Ulysses S. Grant: A Brave War Hero

Ulysses-S.-Grant-colorized[1]By Heather Gladwill

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th president of the United States. He was appointed to office in 1869 at the age of 46. Grant, at the time, was the youngest president to be appointed.

Grant was a military general during the time of the Civil War. He was credited for his amazing bravery during very rough times at war. he led the Union to success in many battles. Though many of his predecessors believed territory was more important, Grant believed taking down the Confederate army was most important. After the Civil War ended, Grant did not choose to take prisoners of war and allowed the remaining Confederate soldiers (and others) to keep their horses, as well as return home.

After the events of the Civil War, Grant was nominated to be president. Grant had no political experience, only military experience. In 1868, Grant was elected as the 18th president. Though he was an honest man, Grant appointed many people to office that were not of the best character. Grant did have small successes during his presidency, but because of his many scandals, he was unable to run for a third term.

When his terms were up, Grant had a rough civilian life. He went bankrupt and suffered from throat cancer. In order to get more money, Grant sold short magazine articles about his life. These articles brought in a total of $450,000 for him and his family.

Grant died on July 23, 1885 at the age of 63. He died at Mount McGregor, New York, and was buried in New York City.

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