April 27, 2022, will mark the 200th anniversary of Grant’s birth. The GMA will highlight events marking this milestone as it approaches.
We also call upon the general public to support the following measures:
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
As occurred in 1922 for the centennial of Grant’s birth and more recently for the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, a commemorative coin should be struck with congressional approval.
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.
By Grant’s 200th birthday, Congress should pass legislation authorizing and requesting the appointment of Grant posthumously as “General of the Armies of the United States,” as was done for George Washington, with the appointment effective April 9, 1865. (In Washington’s case, it was effective July 4, 1776.) Only one active-duty officer, General John J. Pershing, has held this rank. It would be fitting to accord the same honor to the man widely considered the greatest general the United States has ever produced. Congress could do this via a resolution using language similar to Public Law 94-479 (1976), which authorized Washington’s posthumous promotion.
The U.S. Postal Service should issue Grant bicentennial 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. We encourage the general public to write the Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee recommending that the Postal Service issue Grant bicentennial stamps in 2022. The Committee’s address is as follows:
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501