Who Was Ulysses S. Grant?
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Ulysses 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.
wasn’t a state yet. It was its own nation. THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR IN THE EARLY 1800S, THE AREA WE NOW CALL TEXAS WAS A BIG OPEN SPACE. MEXICO HAD ALREADY SETTLED PARTS OF IT. AMERICANS MOVED IN AND BEGAN TO SETTLE OTHER PARTS. THE MEXICANS THOUGHT ALL OF TEXAS BELONGED TO THEM. THE AMERICAN SETTLERS FOUGHT A WAR WITH MEXICO—AND WON. AT THE END OF THE WAR, THE SETTLERS FORMED THEIR OWN COUNTRY, CALLED THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS. THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS WANTED TO BECOME PART OF THE UNITED STATES.
parade was held in his honor. Afterward, Ulysses met the famous author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain. The two men soon became friends. For a short time, Ulysses and Julia went to live in their house in Galena. But now that they had seen so much of the world, the small town bored them. So when some rich friends offered Ulysses enough money to buy a house in New York City, he happily accepted it. Life in New York was glamorous—and expensive. Ulysses’s oldest son, Buck, was
twenty-nine years old now and a businessman. He introduced Ulysses to his partner, Ferdinand Ward. Ward was a Wall Street investor. He promised big profits if Ulysses would invest in his company. It seemed like a good deal, so Ulysses handed over all his money. He also told all his friends and family to invest in the company called Grant and Ward. For a few years, everyone seemed to make money. But then suddenly, it all fell apart. Ward ran off with everyone’s money, and left Ulysses to clean up
and returns to his family 1860 South Carolina secedes from the Union 1861 Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee secede from the Union Civil War begins Ulysses S. Grant returns to the army as a volunteer to fight in the Civil War 1864 President Lincoln appoints Grant as lieutenant general 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrenders, ending the Civil War 1869 Ulysses S. Grant is sworn in as president of the United States on March
4 1872 Reelected president 1885 Writes his memoirs Ulysses S. Grant dies at sixty-three years old TIMELINE OF THE WORLD 1820 The Missouri Compromise establishes slavery-free territory in the United States 1833 Slavery is banned in the British Empire 1840 Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert 1845 New York City establishes the first official police department 1848 The United States and Mexico sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War Discovery of gold in