From The History of U.S. Grant House (Bulletin, 1916) The Teachers and Graduating Class of C.M. Burton School comes the following entry regarding Grant’s former residence which stands now on the site of the old Michigan State Fairgrounds:
“While the house, 253 Fort Street, was not in the poorer portion of the city, it was surrounded by the houses of laboring people. It was as good a house as Lieutenant Grant could afford to rent at that time. His salary was small and he was forced to rent according to his income. His neighbors at this place were mostly foreigners, many of them being from Germany and the provinces of France… Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant was stationed in Detroit with his company in 1849 and remained until 1851. The barracks for the soldiers was on the Mullett farm a little way below Gratiot Avenue, and Captain Grant sought a place for a residence near the soldiers.”
It makes sense that Grant living off quarters would seek a residence near his men. I noticed that Grant is referred to a both a Lieutenant and a Captain. Did he receive a promotion during his duty in Detroit? Actually, according to the bulletin itself, it notes that Grant was a First Lieutenant on September 16, 1847 and a Captain August 5, 1853. Somehow it doesn’t add up that he would be referred to as a Captain while in Detroit. Oh well.
It’s interesting to see the picture of Grant’s house from 1916. I assume it hadn’t changed much at that point from when he lived there. From the photograph, the house is easily recognizable as the one we know today on the property at Woodward Avenue and Eight Mile Road. I believe the house will be saved and restored. We all need to hang in there!
Mail this post