After wars, Americans frequently look to popular military leaders or war heroes to serve in as president and unify the country: George Washington in 1788; Dwight Eisenhower in 1952, and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant of Ohio in 1868. A Republican, he won the presidency in the 1868 election, 52 percent to 47 percent, against Horatio Seymour, Democrat of New York.
Historian H.W. Brands spoke at the Hauenstein Center in Grand Rapids, MI on his book, The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace.
Rancho Mirage Writers Festival “Ulysses Grant rose from obscurity to discover he had a genius for battle, and he propelled the Union to victory in the Civil War. After Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and the disastrous brief presidency of Andrew Johnson, America turned to Grant again to unite the country, this time as president.”
Institute for Honor 2015: “Lincoln and Grant: Achieving the Peace” with H.W. Brands.