Grover Cleveland


Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland, the first Democrat elected to the presidency after the Civil War, came to the White House in 1884. He was a bachelor, and he felt uncomfortable with all the formality and luxury. He told a friend that when he had dinner he wished he could have "a pickled herring, a Swiss cheese, and a chop instead of the French stuff." He was also the only president to be married in the White House. He married Frances Folsom in 1886, and they were the first to have a child born in the White House, in 1893.

Cleveland opposed giving special favors to any economic group, and he used his presidential veto power to prevent this. When he vetoed a bill to give $10,000 for seed grain for Texas farmers stricken by drought, he wrote, "Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character...." What a contrast to Franklin Roosevelt's philosophy a half century later!

Cleveland angered many with his strong stand against government favors. He lost the election of 1888. But he won the presidency a second time in 1892, becoming the only president elected to two non-consecutive terms.



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