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Presidential Trivia – Ulysses S. Grant

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  Ulysses S. Grant (born. Hiram Ulysses Grant), 18th President of the United States

  • Born April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio
  • Died July 23, 1885, Mount McGregor, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Height: 5’8″
  • Childhood and school activities:  Fishing; riding and breaking horses; worked in his fathers tannery
  • Education:  United States Military Academy at West Point (Nominated by Congressman Thomas L. Hamer, the application mistakenly listed the name “Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio”. Grant opted to let the mistake go and accepted the moniker “U.S. Grant”.)
  • Military Service:  United States Navy 1839-1854, 1861-1869, final rank General of the Army
  • Civilian profession: Soldier, author
  • Married to Julia Boggs Dent (January 26, 1826 – December 14, 1902) at White Haven plantation west of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Children: Frederick Dent Grant, Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., Ellen Wrenshall Grant, Jesse Root Grant
  • Political Party – Republican
  • Term of office:  August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
  • At 46 years old, he was the youngest man to that time elected to the presidency.
  • Early in life his political leanings were Democrat.  However, during the Civil War, Grant became and voted Republican.
  • Having received a slave from his father-in-law, Grant freed William Jones in 1859 despite being in need of money.
  • Though rumors of drunkenness dogged his career, Grant actually suffered from debilitating migraines that often left him “hung over” and irritable.
  • Grant’s offer to return to military service after the attack on Ft. Sumter was lost by the War Department until after the Civil War had ended.  He joined the Union army as Colonel of the unruly 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
  • Eschewing pomp and finery, Grant often wore a privates uniform with stars of rank as the only adornment.
  • He accepted the surrender of Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee (whom he had served with in the Mexican-American War) at Appomattox Courthouse.  He allowed Confederate soldiers to retain their personal weapons and horses if they would return home in peace.
  • Grant oversaw ratification of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
  • Grant signed legislation establishing the Department of Justice, the Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) and Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park.
  • During his terms of office, Grant strove to improve the living conditions of Native Americans, repair foreign relations with Great Britain, reconcile differences among the North and South, secure civil rights for all Americans, and annex (unsuccessfully) the Dominican Republic into the United States.
  • Grant is the first of only three Presidents to have graduated from the military academy – Grant (USMA – 1843), Eisenhower (USMA – 1915), Carter (USNA – 1947, accelerated to 1946)
  • Assassination attempts:  Grant had been invited to the performance at Ford’s Theatre with President Lincoln.  However, he declined so that he and his wife could visit their children in New Jersey.  John Wilkes Booth had previously stalked Julia Grant.
  • Grant is the first of only three Presidents to have graduated from the military academy – Grant (USMA – 1843), Eisenhower (USMA – 1915), Carter (USNA – 1947, accelerated to 1946)
  • He is buried beside his wife Julia in the General Grant National Memorial in Riverside Park, New York, New York; the largest mausoleum in North America. There is no “Grant’s Tomb”.
  • Hobbies:  horseback riding – he once received a speeding ticket from a Washington, D.C. police officer that didn’t recognize him
  • Famous quote: “The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.” Personal Memoirs, 1885

President Ulysses S. Grant circa 1876

Lost and Found – January 13th Edition

What to remember about January 13th…

  • 1776  British marines raid Rhode Island to steal sheep and supplies; ambushed by Minutemen, redcoats go home empty-handed
  • 1842  Lone British survivor reaches friendly guard post; 16,000 British and allied troops were ambushed and slaughtered in Afghanistan
  • 1847  Treaty of Cahuenga ends hostilities in Mexican-American War; Treaty of Hidalgo will cede California in 1848
  • 1910  Opera performance at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York becomes first public radio broadcast
  • 1966  President Lyndon Johnson appoints Robert C. Weaver as head of Department of Housing and Urban Development; 1st African-American cabinet member
  • 1968  Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison; the recording is an unexpected smash hit
  • 1990  Douglas Wilder becomes takes office in Virginia as 1st African-American governor
  • 1999  Legendary basketball player Michael Jordan retires for the second time; he’ll return to the sport in 2001
  • 2002  President George W. Bush chokes on a pretzel and passes out while watching Miami Dolphins-Baltimore Ravens game

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison Album

Lost and Found – January 4th Edition

What to remember about January 4th…

  • 1847  Texas Rangers order 1000 .44 revolvers from Samuel Colt for use in Mexican-American War; Colt Firearms born
  • 1865  New York Stock Exchange moves into its 1st permanent home at 10–12 Broad Street in New York City
  • 1884  Fabian Society founded in London; socialist society promoting internationalism, eugenics, and infiltration of governments
  • 1896  Utah is admitted to the Union as the 46th state
  • 1951  Communist forces of China and North Korea capture Seoul
  • 1965 President Lyndon Johnson unveils his plan for a Great Society at State of the Union address
  • 1974  President Nixon refuses to turn over materials subpoenaed by Senate committee investigating Watergate
  • 1995  104th Congress begins when Newt Gingrich becomes Speaker; 1st Republican Congress since Eisenhower
  • 1999  Resulting from 1992 Maastricht Treaty on European union, the Euro debuts as universal currency in 11 nations
  • 2004  NASA’s MER-A Spirit rover explorer lands on Mars
  • 2007  110th Congress elects Nancy Pelosi (D – Ca) as the 1st female Speaker of the House

