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Ulysses S. Grant

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

Nickname: "Hero of Appomattox"

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

Father: Jesse Root Grant
Mother: Hannah Simpson Grant
Married: Julia Boggs Dent (1826-1902), on August 22, 1848
Children:Frederick Dent Grant (1850-1912); Ulysses Simpson Grant (1852-1929); Ellen Wrenshall 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:



Popular Votes

Electoral Votes


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Horatio Seymour




(Votes Not Cast)




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Horace Greeley



Thomas A. Hendricks




Benjamin Gratz Brown




Charles J. Jenkins




David Davis




(Votes Not Cast)



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)

James D. 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 Appointments:

Chief Justice

Morrison Remick Waite (1874-88)

Associate Justice

William Strong (1870-80)

Joseph P. Bradley (1870-92)

Ward Hunt (1873-82)

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 American Presidents: Life Portraits -- C-SPAN

Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN's 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.

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.

News of Ulysses Grant's Death -- from Dead Presidents

The text from page 1 of The New York Times, July 24, 1885. Placed on the web by Manus Hand.

Ulysses S. Grant Interpretive Outline -- from the Ulysses S. Grant Information Center

A comprehensive outline of the life of Grant written by Frank Scaturro of the Grant Monument Association.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1869)
Second Inaugural Address (1873)
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Volume 1 (1885)
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Volume 2 (1885)
Grant, In His Own Words

Quotations from Grant on everything from military service to the presidency, from modesty to profanity.

Other Internet Resources:

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.

The Ulysses S. Grant Information Center

Great information resource and research starting point for students and researchers alike, created by and maintained by Dr. Marie Kelsey, the Educational Media & Technology Program Director at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota.

Grant Cottage at Mount McGregor, New York

The site where Grant wrote his autobiography and eventually passed away from throat cancer.

The Ulysses S. Grant Homepage

Articles, photographs, and many other biographical resources on Grant. Includes a bibliography and chronology.

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.

Points of Interest:




Ulysses S. Grant

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


Julia Grant