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Jean Edward Smith is the author of numerous works of history and biography, including John Marshall: Definer of a Nation and Lucius D. Clay: An American Life. He taught political science at the University of Toronto for more than thirty years and is currently the John Marshall Professor of Political Science at Marshall University. When not writing or lecturing, he raises Charolais cattle in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Grant, Ulysses S, (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885, Presidents United States Biography, Generals United States Biography