the year 1799, however, he emigrated with his family to what was then the North-western Territory, and became one of the pioneer settlers of Ohio
, to the rich but wild lands of which the tide of emigration from the older states was then beginning to set. At the time of this removal Jesse R. Grant
, the general's father, was a boy, who grew to manhood under the genial influences of that magnificent country, and the inuring difficulties of pioneer life.
He added to the occupation of a farmer that of a tanner, and settling at Point Pleasant
, in the County of Clermont
, married Hannah Simpson
, the daughter of another pioneer settler, also from Pennsylvania
He had learned his trade of tanner in Kentucky
, but his aversion to slavery led him to settle in Ohio
Hiram Ulysses Grant
, now known to the world as General Ulysses S. Grant
, was the eldest of six children, and was born on the 27th of April, 1822.
His parents were quiet and unpretending, but persevering and thrifty, possessed of good sense, and governed by good principles.
felt their influence for good through all his early life; and his successful career is due, in no small degree, not only to his inherited temperament, but to his early training, and the influences of his home in the formation of his character.
It was a humble home in which labor was necessary, but in which, also, the dignity of labor was justly appreciated and adorned with many virtues.
In it Grant
acquired habits of industry and fidelity to all his duties, of self-reliance, perseverance, and straightforward honesty.
The influence of his mother, who was a woman of genuine strength of character, was very great, and was