April 27, 2022, marked the 200th anniversary of Grant’s birth. The Ulysses S. Grant Association, which operates the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, maintains a website at this link with information regarding observances of the Grant bicentennial.
The Grant Monument Association extends its thanks to all who have helped celebrate the memory of President Ulysses S. Grant and to further education on his life and legacy. Toward those ends, the following measures have been taken and in some cases are ongoing efforts still being pursued:
In December 2022, Congress authorized Grant’s posthumous promotion to “General of the Armies of the United States,” the U.S. Army’s highest rank. This provision was passed as Section 583 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. It confers on Grant the same rank and precedence held by General John J. Pershing, the only officer to have been General of the Armies of the United States during his lifetime. The posthumous honor of that rank was conferred in 1976 upon George Washington during the celebration of the nation’s bicentennial. The text of this legislation is accessible here.
Read proclamations and special messages from across the country commemorating Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th birthday.
Such tributes came from all six living presidents, Congress, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and all fifty states plus the District of Columbia.
The bicentennial is an occasion to rally for the proper care and recognition of sites across the country and abroad relating to Ulysses S. Grant. The Grant sites initiative can be divided into three parts: (1) proper care of established sites, (2) memorializing unmarked sites, and (3) proposing new memorials to Grant, including locations that should be named for him:
If you have ideas or would like to offer your support to advance this initiative, please contact the GMA.
Congress has not yet authorized such a coin, but such a measure should be adopted to note Grant’s posthumous promotion to General of the Armies of the United States. Additionally, the GMA is pleased to offer a limited edition coin commemorating the bicentennial. That is available for purchase here.
Besides serving a commemorative purpose, proceeds from its sale should be used to defray the cost of maintenance and operations of Grant’s Tomb and other sites related to Grant’s life and public career.
Congress has not yet authorized such a coin, but the GMA is pleased to offer a limited edition coin commemorating the bicentennial. That is available for purchase here.
The U.S. Postal Service should issue Grant postage stamps—ideally a set of four showing Grant at different stages of life, which was the format adopted for Lincoln stamps issued in 2009 for the bicentennial of his birth. While the Postal Service did not respond affirmatively to requests by the GMA and others to adopt this theme in 2022, we encourage the general public to write the Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee recommending that the Postal Service do so for a future issue of stamps. The Committee’s address is as follows:
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501