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Ulysses S. Grant: A Presidential Unit

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th president of the United States of America. He was born 27 April 1822 and died 23 July 1885. He served two terms in office from 1869 – 1877 and was the first elected president after the US Civil War concluded.

Political Party: Republican
Years Served: 1869 - 1877
Vice President(s): Schuyler Colfax and Henry Wilson
Name of his parents: Jesse Root Grant and Hannah Simpson
Wife’s name: Julia Boggs Dent
Yearly Salary as President: $25,000 during his first term and $50,000 for his second
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 8 ½ inches
State of Birth: Ohio


“Ulysses S. Grant’s real name was Hiram Ulysses Grant, but didn’t care for his initials ‘HUG’. When he was at the US Military Academy at West Point, someone called him Ulysses Simpson Grant by mistake, Grant liked that so much that he didn’t bother to correct it. Even though he was a career soldier, he hated guns and didn’t even like to hunt. Ulysses married Julia Dent in 1844. They had four children. Julia’s father was against the marriage because he didn’t want his daughter to marry a soldier.”

On Line Lesson Plans:

Ulysses Grant from TeacherVision
Ulysses Grant from DiscoverySchool.com
Presidential Thinkquest


Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie’s Page
Ulysses S. Grant from Enchanted Learning


On Line Resources:

Note: you may wish to review various US Civil War resources for information on the role that U.S. Grant played as a soldier and Commander-in-Chief.

Ulysses S. Grant Association
Ulysses S. Grant Homepage
Biography of Ulysses S. Grant
Grant’s Memoirs
News of US Grant’s death
General Grant National Memorial
American Presidents’ Life Portraits
The American Presidency from Grollier
White House Historical Society
The History Buff -- US Presidents
Roll Call of the Presidents


Trivia Questions:

1. What was one of Ulysses S. Grant’s nicknames? [Answer: The Hero of Appomattox”]

2. What other political positions did Grant hold? [Answer: none!]

3. What were the names of Grant’s children? [Answer: Frederick Dent Grant; (1850-1912); Ulysses Simpson Grant (1852-1929); Ellen Wrenshall Grant (1855-1922); Jesse Root Grant (1858-1934)]



Of Note:

Check out Little Known Facts about Ulysses S. Grant for interesting tidbits on his life.

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