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Although now happily reunited with his family, Grant faced a foreboding future in 1854.  He had given up the military, his only career, and had repeatedly proved himself a failure  at business. Grant's father offered him a job in the family tannery business in Galena,  Illinois–as long as Grant lived with his brother while Julia and the children remained in  Kentucky at the Grant family home. Grant balked. His two years on the West coast had  taught him that he needed Julia's calming influence around him, to keep his drinking  and smoking from becoming a problem. Grant and his family returned to Julia's family in St. Louis, where Grant got the use of a  brother-in-law's farm and land. Grant set about building a house, which he named  Hardscrabble. Hardscrabble was the only thing Grant ever built, and it stood as a giant  disappointment to his wife. She much preferred a simple frame house to the masculine 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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