What was Grant’s birth name?
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Grant’s name at birth was Hiram Ulysses Grant, honoring his maternal grandfather and the Greek mythological hero. Years later, Congressman Thomas Lyon Hamer recommended Grant for admission to the United States Military Academy. However, Hamer mistakenly referred to the seventeen-year-old Hiram Ulysses Grant as “Ulysses Simpson Grant.” Grant used the name for the rest of his life.