Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant)

"The light of his glorious fame still reaches out to me, falls upon me, and warms me." --Julia Dent Grant

Good Mourning, Widows. Joy to you and me.

Today we welcome and honor famous widow, Julia Dent Grant, wife of famous General, President Ulysses S. Grant, to our joy-ous club.

Julia was the daughter of wealthy parents and plantation owners, Frederick and Ellen Wrenshall Dent from St. Louis, Missouri.

Julia met Ulysses at her home after her brother, Frederick, a student at West Point, brought him home for a visit.

In 1844, Julia and Ulysses became engaged, but they kept their engagement a secret. Julia's father did not approve of their relationship, saying, Ulysses was "too poor," according to Famous Women In History's account.

Julia and Ulysses married 4 years later, after Julia's father reluctantly gave his permission to Ulysses for her hand in marriage.

Ulysses S. Grant died July 23, 1885. Julia was so upset over the death of her husband, she did not attend his funeral.

For many years, Julia suffered a deep depression.

It took a long time before she was able to pen her memoirs.

No publisher would take her work, and not until 1975 was her work published.

Mourning Joy:

Q: What's red and goes "Ho, ho, plop"?

A: Santa Claus laughing his head off

Mourning Quote:

Everyone has their own individual potato salad. There is no standard format. --Barbara Lauterbach, "Potato Salad: Fifty Favorite Recipes"

After we remember Him, fingerhug your pen. Open your joy-nal. Set the timer for ten.

The topic is: My favorite potato salad is...

Go ahead. Write something. I dare you.

Have a joy-filled day, Widows. And remember, we're not alone.


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