1. Known for his military services in the American Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant became the 18th President of the United States in 1869 served upto 1877 and henceforth carved his name as one of the youngest president in the history of the country.
2. He was born on April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio. Grant graduated as a lieutenant and served as quartermaster under General Zachary Taylor as well as General Winfield Scott in the Mexican-American War. There he learnt the tactics of war and rose as a potential leader.
3. Grant led an unruly 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment to two victories which are considered as important early victories for the Union. This military success later on earned him the promotion of Major General of the volunteers.
4. Grant was a key player in bringing the end of Civil War by defeating General Robert E. Lee`s Army of North Virginia after he earned the position of General and headed the military operations of Reconstruction.
5. In May 1868, Grant was nominated for presidency by the Republicans at the age of 46 and even though he aimed his administration to create peace between the North and South but got his decisions tainted with riot.
6. He supported the 15th Amendment passed in 1870 which gave civil rights to black men along with signing legislations to establish the Department of Justice, the National Weather Service and America`s first national park (Yellowstone National Park).
7. Though Grant was himself known as a decent and polite man, his government was marked with many scandals involving corruption. He started his campaign and sought re-election in 1872. He was diagnosed with throat cancer when he left presidency. He died on July 23, 1885, at the age of 63.