Ulysses S. Grant

18th President Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-187718th President Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-187718th President Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-187718th President Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-187718th President Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-187718th President Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877

18th President Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877

18th President of the United States
(March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1877)

Full Name: Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant)
Nicknames: "Hero of Appomattox", "Unconditional Surrender"

Born: April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio
Died: July 23, 1885, in Mount McGregor, New York

Father: Jesse Root Grant (1794-1873)
Mother: Hannah Simpson Grant (1798-1883)
Married: Julia Boggs Dent (1826-1902), on August 22, 1848
Children: Frederick Dent Grant (1850-1912); Ulysses Simpson Grant (1852-1929); Ellen Wrenshall "Nellie" Grant (1855-1922); Jesse Root Grant (1858-1934)

Religion: Methodist
Education: Graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. (1843)
Occupation: Soldier
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • None

Presidential Salary: $25,000/year (increased to $50,000/year in 1873)

Presidential Election Results:

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1868Ulysses S. Grant3,013,421214
(map)Horatio Seymour2,706,82980
(Votes Not Cast)23

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1872Ulysses S. Grant3,596,745286
(map)Horace Greeley2,843,446
Thomas A. Hendricks42
Benjamin Gratz Brown18
Charles J. Jenkins2
David Davis1
(Votes Not Cast)17

Vice Presidents: Schuyler Colfax (1869-73); Henry Wilson (1873-75)


Secretary of State
Elihu B. Washburne (1869)
Hamilton Fish (1869-77)
Secretary of the Treasury
George S. Boutwell (1869-73)
William A. Richardson (1873-74)
Benjamin H. Bristow (1874-76)
Lot M. Morrill (1876-77)
Secretary of War
John A. Rawlins (1869)
William T. Sherman (1869)
William W. Belknap (1869-76)
Alphonso Taft (1876)
J. Donald Cameron (1876-77)
Attorney General
Ebenezer R. Hoar (1869-70)
Amos T. Akerman (1870-71)
George H. Williams (1871-75)
Edwards Pierrepont (1875-76)
Alphonso Taft (1876-77)
Postmaster General
John A. J. Creswell (1869-74)
James W. Marshall (1874)
Marshall Jewell (1874-76)
James N. Tyner (1876-77)
Secretary of the Navy
Adolph E. Borie (1869)
George M. Robeson (1869-77)
Secretary of the Interior
Jacob D. Cox, Jr. (1869-70)
Columbus Delano (1870-75)
Zachariah Chandler (1875-77)

Supreme Court Justices:
William Strong (1870-1880)
Joseph Philo Bradley (1873-1892)
Ward Hunt (1873-1882)
Morrison Waite (1874-1888)

Notable Events:
Internet Biographies:
Ulysses S. Grant -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Ulysses S. Grant -- from The American President
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
Ulysses S. Grant -- from Encyclopaedia Britannica
Facts about Grant during the Civil War and his presidency.
Other Internet Resources:
The Best Biographies of Ulysses S. Grant
In 2012, Stephen Floyd started his search for the best biography of each president. He usually has reviews of multiple biographies for each president.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant led the Union Army in Tennessee to its first major victory of the Civil War at this site on February 16, 1862.
General Grant National Memorial
Tourist information on Grant's tomb, located in New York, New York.
Grant Cottage at Mount McGregor, New York
The site where Grant wrote his autobiography and eventually passed away from throat cancer.
Health and Medical History of Ulysses Grant
Medical background of each president with references. Compiled by John Sotos, MD.
The Ulysses S. Grant Homepage
Articles, photographs, and many other biographical resources on Grant. Includes a bibliography and chronology.
Ulysses S. Grant Homestead Association Boyhood Home and Schoolhouse
The organization maintains the Grant's family home and the school he attended as a child.
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Tourist information on the St. Louis County, Missouri site that was the pre-Civil War home of Grant and his wife. Grant's White Haven farm is now undergoing restoration.
Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library
The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library contains 15,000 linear feet of correspondence, research notes, published monographs, artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia, by and about the United States’ 18th president, covering his early life, Civil War triumphs, presidency, and beyond.
Points of Interest:

449 Hardy Rd, Starkville, MS 39759

1000 Mt McGregor Rd
Wilton, NY

7400 Grant Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123

120 Lock D Rd, Dover, TN 37058

219 East Grant Avenue, Georgetown, Ohio

  • 1551 State Route 232, Point Pleasant, OH 45153

111 National Park Dr, Appomattox, VA 24522

W 122nd St & Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027

U.S. Capitol Building

Washington D.C., Washington, D.C.

Additional Facts:
  • Grant regretted not accepting Lincoln's offer to attend the theater the night of April 14, 1865. He was convinced he could have protected the President.
  • Grant was the first president to publish his memoirs. Mark Twain helped get them published.
  • Grant struggled with alcohol throughout this life.
  • Grant prevented Robert E. Lee from being charged with treason after the Civil War.
  • Grant was the first president to have both of his parents living as he entered office.
  • Grant could not stand the sight of blood. His steaks were cooked very well done.
  • Grant and his wife, Julia, are buried in the largest mausoleum in North America.
  • As president, Grant received a speeding ticket for driving his horse-drawn carriage too fast through the streets of Washington.

“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.”

“I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.”

“My failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.”

“I know only two tunes: one of them is ‘Yankee Doodle’, and the other isn’t.”

“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”

“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”

Previous President: Andrew Johnson
Next President: Rutherford B. Hayes