Crimson Av., I think first thing you should do is read up on what a "hero" exactly is. From there, you can determine qualities which may or may not be seen in Pres. Grant (or others).
Carefully read the first paragraph and Overview on this link. It is the very basis for which I've always been taught what a hero is. Most people have a romanticised version of their definition.
From the Greek cognate, in mythology and folklore, a hero (male) or heroine (female) is an eminent character archetype that quintessentially embodies key traits exalted in the originating culture. The hero commonly possesses superhuman capabilities or idealized character traits which enable him or her to perform extraordinary, beneficial deeds (i.e., "heroic deeds") that inspire fame (compare villain).
A hero usually fulfills the definitions of what is considered good and noble in the originating culture. However, in literature, particularly in tragedy, the hero may also have serious flaws which lead to a downfall, e.g. Hamlet. Such heroes are often called tragic heroes.
Also, there's the infamous joke; Who's buried in Grant's Tomb?
Edited by FnlPrblm, 16 August 2006 - 02:14 AM.