Ulysses S. Grant
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Hiram Ulysses Grant
"Ulysses S. Grant"
Ulysses S. Grant (April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the eighteenth president of the United States of America.
Background[edit | edit source]
Prior to his presidency (1869-1877), Grant was the Commanding General of the Army during the American Civil War, where his stubbornness and knack for war secured victory for the Union and restored the United States under a single flag once more. During his first term as president, he led his Radical Republicans to eliminate all remnants of Confederate nationalism and slavery. His second term was marred by multiple scandals, including the Black Friday Gold Panic of 1869, the Whiskey Ring of 1876 and the Trading Post Ring of 1876.
Notable quotes[edit | edit source]
- "I have never advocated war except as a means of peace."
- "Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions."
- "Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor."
- "There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword."
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- McFeely, William S. (1981). Grant: A Biography. Norton. ISBN 0-393-01372-3.; Pulitzer Prize
"When Grant was 17, Congressman Thomas L. Hamer nominated him for a position at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York. Hamer mistakenly wrote down the name as "Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio." At West Point, he adopted this name with a middle initial only. His nickname became "Sam" among army colleagues at the academy, since the initials "U.S." also stood for "Uncle Sam". The "S", according to Grant, did not stand for anything, though Hamer had used it to abbreviate his mother's maiden name."
- The Courier: "So you're the one who sent the radio message - Ulysses."
Ulysses: "Not my given name, close enough. Took it from history, found it in a book. It's an Old World name. Ulysses lived a long time ago, long before the Old World set fire to itself. He made a mark without being myth. Had to fight during a time when his world had two flags, and he had to make them one."
- The Courier: "You chose Ulysses because of the "two flags" reference - is that tied to the war in the Mojave?"
Ulysses: "[SUCCEEDED] War. Call it that. Our part in it. Ulysses wasn't made for the flag he followed. He wasn't made for peace. That's the lesson. If you follow a symbol to the end, ask yourself what that means. More important, ask what happens after the end."
- The Courier: "Ulysses. Not the myth. You're honoring history, not stories."
Ulysses: "[SUCCEEDED] History. Yes. Ulysses walked a hard road. A general, like Caesar and Oliver. He was Brahmin-stubborn, gave him strength on the battlefield. He led his side to victory, turned two flags into one. That's when he lost - when the fighting was done, the sickness took hold. Lesson there, if history's to be believed. One you should heed."