Ulysses S. Grant

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Ulysses S. Grant was born April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio to Hannah and Jesse Grant. He attended West Point Military Academy. Grant commanded the victorious Union army in the Civil War and served as the 18th president of the United States. During the Civil War, Grant was an aggressive and determined leader. After the war he became a national hero and the Republicans nominated his for president in 1868. The primary focus of Grant's administration was Reconstruction, and he worked to reconcile the North and South while attempting to protect the civil rights of newly freed black slaves. While Grant was an honest man, some of his associates were corrupt and his administration was smeared with scandals. After retiring, Grant invested in a brokerage firm that went bankrupt, costing him his life savings. He spent his final days writing his memoirs, which were published the day he died on July 23, 1885 at the age of 63.

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Ulysses S. Grant was not a blue blood-Grant Grew up in Ohio and his father was a tanner. His grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War.Ulysses wasn't Grant's first name-the general and president was born Hiram Ulysses Grant. A mistake on his application to West Point changed his name to Ulysses S. Grant.Grant was an average student at West Point.Grant struggled with his first military career-he was moved to several military posts and resigned from the Army in 1854 without explanation.

SS5H1 The student will explain the causes, major events, and consequences of the Civil Ward. Describe the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

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"American Experience: TV's Most-watched History Series." PBS. PBS, 1 Jan. 2000. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/timeline/grant-timeline/>.Staff, NCC. "10 Fascinating Facts about Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant." Yahoo! News. Yahoo!, 9 Apr. 2015. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. ."Ulysses S. Grant." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 1 Jan. 2009. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. .

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ContributionsGrant led the Union army to victory over the Confederate army in the Civil War, and became known as the "Hero of the Civil War." After the Civil War, Grant served as the Secretary of War from August 12, 1867 to January 14, 1868. Grant was the 18th president of the United States. Grant signed legislation establishing the Department of Justice, the Weather Bureau (now known as the National Weather Service) and Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park. Grant’s administration made strides in foreign policy by negotiating the 1871 Treaty of Washington, which settled U.S. claims against England stemming from the activities of British-built Confederate warships that disrupted Northern shipping during the Civil War. The treaty resulted in improved relations between the United Kingdom and the United States.


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