Julia Grant (1826-1902) was an American first lady (1869-77) and the wife of the American Civil War general and 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. A devoted wife, Julia Grant often joined her husband at his military postings, including several trips to the front during the Civil War. For Julia, unlike many of her predecessors, her husband's election to the presidency was a happy occassion, and she was a popular and well-respected hostess. The Grants' fame reached far beyond the United States, and the couple travelled extensively after leaving the White House. Julia Grant was the first first lady to pen her memoirs, although they remained unpublished until nearly 75 years after her death.
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Julia Dent Grant was unusually progressive for her era. While serving as first lady, she decreed that the White House be open to black visitors for the first time (though few were actually admitted by her staff), and in her later years she became a vocal supporter of the women's suffrage movement.
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