Blunt and Brown introduce legislation honoring Ulysses S. Grant
WASHINGTON – Today, US Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) introduced the bipartisan Ulysses S. Grant Bicentennial Recognition Act. The legislation requires President Biden to posthumously promote Grant to the rank of General of the United States Army, the highest rank in the United States military. US Representative Ann Wagner (Mo.) introduced similar legislation to the House.
“Despite the personal setbacks he faced in his life, when Ulysses S. Grant was called to serve he did so with courage, integrity and determination that led his troops – and our nation – to victory. “, Blunt said. “As we approach the bicentennial of Grant’s birth early next year, it is an appropriate time to reflect on his fight for a more perfect Union, and to honor his legacy and the legacy of all servicemen who fought for this nation and the values we stand for.
“President Ulysses S. Grant, a son of Ohio, served his nation with honor and distinction” Brown said. “Grant’s exemplary leadership on the battlefield could only be eclipsed by his commitment to a fairer nation for all Americans during the Age of Reconstruction. I am proud to present this resolution to recognize President Grant’s many accomplishments as we begin to plan a bicentennial celebration in honor of his service 200 years after his birth in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
“In a time when our nation was the most divided it has ever been, Ulysses S. Grant not only answered the call of duty, but also helped recruit volunteers to protect our union. said Wagner. “He rose through the military ranks with incredible speed because of his tenacity, courage and unwavering determination to keep our nation together. The brave soldiers under his command won many victories and suffered painful defeats; but Grant kept on walking and fighting because he knew failure was not an option. Without Grant’s leadership and perseverance, the very fabric of our nation could have been lost.
Colonel Grant at the time was first informed of his promotion to the rank of Brigadier General in a publication in the Daily Missouri Democrat newspaper in 1861. According to biographer Ron Chernow, this marked a turning point in his life. Grant; Prior to this promotion, Grant had largely experienced challenges, setbacks, and outright failures in his professional life. From that point on, Grant’s integrity and leadership propelled him to the position of Commander of the Union Army and, ultimately, Leader of the Nation as our 18th President.
The rank of General of the United States Armies was first established by Congress in 1799 as the highest rank in the United States Army. However, then-President John Adams declined to appoint anyone to the post because the United States was not at war. The rank was dissolved in 1802, when Congress passed the Military Peacebuilding Act without reference to rank. In 1866, Congress established the rank of “General of the United States Army” as the highest rank in the United States Army, and Grant was immediately appointed to this post. In 1919, Congress authorized the President to appoint John Pershing to the rank of “General of the United States Armed Forces” for his role in commanding military forces during World War I. Significant confusion arose between the previously established “army general”. (the post held by Grant) and “general of the armies” (post created in 1799, then reinstated in 1919). In 1976, Congress made it clear that the “General of the United States Armed Forces” was the highest rank in the United States Army when it posthumously promoted George Washington to the rank in honor of the nation’s bicentennial. . The Ulysses S. Grant Bicentennial Recognition Act would elevate Grant to the same rank as George Washington.