Grant Ulysses S

Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), 6th cousin 4x removed

Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant.  He was the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877) as well as military commander during the Civil War and post-war Reconstruction periods.  Under Grant’s command, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military and ended the Confederate States of America.  Grant began his lifelong career as a soldier after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1843.  He resigned from the Army in 1854, but after the American Civil War began in April 1861, he joined the Union war effort, taking charge of training new regiments and then engaging the Confederacy near Cairo, Illinois.  In 1862, he fought a series of major battles and captured a Confederate army, earning a reputation as an aggressive general who seized control of most of Kentucky and Tennessee at the Battle of Shiloh.  In July 1863, after a long, complex campaign, he defeated five Confederate armies (capturing one of them) and seized Vicksburg.  This famous victory gave the Union control of the Mississippi River, split the Confederacy, and opened the way for more Union victories and conquests.  After another victory at the Battle of Chattanooga in late 1863, President Abraham Lincoln promoted him to the rank of lieutenant general and gave him charge of all of the Union Armies.  As Commanding General of the United States Army from 1864 to 1865, Grant confronted Robert E. Lee in a series of very high casualty battles known as the Overland Campaign that ended in a stalemate siege at Petersburg.  During the siege, Grant coordinated a series of devastating campaigns launched by William Tecumseh Sherman, Philip Sheridan, and George Thomas.  Finally breaking through Lee’s trenches at Petersburg, the Union Army captured Richmond, the Confederate capital, in April 1865.  Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. Soon after, the Confederacy collapsed and the Civil War ended.  Later, Grant’s presidency was marred by economic turmoil and multiple scandals.  His response to the Panic of 1873 and the severe depression that followed was heavily criticized.  His low standards in Cabinet and federal appointments and lack of accountability generated corruption and bribery in seven government departments.  In 1876, his reputation was severely damaged by the graft trials of the Whiskey Ring.  In addition, his image as a war hero was tarnished by corruption scandals during his presidency. He left office at the low point of his popularity.

 

(President, 18th) Ulysses S Grant , 6th cousin 4x removed – Jesse Root Grant (1794 – 1873) – Noah Grant (1748 – 1819) – Noah Grant (1718 – 1756) – Noah Grant (1692 – 1727) – Grace Miner (1670 – 1753) – John Miner (1635 – 1719) – Thomas Minor (1608 – 1690) – Manassah Minor (1647 – 1728) – Elnathan Minor (1671 – 1756) – Manasseh Minor (1695 – 1750) – Lucretia Minor (1732 – 1818) – Manasseh Minor York (1767 – 1830) – Lucretia York (1804 – 1887) – Henry Fayette Hamlin (1834 – 1901) – Clarence Clark Hamlin (1868 – 1940) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

This photo depicts President Ulysses S. Grant (pictured in the center, at the time a lieutenant general), his friend Brigadier General John Rawlins (left), and an unknown lieutenant colonel in 1865. (Color by Reddit User Zuzahin/Photo Courtesy of National Archives)

This photo depicts President Ulysses S. Grant (pictured in the center, at the time a lieutenant general), his friend Brigadier General John Rawlins (left), and an unknown lieutenant colonel in 1865. (Color by Reddit User Zuzahin/Photo Courtesy of National Archives)

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