ULYSSES S. GRANT
18th U.S. President 1869-1877
LIFETIME: 1822-1885, of English-Scotch ancestry
Ulysses Grant Grant dining room

BIRTHPLACE (left): Point Pleasant OH - a three room, 16'x20' pine cottage
PHOTO CREDIT: Homes and Libraries of the Presidents by William G. Clotworthy

FARM RESIDENCE (center): "Hardscrabble" near St. Louis MO - a log cabin built by Grant on a 100-acre farm. The original cabin is now part of a wildlife conservation park managed by Anheuser-Busch.
PHOTO CREDIT: www.grantsfarm.com

GALENA HOME (top right): 500 Bouthillier Street, Galena IL - a two-story Italianate style brick manor presented to the Grants by the citizens of Galena, with a balustrade balcony, a low pitched roof and small piazza
PHOTO CREDIT: Historic Homes of the American Presidents by Irvin Haas

 

MINIATURE ROOMBOX of GRANT's DINING ROOM in Galena IL, miniature by Eugene Kupjack
PHOTOGRAPH of the roombox
The Forbes Collection, New York NY
SILVERPLATE TEA SERVICE owned by the Grant family
Michael Zahs, Ainsworth IA

RETIREMENT HOME (bottom right): Mount McGregor near Sarasota Springs NY - a two-story, spacious wood cabin with a covered porch
PHOTO CREDIT: 2004 Calendar of Presidential Homes, photography by Garren Zuck


Hiram Ulysses Grant grew up in very modest homes in Ohio and Illinois. He graduated from West Point in 1843 as Ulysses Simpson Grant - a bookkeeping error that he never bothered to correct.

On military assignment in St. Louis, Missouri, he met and married Julia Dent but the marriage was marred by subsequent assignments to far-away posts. In 1854 Grant left the Army to farm 100 acres he named "Hardscrabble." It was a failure. The family moved to Galena, Illinois, where several business ventures were also failures.

Enter The Civil War. U.S. Grant's battlefield tactics, combat strategy and grim perseverance led to his leadership of all Union forces by March of 1864. The victorious general returned to Galena a hero!

 

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