I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and the 24th President of the United States. His first term was March 4, 1885 until March 4, 1889. His second term was March 4, 1893 until March 4, 1897. He was, also, a lawyer and a politician.
Stephen Grover Cleveland was born in 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey. He began going by Grover when he was an adult. He had eight siblings. His father was a Presbyterian minister and the family moved multiple times so he could do his ministry work. In 1850, the family moved to Clinton, New York and Grover did a mercantile apprenticeship. The family moved again to Holland Patent, New York and then his father soon died. He spent some time as a teacher’s assistant at the school where a brother of his taught before deciding to move west. He decided to visit his uncle in Buffalo, New York and took a clerical job at the law firm where his uncle worked. He then took a clerkship at the firm, read law, and was admitted to the bar in 1859.
More work at the firm and starting his own law practice led to Grover becoming assistant district attorney of Erie County in 1863. As was a custom, he paid someone to serve in the Civil War in his place. He became the Sheriff of Erie County in 1871. His next appointment was to become the Mayor of Buffalo in 1882. In 1883, he became the Governor of New York. His first term as President then came in 1885.
President Cleveland was pro-business and fiscally conservative. He was known for his honesty and integrity. His second term came as the Panic of 1893 hit and the economy went into a severe depression. His historical reputation did survive the depression and labor strikes that occurred.
Grover Cleveland married Francis Folsom in 1886. They had five children. After leaving the Presidency, he became a trustee of Harvard University. He stayed involved and vocal about politics. In 1908, he suffered a heart attack and died.
Grover Cleveland has been honored and memorialized. Historians describe him as a generally successful President. Places are named after him and he has appeared on bank notes and postage stamps. Be inspired! Have a bright day!