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Ulysses S. Grant

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Eighteenth president, 1869–1877Ulysses S. Grant was a West Point graduate who had no real ambition to be in the military: he wanted to be a teacher. Nonetheless, he served with distinction in the Mexican-American War. After resigning from the army in peacetime, he reenlisted during the Civil War. Following a series of victories, Grant was brought east by Lincoln to command the Union armies. His unrelenting campaign against Robert E. Lee, in 1864–65, finally won the war for the North. Grant was ultimately elected president, but the powers of command he displayed in the army seemed to abandon him when he reached the White House. He was unable to manage the politics of Reconstruction, and his hands-off attitude spawned an outbreak of federal corruption. Shortly after his presidency, Grant posed for the artist Thomas Le Clear. Grant owned this portrait, while a second, larger version entered the White House collection.18o presidente, 1869–1877Ulysses S. Grant se graduó de West Point sin verdaderas ambiciones militares: quería ser maestro. Sin embargo, sirvió con distinción en la Guerra de Estados Unidos y México. Después de renunciar del ejército en tiempo de paz, volvió a alistarse durante la Guerra Civil. Después de una serie de victorias, Grant fue transferido al este por órdenes de Lincoln para que comandara los ejércitos de la Unión. Su campaña sin tregua contra Robert E. Lee, en 1864–65, finalmente consiguió que el norte ganara la guerra. Grant fue finalmente electo presidente, pero las dotes de mando que demostró en el...
Oil On Canvas
Created Date:
C. 1880
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., 1921
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