The Presidents of the USA

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Ulysses S. Grant
1869-1877


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R R R R R
Ulysses Simpson Grant
 

birthplace

Point Pleasant, OH

birthday

April 27

Life

1822-1885

age

OFC:46 , d. 63

party

Republican

presidency highlights

Scandals and Depression — Enforcement and Civil Rights Acts

nickname:

Unconditional Surrender

vice-president:

Schuyler Colfax (1869-73), Henry Wilson (1873-75), none
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previous office

Commanding General of Army

key background fact:

Commanding General of the Union army during the Civil War

occupation

Soldier (General of the Army)

military service

General of the Army

children

4:   3 boys  1 girl

wife:

Julia Dent (1848)

height

5' 8'' / 1.73 m

higher education

U.S. Military Academy

religion

Methodist

 

quote

"The laws of successful war in one generation would insure defeat in another."

actions & events

  • 1871 Civil Service
  • 1870-71 Enforcement Acts broke Ku Klux Klan
  • 1875 Civil Rights Act
  •  Scandals: Credit Mobilier, Tweed Ring, Whiskey Ring

economy

  • 1873 Depression & financial crisis
  •  Resumption Act ; redeem government loans in hard currency

foreign affairs

    military activity

    • 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. Gen. Custer + 268 were killed

    unique facts

      interesting

      His name was Hiram Ulysses. An error in W. Point changed it to Ulysses Simpson.
      The book of his Memoirs is considered one of the best military narratives ever.

      military activity

      • 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. Gen. Custer + 268 were killed

      Legacy

      An excellent general but a mediocre politician. He won the Civil War, but his Presidency was rather a failure with scandals and economic depression. History has been rather unfair to him.

      Appomattox

      Appomattox