United States presidents have always been fond of pointing out their humble beginnings. The presidential candidate of the nineteenth century who was fortunate enough to have been born in a log cabin would have been foolish to permit the fact to be lost on the voting public. Ulysses S. Grant, eighteenth president of the United States, was not born in a log cabin. However, his birth on April 27, 1822 in a quiet and unpretentious Ohio River hamlet and early childhood in nearby Georgetown, Ohio, established in him a kinship and identification with the people he would one day serve as President.
The small frame cottage in Point Pleasant was the birthplace of the first child of tanner Jesse Grant and his wife, Hannah. Hiram Ulysses Grant was the christened name of the child. It would later be mistakenly changed at West Point to Ulysses S. Grant.
The cottage was the home of the Grant family for less than a year before Jesse, having saved the money he earned as a tanner, built a tannery of his own in the Brown county seat, Georgetown. With the new tannery, Jesse built a comfortable brick house, and in the fall of 1823, he moved his small family there from Point Pleasant.
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