ULYSSES S. GRANT HISTORY LESSON
Print the Ulysses S. Grant reading
comprehension passage and questions (see
Students should read the story silently,
then answer the questions about the story that follow.
Excerpt from passage
Ulysses S. Grant was born in 1822 on April 27th. Ulysses' birth name was Hiram Ulysses Grant. There has been speculation that Simpson might have been his middle name because that was his mother's maiden name. However, Grant was quoted as explaining that Ulysses was his actual middle name and the "S" did not stand for anything at all. Grant was the son of a tanner from Pleasant Point, Ohio.
Like most good men of the 1800's Grant went to West Point Academy. While Grant was at West Point he learned many things. West Point was meant to teach the gentlemen of the north and south the finer points of military life and many other life skills that would be necessary in and out of battle. Grant learned fencing, weaponry, academics, and how to be a true gentleman. However, unlike many men that had a chance to go to this prestigious school Grant did not want to go. In fact, he was adamant against going to West Point and wanted nothing to do with it.
Despite not wanting to be at West Point Grant finished 21st in his class of all 39 soldiers that year. Once he graduated he was assigned to serve in the area of Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. During this time serving in the military Grant met the woman he would marry, Julia Dent. They were married after Grants' time in the Mexican War. They would eventually come to have four children and would remain happily married until Julia died.
During the Mexican War Grant had the chance to serve with both Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott where he managed to distinguish himself as a fine soldier. Once the war ended Grant was sent to California for duty but would eventually resign due to unhappiness and trouble drinking. Once Grant left he ended up working as a farmer and eventually he would go home and would work in his father's leather store. (continued...)
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