The real Ulysses S. Grant was an American hero

Yet progressive historians, a partisan press, and political enemies tarnished his record from the beginning. They maligned him as a drunk and a butcher, and a bumbling Western rube who was ill-suited to politics and probably corrupt. This sloppy and slanderous history thankfully has been reassessed in recent years, for Grant deserves to stand forever alongside Lincoln and Washington as one of America’s indispensable men. 

BRET BAIER: WHAT WOULD ULYSSES S. GRANT DO?

United States of America, City of Chicago, Equestrian statue of bronze, the monument of President Ulysses S. Grant in Lincoln Park, Illinois State, digital improved reproduction of an original print from the 19th century. (Photo by: Bildagentur-online/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

United States of America, City of Chicago, Equestrian statue of bronze, the monument of President Ulysses S. Grant in Lincoln Park, Illinois State, digital improved reproduction of an original print from the 19th century. (Photo by: Bildagentur-online/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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