Ulysses S. Grant was often unkempt and shabbily dressed. Once upon entering a tavern on a wintry evening in Galena, Illinois, he came upon a large group of attorneys who were there for a court session. They were gathered around the hearth.
One attorney looked up and pronounced: “Here’s a stranger gentleman and by the looks of him, he’s been through hell itself to get here.”
“That’s right,” Grant replied.
“And how did you find things down there?” asked the attorney.
“Just like here,” replied Grant, “ all the lawyers closest to the fire.”
Sources and Citations
Fadiman, Clifton. The Little Brown Book Of Anecdotes, 1985. Little Brown Books, Boston.