Ulysses S. Grant marches south again

The University of Virginia has Thomas Jefferson, Columbia University has Alexander Hamilton. And for more than 40 years, Southern Illinois University had Ulysses S. Grant.

But that honor came to an unceremonious end last month, when the Carbondale campus was forced to relinquish the world’s largest collection of Grant papers.

Following a nearly yearlong conflict with the school, the Ulysses S. Grant Association, which owns the material, recently relocated nearly 100 file cabinets crammed with documents and memorabilia to Mississippi State University.

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