“Honor lies in honest work.”
Grover Cleveland was the first Democrat to be elected as President after the Civil War. He served as President from 1885 to 1889, and again from 1893 to 1897, making him the 22nd and 24th U.S. President. During the first race, he ran against Republican James Blaine, who was criticized for his dishonesty. Blaine was so unpopular that some Republican politicians supported Cleveland instead.
Cleveland lost the electoral vote (although he won the popular vote) in the 1888 election against Benjamin Harrison, but easily beat Harrison in 1892.
- Grover Cleveland was born March 18, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey.
- Cleveland grew up in New York State and studied law.
- He later became a sheriff, known for his toughness. His popularity as sheriff led to successful roles as mayor and governor of New York.
- Grover Cleveland was the only President to marry in the White House. At age 49, he married 21-year-old Frances Folsom. Together, they had five children.
- Cleveland was known as “The Veto President” because he vetoed 413 pieces of legislation. He read each bill carefully, often working at his desk until 3:00 in the morning. He vetoed bills that seemed dishonest or that would cost taxpayers too much money. The railroads were required to give back 80 million acres of government land they had taken.
- Cleveland tried to do what was right. One of his political advisors told him that he probably wouldn’t be re-elected because he caused too many waves. Cleveland said, “What’s the use of being elected or reelected unless you stand for something.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Was Grover Cleveland only married once?
Answer: Yes, although he supported another child who might have been his son.
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