Grant, Julia Dent, 1927, Biographical Sketch
GRANTS FIRST conquest, after entering upon a military career, was the heart of seventeen-year old Julia Dent, a sister of one of his classmates. The two were married following the Mexican War, after which Grant was assigned to a California post. Unable to stand the separation, the young lieutenant sent his resignation to Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, and retired with his wife to a little piece of timber land in Missouri, which she had received from her father as a wedding gift. Exceedingly ambitious, Mrs. Grant's tenancy of the White House brought odium upon the administration as being imperialistic. The only member of the Presidential family who won much popular favor teas Nellie Grant, whose marriage to an Englishman, Algernon Sartoris, was a severe disappointment to her father.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 19.
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