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Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant
Artist
Alexander Hay Ritchie, 1822 - 1895
Copy after
Charles DeForest Fredricks, 11 Dec 1823 - 25 May 1894
Sitter
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Date
c. 1870-1875
Type
Print
Medium
Engraving
Dimensions
26.5cm x 25.3cm (10 7/16" x 9 15/16"), Image
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.79.187
Exhibition Label
From the start, President Grant had self-doubts about his suitability for the job at hand and felt he lacked “political training.” To that end, the loyal trust with which he accorded cabinet members and appointees was oftentimes unwise. Consequently, his administration was rocked by incidents of scandal and fraud. Yet Grant remained personally ethical.
Moreover, he was civically responsible, fair-minded, and socially progressive. For instance, more than any other late nineteenth-century president, Grant was committed to advancing the civil rights of African Americans, especially their right to vote.
He also fought for a more humane policy toward Native Americans. Although he was criticized for his visionary views in his own day, today they are among the tenets of American society.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110a
Usage