Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th president of the United States. He was the youngest president to be elected at that time, and his legacy is intertwined with Reconstruction and standing up against inequality.
Grant became a colonel during the Civil War with his primary responsibility being that of disciplining a volunteer infantry unit from Illinois. He was strict and managed to keep men in line, and, as a result, he was promoted to Brigadier General. Grant was known for his iron will, and this helped him establish a great cause with the Union during a time of unrest. With his experience firmly behind him, along with popularity among Republicans, Grant was chosen as the Republican presidential candidate in 1868.
Grant was the first president elected after slavery was abolished, and he had to deal with the difficult task of Reconstruction. He was determined to do so without violence or hate. His goal was to limit activities of activist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, that thrived on hate. The Fifteenth Amendment was established under his leadership as well as the National Parks Service. He also signed legislation that established the Department of Justice as well as America’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park.