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July 23rd 1885: Ulysses S. Grant dies

On this day in 1885, former Civil War general and 18th President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant died. He became a national icon after he led the Union to victory over Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces in the Civil War and secured Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in 1865. He became President in 1869, and enforced Reconstruction and civil rights laws. However, his presidency was marred by stories of his alcoholism and corruption in his administration. He left the office in 1877, and launched an unsuccessful bid for a third term in 1880. In 1885 he died of throat cancer at the age of 63 and his body lay in state.

"I hope that nobody will be distressed on my account."
- Grant’s last words

Is the Times irrelevant?

Is the Times irrelevant?

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A few years ago, well about 10 years ago actually, there was a newsstand in Sheridan Square where you could pick up the Sunday Times on Saturday night. It was just across the street from the iconic tobacco store and near the uptown subway station. All the groovy West Villagers would hang out, cruise each other, laugh at all the wannabenotnot out of towners and wait for the Times truck to roll up…

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