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Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), Eighteenth President, 1869-1877

Like Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant was elected to the presidency in honor of his heroic deeds on the battlefield, even though he had absolutely no political background. Not only was Grant lacking in political experience, he also had no particular interest in using the powers of the presidency, and was taken advantage of by dishonest associates. One of Grant's few accomplishments was approval of the Specie Resumption Act, which made it legal to redeem "greenbacks" issued during the Civil War for gold or silver coins. However, the country was more likely to remember Grant's administration for the fraud, graft, scandal, and corruption of his second term. Grant was happy to leave office after eight years.

 

 


"Grant, Grant, Grant" Ulysses S. Grant campaign song

"Grant, Grant, Grant" from the recording entitled Presidential Campaign Songs 1789-1996, Folkways 45051, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1999. Used by permission.

Melody: "Trump, Trump, Trump"; arranged by Oscar Brand/TRO-Total Music Services, Inc., BMI

Many of the campaign songs for Grant were based on military melodies and themes, like "Grant, Grant, Grant." They extolled his military service. His administration was notable for its corruption, but Grant was reelected as an innocent but heroic dupe.

Partial lyrics:
"...Grant, Grant, Grant
The country’s falling
Goodbye Andy you must go
For the man who’ll be our head
On to victory has led
For to Grant a traitor ever is a foe..."

 


 

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