as the elder
Ulysses S. Grant, reveals the little known side of
U.S. President’s life.
Experience the final five months with
Mount McGregor, New York
as he hurries to complete his manuscript and leaves a legacy for
In the years
following Ulysses S. Grant's
presidency, there were serious concerns about his finances.
Prior to 1958, there was no federal pension for former presidents.
Deep in debt by 1884 due to disastrous investment decisions, the
Grant family's situation
was growing ever more dire when Mark Twain approached the past president in
regards to writing a series of histories about his life.
Twain said that the people of that era were very interested in the
adventure stories about the Civil War.
Grant immediately corrected him --
telling the famous novelist that, “The war was not an adventure, but a tragic
part of American history.”
write an autobiography of his early life, with great detail paid
to the war years. Under severe
duress because of the onset of throat cancer,
tirelessly day and night to finish the book.
Twain had offered a very generous contract, including 75%
of the book’s sales as royalties.
Memoirs became a tremendously popular read, selling
into the millions after
They were considered by many literary critics to be one
of the finest 19th Century memoirs ever written.
information about bringing former
General and President U.S.
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worked at Lake
(Garfield Monument & Wade Chapel docent), the James A. Garfield
National Historic Site, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, and is
well-versed in Civil War and Gilded Age history. He very
President Grant in his 60s.