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Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace

One of the most fascinating figures in American history, President Ulysses S. Grant spent his formative years in the hills and valleys of southwest Ohio.

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Hiram Ulysses Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio on April 27, 1822, to Jesse Root Grant, a tanner and businessman, and Hannah (Simpson) Grant. This restored one-story, three-room cottage, which was built in 1817, was located next to the tannery where Grant’s father worked near the mouth of Big Indian Creek at the Ohio River.  The future president lived in Point Pleasant for less than a year before his family moved to Georgetown one month before his first birthday.

The Ohio Historical Society operates the site as a museum. The small cottage is furnished with period pieces, and items that once belonged to Grant. In 1998, the birthplace and several associated buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.  At one time the birthplace made an extensive tour of the United States on a railroad flatcar and was also temporarily displayed on the Ohio State fairgrounds.

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