answer present purpose :-That he cares not who sinks so as he swims-and that he is alike faithless in his political principles, and his personal attachments. Mr. Hamer's personal friendship, never was held in very high estimation, by many who are well acquainted with him. And I can assure him, he is at perfect liberty, to withdraw it from me, (as he certainly will) whenever it suits his interest." Georgetown, Ohio, The Castigator, Sept. 25, 1832.
On Feb. 19, 1839, however, Jesse Grant wrote to Hamer. "Dear Sir, In consequence of a remark from Mr Morris while [here] last fall, I [was induced] to apply to the War Department through him for a cadet appointment for my Son H. Ulysses—A letter this evening recd from the department informs me that you only are entitled to the nomination, & that your consent will be necessary to enable him to obtain the appointment I have thought it advisable to consult you on the subject. And if you have no other person in view for the appointment, & feel willing to consent to the appointment of Ulysses, you will please signafy that consent to the department. When I last wrote to Mr. Morris, I refered him to you to recommend the young man if that were necessary Respectfully yours, Jesse R Grant" ALS, MHi.
On March 1, 1839, Col. Joseph G. Totten, chief engineer, addressed a circular to various congressmen, including Hamer, entitled to make appointments to USMA. Hamer, a lame-duck, had to send in a nomination by March 4 or forfeit his privilege. DNA, RG 94, Letters Sent, USMA.
Hamer's nominee had been named Hiram Ulysses Grant after a family conference. Jesse Grant favored the name "Ulysses," used it always in speaking to or of his son, and made it the common name for the boy in Georgetown. Hamer had been asked for an appointment for "H. Ulysses," but the appointment named U. S. Grant. Although Hamer apparently took the middle initial "S" from the mother's maiden name of Simpson, the appointment was not made in that name and USG never acknowledged it as a middle name.
While preparing to leave for USMA, Hiram Ulysses Grant decided to reverse his first two names. When he arrived at West Point, he registered at Roe's Hotel as U. H. Grant and signed the adjutant's record at USMA on May 29, 1839, as Ulysses Hiram Grant. Since he had been appointed as U. S. Grant, however, USMA officials used this name for four years while the cadet continued to sign personal material as Ulysses (or U.) H. Grant. Upon graduation, however, Ulysses S. Grant was adopted as the standard name.
West Point N. Y.
Sept. 22d 1839
I was just thinking that you would be right glad to hear from one of your relations who is so far away as I am so, I have put
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: 1837-1861. Volume: 1. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1967. Page number: 4.
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