How Ulysses S. Grant Got His Name

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November 28, 2014 by Lorene

He was born Hiram Ulysses because his aunt enjoyed classic literature and suggested names that his parents liked. His family called him Ulys and as he grew older, people knew him as Ulysses. When his father asked his local elected official to appoint him to West Point, this official thought his name was Ulysses and his middle name Simpson after his mother’s maiden name. So, he was enrolled as Ulysses S. Grant.

When Grant showed up at West Point, they initially had a hard time locating his registration because of the inaccurate name. The academy would not correct the record, however, because they had to use the name under which he was appointed. So, Ulysses S. Grant became his official name. He tried to use Hiram as his middle name, but the academy pressured him into officially using U.S. Grant.


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