Noted Civil War Union general Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822–85) was the 18th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1869 to 1877. His Reconstruction-era administration was primarily concerned with the restoration of sectional harmony, the readmission of southern state governments, and the protection of African American civil rights. Grant presided over the 19th century's largest federal law enforcement efforts. Grant petitioned Congress for passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1875 to guarantee federal protection of civil ...

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