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  • Sided with the Radical Republicans after quarreling with President Johnson
  • When he graduated from
  • He made a logical candidate in 1868

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  • Ulysses S. Grant
    1869-1877
  • Birthplace
    1822 – Ohio
  • Son of an Ohio tanner
    Was working in his father’s leather store in Galena, Illinois when Civil War started
  • Career
    Attended West Point against his will
    Wanted to be a math teacher and not a soldier
    Mexican War – fought under Zachary Taylor
  • “I can’t spare this man – he fights.”
    Appointed to take command of an unruly volunteer regiment
    Sept. 1861 – became brigadier general
    Sought to win control of MS valley
    Feb 1862 – took Fort Henry and Fort Donelson
    “No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.”
    Promoted to major general
    April 1862 – Battle of Shiloh
    Sought to win Vicksburg to cut the Confederacy in two
    Also broke Confederate hold on Chattanooga
    March 1864 – Appointed as General-in-Chief
    Directed Sherman to drive through the South
    While he and the Army of the Potomac pinned down Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia
    April 9, 1865 – Appomattox Court House, Lee surrendered
    Grant wrote magnanimous terms of surrender that would prevent treason trials
  • 1868 Presidential candidate, because
    Grant was a symbol of Union victory
    He sided with the Radical Republicans after quarreling with President Johnson
  • Bewildered
    “a puzzled pathos, as of a man with a problem before him of which he does not understand the terms.”
    Grant provided neither vigor nor reform
    Allowed Radical Reconstruction to run its course in the South
  • President Grant
    Brought part of his Army staff to the White House
    Associated with Jay Gould and James Fisk
    Realized their scheme to corner the market in gold
    Authorized the Secretary of Treasury to sell enough gold to wreck their plans
  • Campaign for 1872 Election
    Attacked by Liberal Republican reformers
    called them “narrow-headed men”, their eyes so close together that “they can look out of the same gimlet hole without winking”
  • After presidency,
    Became a partner in a financial firm which went bankrupt
    Learned that he had cancer of the throat
    Started writing recollections to pay off debts and provide for his family; memoir brought in $450,000
    Died in 1885