Today was a great day for an "educational" field trip.
So we loaded up the car, picked up some great friends
and took off for Georgetown, Ohio about 40 minutes
southeast of Cincinnati.
to find and visit Ulysses' S. Grant's
and then travel back up the Ohio River road
to his birth place home.
Above is Ulysses' Boyhood home.
(Zac, in blue, toted his skateboard along for the ride)
A few interesting facts we learned today:
1. Ulysses S. Grant was not his given name. His given name
was Hiram Ulysses Grant and was changed
due to a clerical error upon his entry to West Point.
2. He loved horses and is the only US President to
be ticketed and have his carriage impounded
for exceeding the carriage speed limit!
3. He was an accomplished artist!
4. Later in life he lost everything in a bad investment.
Mark Twain convinced Ulysses to allow him to write
a biography, which was published a short time after Ulysses
death. The royalties, in the neighborhood of 1/2 a million,
from this book allowed for financial freedom for Ulysses's wife.