Jesse Root Grant

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Jesse Root Grant (February 6, 1858 – June 8, 1934) was the youngest son of President Ulysses S. Grant. He joined the Democratic Party and sought the party nomination for president, running against William Jennings Bryan in 1908.


Jesse Root Grant was born near St. Louis, Missouri to Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Grant. He studied engineering at Cornell University and settled in California. In 1880, he married Elizabeth Chapman (1860-1945), daughter of William Chapman, one of the founders of California Academy of Sciences. They had two children: Chapman Grant and Nellie Grant. In 1913, Grant sued for divorce while they were living in Goldfield, Nevada. Mrs. Grant strenuously fought his charges of desertion. She countersued, claiming he had deserted her and refused to support the family. The divorce was followed by the newspapers. When the divorce was finally granted in 1918, Grant married a widow, Lillian Burns Wilkins. In the 1890s, he helped to develop Tia Juana, now Tijuana, Mexico, as a gambling resort.Grant died in Los Altos, California in 1934 and was buried at the cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco.

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Grant joined the Democratic party and was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1908. In 1925, he wrote a...
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