By Michael Randall
WEST POINT – Only two West Point graduates went on to earn the rank of general and be elected president of the United States.
Now there are statues of both men at their alma mater.
On Thursday afternoon, West Point officials, cadets, graduates and other guests gathered to unveil a statue of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union army to victory in the Civil War and was later the 18th president.
Grant’s statue is on the perimeter of The Plain, where the corps of cadets holds daily parades. He stands directly across the field from the statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was erected in 1983. Eisenhower made his military mark in World War II and went on to become the 34th president.
Robert A. McDonald, of the class of 1975, and his wife, Diane, who are philanthropists, provided the funds for the Grant statue. McDonald is a former Procter & Gamble chairman and CEO.