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  Grant, Jesse Root
NameJesse Root Grant
, California , United States
Born February 06, 1858
DiedJune 08, 1934 (76 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Jan 23, 2008 09:47pm
InfoJesse Root Grant (February 6, 1858–June 8, 1934), the youngest son of President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Grant, was a miner and entrepreneur.

He dropped out of Cornell University at age 19 to join his parents on their world tour. He returned to the United States and spent one year at the Law School of Columbia University. He dropped out of school and went West. He settled for a while in San Diego, California where he helped his brother Ulysses S. (Buck) Grant, Jr. Grant then traveled around the west as a miner, spending some time in Alaska.

In 1880, he married Elizabeth Chapman (1860 - 1942), who was from a prominent family in San Francisco. Her father was William Chapman, one of the founders of the California Academy of Sciences. They had two children: Chapman Grant and Nellie.

In 1913, Grant sued for divorce while they were living in Goldfield, Nevada. Mrs. Grant strenuously fought his charges of desertion, and countersued on his deserting her and of not supporting the family. The divorce was followed by the newspapers. When the divorce was finally granted, Grant married Lillian Burns Wilkins.

Grant died in Los Altos, California in 1934 and is buried at the cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco.

He was born February 6, 1858 and died June 8, 1834. Jesse was an author, engineer and world traveler. His most famous jaunt abroad may have been his around-the-world trip with his father following the White House years. He fathered two children. He eventually divorced his first wife and remarried. At one point he made a bid for the presidency, but the press and the country ignored his candidacy.

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Father Ulysses S. Grant 1822-1885
Brother Frederick Dent Grant 1850-1912
Brother Ulysses Simpson "Buck" Grant, Jr. 1852-1929
Sister Ellen Wrenshall "Nellie" Grant Sartoris Jones 1855-1922
Mother Julia Boggs Dent Grant 1826-1902