April 27, 1822 - July 23, 1885 State: Ohio Religion: Methodist, but he was never baptized Marriage: Julia Boggs Dent Military service: Grant was a career soldier. As a general, Grant accepted Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Va., on April 9, 1865 Party: Republican Term: March 4, 1869 - March 3, 1877 Vice president: Schuyler Colfax, 1869-1873; Henry Wilson, 1873-1875; vacant, 1875-1877 Highlights of presidency: Strengthened by the 15th Amendment banning race-based voting qualifications in 1870, Grant threatened to send armed forces against states denying blacks the right to vote and against terrorism by the Ku Klux Klan. Did you know? Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant but used Ulysses as his first name from the time he entered school. In 1839 his father secured an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and pressured him to attend. Ulysses accepted the appointment but decided to enroll as Ulysses Hiram, possibly to avoid having the initials HUG embroidered on his clothing. Unfortunately, his congressional appointment to the academy was erroneously made in the name Ulysses S. Grant, the name he eventually accepted, maintaining that the middle initial stood for nothing.
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