; born in St. Louis, Mo.
, May 30, 1850; eldest son of Ulysses S. Grant
; was with his father at various times during the Civil War
; graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1871; accompanied General Sherman
on his European
trip in 1872; was appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of General Sheridan
with the rank of lieutenant-colonel in 1873; took
part in the campaign on the frontier against the Indians; accompanied his father on his trip around the world; and resigned his commission in the army in 1881.
In 1887 he was defeated as Republican candidate for secretary of state of New York, and in 1889 President Harrison
appointed him minister to Austria
, where he remained till 1893.
He was a police commissioner in New York City through the administration of Mayor Strong
In 1898, on the call for volunteers for the war with Spain
, Colonel Grant
offered his services to the President
, and went to the front as colonel of the 14th New York regiment.
On May 27 he was appointed a brigadier-general of volunteers; served in the Porto Rico
campaign; and after the war was appointed commander of the military district of San Juan
While holding this post he organized an effective police force for the city similar in plan to that of New York City.
Subsequently he was ordered to the Philippine Islands
, where he rendered such valuable service in operations against the insurgents, and also as an administrative officer, that on the reorganization of the regular army in February, 1901, President McKinley
appointed him one of the new brigadiergenerals, he being then the only officer not in the regular army appointed to that rank.