Wife: Frances Folsom (1864-1947), on June 2,
Kids: Ruth Cleveland (1891-1904); Esther Cleveland
(1893-1980); Marion Cleveland (1895-1977); Richard Folsom
Cleveland (1897-1974); Francis Grover Cleveland (1903-1995)
Pets: a poodle; canaries and mockingbirds
Bio: Grover Cleveland, (1837-1908), was the 22d
and 24th President of The United States. He was born
in Caldwell, N. J., on March 18, 1837, the son of a
Presbyterian minister. He grew up in western New York,
moving to Buffalo shortly after his father died in 1853.
His uncle was able to place him in one of the best law
offices in the city. For the next 26 years, Cleveland
remained in Buffalo.
Cleveland was elected as governor in 1882. He gained
favor amongst the conservatives in both the Republican
and Democratic parties because of his belief that the
government should be as unintrusive as possible. This
popularity led to him being nominated for president
in 1884. Cleveland won by fewer than 25,000 popular
Cleveland is known to be one of the most honest presidents,
offering favors to no one and fighting corruption at
every turn. He exposed the ongoing scandal of bogus
Civil War pension claims, which took a lot of courage.
He also worked very hard and admirably to reduce the
tariff, as there was a huge surplus in the US Treasury.
Congress fought him all the way on this, though, and
eventually won out.
Although he was renominated in 1888, he was defeated
by the Republicans choice, Benjamin Harrison.
It has been widely speculated that the election was
fixed. Cleveland spent his time as a private citizen
in New York City, practicing law with a Wall Street
firm. Harrisons administration was viewed as extremely
corrupt, leaving an open door for Cleveland to be re-elected
Cleveland had the misfortune to have his entire second
administration marred by the worst depression since
independence, as well as the Pullman strike fiasco.
After his term, Cleveland settled in Princeton, N.J.
The former president remained a public figure, lecturing
and writing and engaging in business affairs. He died
in Princeton on June 24, 1908.