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Mr. President

Ulysses S. Grant
Eighteenth President, 1869–1877

“There are
but few important
events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice.”

Soldier's Story:
"I never liked service in the army...I never went into a battle willingly." These are unexpected words from one of the greatest military leaders in U.S. history. Ulysses S. Grant was an enigma, a reluctant soldier and politician who led his army to Civil War victory, then won the presidency twice. His administration was marred by scandal and widespread corruption. After retiring from the Presidency, Grant joined a financial firm that went bankrupt. He wrote his memoirs to help pay his debts and provide for his family. Soon after he finished the last page, he died.

Portrait by Thomas LeClear , circa 1880 . NPG.70.16 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Republican
Date of Birth: Saturday, April 27, 1822
Date of Death: Thursday, July 23, 1885
Vice President: Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson
First Lady: Julia Dent Grant

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