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Grant, Elizabeth (fl. 1900) to Bliss Isley

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.116 Author/Creator: Grant, Elizabeth (fl. 1900) Place Written: San Diego, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: circa 3 July 1900 Pagination: 6 p. 20.4 x 13.3 cm

Summary of Content: Grant does not recall her father-in-law attending church during the five years she lived in his house. She doubts the assertion that Grant chose the Bible passage over which he took his Oath of Office. She corrects his version of Grant baptism, insisting that Grant did not thank the minister but simply remarked "You surprised me."

People: Grant, Ulysses S., 1822-1885
Grant, Elizabeth, 1858-1945
Isley, Bliss

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: PresidentOathWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryReligion

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