About Ulysses Simpson Grant, III
Ulysses Simpson Grant III (July 4, 1881 – August 29, 1968) was the son of Frederick Dent Grant, and the grandson of General of the Army and President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant. He was an American soldier and planner. Grant was involved in a controversy in preparing the celebrations for the centennial of the American Civil War.
He was born in Chicago and educated in Austria, where his father was the U.S. Minister, as well as in the United States. He attended Columbia University until 1898 when he received an appointment to West Point. He graduated sixth in his class in 1903 (Douglas MacArthur, Grant's classmate, graduated first in the class).
After his graduation from West Point he was assigned to the Corps of Engineers of the United States Army and graduated from the U.S. Engineer School in 1908. He also served in the General Staff Corps from 1917 to 1920 and again from 1936 to 1940.
Grant served on Mindanao in the Philippines (1903–04); the Cuban Pacification (1906); the Mexican Border Service (1913–17), including the Veracruz Expedition (1914), and the Pancho Villa Expedition (1916); as well as in World War I and World War II.
In 1904 Grant served as an aide to President Theodore Roosevelt. Grant met his future wife while he was at the White House.
In 1907, Grant married Edith Root (1878–1962), the daughter of Elihu Root, the former Secretary of War and Secretary of State. They had three daughters: Edith, Clara Frances, and Julia.
During World War I, Grant was promoted to major. From 1918-19, Major Grant served on the staff of General Tasker H. Bliss, the United States representative at the Supreme War Council at Versailles. Grant was the secretary of the American section. In 1918, he assisted in the treaty negotiations with Germany regarding the treatment of prisoners of war. In 1919, Grant was on the commission to negotiate peace in Paris.
Post WWI career
After the war, Grant returned to the United States and was the District Engineer of the 2nd Engineer District in San Francisco. While in California, Grant also served on the California Debris Commission. On August 28, 1923, Maj. Grant made his first visit to the Sierra Nevada. The superintendent of General Grant National Park (now Kings Canyon National Park) invited Grant to see the park named after Grant's grandfather. Maj. Grant visited the General Grant Grove and the General Grant tree, a Giant Sequoia.
By 1923, Grant went to Washington, D.C. and was the executive officer of the Arlington Memorial Bridge Commission and a member of the National Capital Park and Planning Commission. In 1925, he was director of the newly created Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital (1925–1933). By 1927 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel, and was appointed as a co-director of the bicentennial celebration of the birth of George Washington. As the director of the parks in Washington, Grant also supervised the United States Park Police. Grant expanded the police, instituted plain-clothes patrols, and modernized the force with the addition of motorcycles and automobiles. Later, in 1928, Grant ordered the police to crack down on late-night "petters" in the parks.
In 1934, he graduated from the Army War College. He commanded the 1st Engineer Regiment at Fort DuPont, Delaware and the Delaware Civilian Conservation Corps District from 1934 to 1936. He was a full colonel by this time.
In 1936, Grant was the chief of staff of the Second Corps Area at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York.
Col. Grant, his wife, and her siblings and their spouses were at her father's side when he died in 1937.
In 1940, Grant was Division Engineer for the Great Lakes Engineer Division, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. He was promoted to brigadier general.
From 1941 to mid 1942, he commanded the Engineer Replacement Training Center at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In July 1942, Grant was made Chief of the Protection Branch of the Office of Civilian Defense in Washington, DC; he was in charge of the United States' civil defense and often traveled across the country in this capacity.
In 1943, Grant was promoted to major general.
Post service career
After the war, Grant retired from the army. He again served on the National Capital Park and Planning Commission. He was vice president of The George Washington University from 1946 to 1951. In addition, he also served as president of the American Planning and Civic Association from 1947 to 1949. He was also on the National Council of Historic Sites and a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Grant was chairman of the Civil War Centennial Commission from 1957 to 1961. He resigned from the commission due to the illness of his wife and also because of the controversies that developed in planning commemorative events for the centennial of the American Civil War.
The centennial celebration began at Grant's Tomb with a twenty-one gun salute and was attended by cadets from West Point. A major controversy developed when ceremonies were to be held at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. A member of the Centennial Commission, who happened to be a black woman, was denied a room at a Charleston, South Carolina hotel. The NAACP protested this vigorously and called for protests and boycotts of any centennial celebrations. It accused the Centennial Commission of being pro-South and not forcing the hotel to allow blacks in, especially on official business. General Grant made the statement that the Centennial Commission was not responsible for state laws. The controversy brought in President John F. Kennedy who stated that he would not accept any discrimination in centennial celebrations.
In 1961, Grant received an honorary LL.D. degree from Hamilton College.
After the death of his wife, Gen. Grant remained at his home on the outskirts of Clinton, New York near Hamilton College.
He died August 29, 1968 in Clinton, New York and is buried at the Hamilton College Cemetery near his father-in-law.
His cousin was Ulysses S. Grant IV, the son of Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.
Awards and decorations Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit Philippine Campaign Medal Army of Cuban Pacification Medal Mexican Service Medal World War I Victory Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Officier Légion d'honneur (France) Croix de guerre (France) Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (UK) Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (Italy)
Medal of Solidarity, 1918 (Panama)
Works by Ulysses S. Grant III
"Washington, a Treasure of Opportunities." American Magazine of Art Vol. 22, May 1931. "Washington, a Planned City in Evolution." Journal of the American Institute of Architects Vol. 1, March 1944. "Major Problems in Planning a Worthy Capital for the Nation." Landscape Architecture Vol. 40, October 1949. "Here Comes the Greatest Centennial in U.S. History!" published in various newspapers October 1960. Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior and Statesman. (1969) William Morrow & Company, New York. This is a biography of his famous grandfather and was published posthumously.
Major-General Ulysses Simpson Grant III's Timeline
July 4, 1881
Chicago, Cook Co., IL
November 27, 1907
Washington, DC, USA
September 9, 1908
New York City, New York, NY
September 4, 1912
Clinton, Oneida, NY
January 20, 1916
August 29, 1968
Clinton, Oneida, NY
Clinton, Oneida, NY