Ulysses S Grant Facts | 18th US PRESIDENT
US President: 1869-1877
US Vice President: Schuyler Colfax (1869-1873), Henry Wilson (1873-1875)
Political Party: Republican Party
Birth: April 27, 1822 Point Pleasant, OH
Death: July 23, 1885 Wilton, New York
Education: United States Military Academy, West Point
18th President of the United States (1869 – 1877)
6th Commanding General of the United States Army (1864 – 1869)
Additional, Ulysses is most known for being the lead general of the Union troops during the American Civil War. After graduating from West Point Military Academy, he became an officer in the United States Army. During the Mexican War (1846-1848) he served under future US President General Zachary Taylor.
First Ladies: Julie Dent
Children: Jesse, Ellen, Frederick, Ulysses Jr.
Facts about Ulysses S Grant
First, he was responsible for dismantling the KKK during Reconstruction. After the newly formed Ku Klux Klan began murdering and terrorizing black Americans in the late-1860’s, President Grant mobilized the Justice Department and secured thousands of indictments against their leaders.
Second, during Grants second term, he had to contend with a lengthy and severe depression that struck the nation in 1873 as well as various scandals that plagued his administration.
- The S in Grants name didn’t stand for anything.
- His phantom middle initial is the result of an error from Ohio Congressman Thomas Hamer, who accidentally wrote the future generals name as Ulysses S. Grant when he nominated him to attend West Point.
- He was notoriously unlucky in business. A financial firm he started with his son and a man named Ferdinand Ward went belly up after Ward fleeced its investors, and by 1884, Grant was bankrupt.
- Grant won the first major Union victory of the Civil War. The first display of his trademark aggressive style came in February 1862, when he forced the capitulation of some 15,000 Confederates at Tennessee’s Fort Donelson.
- Grant hated wearing army uniforms.
- He was supposed to be at the theater with Lincoln on the night of his assassination. He was invited to join Abraham Lincoln at Fords Theatre, but was forced to decline after he and his wife made plans to visit their children in New Jersey.
- Ulysses had no political experience before becoming president.
- As president, Grant tried to foster a peaceful reconciliation between the North and South.
More Ulysses Grant Facts
Grant first began compiling his memoirs in the mid-1880’s, after he wrote a series of popular articles about his Civil War experiences. Furthermore, Mark Twain swooped in and offered a much more lucrative contract with his newly formed publishing firm Charles L. Webster & Company.
Ulysses Grants time in office was marked by scandal and corruption, although he himself did not participate in or profit from the misdeeds perpetrated by some of his associates and appointees.
- After leaving the White House in March 1877, Ulysses Grant and his family embarked on a two-year trip around the world.
Ulysses Grant Childhood
President Ulysses S. Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant on April, 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio, near the mouth of the Big Indian Creek at the Ohio River. His famous moniker, “”U.S. Grant,”” came after he joined the military. Also, he was the first son of Jesse Root Grant, a tanner and businessman, and Hannah Simpson Grant. A year after Grant was born, his family moved to Georgetown, Ohio, and had what he described as an “”uneventful”” childhood. He did, however, show great aptitude as a horseman in his youth.
Grant was not a standout in his youth. Shy and reserved, he took after his mother rather than his outgoing father. He hated the idea of working in his father’s tannery business a fact that his father begrudgingly acknowledged. When Grant was 17, his father arranged for him to enter the United States Military Academy at West Point. A clerical error had listed him as Ulysses S. Grant.
Grant didn’t excel at West Point, earning average grades and receiving several demerits for slovenly dress and tardiness, and ultimately decided that the academy “”had no charms”” for him. He did well in mathematics and geology and excelled in horsemanship. In 1843, he graduated 21st out of 39, and was glad to be out. He planned to resign from the military after he served his mandatory four years of duty.
Where is Ulysses S Grant buried?
After private services, the honor guard placed Grant’s body on a special funeral train, which traveled to West Point and New York City. A quarter of a million people viewed it in the two days before the funeral. Tens of thousands of men, many of them veterans from the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) or other veterans’ organizations, marched with Grant’s casket drawn by two dozen horses to Riverside Park in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, New York City.
How did Ulysses S Grant die?
After a year-long struggle with the cancer, Grant died at 8 o’clock in the morning in the Mount McGregor cottage on July 23, 1885, at the age of 63.