Frederick Dent Grant (May
30, 1850 – April 12, 1912) was a soldier and United States minister to
the first son of General of
and President of the United
States Ulysses S. Grant
. He was named after his uncle, Frederick Tracy Dent
was in the United States Army
when Frederick was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
The family moved as the senior Grant was
assigned to posts in Michigan and New York. Frederick spent his
early childhood at his paternal grandparent's house while his
father was stationed on the West Coast. After his father's
resignation from the army, the family lived in St. Louis and in
attended public school in Galena until the outbreak of the American Civil War
in 1861. Grant's
father organized a volunteer regiment and was made colonel.
Frederick accompanied his father when the regiment was sent to
northern Missouri, but he was sent home when it arrived. He then
rejoined his father off and on at several campaigns during the
Early military career
appointed to West Point in 1866 and graduated in 1871.
assigned to the 4th U.S.
. He took
a leave of absence to work with the Union Pacific Railroad
as a civil
engineer. Late in 1871, he was aide-de-camp
to General William Tecumseh Sherman
He rejoined the 4th Cavalry in Texas in 1872.
In 1873, he was assigned to the staff of General Philip Sheridan
and promoted to lieutenant
colonel. He was on the Yellowstone Expedition and was with George Armstrong Custer
Grant married Ida Marie Honoré
(1854-1930), the daughter of Henry Hamilton
Honoré, who made his fortune in Chicago real
They were married in Chicago and had two children:
Julia Dent Grant
(born 1876) and
(born 1881). (Note:
was the son of
Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.
The birth of his first child, Julia
, in essence saved his life. Grant received leave to
travel from Custer's unit in the Black Hills of South Dakota to
Washington, D.C. for her birth. Had he remained with Custer's unit, he would
have been in the Battle of the Little Bighorn (June 24-25, 1876) in which Custer's entire
7th Cavalry Regiment of the
United States Army was
In 1877, he took a leave of absence to accompany his father on a
trip around the world.
In 1878, Grant was in the Bannock War
and was in the fight against Victorio
He resigned from the army in 1881, and assisted his father in
preparing the latter's memoirs. During this time, he was in
business in New York City.
, he ran on the
Republican ticket for Secretary of State of New
, but was defeated by the Democratic incumbent Frederick Cook
In 1889, President Benjamin
appointed him Minister to Austria-Hungary. After
Grant was allowed to continue in his post. Grant resigned in
Grant became a commissioner of police
New York City in 1894, an office he held until 1898.
Later military career
Grant and his wife Ida in 1905
When the Spanish-American War
started in 1898, Grant was colonel of the 14th New York Volunteers
and was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers. He served in
. In 1899, Grant was
sent to the Philippines for service in the Philippine-American War, where he
remained until 1902.
In 1901, he was made a brigadier
general in the Regular Army
When he returned to the United States, he held various commands and
was promoted to major general in 1906. At the time of his death, he
was the commander for the Eastern Division which included the
Department of the East and the Department of the Gulf. He died of cancer, the
same disease that had claimed his father, at Fort Jay on Governors
Island in New York City on April
12 1912, and was buried in West Point Cemetery.
- The National Cyclopædia of American Biography. (1916)
Vol. XV. New York: James T. White & Co., pp.93–94.