|Date of Birth||18 March 1837, Caldwell, New Jersey, USA|
|Date of Death||24 June 1908, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (heart attack)|
|Birth Name||Stephen Grover Cleveland|
Grover the Good
The Buffalo Hangman
|Height||5' 11" (1.8 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
Grover Cleveland is the only man to serve two, non-consecutive terms as President of the United States, occupying the Oval Office from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897. He was the sole Democrat to serve as First Magistrate of the Republic from 1861 through 1913, when Woodrow Wilson, also a Democrat, was inaugurated as the 28th President.
Born Stephen Grover Cleveland on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey to a Presbyterian Minister, the future President was a successful lawyer in Buffalo, New York. In 1870, he was elected sheriff of Erie County, New York, in which capacity he personally oversaw the hanging of condemned prisoners. With a reputation for honesty, Cleveland subsequently was elected Mayor of Buffalo in 1880, as a reform candidate, and Governor of New York two years later. He then secured the Democratic nomination for President in 1884, 1888 and 1892.
Grover Cleveland is one of only three men to win the popular vote for President three times or more, sharing that distinction with Andrew Johnson (who lost the Electoral College vote in 1824) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (who won both the popular and Electoral College votes in 1932, '36, '40 & '44). He lost the election of 1888 to Republican nominee Benjamin Harrison, who won the Electoral College vote but lost the popular vote. Like another incumbent (albeit, as serving Vice President) who lost a Presidential election by losing the Electoral College while winning the popular vote, Al Gore, Jr., Cleveland lost his home state, and thus the Presidency.
When leaving the White House on March 4, 1889, Mrs. Frances Cleveland, the erstwhile First Lady, told the staff to keep things as they were, as the Clevelands would be back four years later. She was right. After four years as a lawyer in New York City, Cleveland faced Harrison in a rematch. This time he won.
Grover Cleveland was urged by conservative Democrats to seek a fourth nomination for the Presidency in 1896, but he declined. His conservative, pro-gold standard economic policies were rebuffed when his Democratic Party rebuffed him and gave its nod (the first of three) to William Jennings Bryan, a populist who ran on a free silver ticket. In 1904, he also was considered a front-runner for the Democratic nomination, but declined to run, as did Bryan. The party nominated Cleveland's fellow New Yorker Alton B. Parker-- the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals -- who was defeated by the popular incumbent Teddy Roosevelt, also of New York.
Grover Cleveland died on June 24, 1908. He was 71 years old.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood
|Frances Folsom||(2 June 1886 - 24 June 1908) (his death)|