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Ulysses Grant

President #18: 1869-1877
Lived 1822-1885 2021 1776
Revolutionary War
War of 1812
Mexican-American War
Civil War
Spanish-American War
World War 1
World War 2
Korean War
Viet Nam War
Desert Storm
Bush's War

Maladies & Conditions  · complexity aversion · abuse? · snored · throat cancer

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Maladies and Conditions
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complexity aversion
According to one historian, Grant's "peace of mind required that he be shielded from the complicated side of anything" 1a.

How much did Grant smoke cigars and drink? During the first Battle of the Wilderness, Grant was seen to smoke 20 cigars from sunup to sundown 2a.

Reliability of this information is uncertain. 3

throat cancer
It was with Grant's cancer that Americans began to fear this disease (saw this in a book called Cancer, written about 1988).
Odds and Ends
During Presidency After Presidency
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Ampres Series
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Signature Series
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Cited Sources
  1. Coletta, Paolo E. The Presidency of William Howard Taft. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 1973.
    a  p.259
  2. Bumgarner, John R. The Health of the Presidents: The 41 United States Presidents Through 1993 from a Physician's Point of View. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland & Company, 1994.
    a  p.137

    Comment: Devotes one chapter to each President, through Clinton. Written for the layperson, well-referenced, with areas of speculation clearly identified, Dr. Zebra depends heavily on this book. Dr. Bumgarner survived the Bataan Death March and has written an unforgettable book casting a physician's eye on that experience.

  3. Dugan, James. Bedlam in the boudoir. Colliers. 22 Feb. 1947; pages 17, 69-70.

    Comment: Credibility is dubious. Just before a list of Presidents, the article states: "Twenty of the 32 Presidents ... are proved or believed on a thick web of circumstance to have been nocturnal nuisances in the White House."

  4. Boller, Paul F. Jr. Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
    a  p.161  b  p.157
  5. Gary, Ralph. Following Lincoln's Footsteps. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001.
    a  p.68
  6. Anonymous. Scanning a brain that's out of tune. Science News. 2002 Nov 23;162(21):334.

    Comment: Reports the results Catherine L. Reed and colleagues: To not hear music: A case of congential amusia. Society for Neuroscience meeting. November 2-7, 2002. Orlando, Fla.

  7. Pendel, Thomas F. Thirty-Six Years in the White House. Washington: Neale Publishing Company, 1902.

    Comment: Pendel was door-keeper at the White House from the time of Lincoln to the time of Theodore Roosevelt. Full text is available on-line at It is a rather dry book, and reads as if it were written by an old man.

  8. Stoddard, Henry L. It Costs to Be President. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1938.
    a  pp.236-238

    Comment: Stoddard was editor and owner of the New York Evening Mail from 1900 to 1925.

  9. Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (ed). Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America. 2nd ed. London: Burke's Peerage Limited, 1981.
    a  p.323  b  p.322

    Comment: Maps -- in great detail -- the ancestors and descendants of American presidents through Ronald Reagan. They would have had an exhausting time with President Obama's family tree! MORE

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