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Grant's Inauguration

Inauguration of President Ulysses S. Grant
U.S. Congress. Senate Gallery,
Washington, D.C.: Philip & Solomons,
Printed ticket, 1869
Rare Book & Special
Collections Division

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), elected as the eighteenth president of the United States, wrote his first inaugural address entirely on his own. The result was a surprise lecture on the urgent need for reduction of the national debt. The issue of Reconstruction was scarcely mentioned. Grant may have accepted the responsibilities of the office of president "without fear," as he claimed, but also without knowledge of the problems that confronted the nation in the aftermath of the Civil War.

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Ulysses S. Grant
Inaugural address,
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March 4, 1869
Holograph manuscript
Manuscript Division (88.4)
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