Grover Cleveland. Grover Cleveland was both the twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States of America. He served the country in office from March 4 1885 until March 4, 1889 and March 4 1893 until March 4, 1897. He was the first President to serve two non-consecutive terms. He won the popular vote in 1884, 1888, and 1892. He was and still is seen as a President that possessed good character traits.
Grover Cleveland was born fifth of nine children in Caldwell, New Jersey in 1837. His father was a Presbyterian minister and the family moved several times. After a move to Holland Patent in 1853 his father died. Later, Grover’s brother William got a job as a teacher at the New York Institute for the Blind and got Grover a job as an assistant teacher. At the end of 1854 Grover Cleveland moved and got a clerical job with his uncle in Buffalo, New York. This led to a clerkship at a law firm. Grover began to read law and was admitted to the bar in 1859.
Grover Cleveland legally paid another man to serve in the Civil War in his place and worked hard as a lawyer. He lived in a modest boardinghouse to save money during this time. Money he saved was used to help support his mother and younger sisters. Several years later he became sheriff of Erie County. Following this position and more time spent working as a lawyer, Grover became Mayor of Buffalo in 1882. He gained a reputation as a man of good character the wanted to see the end of government corruption. Next, Grover became Governor of New York.
During Grover Cleveland’s first term as President he became known for appointing people due to their record of service and not due to politics. He also limited the number of employees in previously bloated departments.
Grover Cleveland was a bachelor when he first became President. His sister Rose was the White House hostess. He met Frances Folsom, a student at Wells College and family of a friend, when he was visited in Washington, D.C. They later married in the Blue Room in the White House. They had five children.
Grover Cleveland was for a time period a trustee of Princeton University. He was a member of the first board of directors of what became Buffalo State College as well. While still President, in 1895, he was the first United States President to be filmed. Since his presidency and death, other schools and places have been named after him in honor. Money and postage stamps have honored him.
Family, character, and education all played important roles in his story. Be inspired. Have a bright day!