Ulysses S. Grant: Why Experience Matters Persuasive Essay by Nicky

An argument that Ulysses S. Grant failed as President because of his inexperience.
# 149848 | 1,370 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 03, 2012 in History (Leaders) , History (U.S. Presidency)

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The paper argues that Ulysses S. Grant did not have the kind of experience he needed to run the country. The paper describes how he was too loyal to his friends in office when he should have been loyal to the voters, and he was not experienced enough to put his personal feelings aside. The paper further discusses how Grant never learned the importance of being prudent when dealing with issues on a national level. The paper emphasizes that Ulysses Grant might have been a smart leader on the battlefield, but he failed to bring that success to the White House.

From the Paper:

"Grant did not have the kind of experience he needed to run the country. William Church claims that one of Grant's major downfalls was his inexperience for the office of president. He was "not the leader of a faction, but the spontaneous choice of the People" (367) and his was unable to appreciate the difficulties that awaited him in office. Nothing in his past could prepare him for what lay ahead and his lack of experience with civil administration would not allow him to "fully understand and to circumvent the intrigues of partisans and place-hunters" (367). He also lacked experience in the ability to sway others to agree with his point of view. In short, Grant was a "soldier, and not a politician" (368). Church reports that Grant was a "statesman in his large views of public and national interests, but he lacked the experience than once led Lincoln to make the extreme statement the 'honest statesmanship is the employment of individual meannesses for the public good'" (Church 368). Zwicker agrees with this notion, adding Grant was a novice when it came to politics. Before becoming president, he was "so disinterested that he had voted only once in his life. He entered the White House a political amateur" (Zwicker). Grant mistakenly believed that experience in the war would make him a leader in the White House."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bailey, Thomas, et al. The American Pageant. Lexington: D. C. Heath and Company. 1994.
  • Davidson, James. Nation of Nations. Vol. II. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. 1990.
  • Church, William Conant. Ulysses S. Grant and the Period of National Preservation and Reconstruction. New York: The Knickerbocker Press. 1897.
  • Charles H Zwicker. "President Grant Reconsidered." Presidential Studies Quarterly. Washington: Mar 1999. EBSCO Resource Database. Information Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  • Simon, John Ulysses S. Grant. Humanities. 1997. EBSCO Resource Database. Information Retrieved August 4, 2009.

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