Grant, U.S. (Ulysses S.) (1881-1968) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Ulysses S. Grant III was the son of Frederick Dent Grant and Ida Honoré and the grandson of President Ulysses S. Grant. He was born in Chicago and educated in Vienna, where his father was the United States Minister to Austria-Hungary. He attended Columbia University until 1898 when he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating sixtth in the Class of 1903 (Douglas MacArthur ranked first). Grant served in the Philippines (1903-04); Cuba (1906); and on the Mexican Border (1913-17), including the Veracruz Expedition (1914) and the Pancho Villa Expedition (1916). Promoted to major during World War I Grant served on the staff of the Supreme War Council at Versailles during peace negotiations. Grant held various army engineer commands between the wars and oversaw the park system in the national capital. During World War II he headed national civil defense and was promoted to major general in 1943. Retiring after the war, Grant served as vice president of The George Washington University, president of the American Planning and Civic Association, trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and chairman of the Civil War Centennial Commission from 1957 to 1961.
In 1907 Grant married Edith Root, daughter of Elihu Root, who served as secretary of state under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt.