Ulysses S. Grant
(1822-1885) - Born Hiram Ulysses Grant at Point Pleasant,
Ohio, on April 27, 1822, Ulysses was the oldest of six children born to Jesse
and Hannah Simpson Grant.
At the age of 17, Grant entered the United
States Military Academy at West Point graduating in 1842. It was then that
his name was changed to "Ulysses S. Grant," when the
member of Congress who appointed him to a cadetship at West Point, by
accident, changed the name to U. S. Grant.
At West Point he was said to be a "plain, common-sense,
straightforward youth, shunning notoriety, taking to his military duties
in a very business-like manner. He graduated in 1843, receiving an
education that fitted him for his work in life.
After graduating from West
Point, Grant served bravely in the
winning the approval of his superior officers for distinguished
bravery under fire, and reaching the rank of a captain.
He resigned from the army on
July 31, 1854 and
retired to a farm near
He then worked as a farmer, a real estate
agent, and a bill collector before moving to Galena,
There, he worked for his father and brother in a leather shop.
Ulysses S. Grant in 1866.
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