Hiram Ulysses Grant was born on April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio. Grant’s family had a history of military service, and as a result, he was admitted to West Point in 1839. He first fought in the Mexican-American War, before serving as an instrumental commander and tactician in the Civil War, on the side of the North, eventually reaching the rank of General of the Army. Grant remained in command of the army following the war, serving as a stabilizing force during Reconstruction. He was the 18th President of the United States, the second from Ohio. Grant died on July 23, 1885 in Wilton, New York. He was selected to have his image displayed on the $50-dollar bill in 1914. President Ulysses Grant was made a Great Ohioan in 2011.
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