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Jesse Root Grant (February 6, 1858 – June 8, 1934), the youngest son of President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Grant. He was a mining engineer.[1]


Born near St. Louis, Missouri, he studied engineering at Cornell University. He settled in California and in the 1890s was an early developer of Tia Juana now Tijuana, Mexico, as a gambling resort. He abandoned the party of his father to become a Democrat and in 1908 was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. He wrote "In the Days of My Father General Grant" (1925). In 1880, he married Elizabeth Chapman (1860-1945), who was from a prominent family in San Francisco.[2] Her father was William Chapman, one of the founders of the California Academy of Sciences. They had two children: Chapman Grant and Nellie Grant.[3] They divorced in 1918 then he married Lillian Burns Wilkins.[4] Grant died in Los Altos, California in 1934 and was buried at the cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Died". Time magazine. June 18, 1934.,9171,747519,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-19. "Died. Jesse Root Grant, 76, mining engineer, youngest son of President Ulysses Simpson Grant; in Los Altos. Calif." A Democrat, he unsuccessfully tried to get his party's Presidential nomination against William Jennings Bryan in 1908."  
  2. ^ "Widow of Ex-President's Son Dies in San Diego at 87". New York Times. March 2, 1945. Retrieved 2009-08-19. "Elizabeth Grant, daughter-in-law of Ulysses S. Grant, Union general in the Civil War, ..."  
  3. ^ "Society Affairs". Los Angeles Times. April 18, 1913. Retrieved 2009-08-19. "Miss Nell Grant, granddaughter of President Ulysses S. Grant and daughter of Mrs. Jesse Root Grant of San Francisco, is announcing her engagement to Lieut. Com. William Piggott Cronan ..."  
  4. ^ "Jesse R. Grant, Just Divorced, Marries. Youngest Son of Late President, Aged 60, Weds Mrs. Lillian B. Wilkins, Widow, 41. Began Nevada Suit In 1914. Lawyer Announced His Candidacy for Democratic Nomination for Presidency in 1908.". New York Times. August 27, 1918. Retrieved 2009-08-19. "Jesse Root Grant, the youngest son of the late President Ulysses S. Grant, who obtained a Nevada divorce last week, and Mrs. Lillian Burns Wilkins of Inwood, N.Y., were married in this city yesterday afternoon after they had obtained a license from City Clerk Scully."  


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