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ULYSSES SIMPSON GRANT

Ulysses S. Grant

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.

Chronology of His Life and Career

Ulysses Grant's Birthplace April 27, 1822 Born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
Ulysses Grant's Boyhood Home 1823 Moved to Georgetown, Ohio.
  1838 Entered an academy in Ripley, Ohio.
Cadet Ulysses Grant 1839 Entered West Point.
  1846-1847 Fought in the Mexican War.
The Ulysses Grant Family August 22, 1848 Married Julia Dent.
  1854 Resigned from the Army.
Hardscrabble 1855-1858 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.
General Ulysses S. Grant 1864 Named Supreme Commander of Union forces. (image only)
  April 9, 1865 Accepted the surrender of Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee.
The Home Given to Grant by Galena, Illinois August 18, 1865 Given a home by the people of Galena, Illinois.
President Ulysses Grant 1868 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.
Grant's Tomb July 23, 1885 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.

Sources

The American President www.millercenter.virginia.edu
General Grant National Memorial www.nps.gov
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site www.nps.gov

See Also

Mexican War
Civil War
Robert E. Lee
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