Julia Dent Grant
Julia Dent Grant , born in St. Louis, Mo., January 26,1826 is the daughter of Frederick and Ellen Wrenshall Dent. At the age of ten years she was sent to Miss Moreau's boarding-school, where she remained for eight years. Soon after her return home she met Lieut. Grant, then of the 4th infantry, stationed at Jefferson barracks at St. Louis, and in the spring of 1844 became engaged to him.
Their marriage, deferred by the war with Mexico, took place on August 22, 1848. The first four years of her married life were spent at Detroit, Mich., and at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., where Capt. Grant was stationed. In 1852 Mrs. Grant returned to her father's home in St. Louis, her health not being sufficiently strong to accompany her husband to California, whither his command had been ordered. Two years later he resigned from the army and joined his family in St. Louis.
During the civil war Mrs. Grant passed much of the time with Gen. Grant, or near the scene of action, he sending for her whenever opportunity permitted. She was with him at City Point in the winter of 1864-'5, and accompanied him to Washington when he returned with his victorious army. She saw her husband twice inaugurated president of the United States, and was his companion in his journey around the world. She herself has said: "Having learned a lesson from her predecessor, Penelope, she accompanied her Ulysses in his wanderings around the world." After Gen. Grant's death a bill was passed by congress giving his widow a pension of $5,000 a year. She is the fourth to whom such a pension has been granted, the others being Mrs. Polk, Mrs. Tyler, Mrs. Lincoln, Mrs. Garfield and Mrs. McKinley.
Four children were born to her—three sons, Frederick Dent, Ulysses, Jr., and Jesse, and one daughter, Nellie, who, in 1874, married Algernon Sartoris, and went with him to live in his English home near Southampton. After his death Mrs. Sartoris, with her three children, returned to her native land.
Mrs. Grant resided for several years in Washington, D. C, where she died December 14, 1902, and was placed by the side of her husband in the Grant Tomb in Riverside Park.
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