Ulysses S. Grant

American Civil War - 1860sWhen he was young, Hiram Grant went by his middle name, Ulysses, so when he was applying for West Point, the congressman nominating him assumed it was his first name. The politician used Simpson (the maiden name of Grant’s mother) as his middle name. From then on, the president-to-be started signing his name Ulysses S. Grant.

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