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Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885



  • Existence: 1822 - 1885

Biographical History

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) was the 18th President of the United States of America, and an Army general.

Hiram Ulysses Grant was born April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio to Jesse Root Grant and Hannah Simpson Grant. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Upon his arrival, he was registered as Ulysses S. Grant, the "S" standing for his mother's maiden name, Simpson. Grant continued to go by that name, though he said the "S" did not stand for anything. Grant graduated from West Point in the summer of 1843. He fought in the Mexican War as a calvaryman. On August 22, 1848, after a four-year engagement, Grant married Julia Boggs Dent in St. Louis, Missouri. Together they had 4 children: Frederick Dent Grant, Ulysses S. "Buck" Grant, Jr., Ellen Wrenshall "Nellie" Grant, and Jesse Root Grant. Grant was promoted to captain in the summer of 1853, but on July 31, 1854, he resigned from the army with little notice. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was working in his father's leather store in Galena, Illinois. He was appointed by the Governor to lead a volunteer regiment. By 1861, Grant had risen to the rank of brigadier general of the volunteers. In March 1864, after leading his volunteers to a number of key Union victories, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Grant General-in-Chief. The war ended on April 9, 1865 with General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. Grant was the 18th President of the United States of America, and served two terms as president, from March 4, 1869 to March 4, 1877. After his presidency, Grant became a partner in a financial firm that went bankrupt in 1884. At about that same time, Grant learned that he had cancer of the throat. In order to pay off debts and provide for his family, Grant began writing his recollections. The cancer quickly spread throughout his body. His memoirs, which he finished writing on July 19, 1885, eventually earned $450,000. He died just four days later, on July 23, 1885 in Wilton, New York.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Autograph book of American politicians

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232484839]
Identifier: MSS 335
Scope and Contents

Autograph book of American politicians and members of the Ulysses S. Grant administration in 1874. Also included is an autograph book of American politicians dated 1898 and 1899.

Dates: 1874-1899

Ulysses S. Grant certificates and letters

Identifier: Vault MSS 423
Scope and Contents

Two printed forms with handwritten notations. Grant appoints Henry Baxter as "Minister Resident" to Honduras and gives him diplomatic passage and protection. Also incuded are two handwritten and signed letters in which Grant authorizes Baxter to represent, consult, and negotiate in behalf of the United States.

Dates: 1869-1873

Ulysses S. Grant deed for Andrew J. Moffitt

Identifier: Vault MSS 422
Scope and Contents

Printed form with handwritten notations dated 1 July 1873. The item states that Andrew J. Moffitt has purchased land in Sanpete County, Utah. The manuscript was signed by Ulysses S. Grant, president of the United States.

Dates: 1873 July 1

Ulysses S. Grant letters

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233289583]
Identifier: Vault MSS 391
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed "General Order #5," dated 18 Feb. 1862, and composed at Fort Donelson, Tennessee. Grant orders all captured property turned over to the respective quartermasters. Handwritten and signed letter, dated 11 July 1863, and addressed to Admiral David D. Porter, commander of the Mississippi Squadron. Grant informs Porter that he accepts the admiral's suggestion. The note contains only twenty-one words. Handwritten and signed letter, composed in Washington, DC, dated 6 Dec....
Dates: 1862-1866

Ulysses S. Grant proclamation

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1565
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed proclamation. The item establishes rules for the conduct of trade between "insurrectionary and loyal states."

Dates: 1863

Daniel Harrington papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197230232784]
Identifier: MSS 714
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal papers, mementos, certificates, and family papers. Correspondents include James E. Talmage, George H. Brimhall, and Karl G. Maeser. Also included is a certificate signed by President Ulysses S. Grant.

Dates: 1850-1905

Edward M. Hayhurst correspondence and other material

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7928

Civil War correspondence of Edward M. Hayhurst to and from his family, including typescripts; as well as photographs, genealogical papers, and other family materials.

Dates: 1862-1938

John J. Henry certificate of appointment

 File — Oversize-folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233245049]
Identifier: MSS SC 659
Scope and Contents

Oversized printed documents with handwritten notations. Collection includes legal documents, the appointment of Henry as Register of the Land Office at Fair Play, Colorado, 1875, signed by Ulysses S. Grant, and at Leadville, Colorado, 1880, signed by Rutherford B. Hayes.

Dates: 1875-1880

Transcriptions of Hayhurst family letters, 1862-1938

Identifier: MSS 7928 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains a compact disc with electronic transcriptions of Hayhurst family letters produced by Richard A. Meyer; edited printouts of the transcriptions created by Amanda Crandall, processor manuscript processing specialist in 2011-2012; and, edited transcriptions created through L. Tom Perry Special Collections' Transcribe program in 2016.

Dates: 1862-1938

George S. Woods letter to Ulysses S. Grant

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233284709]
Identifier: Vault MSS 73
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated November 13, 1871, and addressed to Ulysses S. Grant, president of the United States. Woods writes about the social and political situation in Utah.

Dates: 1871 November 13

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Collection 9
Archival Object 1
Letters 5
Politics, Government, and Law 4
Presidents -- United States -- Autographs 3
Certificates 2
Material Types 2
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Military 2
Social Life and Customs 2
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 2
Admirals -- United States -- Correspondence 1
Autographs 1
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1
City and Town Life 1
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 1
Compact discs 1
Correspondence 1
Deeds 1
Educators -- Utah -- History 1
Fair Play (Colo.) -- History 1
Family life 1
Fort Donelson, Battle of, Tenn., 1862 -- Sources 1
Genealogies 1
Generals -- United States -- Correspondence 1
Governors -- Utah -- Correspondence 1
Home and Family 1
Honduras -- Foreign relations -- United States -- History -- Sources 1
International Relations 1
Judges -- Utah -- History 1
Land tenure -- Utah -- Sanpete County -- History -- Sources 1
Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- Colorado 1
Latter Day Saints -- Utah -- History 1
Lawyers -- Utah -- History 1
Leadville (Colo.) -- History 1
Legal instruments 1
Photographs 1
Politicians -- United States -- Autographs 1
Politicians -- Utah -- History 1
Proclamations 1
Public lands -- Colorado 1
Religion 1
Retail trade 1
Sanpete County (Utah) -- History 1
Scrapbooks 1
Territorial Government 1
Trade regulation -- United States -- History -- Sources 1
Typescripts 1
United States -- Foreign relations -- Honduras -- History -- Sources 1
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns 1
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Economic aspects -- Sources 1
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Union 1
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources 1
Utah -- History 1
Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History -- Siege, 1863 -- Sources 1
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