Ulysses S. Grant’s Son Honored in San Antonio
San Antonians have welcomed many famous Americans and visitors from abroad to their city. These well-known guests have included presidents and other government officials; artists and entertainers; authors; military officers; religious leaders; and scholars.
One famous visitor, Frederick Dent Grant (1850-1912), was the guest of honor at a banquet sponsored by San Antonio’s Business Men’s Club and held on December 1, 1902 at the Menger Hotel. While not easily identified today, Frederick was the eldest child of Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant. An 1871 graduate of West Point, Fred enjoyed a lengthy military career in which he served with William Tecumseh Sherman, Philip Sheridan, and George Armstrong Custer and served in the Bannock War, the Spanish-American War, and the Philippine-American War. According to Frank Scaturro of the Grant Monument Association, Fred “became a Major General in the Army and was the second highest ranking man in the active service at the time of his death in 1912.” Additionally, at times Fred also worked as a civil engineer, businessman, diplomat to Austria, and New York City police commissioner.
(Caitlin was formerly a Library Aid and Park Guide at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri. As a result, she has an enduring interest in the Grant family and was very excited to find the program included in this entry. It should be noted that Ulysses S. Grant also visited San Antonio on at least a couple of occasions. As a soldier during the Mexican War, Grant traveled around southeastern Texas, visiting Corpus Christi and Austin as well as San Antonio; he described these travels and the countryside he saw in some detail in his Personal Memoirs. His later visit(s) to the city were much more social in nature, as, for example, he stayed at the Menger and was a guest at the Casino Club.)
The library’s collection of banquet programs in the DRT 2 Ephemera Collection documents this special event held for Frederick Dent Grant. Note also that the men who spoke at the banquet were among San Antonio’s most prominent citizens at the turn of the twentieth century.
For more information about famous San Antonio and Alamo visitors, please ask about the library’s vertical files about these topics.