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Did you know that Ulysses S. Grant was a member of the Republican Political Party? Did you know that Ulysses S. Grant was considered to be a great military hero of the Civil War?
Did you know that many tales of corruption were linked to the Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant? Read our Fact sheet to find out more!

Fun Fact 1: Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio on April 27, 1822. His mother's name was Hannah Simpson and she was of Irish descent

Fun Fact 2: He was given the name Hiram Ulysses Grant at birth, and was known as "Lyss". A mistake was made on his application, when Hiram was appointed to West Point Academy,  a congressman filled out the form, he dropped his first name and included his mothers maiden name, the application was made as Ulysses Simpson Grant. On arriving at the Academy he tried in vain to have the document amended but he was told that it was an official government application and it could not be changed!

Fun Fact 3: Ulysses S. Grant was considered to be a great military hero of the Civil War as he led the North into victory over the Confederate South

Fun Fact 4: Ulysses S. Grant Grant proposed several times to his true love Julia Dent Grant before she finally accepted. They wed on August 22, 1848 and between them they produced four children

Fun Fact 5: Ulysses S. Grant became the 18th president of America in 1869, when he was 46 years of age, he served for 8 years

Fun Fact 6: During his presidency he watched over the 'reconstruction era' of the United States, continuing the restoration of the country from the aftermath of the Civil War. He also implemented Congressional plans to reoccupy the South

Fun Fact 7: After gaining presidency Ulysses S. Grant invested in an  unsuccessful venture on Wall Street, it failed leaving him a debt of over $16 million

Fun Fact 8: His presidency was noted for numerous scandals and tales of corruption. He was never involved personally but it did affect his reputation

Fun Fact 9: The collapse of the gold market on September 24, 1869 set America into financial panic, and was know as 'The Black Friday Scandal' it was caused by two investors, Jay Gould and James Fisk, attempting to corner the U.S. gold market

Fun Fact 10: The Transcontinental Railroad which connected the east and west coasts with a single rail line was completed in 1869. Thousands of dollars were invested in it's construction, however when a major investor went bust, talk of corruption and financial panic followed

Fun Fact 11: The Whiskey Ring Scandal was exposed in 1875. It exposed the involvement of a group of distillers, distributors and public officials who defrauded the government of revenue from liquor taxes

Fun Fact 12: A portrait of Ulysses S Grant is on the $50 bill, it is sometimes refered to as a 'Grant'

Fun Fact 13: When Ulysses S Grant was inaugurated his parents did not attend, despite the fact that he was the first President whose parents were both alive to see it

Fun Fact 14: Ulysses S Grant died on July 23, 1885 in Mount McGregor, New York

Fun Fact 15: Ulysses S Grant is buried, next to his wife Julia, at Grantís Tomb in Manhattan. Their tomb is the second largest monument in the Western Hemisphere

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