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Grant carefully followed the deepening rift slavery caused in the United States over the  1850s. His friends remember often finding him in his office or his store lost in thought  with a newspaper in his hand. While he seldom expressed his own opinions on the  issue–as he remained characteristically cold and private in public–his friends gradually  realized that he was "deeply pained" by the troubles. Grant's own politics stood  somewhere in the middle: no longer beholden to the Democratic in-laws, he briefly  adopted his father's Know-Nothing affiliation before settling as a Whig. He voted for the  first time in the 1856 Presidential election, casting his ballot for James Buchanan. When war erupted in the spring of 1861, Grant was able to predict its course with  impressive accuracy. He predicted South Carolina's secession a week before it  occurred, and predicted the secession of several other states later. Furthermore, his 
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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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