Who Was Ulysses S. Grant? by Megan StineUlysses S. Grant certainly does not have the typical war hero “back story.” Although a graduate of West Point, he never wanted to be a soldier and was terrified when he first saw battle. However, during the Civil War, after many Northern generals failed to deliver decisive victories, U.S. Grant rose to what the times required. He took command of Union forces, helped bring the war to an end in 1865, and went on to serve two terms as president.
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Ulysses S. He has a varied legacy, with a huge surge in unpopularity during the early 20th century, and attempts at rehabilitation during the twenty-first. He lived through one of the greatest American crises, and some credit his presidency with helping to reconcile America after the Civil War. When Grant tried to correct the mistake, he was told that he could either accept the changed name, or return again next year. He kept the name. This interest continued in West Point, where he even set a high jump record.
After spending a decade in the army and serving with distinction in the Mexican-American War, Grant resigned his post in and spent the next seven years flopping as a farmer, real estate agent and rent collector. He once had to eke out a living by selling firewood on St.
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Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio, on April 27, Although he was an excellent general during the Civil War , Grant was a poor judge of character, as the scandals of friends and acquaintances tainted his presidency and damaged him financially after he retired. At his birth, his family named him Hiram Ulysses Grant, and his mother always called him "Ulysses" or "Lyss. His classmates nicknamed him "Uncle Sam," or Sam for short, a nickname that stuck with him throughout his life.