See also:American soldier, and eighteenth
See also:president of the
See also:United States, was
See also:born at Point Pleasant,
See also:Ohio, on the 27th of
See also:April 1822 . He was a descendant of
See also:Grant, a Scotchman, who settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 163o . His earlier years were spent in helping his
See also:father, Jesse R . Grant, upon his
See also:farm in Ohio . In 1839 he was appointed to a place in the military academy at West Point, and it was then that his name assumed the
See also:form by which it is generally known . He was christened Hiram, after an ancestor, with Ulysses for a
See also:middle name . As he was usually called by his middle name, the congressman who recommended him for West Point supposed it to be his first name, and added thereto the name of his
See also:Simpson . Grant was the best horseman of his class, and took a respectable place in
See also:mathematics, but at his
See also:graduation in 1843 he only ranked twenty-first in a class of
See also:thirty-nine . In
See also:September 1845 he went with his regiment to join the forces of General
See also:Taylor in Mexico; there he took
See also:part in the battles of Palo
See also:Alto, Resaca de la Palma and
See also:Monterey, and, after his transfer to General
See also:Scott's army, which he joined in
See also:March 1847, served at
See also:Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Churubusco, Molino del Rey and at the storming of Chapultepec . He was breveted first
See also:lieutenant for gallantry at Molino del Rey and captain for gallantry at Chapultepec . In
See also:August 1848, after the close of the war, he married Julia T . Dent (1826-1902), and was for a while stationed in California and
See also:Oregon, but in 1854 he resigned his commission .
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