Birthday of President and General Hiram Ulysses Grant (aka Ulysses S. Grant). Although Grant was born in Ohio, his first military assignment was at Jefferson Barracks and he lived in and around St. Louis for years between his service in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. Read more about him in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.