Ulysses S. Grant

grant1April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885

You know you’ve had an eventful life when being the President of the United States is the SECOND most famous thing for which you are known. Ulysses S. Grant was – of course – the commanding officer of the Union Army that accepted Robert E. Lee’s surrender to end the U.S. Civil War. Three years following the end of the war, Grant was elected as the 18th U.S. President. His presidency was full of successes and of failures. No real surprise considering the state of the country at the time. During his time in office, the last of the Confederate states were restored into the union. He was also instrumental in the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right to vote of (male) citizens, regardless of race. Remembered by some as a beloved symbol of the nation and by others as one of the most corrupt Presidents of all time, he certainly covered a lot of ground. Grant spent his final years traveling the world and writing his memoirs. He died of esophageal cancer at the age of 63. 1.5 million people attended his New York City funeral.


General Grant National Memorial – New York, NY

Specific Location

On the lower level of the main vestibule, central to the monument.


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