Death of a President and Birth of a Quilt.

On this day in 1885, Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant) died of throat cancer at the age of 63. Grant, born in Point Pleasant, Ohio, served as the 18th President of the United States (1869-1877) and was commanding general of the Union army during the Civil War.

This Courthouse Steps quilt was made by an unknown quilter in nearby Cincinnati, Ohio in 1885. It was documented in the North Carolina Quilt Project by a relative of the quiltmaker.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.

Source:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/former-president-ulysses-s-grant-dies


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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