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Ulysees S. Grant

Ulysees S. Grant

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Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States, from 1869 to 1877. Born in Point Pleasant, Ohio (southeast of Cincinnati along the Ohio River, he was immensely popular due to his work as a general for the United States in the Civil War. Grant was politically inexperienced when he entered office, being a military man instead or a career politician. He was, at age 46, also the youngest man to ever be elected to the presidency.

Grant oversaw the second half of the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. Although his presidency was marred by scandals involving key cabinet members, Grant was one of the first to support civil rights for African-Americans.

The one-story Point Pleasant, Ohio home, where Grant was born, has been restored and is open to the public. His boyhood home, in nearby Georgetown Ohio, still stands, but has not yet been restored. Georgetown hosts an annual Grant Celebration each April around Grant's birthday.

Grant lived in New York after his terms in office. He is buried with his wife, Julia in New York City's Riverside Park.

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