colt model 1847 walker revolver

Lost and Found – September 12th Edition

What to remember about September 12th…

  • 1847  General Santa Anna’s troops defeated at Battle of Chapultepec in Mexican-American War; opens Mexico City to attack
  • 1857  SS Central America sinks off North Carolina; 426 passengers and crew perish; ship was carrying 15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush.
  • 1953  John F. Kennedy, future 35th president of the United States, marries Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1954  Television drama “Lassie” makes its debut on CBS
  • 1990  U.S., Great Britain, France, and Soviet Union agree to give up all occupation rights in Germany; clears the way for East and West Germany to reunite
  • 1992  Endeavor launches on 50th Space Shuttle mission; Dr. Mae Carol Jemison becomes 1st African-American woman in space
  • 1994 Frank Eugene Corder attempts to crash a stolen Cessna aircraft into the White House
  • 2003  United Nations lifts sanctions in place on Libya since accepting responsibility for 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103
  • 2005  Michael D. Brown resigns as the head of the FEMA over his handling of the disaster following Hurricane Katrina

Lost and Found – July 7th Edition

What to remember about July 7th…

  • 1798  Congress rescinds treaties with France in response to raids on American shipping; “Quasi-War” begins between France and U.S.
  • 1846  U.S. forces occupy Monterey, California unopposed during Mexican-American War; begins annexation of California
  • 1863  America’s first military draft begins; exemption costs $300
  • 1865  Marry Surrat is 1st woman executed in the United States; convicted as conspirator in assassination of President Lincoln
  • 1907  Science fiction author Robert Heinlein born; Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • 1942  Heinrich Himmler orders that medical experiments be performed on Jews at Auschwitz; Hitler approves
  • 1946  Future President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter marries Eleanor Rosalynn Smith in Plains, Georgia
  • 1981  Sandra Day O’Connor is nominated as an associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States by Ronald Reagan
  • 1981  Solar Challenger piloted by Stephen Ptacek makes first solar-powered flight over the English Channel
  • 2003  NASA Opportunity rover launched towards Mars aboard a Delta II rocket
  • 2005  In London 3 subway trains and 1 bus are attacked by Muslim suicide bombers; the 4 attacks kill 56 and injure another 700
  • UPDATE: 2016  Racist, African-American Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson attacks police protecting a Dallas “Black Lives Matter” rally.  5 officers killed, 7 more injured, and 2 civilians wounded in sniper-style attack.  After hours of gunfire, bomb threats, and racial taunts by the murderer, Dallas police use a remotely piloted deliver an explosive device to end the standoff.  The perpetrator dies.

Lost and Found – May 19th Edition

What to remember about May 19th…

  • 1795 American patriot, physician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Josiah Bartlett dies in Kingston, New Hampshire (b. 1729)
  • 1795  American entrepreneur and philanthropist Johns Hopkins is born in Maryland (d. 1873); founder of hospitals, universities, and schools
  • 1848  Mexico ratifies Treaty of Hidalgo ending Mexican-American War; United States is ceded most of the Southwest for $15 million
  • 1864  President Lincoln writes to Congress urging that widows and orphans should be treated equally regardless of race
  • 1943  President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill set May 1, 1944 as date for Allied invasion at Normandy; D-Day set in motion
  • 1962  Actress and singer Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday Mr. President” at gala celebrating upcoming 45th birthday of John F. Kennedy
  • 1986  President Reagan signs Firearms Owners Protection Act prohibiting federal government from keeping a registry of firearms owners
  • 1994  Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies at home of cancer (b. 1929); wife of President John F. Kennedy
  • 2001  The 1st Apple stores open their doors; they are located in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the same day in Glendale, California
  • 2011  President Obama gives speech stating that Israel must revert its borders back to the pre-1967 borders to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Lost and Found – May 11th Edition

What to remember about May 11th…

  • 1846  President James Polk receives Declaration of War from Congress; Mexican-American War officially begins
  • 1858  Minnesota enters the Union as the 32nd state
  • 1862  After Union troops occupy port of Norfolk, Virginia ironclad CSS Virginia is scuttled in James River to prevent her capture
  • 1864  Confederate General and cavalryman J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded north of Richmond, Virginia
  • 1934  Widespread drought leads to massive 2-day dust storm that covers Great Plains and creates a “Dust Bowl”; clouds of topsoil spread as far as Los Angeles and Atlanta
  • 1949  Israel become a member of the United Nations
  • 1960  Israeli operatives capture fugitive German war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1997  Reigning world chess champion Gary Kasparov loses tournament to IBM supercomputer “Big Blue”; 1st time a machine defeats a reigning champion

