The first child of Jesse R. Grant and Hannah Simpson, Hiram Ulysses Grant was born on April 27, 1822, in the family's hometown of Ravenna, Ohio. Jesse had settled there in his early twenties and opened a tannery that sent its leather down the Ohio Valley to Point Pleasant for trading. He married Simpson at twenty-seven and Hiram arrived a year later. Hiram's parents were a new addition to the frontier culture of the ever-expanding American west. They were among the first generation to advance from subsistence farming to tradesmen, filling the need for civilization left behind as the frontier continued its steady march westward.The Grant family originally arrived in Boston in 1630 and each generation moved steadily westward before ending up in Ohio. There, after Grant's grandmother died, his grandfather was unable to provide for the eight children and had to break up the family.
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