Books, Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Did you know that Ulysses S. Grant, President of the Unites States from 1869-1877, wrote his book, The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant , finishing it just days before he died?

CBS Sunday Morning featured an episode about Ulysses S. Grant, where I learned some interesting facts surrounding the writing of  his memoir book, such as:

1)  Grant Cottage Historic Site was Grant’s summer home and where he wrote his memoir book when dying from throat cancer.

2) Grant wrote 10,000 words in a day finishing the book only days before he died on July 23, 1885

3Mark Twain was a great fan of Ulysses Grant and Twain published the book shortly after Grant’s death.

4) Ulysses S. Grant’s 600 page book when published was a best seller.

Grant writing Dec 2 1886 I thought writing 2,000 words a day is a lot, but what about 10,000 words a day. That is an accomplishment.

Here’s an interesting photo on this link showing Grant  bundled up in a chair writing his memoirs, June 27th, 1885.

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Written by Mary Gilmartin, February 17, 2013


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6 responses to “Books, Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

  1. I saw that segment on CBS Sunday Morning. I’m glad you reminded me of it – I’ve just downloaded Grant’s memoirs for my Kindle.

  2. My husband read Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs years ago and really enjoyed them. I thought the book looked a bit dense and foreboading–but he said that Grant was a good writer.

  3. I can’t believe this! How interesting, thank you for sharing this information with us, Mary.

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