The Biography of Ulysses S Grant by Walter AllenThis excellent biography by Walter Allen charts the war-hero turned president Ulysses S. Grants life. From his youngest years through to his term as one of the most fondly remembered presidents of the United States of America, Grants life is a fascnating one. This excellent eBook edition of this highly-rated title has been specially formatted for todays e-readers by Andrews UK.
He was the first of six children born to religious and hard-working parents, Jesse and Hannah Grant. His father was a tanner who took animal hides and processed them into leather. He made a good living, but the work conditions were horrible—skinned and raw animal carcasses everywhere, their hides tossed into kettles of stinging, stinking chemicals. Although Grant occasionally worked in the tannery as a child, he hated the work and swore to his father that once he was an adult, he would never do it again. Ulysses was a small, sensitive, quiet youth. The simple local schools bored him, and other children mistook his quietness for stupidity, nicknaming him "Useless.
To his friends, however, he was known simply as "Sam. Yet despite his less than exemplary school record, he performed well as a captain during the Mexican War , winning two citations for gallantry and one for meritorious conduct. He resigned in to avoid being drummed out of the service. Grant spent the next six years in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, Julia Dent Grant.
Ulysses S. For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America. Grant achieved two major Union victories early in the war. He later became commander of all Union forces after seizing Vicksburg , Mississippi. Grant ordered Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to take Atlanta in the South while he personally marched on the Confederate army in Virginia.
Ulysses Grant commanded the victorious Union army during the American Civil War and served as the 18th U. During the Civil War, Grant, an aggressive and determined leader, was given command of all the U. After the war he became a national hero, and the Republicans nominated him for president in
Ulysses S. Grant born Hiram Ulysses Grant ; [b] April 27, — July 23, was an American soldier, politician, and international statesman who served as the 18th president of the United States from to During the Reconstruction Era , President Grant led the Republicans in their efforts to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism, racism, and slavery. From early childhood in Ohio , Grant was a skilled equestrian who had a talent for taming horses. Upon his return, Grant married Julia Dent , and together they had four children.
Late in the administration of Andrew Johnson, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant quarreled with the President and aligned himself with the Radical Republicans. He was, as the symbol of Union victory during the Civil War, their logical candidate for President in When he was elected, the American people hoped for an end to turmoil. Grant provided neither vigor nor reform.
For much of his life, Ulysses S. Grant failed at every occupation he tried. But in the United States Army, his remarkable talents as a soldier and leader saved his country from falling apart. His childhood was, he recalled, an "uneventful" one. He went to school, did chores, ice skated, fished, and rode horses, like other children on the American frontier.