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Ulysses Grant was internationally famous — not for serving two terms as President of the United States — but for being the general who had won the American Civil War. Her father served as President Benjamin Harrison's ambassador to Austria-Hungary, and Julia toured Europe as fashionable Victorian young ladies were expected to do.

Keep it local and relevant. Being a Grant had advantages, which included celebrity status. Julia and her prince finally settled in Sarasota, Fla. She helped support the family with her writing. The difference between Grant and other grandpas, however, was his granddaughter would become an actual princess.

Still, the strain of so many ups and downs ultimately took its toll on the marriage. This is a space for friendly local discussions. Her last years were spent enjoying her six grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren before quietly slipping away in at age The life that began in the aftermath of Appomattox stretched into the depths of the Cold War.

She had seen governments rise and fall, old dynasties swept away and a new world emerge from their rubble. Julia and the prince divorced in He later remarried; she never did. And throughout it all, she carried herself with dignity and style and wrote about her many remarkable experiences with tender deftness.

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Ulysses Grant was no different. Review the Patch Community Guidelines. The rules of replying: Be respectful. Every doting grandfather will tell you his granddaughter is a little princess.

Everything changed overnight. No racist, discriminatory, vulgar or threatening language will be tolerated. When they finally did get married, in the social capital of Newport, R. In fact, the couple had two weddings; a Russian Orthodox ceremony came first, followed by an Episcopalian wedding the next day.

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But marrying into the Russian monarchy carried a high price tag. Delaware Valley Journal. Use your real name, and back up your claims.

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The newlyweds settled in the imperial capital of St. Petersburg, but they also spent time at their extensive estate in Ukraine. The president was proud as punch at Julia Dent Grant's arrival on June 6, She immediately ed one of America's most exclusive clubs as one of the dozen or so people born in the White House. A planned wedding was called off, but later they reunited.

They had three children: son Mikhail, daughter Zinaida, and another daughter called Barbara, who was nicknamed Bertha after her great-aunt. That killed their hopes for a Romanov restoration, though they remained active in the Russian expatriate community.

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Reply to this article Reply. Of her famous grandfather who died when she was 8 she later recalled, "He held my pudgy, dimpled hand on the palm of his, and we learned to count the dimples and fingers together … he taught me 'cat-cradle' with a string. Make sure your replies stay on topic.

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You wouldn't understand. Christened in the East Room, she spent her childhood attending parties and events there.

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Julia and her family were forced to flee — first to Finland, then to the U. They settled in Washington. She also penned three popular memoirs. Let's go! He proposed just two days after meeting Julia. Named for her grandmother, also named Julia Dent Grant, she grew up considering the White House all but a second home.

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The couple rallied support for a counter-revolution until the Communists murdered Nicholas and his family. One can only imagine the child explaining that usual name to her Russian playmates. You can't help believing the old general would have been proud of his little princess. He was wounded in while commanding a 15, horseman attack, one of warfare's last mass cavalry charges.

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She was going blind before she turned 80, though incredibly her vision partially returned in the final two weeks of her life. August 13, Every doting grandfather will tell you his granddaughter is a little princess. Thank Reply Share.

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A countess no more she regained her U. Time eventually caught up with the former noblewoman. Mark Powell, Delaware Valley Journal. Julia had to move to Russia, where her focus shifted from American republican politics to Romanov royal intrigue. Find out what's happening in Across Pennsylvania with free, real-time updates from Patch.