Ulysses S. Grant

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Portrait, Ulysses S. GrantUlysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States (March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1877) Nickname: “Hero of AppomattoxBorn: April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio Died: July 23, 1885, in Mount McGregor, New York

Father: Jesse Root Grant Mother: Hannah Simpson Grant Married: Julia Boggs Dent Grant (1826-1902), on August 22, 1848 Children: Frederick Dent Grant (1850-1912); Ulysses Simpson Grant (1852-1929); Ellen Wrenshall Grant (1855-1922); Jesse Root Grant (1858-1934) Religion: Methodist Education: Graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. (1843) Occupation: Soldier Political Party: Republican Other Government Positions:

  • None

Presidential Salary: $25,000/year (increased to $50,000/year in 1873)

Presidential Election Results:
YearPopular VotesElectoral Votes
1868Ulysses S. Grant3,013,421214
Horatio Seymour2,706,82980
(Votes Not Cast)23
1872Ulysses S. Grant3,596,745286
Horace Greeley2,843,446
Thomas A. Hendricks42
Benjamin Gratz Brown18
Charles J. Jenkins2
David Davis1
(Votes Not Cast)17

Vice Presidents: Schuyler Colfax (1869-73); Henry Wilson (1873-75) Cabinet:

Secretary of State
Elihu B. Washburne (1869)
Hamilton Fish (1869-77)
Secretary of the Treasury
George S. Boutwell (1869-73)
William A. Richardson (1873-74)
Benjamin H. Bristow (1874-76)
Lot M. Morrill (1876-77)
Secretary of War
John A. Rawlins (1869)
William T. Sherman (1869)
William W. Belknap (1869-76)
Alphonso Taft (1876)
James D. Cameron (1876-77)
Attorney General
Ebenezer R. Hoar (1869-70)
Amos T. Akerman (1870-71)
George H. Williams (1871-75)
Edwards Pierrepont (1875-76)
Alphonso Taft (1876-77)
Postmaster General
John A. J. Creswell (1869-74)
James W. Marshall (1874)
Marshall Jewell (1874-76)
James N. Tyner (1876-77)
Secretary of the Navy
Adolph E. Borie (1869)
George M. Robeson (1869-77)
Secretary of the Interior
Jacob D. Cox, Jr. (1869-70)
Columbus Delano (1870-75)
Zachariah Chandler (1875-77)

Supreme Court Appointments:

Chief Justice
Morrison Remick Waite (1874-88)
Associate Justice
William Strong (1870-80)
Joseph P. Bradley (1870-92)
Ward Hunt (1873-82)

Notable Events:

Internet Biographies:

Ulysses S. Grant — from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Ulysses S. Grant — from American Presidents: Life Portraits — C-SPAN
Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN’s 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
Ulysses S. Grant — from U.S. Presidents
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1869)
Second Inaugural Address (1873)
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Volume 1 (1885)
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Volume 2 (1885)

Other Internet Resources:

Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant led the Union Army in Tennessee to its first major victory of the Civil War at this site on February 16, 1862.
General Grant National Memorial
Tourist information on Grant’s tomb, located in New York, New York.
The Ulysses S. Grant Information Center
Great information resource and research starting point for students and researchers alike, created by and maintained by The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota.
Grant Cottage at Mount McGregor, New York
The site where Grant wrote his autobiography and eventually passed away from throat cancer.
The Ulysses S. Grant Homepage
Articles, photographs, and many other biographical resources on Grant. Includes a bibliography and chronology.
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Tourist information on the St. Louis County, Missouri site that was the pre-Civil War home of Grant and his wife. Grant’s White Haven farm is now undergoing restoration.

Points of Interest:

  • Like in Truman’s name, the “S” in Grant’s name does not stand for anything. It was mistakenly added by a benefactor on his application to West Point and stuck.
  • It was to Grant that General Lee surrendered at the end of the Civil War.
  • Grant was supposed to accompany Abraham Lincoln to the Ford Theatre the night he was shot, and was supposedly a target himself.

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