General Ulysses S. Grant Takes a Stand Against a Sitting President: President Johnson
As a nation, we are proud that our top political leader does not adorn him or herself in medals and military splendor. The respect for the position of President of the United States is not based on the might of the sword but the political will of the people.
Ours is a civilian leader, and we would never take lightly the stand of a general against the directions of his or her duly-elected Commander in Chief. But, in this incident captured by A. B. Farquhar it did happen . . . and maybe other times never captured in print. Integrity many times demands a stand of personal conviction and, in this instance, General Grant stood strong.
A. B. Farquhar was a mid-19th Century to early 20th Century American Industrialist. He knew Lincoln. He knew all the presidents thereafter until his death. He knew General Ulysses S. Grant.
This is a modified excerpt from Mr. Farquhar’s book, An Autobiography of A. B. Farquhar.
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Peter E. Greulich
Peter E. has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies and autobiographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.
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