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Ulysses S. GrantA Chronology of Ulysses Simpson Grant's Life and Career

Ulysses Grant was a failure in virtually every venture he ever attempted. The only time he ever enjoyed success was when he was in the military. Despite being only an average cadet while at West Point, he gained acclaim for his actions during the Mexican War, and then rose through the ranks of the Union Army to become the hero of the Civil War. His success and fame as a general led to his election as President in 1868. But the qualities that had brought him military glory failed him in his presidential career.

April 27, 1822 Ulysses Grant's Birthplace Born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
1823 Ulysses Grant's Boyhood Home Moved to Georgetown, Ohio.
1838   Entered an academy in Ripley, Ohio.
1839 Cadet Ulysses Grant Entered West Point.
1846-1847   Fought in the Mexican War.
August 22, 1848 The Ulysses Grant Family Married Julia Dent.
1854   Resigned from the Army.
1855-1858 Hardscrabble Lived on a farm near St. Louis, Missouri.
1859-1861   Worked at a series of failed business ventures.
1861   Appointed a Colonel of Illinois Volunteers.
1863   Led Union troops to victory at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1864 General Ulysses S. Grant Named Supreme Commander of Union forces. (image only)
April 9, 1865   Accepted the surrender of Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee.
August 18, 1865 The Home Given to Grant by Galena, Illinois Given a home by the people of Galena, Illinois.
1868 President Ulysses Grant Elected President of the United States.
1877-1880   Traveled Europe and the Far East with his family.
1880   Defeated in bid for presidential nomination.
1881   Moved to New York City.
1885   Completed his memoirs, Personal Memoirs.
July 23, 1885 Grant's Tomb Died in Mount McGregor, New York.

Notes and Trivia

Grant was named Hiram Ulysses at birth, but his family almost always called him Ulysses. When he got to West Point he discovered that his name had been misprinted on the application as "Ulysses Simpson" (with the Simpson actually being his mother's maiden name) and he never bothered to correct the mistake.

WEB SOURCES
The American President www.millercenter.virginia.edu/academic/americanpresident/grant
General Grant National Memorial www.nps.gov/gegr/
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site www.nps.gov/ulsg/

SEE ALSO
Mexican War
Civil War
Robert E. Lee
New York City

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