Ulysses S. Grant

US President

1822 – 1885


Who was Ulysses S. Grant?

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States following his highly successful role as a war general in the second half of the Civil War. Under Grant, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military; the war, and secession, ended with the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox. As president he led the Radical Republicans in their effort to eliminate all vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery. Upset over uncontrolled violence in the South and wanting to protect African American citizenship, President Grant effectively destroyed the Ku Klux Klan in 1871. Grant was the first President to establish Civil Service reform, creating a two-year federally funded Civil Service Commission in 1871. In terms of foreign policy, Grant revealed an "unexpected capacity for deliberation and consultation" that promoted the national interest. His reputation was marred by his repeated defense of corrupt appointees, and by America's first industrial age economic depression that dominated his second term. Although his Republican Party split in 1872 with reformers denouncing him, Grant was easily reelected. By 1875 the conservative white Southern opposition regained control of every state in the South and as he left the White House in March 1877 his policies were being undone.

Famous Quotes:

  • I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
  • The question of suffrage is one which is likely to agitate the public so long as a portion of the citizens of the nation are excluded from its privileges in any State.
  • .. it is desirable that they should be approached calmly, without prejudice, hate, or sectional pride, remembering that the greatest good to the greatest number is the object to be attained.
  • Wars of extermination, engaged in by people pursuing commerce and all industrial pursuits, are expensive even against the weakest people, and are demoralizing and wicked.
  • The effects of the late civil strife have been to free the slave and make him a citizen. Yet he is not possessed of the civil rights which citizenship should carry with it. This is wrong, and should be corrected.
  • Social equality is not a subject to be legislated upon, nor shall I ask that anything be done to advance the social status of the colored man, except to give him a fair chance to develop what there is good in him, give him access to the schools, and when he travels let him feel assured that his conduct will regulate the treatment and fare he will receive.

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Apr 27, 1822
Point Pleasant
Also known as
  • Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
  • Hiram Ulysses Grant
  • S. Ulysses Grant
  • Ulysses Grant
  • Hero of Appomattox
  • Ulyss
  • Lyss
  • Sam
  • Mr. Grant
  • Uncle Sam
  • Methodism
  • Scottish American
  • Scotch-Irish American
  • United States of America
  • United States Military Academy
  • President, Federal government of the United States
    (1869/03/04 - 1877/03/04)
Lived in
  • Ohio
  • New York City
Jul 23, 1885
Resting place
General Grant National Memorial

on July 23, 2013


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