President Uylssess S. Grant
President Ulyssess S. Grant
Our eighteenth president was born on April 27, 1822 in Ohio. Against his will, he went to West Point and graduated in the middle of his class. During the Mexican War, he fought under General Zachary Taylor.
In the civil war, he gained the rank of brigadier general of volunteers in September 1861. After taking Fort Donelson, President Lincoln was promoted to major general of volunteers. Grant also fought in Vicksburg and won Chattanooga. After this, Lincoln appointed him General-in-Chief in March 1864. Due to Grantís fighting, General Robert E. Lee, the Confederacyís most important general, finally surrendered on April 9, 1865.
Ulysses S. Grant was elected Vice President under President Andrew Johnson. Grant and Johnson quarreled over issues related to the Radical Republicans. Grant sided with the Radicals, and became their presidential candidate in 1868. After being elected, he ran the government in the same manner as he had run the military, even bringing Army staff into the White House. Grant looked over the help of Congress many issues he was faced with. To many, he seemed as if he had no clue what he was doing. He allowed Radical Reconstruction in the South, supporting it with military force at times. After retiring from presidency, Ulysses S. Grant was plunged into debt. After learning he had throat cancer, he started the write a memoir to pay off his debts and help support his family. Not long after itís completion, he died on July 23, 1885.
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