I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States of America. He held the office from March 4, 1869 until March 4, 1877. He was, also, a soldier, author, and politician. He did serve in the United States Army and Union Army during the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. He became the General of the Army and was seen as a hero.
Hiram Ulysses S. Grant was born in 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio. In 1823, the family moved to Brown County, Ohio and he gained five siblings. He attended school, worked on his father’s farm, and became skilled with horses.
At 17 years old, he attended the Military Academy at West Point, New York. His first name was left off at West Point, so an early nickname became Sam. Since his beginning initials were seen as U.S., the connection to Uncle Sam was made. He graduated in 1843. This led to his commission in the 4th Infantry Regiment.
He married Julia Dent in 1848. They had four children. Post Mexican-American War his assignments varied across the United States. He was separated from his family, tried to supplement his income, went through tough times, and initially retired in 1854. Odd jobs and tough times continued for him and his young family. Stirred by his anti-slavery feeling and, also, against secession, he was recognized for his military skill and drawn into the Civil War.
He first worked to recruit and train volunteers. Work, reputation, and battles led to promotions. He began to work with Abraham Lincoln and eventually led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy. Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Grant effectively ending the Civil War.
Grant, back in civilian life, worked to implement Congressional Reconstruction. This led to the war hero twice being elected President. He worked to restore the Union politically, protect African-Americans, and support economic prosperity nationwide. His last goal was unsuccessful and the nation went into an economic depression.
After leaving office in 1877, he went on a world tour, visiting several other countries. He tried unsuccessfully for a third term, developed throat cancer, and wrote his memoirs. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant was successfully published. He died at home, surrounded by family, in 1885. Tributes, honors, and mourning occurred across the country. His final resting place is named General Grant National Memorial. Many memorials honor President Grant. The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation continues to work, including, in 2012, establishing his presidential library.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!