Hiram Ulysses Simpson Grant was born in Ohio. He was nominated for West Point at 17 years of age. He served in the military for the largest portion of his young adult life. Attempts at business were met with failure.
Grant’s life was difficult and followed the economic turns of the time. He worked hard but few things were successful. With the beginning of the Civil War, he returned to a full time military occupation.
History records that Grant was a successful General and continued with his success into two successful terms as President. As President, he passionately set about changing the culture of the South and was instrumental in limiting association such as the Ku Klux Klan which sought a return to slave-state.
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