Ulysses S. Grant Nominated by Lincoln to the Rank of Lieutenant General this day in 1864 Today in 1864, Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) was nominated by Abraham Lincoln to the rank of Lieutenant General (3 stars), newly revived and previously held by George Washington (also Winfield Scott but by brevet only) - several quotes below. Although Grant was a West Point graduate and served well in the Mexican War, he was unhappy by himself in the 1850s west and quit the Army; after, he failed in many endeavors and was a lowly clerk in his father's store in Galena, Illinois at the start of the Civil War. The War made Grant a new man - he and Robert E. Lee emerged as the greatest generals of that horrible conflict. In 1868, Grant was elected the 18th President of the United States and served two terms, however, despite good intentions his presidency was inflicted by graft and corruption, ranking him as one of the 'worst' presidents (Source). He was a heavy cigar smoker and developed throat cancer, the cause of his death; to help restore his reputation and leave his family w/ sufficient money, he wrote his popular memoirs which are still in print (have a copy on my iPad - recommended!). Also, there is an excellent 4-hour PBS documentary for those interested (see pics below). Dave .