Ulysses S. Grant
U.S. President / Military Leader / Civil War Figure
Born: 27 April 1822
Died: 23 July 1885 (throat cancer)
Birthplace: Point Pleasant, Ohio
Best known as: President of the United States, 1869-1877
Name at birth: Hiram Ulysses Grant
The great Union military hero of the Civil War, Ulysses Grant also served two terms as U.S. president. Grant came from humble beginnings in small-town Ohio; his father was a tanner. The future general was baptized as Hiram Ulysses Grant, but when he arrived at West Point military academy in 1839, he found that he had been registered as Ulysses Simpson Grant, and he never bothered to change the name back. A sloppy cadet but a great horseman, Grant went on to serve with distinction in the Mexican War of 1846-48. Grant was later a failure as a farmer and a businessman, but he soared to fame during the Civil War, when he earned the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant" for his relentless tactics and leadership. He rose to become President...