When Hiram Ulysses Grant was born1

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When Hiram Ulysses Grant was born, his home state of Ohio was the "far West." Soon after Grant's birth, his father, Jesse R. Grant, moved the family to nearby Georgetown, where he opened a tannery. Growing up, Grant found that he hated the tannery business, but also found that he had a unique ability to work with horses. He eventually did all of the family's training of horses. One episode from Grant's youth, though, demonstrated a lack of business knowledge that would plague his ventures for the rest of his life. Grant wanted to buy a colt from a neighbor. His father allowed Grant to bargain with the neighbor, so Grant approached the colt's owner and said, "Papa says I may offer you twenty dollars for the colt, but if you won't take that, I am to offer twenty-two and a half, and if you won't take that, I am to give you twenty- five." Not surprisingly, Grant paid the full price for the colt. Whatever else Grant may have become in his life, he should never have entered the business
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Unformatted text preview: world. Luckily, Grant did find a good outlet for his energy at West Point, which he entered at seventeen. A bureaucratic mistake changed his name to Ulysses S. Grantsomething Grant never bothered to correct, as he had had never liked the initials H.U.G. very much. At West Point Grant remained solidly mediocre at every task except for equestrian skills, where he excelled. Soon after he graduated and arrived at his first posting in St. Louis, he began courting Julia Dentthe relatively wealthy daughter of a slave-owning farmer. The Mexican War intervened, however, and Grant saw his first combat during a deployment under General Zachary Taylor near Matamoros, Mexico. Though only a quartermaster, Grant did see some action under General Winfield Scott during the attack on Mexico Cityand even played a small notable role in the attack, helping to capture a church belfry and directing cannon fire from there...
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