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Point Pleasant in Clermont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ulysses Grant

Hometown hero and celebrity

 
 
Ulysses Grant Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 20, 2011
1. Ulysses Grant Marker
Inscription. Hiram Ulysses Grant, as he was originally named, was born on April 27, 1822. Not long after his birth, the family moved to Georgetown, Ohio. Grant later attended the military academy at West Point, where his name was changed to Ulysses S. Grant due to an administrative error. The army informed Grant that this was and would remain his name.

Upon graduation Grant was assigned to the infantry. He served fifteen years and fought with distinction but resigned his commission to be with his wife and children. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Grant rejoined the army. President Lincoln assigned Grant, his most successful Union general, command of all Union armies. The surrender of General Robert E. Lee to Grant led to the end of the Civil War.

Grant was a national hero and popularity carried him into politics. He easily won the 1868 presidential election. Grant tried to promote clean government and he championed civil rights for the former slaves, but a series of scandals marred his administration. After serving two terms as president, Grant left the White House.

He and his family traveled all over the world. After he returned to the United States he began to write his memoirs. Writing became a race against time when doctors diagnosed him with throat cancer. The nation watched with admiration as he fought his last
Ulysses Grant Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 20, 2011
2. Ulysses Grant Marker
The Grant birthplace is in the background.
battle. He finished corrections on the last chapter days before his death on July 23, 1885.
 
Erected by the Ohio Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 53.66′ N, 84° 13.964′ W. Marker is in Point Pleasant, Ohio, in Clermont County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 232 and Ohio River Scenic Byway (U.S. 52), on the right when traveling west on State Highway 232. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Richmond OH 45157, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U. S. Grant Birthplace (here, next to this marker); Grant Birthplace (here, next to this marker); U.S. Grant Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Grant Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Ulysses Simpson Grant (within shouting distance of this marker); British Indian Raid (approx. 11.2 miles away in Kentucky); The Church / The Founder (approx. 15.2 miles away); Garard/Martin Station, 1790 (approx. 16.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Point Pleasant.
 
More about this marker. The caption for the photo on the marker reads "Lieut. Gen. Grant, 1865, Ohio Historical Society collections."
 
Categories. Notable PersonsPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Related "The Land of Grant" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, July 20, 2011
3. Related "The Land of Grant" Marker
This marker shows area Grant-related locations: the Grant birthplace in Point Pleasant, Ohio and the Grant boyhood home and schoolhouse in Georgetown, Ohio.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 438 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 24, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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