With Presidents Day last week, we thought we should make a video about our 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant! Did you know the oldest car in our collection is Ulysses’ Presidential carriage?! Watch this video to learn some fun facts about our 18th President!
Ulysses S. Grant was an American military leader and politician who served as the 18th President of the United States from 1869 to 1877. He was born on April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio, and grew up in a family of modest means. Grant is best known for his role as the commanding general of the Union Army during the American Civil War, where he led the Union to victory over the Confederate States. He was a skilled tactician and strategist and won several important battles, including the Battle of Vicksburg and the Battle of Chattanooga. After the Civil War, Grant became a prominent political figure, serving as Secretary of War under President Andrew Johnson before being elected President in 1868.
During his presidency, he worked to implement Reconstruction policies to rebuild the South and promote civil rights for African Americans. He also oversaw the ratification of the 15th Amendment, which granted African American men the right to vote. Grant was a popular president, but his reputation was later tarnished by scandals that occurred during his presidency, including the Credit Mobilier scandal and the Whiskey Ring scandal. Despite these controversies, Grant is still regarded as one of America's greatest military leaders and a key figure in the country's history. He died on July 23, 1885, in Mount McGregor, New York.