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Best of: Ulysses S. Grant’s life and legacy


Photo of Samet by Hedy Samet/Photo of Grant from the Library of Congress

Ulysses S. Grant started as a clerk in his family’s store at the beginning of the Civil War and quickly rose to the rank of commander of the entire Union Army.

Today on The 21st, we’re discussing Grant’s life, including his time in Illinois, where he worked in his father’s leather goods business in Galena. We’ll also delve into the lasting impact he left behind.


Elizabeth Samet, Ph.D.
Editor, “The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

A version of this conversation originally aired on March 12, 2024.