Biography of Grover Cleveland


Cleveland, Grover (Stephen Grover Cleveland). Twenty-second and 24th president of the United States. Born in Caldwell, Essex County, NJ, March 18, 1837. Academic education (LL.D. Princeton, 1897). Married June 2, 1886, Frances Folsom. Went to Buffalo in 1855; became clerk in a law office, and was admitted to the bar in 1859. Assistant district attorney Erie County, 1863-66; sheriff Erie County, 1870-73; established law practice. In 1881 was elected mayor of Buffalo. His veto of extravagant appropriations directed outside attention to him and led to his nomination and election as governor the following year. In 1884 Grover Cleveland was elected president of United States as Democrat over James G. Blaine, Republican, by a majority of 37 electoral votes; in 1888 again Democratic nominee, but defeated by Benjamin Harrison. Returned to law practice, locating in New York. In 1892 Cleveland was again elected president as Democrat, defeating President Harrison. In 1896, the Democratic Party having declared for the free coinage of silver in the platform of its national convention, Cleveland withheld his support from the ticket and platform. He took up his residence after his second retirement from the White House at Princeton, NJ, where he died June 24, 1908.