Lead: Unlike many of her predecessors, Julia Dent Grant loved the White House and the role of First Lady.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the half century before Ulysses Grant was elected President, the women who enjoyed the role of First Lady were rare. For most it was a burden few welcomed and still fewer relished. Not so with the wife of the 18th President. After years of barracks duties and uncomfortable wartime visits, the stability, acclaim and social prestige of the Executive Mansion was quite appealing.

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