Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Unusual Pictures Of Uncommon People

He was born in Point Pleasant, a small town along the banks of the Ohio River. By the time he was 9, his skills were so keen that farmers from far and wide brought their horses to him for breaking to pace. He set a high jump record at West Point that stood unmatched for 25 years. After graduating, he intended to leave the military to become a professor of mathematics.

It was not to be. He eventually wrote his autobiography in two volumes, considered to be a masterpiece of American literature. In seven years he went from being a clerk in his father's leather store to being elected President of the United States, and in between, appointed by Abraham Lincoln as General of The Armies.

Pictured above is one of the greatest Americans, Ulysses S. Grant.


32˙North said...

I love that he wanted to be a math professor. Very handsome man.

Rachel Fenton said...

I thought he was Lincoln for a sec there...very piercing eyes - you wouldn't argue with him, that's for sure...except maybe I would...just to get the full spectrum of eye emotion from him though - a study if you like! Wonderful picture.

I cannot comprehend how some people love maths. Baffling.

Tracy said...

The life story of U.S. Grant is amazing and varied... he saw and did such a love in his lifetime. His autobiography is a great read! :o) I really like this new series, Golden West! Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))