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Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant, April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was a prominent United States Army general during the American Civil War and Commanding General at the conclusion of that war. He was elected as the 18th President of the United States in 1868, serving from 1869 to 1877. As Commanding General, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy. After Lincoln's assassination, Grant's assignment in implementing Reconstruction often put him at odds with President Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's successor. Twice elected president, Grant led the Republicans in their effort to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery, protect African-American citizenship, and support economic prosperity. Grant's presidency has often been criticized for its scandals and for his failure to alleviate the economic depression following the Panic of 1873, but modern scholarship regards him as a president who performed a difficult job with some merit, and took strong action on civil rights for African Americans.

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During his Presidency, General Grant had ordered a reorganization of the Army under General Sherman. They both knew the necessity of creating an officer corps of men who, in addition to their personal qualifications for leadership, must have a thorough military education. There was need for a school at which Infantry and Cavalry officers could receive practical instruction with garrison forces larger than those to be found at scattered posts. War with Spain came in 1898 and the Army school was closed. Source: Fort Leavenworth from Frontier Post to Home of the United States Army Command and General Staff College

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