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Ulysses Simpson Grant, Jr.

Also Known As: "Buck"
Birthplace: Bethel, Miami, Ohio, United States
Death: Died in San Diego, California, United States
Place of Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States and Julia Boggs Grant (Dent), First Lady
Husband of Francis J. "Fannie" Grant (Chaffee) and America Workman Will
Father of Miriam Macy Rice; Chaffee Grant; Julia Dent Grant King; Fannie Purdy (Grant) and Ulysses S. Grant IV
Brother of Brigadier-General Frederick Dent Grant; Ellen "Nellie" Wrenshall Jones; Jesse Root Grant and Samual Simpson Grant

Occupation: Lawyer
Managed by: Arik Vladimir Russell
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About Ulysses "Buck" Grant, Jr.


Ulysses Simpson Grant, Jr., nicknamed Buck, (July 22, 1852 – September 25, 1929) was an American attorney and entrepreneur. He was the second son of President Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Grant.

Grant was born in Bethel, Ohio, Grant spent his early life following his father as he rose from an obscure officer to General of the Army. He attended the Emerson Institute, prepared for college at Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated from Harvard University in 1874. He entered the Law School at Columbia University. After graduation, he joined a law firm in New York City.

He was not interested in politics, but at his mother's urging, he worked as his father's secretary at the White House. He then accepted the job as an assistant United States Attorney in New York's Southern District.

In 1880, he married Fannie Josephine Chaffee (1857 - 1909), who was the daughter of Jerome B. Chaffee, the U.S. Senator from Colorado. They had five children:

Miriam (born 1881)

Chaffee (born 1883)

Julia (born 1885)

Fannie (born 1889)

Ulysses IV (born 1893).

(Note: Ulysses III (born 1881) was the son of Frederick Dent Grant.)

Grant then worked in private practice and became wealthy. He partnered in a banking and brokerage firm with Ferdinand Ward. Grant and his father each put $100,000 in the firm and asked veterans and millionaires to invest.

The Grants thought that they would share one-half of the profits from the firm, but realized that Ward was only interested in using the Grant name for his own interests. The firm went bankrupt, and the Grants lost everything. Ward was convicted of fraud and served 10 years in prison.

When Buck was back on his feet financially, he bought Merryweather Farm in Salem Center, Westchester County, New York. His wife's health was failing. Grant's mother suggested moving to California. His younger brother, Jesse Root Grant, was already living in San Diego. The Grants moved into a three-story house in San Diego in 1893.

Grant set up a law practice, then gave it up to invest in real estate. He purchased property throughout San Diego. In 1895, he bought the Horton House hotel. He wanted to run the hotel and name it after his father. In 1905, he razed the old hotel and built a new one, the U. S. Grant Hotel, in 1910.

Grant continued to speculate in real estate. He also became a leading citizen, who pushed for the creation of a city park, that would become Balboa Park. Grant was a delegate-at-large for California at the Republican National Conventions in 1896 and 1900. He was also an elector for California in the 1904 and 1908 presidential elections (see U.S. Electoral College).

His wife died in 1909. Four years later he married a widow, America Workman Will (1878 - 1942).

Grant and America traveled extensively. In his later years, they stayed closer to home and traveled in California.

Grant died at the Sandberg Lodge on the Ridge Route north of Los Angeles while on a road trip. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego.

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Ulysses "Buck" Grant, Jr.'s Timeline

July 22, 1852
Bethel, Miami, Ohio, United States
November 1, 1880
Age 28
New York, United States
September 26, 1881
Age 29
New York, NY, USA
September 28, 1883
Age 31
New York, NY, USA
April 15, 1885
Age 32
New York, NY, USA
August 11, 1889
Age 37
Salem Center, NY, USA
May 23, 1893
Age 40
Salem Center, NY, USA
July 12, 1913
Age 60
September 25, 1928
Age 76
San Diego, California, United States
San Diego, San Diego, California, United States