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Ulysses Simpson Grant, Jr.

Also Known As: "Buck"
Birthplace: Bethel, Miami, Ohio, United States
Death: September 25, 1929 (77)
San Diego, California, United States
Place of Burial: 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 Rice; Chaffee Grant; Julia Dent King; Fannie Purdy (Grant) and Lt. Ulysses Simpson Grant, IV
Brother of Brig. Gen. Frederick Dent Grant; Ellen (Nellie) Wrenshall Jones and Jesse Root Grant

Occupation: Lawyer
Managed by: James A. Nagel
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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.

1/7/2015 from findagrave.com:

Birth: Jul. 22, 1852 Bethel Clermont County Ohio, USA Death: Sep. 25, 1928 Sandberg Los Angeles County California, USA

He was the second son of the famed miltary president born when the General was a lieutenant in the Fourth regiment, U.S. Army. Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. took his A.B. from Harvard University in 1874 and his LL.B from Columbia two years later and was admitted to the bar in New York in 1876. Forced by ill health to seek a milder climate, Mr. Grant and his family selected San Diego to live in 1893. He became interested in real estate and launched construction of the U.S. Grant hotel which is still in operation today in downtown San Diego. Grant had an intimate knowledge of his father's experiences in the White House inasmuch as he was secretary to his father, President Grant, for eighteen months during his second term. He was politically active running for U.S. senator in 1904 but was unsuccessful. A world traveler and after returning from one of his many journeys while suffering from throat cancer, Mr. Grant died. The circumstances were the same as his father. He was also a heavy smoker. (bio by: Anonymous)

Family links:

 Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822 - 1885)
 Julia Boggs Dent Grant (1826 - 1902)

 Frances Josephine Chaffee Grant (1857 - 1909)*
 America Rosa Workman Grant (1878 - 1942)*

 Miriam Grant Rice (1881 - 1940)*
 Chaffee Grant (1883 - 1940)*
 Julia Dent Grant King (1885 - 1964)*
 Fannie Grant Purdy (1889 - 1924)*
 Ulysses Simpson Grant (1893 - 1977)*

 Frederick Dent Grant (1850 - 1912)*
 Ulysses Simpson Grant (1852 - 1928)
 Ellen Wrenshall Jones (1855 - 1922)*
 Jesse Root Grant (1858 - 1934)*
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Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park San Diego San Diego County California, USA

Created by: Anonymous Record added: Apr 10, 2002 Find A Grave Memorial# 6336018

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Ulysses "Buck" Grant, Jr.'s Timeline

July 22, 1852
Bethel, Miami, Ohio, United States
September 26, 1881
North Salem, Westchester County, New York, United States
September 28, 1883
New York, NY, United States
April 15, 1885
New York, NY, United States
August 11, 1889
Salem Center, NY, United States
May 23, 1893
Salem Center, NY, United States
September 25, 1929
Age 77
San Diego, California, United States
San Diego, San Diego, California, United States