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Name: Grant family

Historical Note:

The Grant Family is well known because of the accomplishments of Ulysses S. Grant who was able to lead the North in battle and in victory over the South during the Civil War. Grant served his country as president for two terms, and considered running for a third term after his return from his famous trip around with world.  He and his wife Julia had four children. Their oldest child, Frederick Dent Grant (1850-1912) was United States minister to Austria-Hungary and married Ida Marie Honoré (1854-1930), the daughter of Henry Hamilton Honoré, who made his fortune in Chicago real estate. Their second son Ulysses S. Grant Jr. or "Buck" was an American  attorney and entrepreneur. Ellen Grant Ward was the third child and only daughter of the Grant family. She was first named Julia, at the insistence of her father, but was christened Ellen at eighteen months to honor her dying grandmother. She married Englishman Algernon Charles Frederick Sartoris, the son of opera singer Adelaide Kemble and nephew of noted actress and anti-slavery activist Fanny Kemble. They eventually divorced and later in life she remarried Frank Hatch Jones. The youngest in the family, Jesse Root Grant was a miner and entrepreneur.  He married Elizabeth Chapman whose father, William Chapman was one of the founders of the California Academy of Sciences.

The family weathered many tragedies, including loss of the family fortune following the fraudulent practices of Ferdinand Ward, Ulysses S. Grant Jr.'s business partner, the throat cancer of Ulysses S. Grant, and the troubled marriage of Ellen Grant Ward. However, the family remained close, and at the time of Ulysses S. Grant's death his family was with him, and his memoirs, for which he was paid a great sum, were finished which allowed the family financial stability and the benefit of following their own ambitions for generations after.

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