Lost and Found – May 8th Edition

What to remember about May 8th…

  • 1541  Expedition led by Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River near modern-day Memphis
  • 1792  Congress passes the second portion of the Militia Act; requires every free able-bodied white male citizen be enrolled in the militia
  • 1846  Future President Zachary Taylor leads small force in victory over numerically superior Mexican force in Battle of Palo Alto
  • 1884  Future 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman is born in Lamar, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1886  Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton sells carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine
  • 1945  German troops throughout Europe lay down their weapons;  United States and Great Britain celebrate V-E Day
  • 1973  71-day standoff ends at Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota when between militant members of American Indian Movement surrender to federal authorities
  • 1984  Soviets announce they will not participate in the Los Angeles Olympics; boycott is response to U.S. absence from 1980 Moscow games
  • 2007  Archaeologist Ehud Netzer announces discovery of tomb of Herod the Great at Herodium outside Jerusalem

Presidential Trivia – Ulysses S. Grant

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  Ulysses S. Grant (born. Hiram Ulysses Grant), 18th President of the United States

  • Born April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio
  • Died July 23, 1885, Mount McGregor, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Height: 5’8″
  • Childhood and school activities:  Fishing; riding and breaking horses; worked in his fathers tannery
  • Education:  United States Military Academy at West Point (Nominated by Congressman Thomas L. Hamer, the application mistakenly listed the name “Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio”. Grant opted to let the mistake go and accepted the moniker “U.S. Grant”.)
  • Military Service:  United States Navy 1839-1854, 1861-1869, final rank General of the Army
  • Civilian profession: Soldier, author
  • Married to Julia Boggs Dent (January 26, 1826 – December 14, 1902) at White Haven plantation west of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Children: Frederick Dent Grant, Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., Ellen Wrenshall Grant, Jesse Root Grant
  • Political Party – Republican
  • Term of office:  August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
  • At 46 years old, he was the youngest man to that time elected to the presidency.
  • Early in life his political leanings were Democrat.  However, during the Civil War, Grant became and voted Republican.
  • Having received a slave from his father-in-law, Grant freed William Jones in 1859 despite being in need of money.
  • Though rumors of drunkenness dogged his career, Grant actually suffered from debilitating migraines that often left him “hung over” and irritable.
  • Grant’s offer to return to military service after the attack on Ft. Sumter was lost by the War Department until after the Civil War had ended.  He joined the Union army as Colonel of the unruly 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
  • Eschewing pomp and finery, Grant often wore a privates uniform with stars of rank as the only adornment.
  • He accepted the surrender of Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee (whom he had served with in the Mexican-American War) at Appomattox Courthouse.  He allowed Confederate soldiers to retain their personal weapons and horses if they would return home in peace.
  • Grant oversaw ratification of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
  • Grant signed legislation establishing the Department of Justice, the Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) and Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park.
  • During his terms of office, Grant strove to improve the living conditions of Native Americans, repair foreign relations with Great Britain, reconcile differences among the North and South, secure civil rights for all Americans, and annex (unsuccessfully) the Dominican Republic into the United States.
  • Grant is the first of only three Presidents to have graduated from the military academy – Grant (USMA – 1843), Eisenhower (USMA – 1915), Carter (USNA – 1947, accelerated to 1946)
  • Assassination attempts:  Grant had been invited to the performance at Ford’s Theatre with President Lincoln.  However, he declined so that he and his wife could visit their children in New Jersey.  John Wilkes Booth had previously stalked Julia Grant.
  • Grant is the first of only three Presidents to have graduated from the military academy – Grant (USMA – 1843), Eisenhower (USMA – 1915), Carter (USNA – 1947, accelerated to 1946)
  • He is buried beside his wife Julia in the General Grant National Memorial in Riverside Park, New York, New York; the largest mausoleum in North America. There is no “Grant’s Tomb”.
  • Hobbies:  horseback riding – he once received a speeding ticket from a Washington, D.C. police officer that didn’t recognize him
  • Famous quote: “The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.” Personal Memoirs, 1885

President Ulysses S. Grant circa 1876

Lost and Found – April 25th Edition

What to remember about April 25th…

  • 1846  70 U.S. cavalry troops encounter 2,000 Mexican troops that had crossed the Rio Grane into Texas; skirmish leads to Mexican-American War
  • 1859  Ground is broken for the Suez Canal; beginning at Port Said, Egypt is stretches 101 miles east to connect Mediterranean Sea to Red Sea
  • 1862  Union Admiral David Farragut demands surrender of Confederate city of New Orleans after fleet defeats forts protecting the city
  • 1915  British, French, Australian and New Zealander troops land on Gallipoli Peninsula; well prepared Turkish troops prevent Allies from advancing
  • 1939  DC Comics Batman character makes his premier appearance in Detective Comics issue #27
  • 1945  American and Soviet forces link up near Torgau; Germany now cut in two by advancing Allied forces
  • 1947  President Truman officially opens the 1st bowling alley installed in the White House
  • 1953  Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish paper describing the double helix structure of DNA; celebrated as “DNA Day”
  • 1960  U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • 1964  President Lyndon Johnson appoints controversial figure General William Westmoreland as Commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam
  • 1982  In compliance with the Camp David Accords, Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula
  • 1992  Radical Islamic Taliban forces take control of Kabul, Afghanistan after Soviet withdrawal and collapse of communist government
  • 2011  At least 300 killed in massive tornado outbreak across southern United States