always well directed in moulding the elements of his character for future usefulness.
The early settlers of Ohio
, especially those from New England
and New York, carried with them a just appreciation of the advantages of education, and made provision for common schools.
At one of these young Grant
received such education as was then afforded.
He was not a brilliant scholar, but he was faithful and persevering, and by dint of application and encouragement at home he mastered all the lessons required of him more successfully, and to better purpose, than boys of quicker and more showy abilities.
He exhibited at school, and in all his youthful life, those qualities of faithfulness, patience, and perseverance, and a persistency in doing what was to be done, which have characterized him in after life, and have given him that success which has made him famous.
In lessons he accomplished with credit all that was required of him, especially in mathematics, and at least acquired so much as enabled him, when appointed a cadet at West Point
, to pass an examination as successfully as many who had enjoyed superior advantages, or were endowed with more brilliant mental qualities.
Nor was he idle at home.
Like most boys in a similar condition of life, he had many duties to perform about his father's house and tannery; and to these duties, even if they were not always agreeable, he was always faithful.
He was not afraid to work, or to lend a helping hand when anything was necessary to be done, and was especially apt at driving team or taking charge of horses.
His work done, he applied himself to his lessons, receiving generous encouragement from