Julia Boggs  (Dent) Grant

Julia Boggs (Dent) Grant (1826 - 1902)

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Julia Boggs Grant formerly Dent
Born in White Haven, St. Louis, Missouri, USAmap
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Wife of — married in St. Louis , Missourimap
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Died in Washington D.C.map
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Categories: St. Louis, Missouri | Washington, District of Columbia | Whitehaven | Spouses of US Presidents.



18th First Lady of the United States

Ulysses S. Grant Homepage states:

Wife: Julia Boggs Dent, born January 26, 1826, St. Louis, Missouri. Julia is unlovely, but Grant never noticed her imperfections. She provides him an emotional haven from the frustrations of "real life." She was 22 when they marry and remains protective and adoring of her husband, whom she addressed with a large assortment of nicknames, including Dodo, Dode, Victor and Dudy. They are faithful to one another and don't engage in the modern propensity of "straying." This is the integral relationship in Grant's life.[1]


26 Jan 1826

Julia Boggs Dent[2][3][4][5][6] was born in St. Louis, Missouri[7]

Parents and Siblings

  • Father: Frederick Fayette Dent (plantation owner, b. 7-Oct-1787, d. 15-Dec-1873)
  • Mother: Ellen Bray Wrenshall Dent (b. circa 1792, m. 22-Dec-1814, d. 14-Jan-1857)
  • Brother: John Cromwell Dent (b. 22-May-1816, d. 1889)
  • Brother: George Wrenshall Dent (b. 30-Jan-1819, d. 1899)
  • Brother: Frederick Tracy Dent (b. 17-Dec-1820, d. 23-Dec-1892)
  • Brother: Lewis Dent (b. 3-Mar-1823, d. 22-Mar-1874)
  • Sister: Ellen Wrenshall Dent (b. 28-Jun-1828, d. 6-Dec-1904)
  • Sister: Mary Dent (b. 30-Dec-1829, d. infancy)
  • Sister: Emily Marbury Dent (b. 6-Jun-1836, d. 1866)[8]


High School: Misses Mauros Boarding School, St. Louis, MO (1843)


22 Aug 1848

Julia Boggs Dent married Ulysess Simpson Grant in St Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA [9]

Husband: Ulysses S. Grant (US President, b. 1822, dated 1844-48, m. 22-Aug-1848, d. 1885)


According to the Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site (National Parks Service):

The Grants had four healthy children: Frederick, Ulysses Jr. (called Buck), Ellen (called Nellie or Missy), and Jesse. Although Ulysses’ army duty took them to the far corners of the nation, Julia returned home to White Haven for the birth of their first child and after the birth of Ulysses Jr. in Ohio. Their last two children were born at the White Haven estate after Grant’s resignation from the army in 1854. Julia’s love for her children was constant, and she always made sure to broaden their horizons: through education, the boys’ accompanying Ulysses at the front during the war, the children’s attendance at White House social functions, and their inclusion on the Grants’ around-the-world tour.[10]

  • Son: Frederick Dent Grant (US Army General, b. 30-May-1850, d. 12-Apr-1912)
  • Son: Ulysses Simpson Grant Jr ("Buck", real estate investor, b. 22-Jul-1852, d. 26-Sep-1929)
  • Daughter: Ellen Wrenshall Grant Sartoris Jones ("Nellie", b. 4-Jul-1855, d. 30-Aug-1922)
  • Son: Jesse Root Grant (gambling resort owner, b. 6-Feb-1858, d. 8-Jun-1934)[11]


Julia penned her own autobiography entitled [[The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant]] before her death. It was not published until 1975.[12]


14 Dec 1902 Julia Boggs Dent Grant died in Washington, DC[13]


Grant's Tomb, General Grant National Memorial, New York, NY

White Haven

White Haven 7400 Grant Road St Louis, Missouri 63123


  • Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ancestors of American Presidents, Published in Cooperation with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. Preliminary Edition by Carl Boyer, 3rd, Santa Clarita, California 1989. Also the 2009 edition. Footnote abbreviation: Roberts

Ongoing Research


  • Brother
1199 Frederick Tracy Dent B‑MD: Inf: 2Bvt Mexican War: Wounded Molino del Rey: AdC GEN Grant 64‑69: BG USV 65: 2BvtsBG: AdC GEN Sherman 69‑73: Ret 83 COL: DAB: D‑Denver CO 24Dec92 a‑72: Ob‑AR93 Class of 1843 Graduated July 1 1843, http://www.westpointaog.org/page.aspx?pid=1868
  • Husband:
H 1187 Ulysses Simpson Grant B‑OH: Inf: 2Bvts Mexican War: Resd 54 CPT: Farmer Merchant: COL IL Vols & BG USV 61: MG USV 62: MG USA 63: Gold Medal & Thanks of Congress

Dec63: LTG 64: Gen in Ch Armies of US 64‑69: GEN 66: 18th President of US 69‑77: Reapt GEN USA (Act of Congress) & Ret 3Mar85: His death evoked tributes throughout the world: Hall of Fame for Great Americans 1900: DAB: D‑Mount McGregor NY 23Jul85 a‑63: Ob‑AR86[14]


  1. (Keya Morgan author?)Ulysses S. Grant Homepage, Ulysses S. Grant Facts, http://www.granthomepage.com/grantfacts.htm Copyright Notice Copyright © 2009 The Ulysses S. Grant Homepage™.
  2. Roberts-p436
  3. Roberts-p448
  4. Roberts-p455
  5. Roberts-p473
  6. Roberts-p522
  7. Roberts-p54
  8. Julia Grant aka Julia Boggs Dent, http://www.nndb.com/people/227/000127843/, based upon her autobiography.
  9. Roberts-p54
  10. http://www.nps.gov/ulsg/historyculture/jdgrant.htm, Last Updated: 11/18/2013
  11. Julia Grant aka Julia Boggs Dent, http://www.nndb.com/people/227/000127843/, based upon her autobiography.
  12. The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant) (1975)
  13. Roberts-p54
  14. http://www.westpointaog.org/page.aspx?pid=1868

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    On 31 Mar 2015 at 00:54 GMT Maryann (Thompson) Hurt wrote:

    Hi Trudy

    Please add Julia to the category First Ladies of the United States.


    On 7 Dec 2013 at 17:32 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

    One website had her birth date as January 26, 1826

    White Haven plantation near St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Does anyone know ?

    Julia Boggs is 17 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 16 degrees from Joseph Broussard, 22 degrees from Helmut Jungschaffer and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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