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President Ulysses S. Grant, between 1869 and 1885.
President Ulysses S. Grant never even thought he'd graduate from West Point

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Ulysses S. Grant Was Born
April 27, 1822

One of the most honored and respected military leaders in U.S. history never even wanted a military career. Despite that, he became a general and served two terms as president of the United States. Ulysses S. Grant, born on April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio, wrote, "A military life had no charms for me, and I had not the faintest idea of staying in the army even if I should be graduated, which I did not expect." However, Grant did graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1843 and later began leading soldiers in battle.
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