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Hiram Ulysses Grant was born near Pleasant Point Ohio on April 27 1822 His parents were Hannah Simpson and Jesse Grant Jesse Grant was the owner of a tannery He was shy boy while growing up At the age of one year he was taken to Georgetown where he was educated at local and boarding schools He graduated 21st in a class of 39 from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1843 where he had enrolled under the name of Ulysses Simpson Grant He was assigned to Jefferson Barracks MO where he met Julia Dent They married after the Mexican War in 1848 Grant served in the Mexican War under the name of Gen Zachary Taylor and Gen Winfield Scott In 1854 while stationed at Fort Humboldt California Grant resigned his commission because of loneliness and drinking problems He spent the following years in unsuccessful farming and business ventures in Missouri He moved to Galena Illinois in 1860 where he worked in his fathers leather shop Grant was appointed colonel and soon afterward brigadier general of the Illinois volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War Grant wanted to fight for the Union He was an officer of dogged determination and won a series of brilliant victories On one occasion the commander of a Confederate fort asked on what terms Grant would accept his surrender No terms he replied except an unconditional and immediate surrender From then on he was known as Unconditional Surrender Grant since his initials were US On March 8 1864 President Lincoln made him commander of all the Union forces Grant helped to bring the war to an end in a little over a year In 1868 Grant was elected Republican president of the United States Although Grant was a wonderful soldier he made a poor president He was honest but some of those he appointed to high office were not They caused
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