Bibliography of Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the 18th president of the United States (1869–1877) following his success as military commander in the American Civil War. Under Grant, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military, secession and the war, which ended with the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox Court House. As president, Grant led the Radical Republicans in their effort to eliminate vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery, protect African American citizenship, and pursued Reconstruction in the former Confederate states. In foreign policy, Grant sought to increase American trade and influence, while remaining at peace with the world. Although his Republican Party split in 1872 as reformers denounced him, Grant was easily reelected. During his second term the country's economy was devastated by the Panic of 1873, while investigations exposed corruption scandals in the administration. While still below average, his reputation among scholars has significantly improved in recent years because of greater appreciation for his commitment to civil rights, moral courage in his prosecution of the Ku Klux Klan, and enforcement of voting rights.[1][2]

Ulysses Grant
18th President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1869  March 4, 1877
Vice PresidentSchuyler Colfax (1869–1873)
Henry Wilson (1873–1875)
None (1875–1877)
Preceded byAndrew Johnson
Succeeded byRutherford B. Hayes
Commanding General of the United States Army
In office
March 9, 1864  March 4, 1869
PresidentAbraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Preceded byHenry W. Halleck
Succeeded byWilliam Tecumseh Sherman
Personal details
Hiram Ulysses Grant

(1822-04-27)April 27, 1822
Point Pleasant, Ohio
DiedJuly 23, 1885(1885-07-23) (aged 63)
Wilton, New York
Resting placeGeneral Grant National Memorial
Upper Manhattan, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Julia Dent
ChildrenFrederick, Ulysses Jr., Nellie, Jesse
Alma materUnited States Military Academy
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1839–1854
Rank General of the Army
Commands21st Illinois Infantry Regiment
Army of the Tennessee
Military Division of the Mississippi
United States Army
Battles/warsMexican–American War American Civil War

There are abundant historical material resources on Grant and his role during the Civil War and thereafter.[3] However, there have been few historical scholarly studies, mostly negative, on his presidency.[3] Analysis of Grant's presidency by some modern scholars, including Grant biographers Jean Edward Smith (2001) and H.W. Brands (2012), have generally been more positive and less critical of Grant.[3] Encyclopedic presidential summary biographies of Grant rely heavily on secondary sources and tend to offer non scholarly negative views of Grant.[3] According to one bibliographical source, to obtain a more complete assessment of Grant and his presidency during Reconstruction both contemporary, primary, and scholarly accounts of Grant, his Inaugural Addresses, including his communications and annual messages to Congress are recommended readings.[3] In May 2012, on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, Mississippi State University was selected as the permanent location for Ulysses S. Grant's Presidential Library.[4] Historian John Y. Simon edited Grant's letters into a 32-volume scholarly edition published by Southern Illinois University Press.[5]

For a comprehensive scholarly annotated bibliography covering several thousand books, articles and archival sources see Marie Ellen Kelsey, ed. Ulysses S. Grant: A Bibliography: A Bibliography (2005) online

Biographical and political


Grant's memoirs, two volume work

(Many editions in paper and online; ends in 1865)

Two volume work

Other formats

Early biographers  (and memoirs of close associates)

Primary sources

Inaugural Addresses

State of the Union Addresses

Executive orders


Special Messages

1. President Ulysses S. Grant
2. Dates: March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1877
3. Document Category: Written Messages - To Congress

Civil Service Commission

Civil Rights Act of 1875

Veto Messages

1. President Ulysses S. Grant
2. Dates: March 4, 1869, to March 3, 1877
3. Document Category: Veto Messages - To Congress

Treaty of Washington 1871

Indian Appropriations Act 1871

Papers of Ulysses S. Grant

Military accounts

Grant's world tour


List of articles for Ulysses S. Grant

See also

The Grant Cabinet
PresidentUlysses S. Grant18691877
Vice PresidentSchuyler Colfax18691873
Henry Wilson18731875
Secretary of StateElihu B. Washburne1869
Hamilton Fish18691877
Secretary of TreasuryGeorge S. Boutwell18691873
William A. Richardson18731874
Benjamin H. Bristow18741876
Lot M. Morrill18761877
Secretary of WarJohn M. Schofield1869
John A. Rawlins1869
William W. Belknap18691876
Alphonso Taft1876
J. Donald Cameron18761877
Attorney GeneralEbenezer R. Hoar18691870
Amos T. Akerman18701871
George H. Williams18711875
Edwards Pierrepont18751876
Alphonso Taft18761877
Postmaster GeneralJohn A. J. Creswell18691874
James W. Marshall1874
Marshall Jewell18741876
James N. Tyner18761877
Secretary of the NavyAdolph E. Borie1869
George M. Robeson18691877
Secretary of the InteriorJacob D. Cox18691870
Columbus Delano18701875
Zachariah Chandler18751877


    1. Brands 2012b, p. 44.
    2. Brands 2012b, p. 44; Murray & Blessing, p. 55.
    3. Simpson 2005, p. Introduction and Acknowledgements xxv.
    4. See website
    5. See Catalog Archived December 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. A search engine is at Ulysses S Grant Digital Collections at Mississippi State U Archived December 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
    External video
    Presentation by Ronald White to the White House Historical Association on American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, October 5, 2016, C-SPAN
    Q&A interview with White on American Ulysses, December 4, 2016, C-SPAN
    Presentation by White at the National Book Festival on American Ulysses, September 2, 2017, C-SPAN
    Q&A interview with Ron Chernow on Grant, November 5, 2017, C-SPAN
    Panel discussion of Grant biographers Geoffrey Perret, John Y. Simon, Brooks Simpson, and Jean Edward Smith, moderated by James M. McPherson, June 25, 2001, C-SPAN
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