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Presidential Pathways: Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace

Jesse Root Grant moved to Point Pleasant, Ohio, after finding work in the township as a tanner.  Shortly after moving to the small borough, he met and married Hannah Simpson, and the coupled settled in Point Pleasant.  On April 27, 1822, the couple welcomes their first child.  The boy was unnamed for a few weeks before his name was chosen at a gathering of the Grant and Simpson families.  The chosen name was Ulysses, but Jesse wanted to honor his father-in-law and declared that the child would be named Hiram Ulysses Grant.  However, most people in the family called the child Ulysses.  He became known as Ulysses S. Grant upon entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point when the U.S. Congressman nominating him for the commission mistakenly wrote down “Ulysses S. Grant.”

The U.S. Grant Birthplace State Historic Site includes four other properties besides the president’s birthplace.

The Grant family moved from the house less than a year after Ulysses’s birth.

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