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Grant, Ulysses S.
Mark Twain. Twain offered Grant an advance of $25,000 versus 20% of the profits. The memoirs, which were finished just before Grant died in 1885, provided for his family well after his death.
|Grant appointed four men to the US Supreme Court during his two terms. Which of them was appointed chief justice?||Ulysses S. Grant
Morrison Waite. Waite, a Toledo attorney with no judicial experience, served as chief justice from 1874 to 1888. He was Grant's fourth choice, the previous three had their nominations withdrawn or they had declined the nomination.
|What was the only state that joined the union during the Grant administration?||Ulysses S. Grant
Colorado. Colorado joined the union in the last year of Grant's time in office, 1876. Nebraska joined in 1867, Nevada in 1864 and Utah in 1896.
|The Great Chicago Fire took place during the Grant administration. What year did the fire happen?||Ulysses S. Grant
1871. The fire was started on October 8, 1871.
|The Credit Mobiler scandal, which took place during the Grant administration, involved the skimming of profits from the federal construction funds for what railroad?||Ulysses S. Grant
Union Pacific. The resulting scandal eventually involved vice-president Schuyler Colfax, which caused him to replaced on the Republican ticket when Grant ran for a second term.
|The father of which future US President served as war secretary and attorney general in the Grant administration?||Ulysses S. Grant
William Howard Taft. Alphonso Taft served three months as secretary of war in Grant's cabinet and then moved over to be Grant's last attorney general.
|Grant's first secretary of state only served 11 days before he resigned to become minister to France. Who was he?||Ulysses S. Grant
Elihu Washburne. Washburne was in Paris when the city was laid seige to during the Franco-Prussian War. Fish replaced Washburne as the secretary of state, Belknap was secretary of war in Grant's administration and Pierrepont was attorney general.
|Three former Confederate states were excluded from the 1868 election. Which of the states below was NOT one of those three states?||Ulysses S. Grant
North Carolina. North Carolina cast their electoral votes for Grant in the 1868 election.
Horatio Seymour. Seymour, the former governor of New York, was nominated by the Democrats at their convention in New York City on the 22nd ballot.
March 1864. Grant's victories at places like Fort Donaldson and Vicksburg brought him to the attention of President Lincoln.
|Grant received national attention during the Civil War when forces under his command captured which Tennessee fort? ||Ulysses S. Grant
Fort Donelson. Fort Donelson fell to Grant in February 1862.
St. Louis. Ulysses Grant and Julia Dent were married in her parents' home in St. Louis on August 22, 1848.
1843. Grant graduated 21st in his class of 39 cadets in 1843. He was assigned to an infantry division because of his low rank.
|Grant's son Ulysses Jr. ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in what state?||Ulysses S. Grant
California. Grant ran to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Stephen White in 1899. Thomas Bard eventually won the seat.
|What famous singer is believed to be a first cousin, three times removed of Grant?||Ulysses S. Grant
Judy Garland. A biography of Garland "Weep No More, My Lady" makes this claim.
|Grant's great grandfather Noah was killed in action during which conflict?||Ulysses S. Grant
French and Indian War. Noah Grant died in 1756.
Hiram. Born Hiram Ulysses Grant, Grant started signing his name Ulysses H. Grant because he thought the initials HUG would not look good on a trunk at West Point. His name was mistakenly listed as Ulysses Simpson Grant on his application to West Point and Grant took that name for the rest of his life.
|Grant was the first general of this rank in the Army of the Potomac. Which?||Ulysses S. Grant
4 star. In 1865, Grant was the first 4 star general. George Washington had previously became a 3 star general. It was the highest rank achieved in the American army at the time.
Vicksburg. This was to gain control of the Mississippi River, and took place between May and July 1863. This was at the same time that Gettysburg was being fought and the Emancipation Proclamation declared. In the following year (March 1864), Lincoln appointed Grant as the General of the United States Army.
|Many historians regard this as the biggest weakness of Ulysses S. Grant. Which? ||Ulysses S. Grant
Whiskey. Whiskey was his weakness. Lincoln did not approve of this bad habit. When Lincoln heard about it he reportedly said, "Find out what brand so I can give it to the rest of my Generals".
A. S. Johnston. A. S. Johnston was shot and killed in the battle. Even though there was more Confederate casualties, the south would give up the land at Shiloh Church in West Tennessee and finally Corinth, Mississippi. The death of Johnston was the turning point of the battle.
|What was the primary objective in Tennessee of both the Confederate and Union armies before the Battle of Shiloh?||Ulysses S. Grant
Corinth, Mississippi. Corinth, Mississippi was a railroad station junction with a north-south and east-west line. It was a vital target for both armies in the hunt for supplies.
Fort Henry. Grant took Fort Henry easily. Fort Donelson was another story. This is where he came up with the term "Unconditional Surrender", which became one of his nicknames and also part of his legacy. The battles in the western part of Tennessee gave him momentum going into the battle of Shiloh. This led to his promotion to the Virginia theater of the war.
|Which state regiment was the first to give Grant a military command?||Ulysses S. Grant
Illinois. He was from the 21st regiment from Illinois. He would be promoted to Brigadier-General, and soon would turn into one of the most famous generals in the history of the United States.
Julia Dent. Julia Dent married the soon-to-be general and president. His wife's family owned slaves. Ulysses and his wife were invited to be with President Lincoln the night of the assassination, but at about noon Julia asked Ulysses to refuse the invitation.
|Grant has the distinction of having changed his name. What was the name on his birth certificate? ||Ulysses S. Grant
Hiram Ulysses. "Hiram" did not like the potential of being teased over his initials HUG. He changed his name to Ulysses Hiram Grant. When he got to West Point, the army had made the mistake of recording it at 'Ulysses Simpson'. He would not have been accepted, had he altered the papers, so he decided to keep the name. Moreover, his new name looked so very patriotic, too!
|What was Ulysses Grant's occupation when the American Civil War broke out?||Ulysses S. Grant
Clerk. Ulysses was working in a leather store in Sacketts Harbor, Ohio. He was making $800 dollars a year at this job.
Throat cancer. U.S Grant died July 23, 1885 at the age of sixty-three. He was then residing in New York. Although he had died nearly penniless, Grant managed to finish his memoirs just days before his death, mostly at the insistance of his friend Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens); Twain then bought the rights to the memoirs from Grant's publisher, put the book into print and set up a system of royalties that was very generous to Grant's family.
|Although his terms didn't always go as he would have wished, Grant's wife was the girl of his dreams. So much did he wish to marry her, that even after she refused his proposal several times, he kept asking. What was this dream girl's name?||Ulysses, Grant me this Favor
Julia. Born Julia Dent, Grant's wife would suffer from crossed eyes all her life. A story tells how, upon becoming First Lady, Julia had offers from respected surgeons to operate on her eyes. She refused, and Grant is quoted as saying he was glad because he liked her that way.
United States Military Academy. United States Military Academy is also known as USMA and Westpoint. It is located, somewhat conveniently, in West Point, New York.
|Grant is often remembered as more of a military man than a shrewd politician. Outside of President, what was the highest-ranking position he ever held?||Ulysses, Grant me this Favor
General of the Army. Although he was forced to give up his military pension when elected, Congress would later restore Grant's rank and pay.