Julia Dent Grant: A Very Brief Biography Of Julia Grant

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Julia was born on 26 January 1826, in her family's “White Haven” farm in St. Louis, Missouri. She was daughter of successful merchant, Frederick Fayette Dent, and Ellen Bray Wrenshall, as her mother, an English Methodist. Julia was the fifth of eight siblings, four brothers, three sisters. Throughout her entire life, Julia Dent Grant was a regular church-goer and made an effort early on to ensure her children received a religious education. Shortly before Julia’s birth, her parents purchased a spacious wooden house, southern from St. Louis in the Gravois Creek, which her father named it "White Haven" after one of his old homes back in England. The family made the White Haven a working farm with imported animals, one of the first crops in the region, and…show more content…
On July 23, 1885, just four days after finishing his memoirs, former President Grant died. Julia Grant was too bereft to attend what proved to be the largest public funeral ever held in New York City. His August 8 funeral services for the first time gathered three presidents (Hayes, Arthur and incumbent Grover Cleveland). Apart from her numerous press interviews, Julia Grant also proved a talent for writing. As a widow she began to pen a number of short article for popular, national magazines and syndicated newspaper stories. In April of 1897, for example, she contributed a Sunday World piece about her husband in conjunction with the Grant’s Tomb dedication. Julia Grant died at her Washington, D.C. home on 14 December 1902 in the presence of her daughter. She was 74 years old. December 21, 1902, Julia Grant was buried beside her husband at “Grant’s Tomb” on Riverside Drive in New York. While the ceremony was not opened the general public, it did mark the first burial rites of a First Lady treated as a quasi-official federal event, with local Army and Navy officers in attendance, along with her four

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