Ulysses S. Grant

by: Destiny Davis & D Broadus

Early Years

Birth,Education, Life Before Civil War.
Birth: Ulysses S. Grant was born on April 27th, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio. He was born near the Big Indian Creek by the Ohio River. He was the first son of Jesse Root Grant, a tanner and businessman, and Hannah Simpson Grant. After he was born him and his family then moved to Georgetown Ohio and had a what he described an "uneventful" childhood. But he did however show great aptitude as a great horseman as a child. Grant was a shy and reserved child growing up, he took this after his mother than his outgoing father. He hated the idea of working at his father's tannery business. Even though his father knew about his hate for working he continued to make him work anyway.
Education: Offered by his father,Ulysses S. Grant attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York in 1839-1843. At the academy a clerical error was made for they changed his name to Ulysses S. Grant not Ulysses H. Grant, for that is what he goes by. Not wanting to be rejected by the school he went ahead and changed his name to how they put it. At West Point his friends called him ¨Sam¨. He did not very well for he had many demerits for slovenly dress and tardiness. However, he did well in math, geology, and horsemanship. Grant then graduated 21st out of 39 cadets in 1843.
Life Before The Civil War: Before the Civil War he attended the Mexican War which developed his reputation for getting food and supplies over the roughest terrains. For his love of action, he would go to the front of the battles, in disobedience of orders. He then attended the battles of Molino del Rey and Chapultepec where he was breveted for bravery and gallantry. On the following war he was posted to the West Coast with the rank of captain, but was resigned on July 31st 1854 under suspicion of heavy drinking.

Contribution to the War

What did he do during the Civil War?

During the Civil War, Grant served as a commander in chief for the Union army. With his commanding job the war then became a Union victory.

Life After the Civil War

Did he do anything after the war?

After the Civil War he became the 18th president of the United States.

Death: Ulysses S. Grant died July 23rd 1885 of Esophageal Cancer. This is cancer of the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach. This is caused mostly by smoking a form of tobacco, but drinking can increase the risk for this cancer. However, a cause is not found for most Esophageal Cancers. Grant is buried in the General Grant National Memorial, New York.
Memorial: In 1922 a statue was made to honor Grant, it is located in the Union Square, west of the U.S. Capitol Building, by the Capitol Reflection Pool.

Five Fun Facts

The first fact about Ulysses S. Grant is that his birth name is actually Hiram Ulysses Grant. He grew up with 5 siblings Samuel,Clara, Virginia or Jennie,Orvil, and Mary. Before signing his name as Ulysses S. Grant he signed it as Ulysses H. Grant. He had a wife, Julia Dent, which he married on August 22 1848 and a son, Ulysses S. Grant Jr., born on July 22 1852. After the war he developed a cancer in his throat for the doctor thought it was because of him smoking cigars and stress caused by the collapse of Grant and Ward.