Ulysses S. Grant
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Grant's parents named him Hiram but called him by his middle name, Ulysses, or "Lyss" for short. When he entered West Point in 1839, his name was mistakenly changed to U. Simpson. He then became known as U.S. Grant, rather than H.U. Grant, which stood for the initials for his given name, Hiram Ulysses.
By the age of nine, young Ulysses was so good at breaking horses and teaching them to pace that area farmers came to him to train their horses. Grant's love of horses was a large part of his life. Horses later played an important role during his military career.
Grant had no intention of continuing with a military career when he graduated from West Point. Actually, he wanted to continue his studies and become a mathematics professor.

Learn more about U.S. Grant:

Life Before the Presidency
The Hero of the Civil War
Presidential Accomplishments
Grant: A Misunderstood Leader
A Loving Family Man
Life After the Presidency
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