The Presidents of the USA

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Grover Cleveland
1885-1889


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Stephen Grover Cleveland
 

birthplace

Caldwell, NJ

birthday

March 18

Life

1837-1908

age

OFC:47 , d. 71

party

Democratic

presidency highlights

Civil service reform

nickname:

Veto President, Big Steve

vice-president:

Thomas Hendricks (1885), none (1885-1889)
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previous office

Governor of New York

key background fact:

As governor was identified with honesty, uprightness & integrity

occupation

Sheriff, Lawyer, Teacher

military service

none (paid 150$ for a substitute)

children

5:   2 boys  3 girls

wife:

Frances Folsom (1886)

height

5' 11'' / 1.80 m

higher education

None

religion

Disciples of Christ

 

quote

"Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters."

actions & events

  • 1886 Statue of Liberty
  •  Curtailed largess of war veterans pensions
  • 1887 Anti-Polygamy Act
  • 1887 Dawes Severalty Act - destroys Indian governments

economy

  •  Ended coinage based on silver
  • 1888 Mills Bill tariffs reform
  • 1888 Interstate Commerce Act

foreign affairs

    military activity

    • 1886 Apache leader Geronimo was chased & surrendered

    unique facts

    • The only president to serve two non-consecutive terms
    • The only president married in the White House.
    • At 21, his wife remains the youngest First Lady ever.

    interesting

    The only Democrat in the era of Republican presidential domination that lasted from 1861 to 1913.
    While sheriff of Erie County, NY, was also the public executioner .

    military activity

    • 1886 Apache leader Geronimo was chased & surrendered

    Legacy

    He won praise for his honesty, independence, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism. He relentlessly fought political corruption, patronage, and bossism.

    Wedding in the White House

    Wedding in the White House