Exhibit Overview

This exhibit explores the life and legacy of Ulysses S. Grant (1822 – 1885).  Known primarily for his roles as a Civil War general and 18th President of the United States, he was far more than an acclaimed solider or politician.  Grant’s role in Reconstruction and the establishment of civil rights policies is still relevant today. He was a son, husband, father, and friend whose often-contradictory actions were shaped by his background and sense of responsibility.

The objects, photographs and documents featured in this exhibit offer a glimpse into Grant’s life and lasting legacy.

Link to Private Life
Private Citizens

To understand Ulysses S. Grant, it is critical to consider his life as a private citizen with wife Julia Dent Grant.

Link to Military
Military Career

Grant emerged as one of the most famous generals of the Civil War.

Link to Presidency

Grant ran as a Republican and won the presidency in 1868 and 1872. He served two terms.

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Image Gallery

Explore all the images featured in this exhibit.

World Tour
World Tour

Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia embarked on a diplomatic tour of 19 countries from May 1877 to September 1879.

Portraits of Grant
Portraits of Grant

Photographs and illustrated portraits depict Grant as a family man and capture his rise from cadet, to war hero, to President of the U.S.

White Haven
White Haven

Home of the Grant and Dent families and enslaved African Americans.

Hardscrabble with howitzers
Hardscrabble: The Log Cabin Grant Built

Grant moved his family to a log cabin in late 1856.

Slavery at White Haven
Slavery at White Haven

Approximately 30 enslaved people lived and worked at White Haven alongside Grant. Their labor was essential to its daily operations.

Link to Teaching with Museum Collections Lesson Plan
Teaching with Museum Collections

Set of activities highlight Ulysses S. Grant’s life experiences in St. Louis, Missouri, and how his legacy was commemorated after his death.

Last updated: July 8, 2022