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Ulysses S. Grant
1822 - 1885

President of the U.S. (1869-1877). Military general who became commander of the armies of the United States and who forced General Robert E. Lee to surrender and end the American Civil War.

The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.

1885 - from his memoirs
I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.

Mar. 4, 1869 - from his inaugural address