Friday, 14 October 2016

Naked POTUS, number 18: Ulysses S. Grant

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN



In another victory for the North, it's the eighteenth President of the United States wearing bugger all, Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885). Everything you should know:

ULYSSES S. GRANT

Born 27th April 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio
Died 23rd July 1885, Wilton, New York

Presidential Term 4th March 1869 - 3rd March 1877

Ulysses S. Grant was the first US President to serve out his full two terms of office since Andrew Jackson, forty years before.

Although Grant was primarily known as a soldier, he had retired from the military following the Mexican-American war and was working as a farmer in St. Louis when the Civil War began and he re-enlisted. During the Civil War he was the overall commander of the Union Army and subsequently served in Andrew Johnson's cabinet.

He was, like Andrew Jackson, an enormously popular President. His first election to the office came off the back of a 72% share of the vote. This dropped to 55% for his second term,

The main events of his Presidency were the defeat of General Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1875 and the passing of the 15th Amendment, which stated that no man may be disqualified from voting on grounds of their race.

During Grant's tenure, the Union expanded to 38 States with the admission of Colorado in 1876.

Following his Presidency, Grant went into business but fell victim to an unscrupulous scam artist and lost everything. With his wife in poor health and Grant having himself fallen victim to throat cancer, many prominent Americans rallied round to support the General. In his last days, he released his memoirs to considerable success and financial reward, easing his burden.

The middle initial in his name didn't stand for anything. In fact, his full name was Hiram Ulysses Grant.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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