Health and Medical History of President

Ulysses Grant

President #18
Lived: 1822-1885 Served: 1869-1877

Timeline from 1776: ← 2013

Maladies and Conditions

complexity aversion
According to one historian, Grant's "peace of mind required that he be shielded from the complicated side of anything" 4a.

How much did Grant smoke cigars and drink? During the first Battle of the Wilderness, Grant was seen to smoke 20 cigars from sunup to sundown 3a.

Reliability of this information is uncertain. 5

throat cancer
It was with Grant's cancer that Americans began to fear this disease (saw this in a book called Cancer, written about 1988).
Odds & Ends
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Cited Resources
  1. Anonymous. Scanning a brain that's out of tune. Science News. 2002 Nov 23;162(21):334.
    Comment: Reports the results Catherine L. Reed and colleagues: To not hear music: A case of congential amusia. Society for Neuroscience meeting. November 2-7, 2002. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Boller, Paul F. Jr. Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.0195029151 Libraries 80-27092. ap. 161 bp. 157
  3. Bumgarner, John R. The Health of the Presidents: The 41 United States Presidents Through 1993 from a Physician's Point of View. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland & Company, 1994.0899509568 Libraries 93-42000. ap. 137
    Comment: Devotes one chapter to each President, through Clinton. Written for the layperson, well-referenced, with areas of speculation clearly identified, Dr. Zebra depends heavily on this book. Dr. Bumgarner survived the Bataan Death March and has written an unforgettable book casting a physician's eye on that experience.
  4. Coletta, Paolo E. The Presidency of William Howard Taft. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 1973. Libraries. ap. 259
  5. Dugan, James. Bedlam in the boudoir. Colliers. 22 Feb. 1947; pages 17, 69-70.
    Comment: Credibility is dubious. Just before a list of Presidents, the article states: "Twenty of the 32 Presidents ... are proved or believed on a thick web of circumstance to have been nocturnal nuisances in the White House."
  6. Gary, Ralph. Following Lincoln's Footsteps. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001.0786709413 Libraries. ap. 68
  7. Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (ed). Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America. 2nd ed. London: Burke's Peerage Limited, 1981.0850110335 Libraries. ap. 323 bp. 322
    Comment: Enumerates the ancestors and descendants of American presidents up through Ronald Reagan.
  8. Pendel, Thomas F. Thirty-Six Years in the White House. Washington: Neale Publishing Company, 1902. Libraries.
    Comment: Pendel was door-keeper at the White House from the time of Lincoln to the time of Theodore Roosevelt. Full text is available on-line at It's a rather dry book, and reads as if it were written by an old man.
  9. Stoddard, Henry L. It Costs to Be President. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1938. Libraries. app. 236-238
    Comment: Stoddard was editor and owner of the New York Evening Mail from 1900 to 1925.
Other Resources
Alternate index terms: Ulysses Simpson Grant, Ulysses S Grant, Hiram Ulysses Grant
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