Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Early life and family== [[File:GrantBirthplace.jpg|thumb|150px|left|alt=This is a color photo of Grant's birthplace: a small one story wood panel house.|Ulysses S. Grant's birthplace. [[Point Pleasant, Ohio]]]] [[File:USGrant-Childhoodhome.jpg|thumb|150px|right|alt=This is a black and white photo of the two story wood house where Grant grew up during boyhood days at Georgetown.|Ulysses S. Grant's boyhood home. [[Georgetown, Ohio]]]] Grant was born in [[Point Pleasant, Ohio]] on April 27, 1822 to Jesse Root Grant (1794–1873), a tanner, and Hannah Simpson Grant (1798–1883), both [[Pennsylvania]] natives. His birth name was ''Hiram Ulysses''. In the fall of 1823, the family moved to the village of [[Georgetown, Ohio|Georgetown]] in [[Brown County, Ohio]]. Raised a [[Methodist]], although not an official member of the church, he prayed in private and opposed religious pretentiousness.<ref>Farina (2007), ''Ulysses S. Grant, 1861-1864: his rise from obscurity to military greatness'', pp. 13, 14; Simpson (2000), Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865, pp. 2, 3.</ref> At the age of 17, the young Ulysses entered the [[United States Military Academy]] (USMA) at [[West Point, New York]], secured by Congressman [[Thomas L. Hamer]]'s nomination. Hamer mistakenly nominated him as "Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio." At West Point he adopted this name with a middle initial only. His nickname became "Sam" among army colleagues at the academy since the initials "U.S." stood for "Uncle Sam". He graduated from West Point in 1843, ranking 21st in a class of 39. At the academy, he established a reputation as a fearless and expert horseman, setting an equestrian high jump record that lasted almost 25 years. Although naturally suited for [[cavalry]], he was assigned to duty as a regimental quartermaster, achieving the rank of lieutenant, managing supplies and equipment.<ref>Smith (2001), ''Grant'', pp. 24, 83. In 1853 Grant noted the "S" in his name "does not stand for anything!"</ref> Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Civil War Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://civilwar.wikia.org/wiki/Ulysses_S._Grant"