Ulysses S. Grant Quick Facts

Ulysses S. Grant

Name Meaning

Ulysses is of Latin origin, a variant of the Greek name “Odysseus,” meaning “wrathful”

Vital Stats

April 27, 1822
Birth Name:
Hiram Ulysses Grant,
sometimes given as Ulysses Simpson Grant (see resources)
Birthplace: Point Pleasant, OH
Date of Death: July 23, 1885
Cause: throat cancer
Place of Death: Mt. McGregor, NY
Height: 5′ 7″
Ancestry: English descent
Nationality: American
Occupation before Civil War:
soldier, farmer, businessman
Occupation during Civil War:
Union Army General; appointed Commanding General of the Union Army in 1864.
Occupation after the Civil War:
18th U.S. President (1869-77)

Major Battles

Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg, Appomattox Court House


Father: Jesse Root Grant (1/23/1794-6/29/1873)
Mother: Hannah Simpson Grant (11/23/1798-5/11/1883)
Brother: Samuel Simpson Grant (1825-1861)
some sources say second sibling was a brother:
Cluny Grant (1828-1865)
some sources say second sibling was a sister:
Clara Grant (1828-1865)
Sister: Virginia Paine Grant (1832-?)
Brother: Orvil Lynch Grant (1835-?)
Sister: Mary Frances Grant (1839-?)


Courtship Interest: Mary King
Married: Julia Boggs Dent on 8/22/1848


Son: Frederick Dent Grant (1850-1912)
Son: Ulysses S. Grant Jr. (1852-1929)
Daughter: Ellen Wrenshall Grant (1855-1922)
Son: Jesse Root Grant, Jr. (1858-1934)


*History of the Buell Family in England
Grant: A Biographyby William S. McFeely
The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
Grant by Ron Chernow

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