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Ulysses S. Grant

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Ulysses S. Grant

18th U.S. President

Who was Ulysses S. Grant?

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States.

He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant on 27 April 1822 in Clermont, Ohio, to Jesse and Hannah (Simpson) Grant. He reportedly changed his name to Ulysses S. Grant after his Congressman accidently nominated him to West Point as “Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio.” He apparently liked the initials U.S. and decided to keep the name. Although he is known today as Ulysses Simpson Grant (Simpson being his mother's maiden name), he is reported to have said that the “S” didn't actually stand for anything.

U.S. Civil War

By the end of the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant was probably the most popular man in America ... at least in the North. His success at leading the Union Army to victory in the second half of the Civil War resulted in General Grant accepting General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomatox. This popularity would lead to Grant becoming the 18th President.

Famous Kin

The ancestry of President Grant traces back through colonial New England leading to family connections with people involved in some of America's most memorable historical events. He is a Mayflower descendant through Richard Warren, as well as a cousin to the chief judge and prosecutor at the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, Massachusetts Bay Governor William Stoughton.

President Grant has some interesting political connections as well with relations to numerous former Presidents, as well as some of Hollywood's most memorable characters.

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