Though much happier as a soldier than a politician, Ulysses Simpson Grant (1869-77) followed the path of many a war hero – not least Andrew Jackson – in becoming President of the United States. He was the Union Army’s most distinguished general in the Civil War. In 1879 Grant visited Ireland where he spoke of his nation’s many links with the island. Grant’s Irish ancestry was through his maternal line. His ancestor, John Simpson, left from Dergenagh, near Ballygawley, County Tyrone, around 1760. Today the ancestral homestead is open to the public. The exhibition tells Grant’s life story and also the story of those who emigrated from Ulster to America.
45 Dergenagh Rd, Dungannon
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