lysses Grant was born on the 27th day of April 1882, in Point Pleasant, Ohio to Root Grant, a businessman, and Hannah Grant. The family moved to George town a year after his birth and that was where he developed his interest in horses. Ulysses took after his mother, shy and reserved but he hated his father’s tannery business. That’s simply the reason he would not give him a hand at the job. Ulysses entered the United States Military Academy at West Point at age 17 with his father’s help.
Grant’s appearance in the civil war
The civil war will always be in the heart of all Americans and Ulysses’s efforts will equally share the same fate. On April 12, 1861, the confederate troops attacked South Carolina. This was the attack that initiated Ulysses’s passion to fight for Americans. He was appointed to command the 21st Illinois volunteer regiment and by September 1861 he had brought the regiment into the full fighting spirit.
Ulysses and his fighters took the town of Paduach after Kentucky’s fall and in February 1862 Grant’s troops along with the U.S Navy fought at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson securing the two locations. Grant was soon promoted to major general of volunteers due to these victories.
Arresting the president of the United States
Arresting a president might be a little too big but it shows equality before the law in its highest esteem. Equality has always been a major requirement of a country governed by democracy. It doesn’t matter if you are a president, a wealthy person, or simply an individual with little or no power person the feeling of being treated equally is what everyone yearns for.
The president in question
The United State was facing heavy consequences for overspeeding, prior to the time of the arrest a mother and her child were badly injured by a reckless overspeeding gentleman. The government was forced to deploy more policemen to arrest reckless drivers.
President Grant Ulysses, the 18th president of the U.S was probably rushing to an occasion but he forgot that the law applies to everyone including the number one citizen of the country.
The policeman, William H. West who arrested him had previously warned him the day before. He asked Grant to stop his carriage and he said, “Well, officer, what do you want with me?”
West replied, “I want to inform you, Mr. President, that you are violating the law by speeding along this street. Your fast driving, sir, has set the example for a lot of other gentlemen.”
Grant realized his mistake and promised to be careful henceforth. He turned out to be bluffing when the same officer stopped him the second day while racing through an area in Georgetown. An adamant president if you asked me.
And this happened
“I cautioned you yesterday, Mr. President, about fast driving, and you said, sir, that it would not occur again,” West reportedly told Grant. “I am very sorry, Mr. President, to have to do it, for you are the chief of the nation, and I am nothing but a policeman, but duty is duty, sir, and I will have to place you under arrest.”
That’s it, Grant was arrested and taken to the station in his own carriage while Well sat closely with him. He paid a fine of $20 which was a hefty sum at the time.
Afterward, Officer Well became a close friend to the president. They were often seen chatting and drinking like gentlemen. Officer Well was not clean either he confessed to Grant that he had been arrested 25 times for overspeeding.
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