FREMONT – Ulysses S. Grant knew how to make fame stick.
As general of the Union Army, he became a national hero by defeating the Confederacy.
He next was elected 18th President of the United States.
Then he earned international stardom with a post-presidential tour of Europe that lasted two full years.
Distinguished Professor of History Andrew Cayton, of Miami University, will examine the impact of Grant’s world tour during the Hayes Lecture on the Presidency Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Cayton’s lecture, titled, “Meet the Grants: Global Tourism, State Power, and the Significance of the American Civil War,” is made possible through funding from Croghan Colonial Bank.
The 7 p.m. lecture will be preceded by a reception and dinner with the speaker. Cost for the entire evening is $30 per person. Advance reservation is required. Those wishing to attend only the lecture can do so for $10.
Dr. Cayton is a noted scholar and author. He was the Fulbright Professor of American Students at Leiden University in the Netherlands, a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, Italy, and will be a Resident Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies in Monticello, Va. Cayton has received teaching awards from the Associated Student Government of Miami University, the College of Arts and Science of Miami University, and the Ohio Academy of History. His published works include The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 (a History Book Club Selection, Washington Post Best Book of 2005, and 2005 Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year); Ohio: The History of a People; and The Frontier Republic: Ideology and Politics in the Ohio Country, 1780-1825. He is collaborating with Fred Anderson on Imperial America, 1672-1764, a volume in the Oxford History of the U.S. series.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont, Ohio. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society. Check the Hayes Presidential Center website www.rbhayes.org for a complete list of year-round special events.