Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant c. the 1870s, from the Brady-Handy Photograph Collection, Library of Congress

Birth Name: Hiram Ulysses Grant

Date of Birth: April 27, 1822

Place of Birth: Point Pleasant, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: July 23, 1885

Place of Death: Wilton, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Scots-Irish/Northern Irish/Scottish/Irish, English, Welsh, distant French Huguenot and Belgian Walloon

Ulysses S. Grant was an American general and politician. A Republican, he served as the 18th President of the United States, from March 4, 1869 to March 4, 1877. He was elected to the position in 1868 and 1872. President Grant was previously the 6th Commanding General of the United States Army, from March 9, 1864 to March 4, 1869.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1880.

President Grant was the son of Hannah (Simpson) and Jesse Root Grant, a tanner and merchant. He was raised partly in Georgetown, Ohio. He was married to Julia Boggs (Dent) Grant, with whom he had four children.

President Grant’s paternal grandfather was Noah Grant (the son of Noah Grant, Jr. and Susanna/Susannah Delano). President Grant’s grandfather Noah was born in Tolland, Tolland Co., Connecticut. President Grant’s great-grandfather Noah was the son of Noah Grant and Martha Huntington. Susanna was the daughter of Jonathan Delano, Jr. and Amy Hatch.

President Grant’s paternal grandmother was named Rachel Kelley/Kelly/Miller. Rachel’s father was from Ireland.

President Grant’s maternal grandfather was John Simpson, Jr. (the son of John Simpson and Hannah Roberts). President Grant’s grandfather John was born in Horsham, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. President Grant’s great-grandfather John was born in Northern Ireland, the son of William Simpson and Jane Hines. Hannah was the daughter of Lewis Roberts and Mary.

President Grant’s maternal grandmother was named Rebecca Weir (the daughter of Samuel Weir and Mary). Rebecca was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Samuel was born in Ulster, Ireland, the son of John Weir. President Grant’s mother had roots in County Tyrone.

President Grant was a third cousin, twice removed, of author Laura Ingalls Wilder. President Grant’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Jonathan Delano and Amy Hatch, were also Laura’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandparents. He was also a fourth cousin, once removed, of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Jonathan Delano and Mercy Warren, were also President Roosevelt’s maternal four times great-grandparents. President Grant was also a third cousin of politician, rancher, and statesman Columbus Delano.

Sources: Genealogies of President Grant – http://www.geni.com

18 Responses

  1. AutisticApe says:

    Ulysses has a small amount (1/32) of German ancestry. Here his great great grandmother on one of the sources you cited:

  2. andrew says:

    President Grant was also a third cousin of statesman Columbus Delano:


  3. andrew says:

    President Ulysses S- Grant was a 4th cousin once removed of President Franklyn Delano Roosevelt, through their shared Walloons ancestors:

  4. andrew says:


    his ancestors weren’t French but Wallons. He had Welsh and German ancestry too

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.