Historical sites to mark 200th birthday of Ohio-born Ulysses S. Grant

Grant's birthplace is one of many sites hosting Grant bicentennial events.

A boy named Hiram, destined to change the course of history, was born 200 years ago this month in a tiny, one-room cottage near the Ohio River in the hamlet of Point Pleasant.

That boy, of course, is better-known as Ulysses S Grant, and the bicentennial of his birth on April 27, 1822, will be celebrated this month at that birthplace, now an Ohio History Connection historical site.

Other bicentennial events will take place at other locations in Clermont and Brown counties, including Grant’s boyhood home and schoolhouse in nearby Georgetown, which are also Ohio History Connection sites.

Grant's boyhood home in Georgetown has been preserved and restored and is now a museum.

After his birth, Grant’s family lived in Point Pleasant for a year before moving to Georgetown and the two-story brick house where he would spend his boyhood.

Born Hiram Ulysses Grant, the boy became Ulysses S. Grant due to a paperwork error upon his admission to West Point at the age of 17.

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