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Ulysses S. Grant.  Ulysses S. Grant was the eighteenth President of the United States of America.  Unconditional Surrender Grant.  This was one of President Grant’s nicknames when he was Commanding General of the United States Army.  He rose to the rank of Commanding General during the Civil War and Robert E. Lee did surrender to General Grant at the end of the Civil War.

Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.  He attended the United States Military Academy at West Pointe before serving in the Mexican-American War.  He returned to civilian life before the Civil War.  He was married to Julia Dent.  They had four children.  Grant struggled financially during this time.  He tried to work as a farmer and a bill collector without much success before taking a job at his family’s leather shop.

When the American Civil War began President Lincoln called for volunteers.  Ulysses S. Grant was recognized as military when he attended a meeting and was asked to lead in the Union war effort.  He began working with volunteers and studying commanders.  After working his way up the ranks and fighting many battles, he began working with then President Abraham Lincoln.  The Union Army became victorious over the Confederacy.  He continued to work in the Army and implement Congressional Reconstruction.  He worked to protect African-American Citizenship.

Ulysses S. Grant became President following Andrew Johnson’s succession of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.  He was elected twice and served eight years as President.  Historically his presidency and even his military career has been judged both positively and negatively.  While corruption and the economic downturn the country experienced occurred, he worked for protection of African Americans and furthered a peace policy towards Native American Indians.  He experienced ups and downs following his presidency.  He began writing articles for magazines before he found out he was dying of lung cancer.  He worked on his memoirs up to days before his death.  Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant became a huge success.

Ulysses S. Grant did a lot during his service of the United States of America.  His writing remains as a testament to him.  Memorials and honors remain.  You can think of his service while holding your next $50.  Have a bright day!

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