Ulysses S. Grant

Military Career

What did Grant do after leaving the army?

Grant tried his hand at farming and real estate to little success. He worked farmland in White Haven, Missouri, that had been given to Ulysses and Julia by her parents as a wedding present. He built a house on his land that he named “Hardscrabble.” He also sold lumber and worked on land owned by his father-in-law, Colonel Dent.

After farming did not work out economically, Grant worked at one of his father’s leather-good stores in Galena, Illinois, in May 1860. The store was managed by his brothers Simpson and Orvil.


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