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  Grant, Frederick Dent
NameFrederick Dent Grant
New York City, New York , United States
Born May 30, 1850
DiedApril 11, 1912 (61 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Jul 31, 2015 06:06pm
InfoFrederick Dent Grant


Born May 30, 1850 at St. Louis, Missouri.

Accompanied his father in various engagements during the Civil War.

Graduated from West Point in 1871.

Married Ida Marie Honore on October 20, 1874. Two children: Princess Julia Grant Cantacuzene and Ulysses S. Grant III.

Appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as U.S. Minister to Austro-Hungarian Empire, 1890-1897.

Appointed to the New York City Board of Police Commissioners and succeeded Theodore Roosevelt as police Commissioner in 1897.

Served as assistant war secretary in President McKinley�s administration.

Major General, United States Army. Fought in the Spanish American War in 1898.

Died in New York City, April 11, 1912 and is buried at West Point.

Frederick Dent Grant (May 30, 1850 – April 12, 1912) was a soldier and United States minister to Austria. Grant was the first son of General of the Army and President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Grant.

His father was in the United States Army when Frederick was born in St. Louis, Missouri. The family moved as the senior Grant was assigned to posts in Michigan and New York. Frederick spent his early childhood at his paternal grandparent's house while his father was stationed on the West Coast. After his father's resignation from the army, the family lived in St. Louis and in Galena, Illinois. He attended public school in Galena until the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. Grant's father organized a volunteer regiment and was made colonel. Frederick accompanied his father when the regiment was sent to northern Missouri, but he was sent home when it arrived. He then rejoined his father off and on at several campaigns during the war.

Grant was appointed to West Point in 1866 and graduated in 1871. He was assigned to the 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment. He took a leave of absence to work with the Union Pacific Railroad as a civil engineer. Late in 1871, he was aide-de-camp to General William Tecumseh Sherman in Europe. He rejoined the 4th Cavalry in Texas in 1872.

In 1873, he was assigned to the staff of General Philip Sheridan and promoted to lieutenant colonel. He was on the Yellowstone Expedition and was with George Armstrong Custer during the Black Hills expedition.

In 1874, Grant married Ida Marie Honoré (1854 - 1930), the daughter of Henry Hamilton Honoré, who made his fortune in Chicago real estate. They were married in Chicago and had two children: Julia (born 1876) and Ulysses III (born 1881). (Note: Ulysses IV was the son of Ulysses S. (Buck) Grant, Jr.)

In 1877, he took a leave of absence to accompany his father on a trip around the world.

In 1878, Grant was in the Bannock War and was in the fight against Victorio in New Mexico.

He resigned from the army in 1881 and assisted his father in preparing the latter's memoirs. During this time, he was in business in New York City.

In 1889, President Benjamin Harrison appointed him Minister to Austria. After Grover Cleveland became president, Grant was allowed to continue in his post. Grant resigned in 1893.

Grant became a commissioner of police in New York City in 1894.

When the Spanish-American War started in 1898, Grant was colonel of the 14th New York Volunteers and was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers. He served in Puerto Rico. In 1899, Grant was sent to the Philippines for service in the Philippine-American War, where he remained until 1902. In 1901, he was made a brigadier general in the Regular Army.

When he returned to the United States, he held various commands and was promoted to major general in 1906. At the time of his death, he was the commander for the Eastern Division which included the Department of the East and the Department of the Gulf. He died of cancer, the same disease that had claimed his father, at Fort Jay on Governors Island in New York City on April 12, 1912, and was buried in West Point Cemetery.

He was born May 30, 1850. He died of cancer on April 11, 1912. As a child he was with his father on the major battlefields of the Civil War. He graduated from West Point. He married a French daughter of wealth. He served as the New York City police commissioner, Minister to Austria-Hungary. He eventually advanced to the second highest rank in the U. S. army, becoming the second General Grant.

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Father Ulysses S. Grant 1822-1885
Brother Ulysses Simpson "Buck" Grant, Jr. 1852-1929
Sister Ellen Wrenshall "Nellie" Grant Sartoris Jones 1855-1922
Brother Jesse Root Grant 1858-1934
Mother Julia Boggs Dent Grant 1826-1902

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