- Jan 24, 2017
I never knew there was such a thing, but apparently Ulysses S. Grant once ordered a pair as a young cadet at West Point. The knowledge comes from his Personal Account Book and was on a list of items purchased in his first year at West Point. Grant did not have a reputation for being able to dance and was called "clumsy General Grant" just to make matters worse. No one ever remembered seeing him at a dance, yet the young cadet had the desire to meet girls at the "cotillions" with entries showing "cotillian ball" and "dancing master". I'm assuming a dancing master is someone who would teach him to dance. The entries appear only once in his Account Book during his first year at West Point. As suggested in this blog post "he must have given up and yielded the dance floor to his more gallant Southern comrades". In his first four months at West Point, Grant confesses to his cousin in a letter that he hadn't spoken to a single lady and wished "some pretty girls of Bethel were here just so I might look at them". As the blog author notes, the young Ulysses "yearned wistfully for romance". Little did he know his real life romance with wife Julia would become a romance for the ages.
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