On this day in 1822, the first ever General of the U.S. Army and the 18th President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant is born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
President Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to the second Lieutenant General in American history. The first was George Washington.
“The influence of this book”
Later in life, just nine years before he died of cancer in 1885, Grant wrote this in regard to education:
“Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.”