ULYSSES SIMPSON GRANT
Julia Dent Grant
Daughter of Frederick and Ellen Dent, Julia was raised on a southern style plantation near St. Louis. in her un-published memoirs ( until 1975) she said her girlhood years were like ..."one long summer of sunshine and flowers and smiles"...
She met "Ulys" at her home, he was a classmate of her West Point brother. Soon they were falling in love and she was wearing his West Point ring.
They became engaged in 1844 but the Mexican War delayed their wedding for 4 years. Her father did not like the idea of his daughter marrying Ulysses Grant. He thought Grant to be too poor for his daughter. This enraged Julia who stood up to her father and pointed out that they were also poor at the time.They use to be slave holders/owners, and now they no longer own them so they too are poorer.
Then after so many years of hardship and stress she entered the White House in 1869 with her husband, to begin what she called " the happiest period of my life" They traveled all over the world, received many gifts where ever they went.
When they left the White House, Ulysses had many business failures, and soon lost all he had. And was a very poor man then.
And then he got throat cancer, he strove hard to complete his memoirs to earn enough money to support Julia after his death. She had attended the dedication of Grants Tomb in New York City in 1897, and when she died in 1902 was laid to rest there with her husband.
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Now please take the '57 Chevy to go back to the USA DRIFTERS and see that it gets back in the garage.
Now that the car has been properly cared for and put away, this tour is coming to it's end. Just one more page to go. And we can walk over to that one.