Ulysses S. Grant (1822 – 1885)

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Life in Brief: Ulysses S. Grant is best known as the Union general who led the United States to victory over the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. As a two-term President, he is typically dismissed as weak and ineffective; historians … more life in brief »

Essays about Ulysses S. Grant

About His Administration

First Lady
Julia Grant

Facts about Ulysses S. Grant

Term
:
18th President of the United States (1869 – 1877)
Born
:
April 27, 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio
Political Party
:
Republican
Died
:
July 23, 1885
Nickname
:
“Hero of Appomattox”
Education
:
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York (graduated 1843)
Religion
:
Methodist
Marriage
:
August 22, 1848, to Julia Boggs Dent (1826–1902)
Children
:
Frederick Dent (1850–1912), Ulysses Simpson (1852–1929), Ellen Wrenshall (1855–1922), Jesse Root (1858–1934)
Career
:
Soldier
Buried
:
Grant’s Tomb, New York, New York
Writings

Personal Memoirs (2 vols., 1885–1886); Papers (28 vols., 1967– ), ed. by John Y. Simon


It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training.
December 5, 1876

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Joan Waugh

Professor Waugh is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her writings include:

U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth (University of North Carolina Press, 2009)

Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War (editor with Gary W. Gallagher, University of North Carolina Press, 2009)

The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (editor with Alice Fahs, University of North Carolina Press, 2004)

Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (Harvard University Press, 1998)

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