it be understood that no repudiator of one farthing of our public debt will be trusted in public place, and it will go far toward strengthening a credit which ought to be the best in the world, and will ultimately enable us to replace the debt with bonds bearing less interest than we now pay. To this should be added a faithful collection of the revenue, a strict accountability to the Treasury for every dollar collected, and the greatest practicable retrenchment in expenditure in every department of Government.

When we compare the paying capacity of the country now, with the ten States in poverty from the effects of war, but soon to emerge, I trust, into greater prosperity than ever before, with its paying capacity twenty-five years ago, and calculate what it probably will be twenty-five years hence, who can doubt the feasibility of paying every dollar then with more ease than we now pay for useless luxuries? Why, it looks as though Providence had bestowed upon us a strong box in the precious metals locked up in the sterile mountains of the far West, and which we are now forging the key to unlock, to meet the very contingency that is now upon us.

Ultimately it may be necessary to insure the facilities to reach these riches and it may be necessary also that the General Government should give its aid to secure this access; but that should only be when a dollar of obligation to pay secures precisely the same sort of dollar to use now, and not before. Whilst the question of specie payments is in abeyance the prudent business man is careful about contracting debts payable in the distant future. The nation should follow the same rule. A prostrate commerce is to be rebuilt and all industries encouraged.

The young men of the country--those who from their age must be its rulers twenty-five years hence--have a peculiar interest in maintaining the national honor. A moment's reflection as to what will be our commanding influence among the nations of the earth in their day, if they are only true to themselves, should inspire them with national pride. All divisions--geographical, political, and religious--can join in this common sentiment. How the public debt is to be paid or specie payments resumed is not so important as that a plan should be adopted and acquiesced in. A united determination to do is worth more than divided counsels upon the method of doing. Legislation upon this subject may not be necessary now, or even advisable, but it will be when the civil law is more fully restored in all parts of the country and trade resumes its wonted channels.

It will be my endeavor to execute all laws in good faith, to collect all revenues assessed, and to have them properly accounted for and economically disbursed. I will to the best of my ability appoint to office those only who will carry out this design.

In regard to foreign policy, I would deal with nations as equitable law requires individuals to deal with each other, and I would protect the law-abiding citizen, whether of native or foreign birth, wherever his rights are jeopardized or the flag of our country floats. I would respect the rights of all nations, demanding equal respect for our own. If others depart from this rule in their dealings with us, we may be compelled to follow their precedent.

The proper treatment of the original occupants of this land--the Indians one deserving of careful study. I will favor any course toward them which tends to their civilization and ultimate citizenship.

The question of suffrage is one which is likely to agitate the public so long as a portion of the citizens of the nation are excluded from its privileges in any State. It seems to me very desirable that this question should be settled now, and I entertain the hope and express the desire that it may be by the ratification of the fifteenth article of amendment to the Constitution.

In conclusion I ask patient forbearance one toward another throughout the land, and a determined effort on the part of every citizen to do his share toward cementing a happy union; and I ask the prayers of the nation to Almighty God in behalf of this consummation.

speaker- Ulysses S. Grant

occasion- First inaugural address

audience- the citizens of America

purpose- Relay his polices and how he will run the country

subject- the way policies he supports, how he will act, and how he enforce his ideas

tone- modest, confident, unifyingly

most effective rhetorical strategies with explanation of effect- He uses much ethos and pathos, and his main points are about how to preserve the peace granted by the civil war, and that it is everyone's duty and moral righteness to uphold the reformed Union.

Historiography- The Reluctant General Grant by Thom Bassett


In "Reluctant General Grant" by Thom Bassett, he expresses how Ulysses S. Grant ran a very passive lifestyle that conflicted with the urges around him. One of Grant's biggest dispertities was to be stationed in Washington, and fought hard against promotions and allocations to that area. When he was asked to run against Lincoln in the next election he refused and stated he should never be put in an office of government. Grant also refused promotions that would remove him from his troops, and made Lincoln agree to allow him to move his head of command with him so he did not have to stay on Washington. Bassett's tone shows both admiration and pity for the General. Thom admires Grants dignity and understanding if his place in life, wanting to stay with his men and end the war quickly and not waste time in office. However, he saw Grant refuse to move up in the world do to his own personal bias. He establishes these tones by showing Grants dedication and resell acne against those who pushed him to change. Yet, Bassett used words and ideas that showed these decisions were sometimes foolish and almost childish.

American Experience

Grants family was American as far back as the records kept by his family went. His ancestors fought and died in American wars. Life in the American military taught him countless life skills, and formatted his pacisissm into a desire for peace even of war was the only option. He experiences with other generals and Lincoln, as well as the Civil War taught him the emportance of the Union and connection of the United States, and that he will protect it no matter what. While as a president he did little to nothing for America, granting him a title of a "Forgetable", his participation in the civil war shaped America in no similar way. It was due to his great leadership, and his belief in absolute surrender, willing to do almost anything to defeat the enemy and achieve peace, that allowed the union to win the war. This brought the states back together, and ended one of the worst wars in American history, and bringing unity to the union nice again.

Bibliography and Works Cited

Bassett, Thom. "Thom Bassett - Opinionator - The New York Times." Opinionator Posts by Clay Risen. New York Times, 17 May 2015. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

Gerhard, Peters. "Ulysses S. Grant: Inaugural Address." Ulysses S. Grant: Inaugural Address. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

Grant, Ulysses S., and John Kirk. Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. East Bridgewater, MA: JG, 2012. Print.

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