Ulysses S. Grant Fact Sheet: Who was Ulysses S. Grant? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Ulysses S. Grant.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1822 - 1885 *** Full Name: Hiram Ulysses Grant *** Nickname: Sam and Uncle Sam *** Occupation: American Soldier, Politician and 18th President of the United States *** Date of Birth: Ulysses S. Grant was born on April 27th 1822 *** Place of Birth: Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Jesse Root Grant and his mother was Hannah Simpson. His father had been a tanner although his forefathers had been military men with service in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution at Bunker Hill *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with five siblings, Simpson, Clara, Orvil, Jennie and Mary. The family moved from Point Pleasant to Georgetown *** Education: Ulysses S. Grant attended public schools but would later be enrolled at a private school ***
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 1: Ulysses S. Grant was born on April 27th 1822 and during the 19th century period in history when slavery would largely become abolished during this century with salve revolts in Britain, Haiti and France. In particular in America the Civil War of 1861 to 1864 saw the abolition of slavery and in England the Slavery Abolition Act saw the British Royal Navy put an end to the global slave trade.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 2: At seventeen years of age he was nominated to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and although he became an expert horseman ones assignment was chosen on class not aptitude so he was given the rank of brevet second lieutenant and assigned regimental quartermaster.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 3: His plan had been to complete his four year term of duty, resign his commission and take a position as a teacher.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 8: He tried his hand at farming but found no natural ability there. He found work with Julia’s cousin in bill collecting but again was not successful. His father once again offered him work in the family tanning business with no strings attached and he accepted, moving his family to Galena.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 9: During his time in Galena he was taking more notice of political views and developing his own although he would be unable to vote as he lacked the required residential time.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 10: As the Civil War began, with a military past, Grant was asked to step up and organize recruiting a company of volunteers and it was around time that he began to realize this war would be fought with volunteers and not career soldiers.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 11: He went on to take part in a very long and difficult war that lasted between 1861 and 1869 and reached the rank of General of the Army.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 15: Grant was not happy with Lincoln’s replacement, Andrew Johnson, although he maintained an outwardly loyal persona, privately he found the man dishonest and manipulative.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 17: He pledged to continue with Reconstruction “calmly, without prejudice, hate or sectional pride”, he also pledged “proper treatment” of Native Americans as well as correcting a wrong he had been forced to perform in his duties during the Civil War against the Jewish population. He urged Congress to agree to the Fifteenth Amendment which guaranteed no state could stop someone voting based on the color of their skin.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 18: Grant would create the Justice Department which was there to enforce federal laws in the South. The attorney general now had power to enforce federal law where once he was just a presidential adviser. Congress went on to pass the Enforcements Acts and also signed the Amnesty Act restoring politic rights to former Confederates.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 21: During his writing he had begun suffering from a sore throat be put off seeing a doctor. Eventually he was forced to and was told he had throat cancer.
Ulysses S. Grant Fact 22: Hiram Ulysses Grant died on July 23rd 1885 surrounded by his family at Mount McGregor cottage days after finishing his book, aged sixty three years. His body was laid to rest initially at Riverside Park before being moved twelve years later, to the General Grant National Memorial.
Influence and Legacy: Ulysses S. Grant has gone down in history as one of America’s greatest military figures. However, his term as President was at one of the county’s most difficult and transitional times and he was ill equipped to deal with it. He was by no means a terrible President, his biggest fault was trusting the wrong people and the majority of those people were in his own government. Later historians have actually come to view much of what Grant accomplished as President, in particular for the African Americans, as significant and notable.
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