The Civil War hero ulysses grant dismissed Republican James Garfield for lacking “the backbone of an angleworm.”
In October 1864, Robert E. Lee sent a proposition to ulysses grant.
ulysses grant was a long time ago; today Hillary Clinton is in all but unique situation in our presidential politics.
c.1200, "allowance, consent, permission," from Anglo-French graunter, from Old French granter, collateral variant of creanter "to promise, guarantee, confirm, authorize," from Latin credentem (nominative credens), present participle of credere "to believe, to trust" (see credo).
early 13c., "to allow, consent, permit," from Old French granter (see grant (n.)). Meaning "admit, acknowledge" is from c.1300; hence to take (something) for granted (1610s). Related: Granted; granting.