1885 - 1889
"President Grover Cleveland", our twenty-second President was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, the son of a Presbyterian minister. President Grover Cleveland cound not go to college because he had to support his mother, and for this reason, he hired a substitute to take his place in the Union Army during the "Civil War". President Grover Cleveland studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1859, and joined the Democratic Party.
President Grover Cleveland held a number of local political posts, was elected "Mayor of Buffalo, New York in 1881", and because of his efforts to reform the city government was elected Governor of New York, 1882".
In this position, President Grover Cleveland was honest and capable, soon making an enemy of the corrupt New York political machine, "Tammany Hall", but gaining a reputation that got him the nomination for the Presidency at the "Democratic Convention in 1884".
The election campaign against "James G. Blaine, Republican candidate" was one of the dirtiest in American politics. The Democrats found evidence that James G.Blaine was corrupt, and the Republican Party accused President Grover Cleveland of having fathered an illegimate child, which he courageously admitted. President Grover Cleveland won the election.
President Grover Cleveland's first term in office was a quiet one. President Grover Cleveland continued "reform of the civil service", put down a number of bills, giving "war veterans pensions" for any cause at all, and suggested a reduction in tariffs. While in the "White House", he married "Francis Folsom". President Grover Cleveland and Francis Folsom Cleveland had five children.
President Grover Cleveland was a candidate for re-election in 1888, but he lost to President Benjamin Harrison", although his popular vote was larger.
President Grover Cleveland retired to Princeton, New Jersey, where he became a trustee of "Princeton University". President Grover Cleveland died in Princeton, New Jersey in 1908.
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