Ulysses S. Grant III : biography
Ulysses Simpson Grant III (July 4, 1881 – August 29, 1968) was the son of Frederick Dent Grant, and the grandson of General of the Army and President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant. He was an American soldier and planner.
Awards and decorations
- After the war, Grant retired from the army. He again served on the National Capital Park and Planning Commission. He was vice president of The George Washington University from 1946 to 1951. In addition, he also served as president of the American Planning and Civic Association from 1947 to 1949. He was also on the National Council of Historic Sites and a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Grant's testimony as a Corps of Engineers veteran before Congress in opposition to the Echo Park Dam in Dinosaur National Monument was a key element in the cancellation of the project, and in protection of national park lands against water development projects.
Grant was chairman of the Civil War Centennial Commission from 1957 to 1961. He resigned from the commission due to the illness of his wife and also because of the controversies that developed in planning commemorative events for the centennial of the American Civil War.
The centennial celebration began at Grant's Tomb with a twenty-one gun salute and was attended by cadets from West Point. A major controversy developed when ceremonies were to be held at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. A black woman member of the Centennial Commission was denied a room at a Charleston, South Carolina hotel. The NAACP protested this vigorously and called for protests and boycotts of any centennial celebrations. It accused the Centennial Commission of being pro-South and not forcing the hotel to allow blacks in, especially on official business. General Grant made the statement that the Centennial Commission was not responsible for state laws.
Grant belonged to the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Aztec Club of 1847. He served as the Aztec Club's president for three non-consecutive terms from 1951-52, 1953-54 and 1955-56.
In 1961, Grant received an honorary LL.D. degree from Hamilton College.
After the death of his wife, Gen. Grant remained at his home on the outskirts of Clinton, New York near Hamilton College.
Grant died August 29, 1968 in Clinton, New York and is buried at the Hamilton College Cemetery near his father-in-law.
His cousin was Ulysses S. Grant IV, the son of Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.
Works by Ulysses S. Grant III
- "Washington, a Treasure of Opportunities." American Magazine of Art Vol. 22, May 1931.
- "Washington, a Planned City in Evolution." Journal of the American Institute of Architects Vol. 1, March 1944.
- "Major Problems in Planning a Worthy Capital for the Nation." Landscape Architecture Vol. 40, October 1949.
- "Here Comes the Greatest Centennial in U.S. History!" published in various newspapers October 1960.
- Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior and Statesman. (1969) William Morrow & Company, New York. This is a biography of his famous grandfather and was published posthumously.
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