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Ulysses S. Grant Biography and Facts For Kids

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States and served two terms from 1869–1877 as well as military commander during the Civil War. Under Grant’s command, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military and ended the Confederate States of America. Grant spent his youth in Georgetown, Ohio, was graduated from West Point in 1843, and served creditably in the Mexican War. Fighting in the Mexican American War, he was a close observer of the techniques of Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott. The inevitable choice of the Republicans for President, Grant was victorious over the Democratic candidate, Horatio Seymour, in 1868. The party unanimously renominated Grant in 1872, and he was reelected easily over Horace Greeley, the candidate of the Liberal Republican party and the Democrats. Dying of cancer of the throat, he set about writing his Personal Memoirs. These memoirs are ranked among the great narratives of military history.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Ulysses S. Grant

When was Ulysses S. Grant born: April 27, 1822
Where was Ulysses S. Grant born: Point Pleasant, OH
What college did Ulysses S. Grant go to: U.S. Military Academy
What was Ulysses S. Grant job before he was president: Soldier (4 Star) General of the Army
Who was Ulysses S. Grant married to: Julia Dent Grant
What number president was Ulysses S. Grant: 18th
What political party did Ulysses S. Grant belong to: Republican
Who were Ulysses S. Grant’s vice presidents: Schuyler Colfax – Henry Wilson
When was Ulysses S. Grant president: 1869 – 1877
How many terms did Ulysses S. Grant serve as president: 2
When did Ulysses S. Grant die: July 23, 1885
Where is Ulysses S. Grant buried: New York City

Ulysses S. Grant Quotes

  • “The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”
  • “I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.”
  • “If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.”
  • “Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”
  • “Nearly one-half of the States had revolted against the government; and, of those remaining faithful to the Union, a large percentage of the population sympathized with the rebellion and made an “enemy in the rear,” almost as dangerous as the more honorable enemy in the front.”
  • “I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.”

What Battles did Ulysses S. Grant Fight In During the Civil War

Grant gave the Union Army its first major victory of the American Civil War by capturing Fort Henry, Tennessee on February 6, 1862.

He doggedly pursued the Confederate Army and won impressive but costly victories at the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Vicksburg, and the Battle of Chattanooga.

He battled Lee to a draw in the Battle of the Wilderness, had no more than a draw at the Spotsylvania, and horribly lost at Cold Harbor.

His relentless pressure finally forced Lee to evacuate Richmond forcing him to surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on 9 April 1865.

Timeline of the Life of Ulysses S. Grant

1822 Born in Point Pleasant, Ohio on April 27th
1843 Graduated from West Point as one of only a few presidents to graduate from West Point
1848 Married Julia Boggs Dent
1854 Resigned from the Army
1861 Appointed a colonel of Illinois volunteers
1863 Led the Union troops to victory at Vicksburg, Mississippi
1864 Named supreme commander of Union Forces
1865 Accepted the surrender of Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee
1868 Elected President of the United States
1869 Inaugurated as the 18th President of the United States
1869 The Suez Canal opened
1869 First transcontinental railroad was completed
1872 Re-elected President
1872 Yellowstone area was set aside by congress as the first national park
1876 Colorado became a state
1880 Lost the bid for the presidential nomination
1885 Ulysses S. Grant died in Mount McGregor, New York on July 23rd