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Ulysses S. Grant: His Life

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Susannah Doepken

on 5 March 2014

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Transcript of Ulysses S. Grant: His Life

The Life of Ulysses S. Grant
The Beginning
Ulysses S. Grant was born as Hiram Ulysses Grant on April, 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
His parents were Jesse Root Grant and Hannah Simpson Grant.
Grant calls his childhood "Uneventful".
He was quiet and usually alone during his school years.
When he was 17, Grant was entered in to United States Military Academy at West Point by his father.
Upon being entered, there was an error that said his name was Ulysses S. Grant. Afraid of being kicked out of the school, Grant accepted his new name.
He was an average student there who did well in Math and Geology, as well as horsemanship.
He graduated in 1843, and was the 21st out of 39 people.
He was planning on resigning from the military after the mandatory two years were up.
Mexican-American War
Grant proposed to Julia Dent in 1844.
Before they could get married, Grant was shipped off to the war.
During the Mexican-American War, he served as a quartermaster and was in charge of the movement of supplies.
He payed attention to the military tactics and skills that Zachary Taylor, whom he served under, had.
Grant finally married Julia Dent later in 1844.
Civil War
After resigning from the army due to drinking, Grant returned home to his family in Missouri.
On April 13, 1861, Confederate soldiers attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Grant joined the army again.
He became a general, and was demoted after the Battle of Shiloh for poor tactics, even though the Union had won.
Grant was also responsible for the victory at Vicksburg, where he cut off the supplies and the Confederates were forced to surrender.
Grant eventually tracked down Lee's army in Virginia and forced a surrender from Lee, ending the Civil War.
Presidency and Death
In 1868, Ulysses S. Grant was elected the 18th President of the United States.
He was 46 when he took office, and was the youngest president that America had seen.
After two terms, Grant left office, achieving very little, with many scandals surrounding him.
Ulysses S. Grant had a family friend, Mark Twain, write memoirs of his life.
Bankrupt at the time, the short stories earned his family $450,000.
Ulysses S. Grant died on July 23, 1885, at the age of 63, most likely from throat cancer due to much smoking.
Ulysses S. Grant and his family
Ulysses S. Grant's tomb in New York City.
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