Ulysses S. Grant
Wife: Julia Boggs Dent (1826-1902), on August
Kids: Grant (1855-1922); Jesse Root Grant (1858-1934)
Pets: horses named Jeff Davis, Julia, Jennie,
Mary, Butcher Boy, Cincinnatus, Egypt, and St. Louis;
ponies named Reb and Billy Button; pigs; dogs; a parrot;
Bio: Ulysses Simpson Grant, (1822-1885), was
an American General and the 18th President Of The United
States. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio, on April
27, 1822, and spent his boyhood in Georgetown, Ohio.
In 1843 he graduated from West Point, was appointed
to the 4th U. S. Infantry as a 2nd lieutenant, and sent
to St. Louis, Mo. There he met his future wife, Julia
Dent, sister of a West Point classmate.
Although Grant did not believe in the premise of the
Mexican War, he served well. He was soon promoted to
1st lieutenant for his bravery, and then to captain.
In 1861, he accepted the command of the 21st Illinois
Regiment and fought for the Union.
After some miserable failures on the battlefield of
the Civil War, he rose to national prominence when he
forced the surrender of over 14,000 of Buckners
men, and captured Forts Henry and Donelson. Major victories
continued under his command and he was promoted to the
rank of lieutenant general commanding all the armies
of the United States.
His popularity led to his nomination for Republican
candidate in 1868 and he won the election easily. Unfortunately,
Grant was not very politically savvy and really was
not qualified to be president. He exerted virtually
no influence over Congress, in effect allowing them
full control over the country. His administration did
endure its share of controversies and scandals, however,
and Grant left office discredited.
During a world tour, after retirement with his wife
and youngest son, he was received as the triumphant
victor of the Civil War. Buoyed by a new confidence,
he sought a third term upon his return, but was defeated
He died of throat cancer at Mount McGregor on July 23,
1885 and was buried in New York City overlooking the