Ulysses S. Grant

  • Max J. Skidmore
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)


Was Grant naïve and weak? He worked for the Fifteenth Amendment, pushed Congress to support civil rights and revise the Tenure-of-Office Act, winning on all. He reshaped the judiciary, used the veto vigorously and successfully, created the world’s first national park, won re-election in the biggest landslide between Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt, and prevented violence following the 1876 election. He sought a merit-based civil service, but Congress denied funding. He thwarted Jim Fisk and Jay Gould’s scheme to corner gold. Corruption existed, but has been exaggerated; much in fact predated his presidency. Reasonable people may disagree about Grant, but only by ignoring the record, or distorting it, could anyone argue that he was weak and naïve, or that he weakened the presidency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Max J. Skidmore
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  1. 1.The University of MissouriUSA

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