Racist son of President Ulysses S. Grant
GRANT, Frederick Dent (1850-1912). First son of General of the Army and President of the United States. Soldier assigned to 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment. Aide-de-camp to General William Tecumseh Sherman In 1873 he was assigned to the staff of General Philip Sheridan and was on the Yellowstone expedition with George Custer during the Black Hills expedition.
It was in June 1870 that the first black cadet, James Smith of South Carolinawas forced to endure immense racism and violence. Fellow cadet Frederick Grant was an instigator and was intent on driving Smith from the Academy. Frederick was known to say in front of his father, “Well, no damned nigger will never graduate from West Point.” Smith was later discharged but he was granted a posthumous commission in the United States Army in 1997. Autograph letter signed 1.25 pages on black bordered stationery. President Grant died in July 1885. New York Feb 87 to Dear Sickels. Grant did not receive Sickels letter in time to answer it for an evening engagement but appreciates being thought of for the invitation. Signed “F.D. Grant.” Some splitting in the folds otherwise in good condition......$125.00