President Ulysses S. Grant 200th Birthday

Floor Speech

Date: April 26, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WENSTRUP. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 200th birthday of our 18th United States President, Ulysses S. Grant.

President Grant was born in Point Pleasant, located in Clermont County in Ohio's Second Congressional District. When Ulysses was a child, the Grant family moved to Brown County, also in Ohio's Second District, and there he was educated before accepting a nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Following his commissioning, Grant served in the Mexican-American War, and most notably, the Civil War, where he became Commanding General of the United States Army in 1864.

General Grant oversaw the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox Court House and served as Commanding General of the Army until he was elected President in 1868. He served two terms as President, overseeing the beginning of the Reconstruction Era in the United States.

President Grant is the General who ``saved the Union.'' He was a great leader who left his mark in American history. We should all seek to follow his example and leadership.

Mr. Speaker, I am honored to have President Grant's birthplace in Ohio's Second Congressional District, a true landmark of our Nation's history.