Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant

Hiram Ulysses Grant was born in Ohio. He made no objection when he was appointed to West Point as "Ulysses Simpson Grant" and continued to use that name for the remainder of his life.

In 1863, for his victories at Vicksburg and Chattanooga, he was named Lieutenant General, the first person to hold that rank since George Washington, and given command of all Federal forces. After taking the field, with the Army of the Potomac, as General-in-Chief, he ordered the Army of the Potomac commander,George Meade, to press the attack against Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

Grant was elected President in 1868 and 1872. His is considered the most corrupt of any earlier or subsequent administrations, although there is no evidence that Grant, himself, was personally involved in the corruption.


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