As a pastor his father's income was very insufficient to sustain the vast family of nine children, Grover being the fifth. So he grew up in poverty and was compelled to abandon his study for a brief period. He opted for a two-year mercantile apprenticeship in Fayetteville.
Unable to afford a college education, he worked as a teacher in a school for the blind in New York City and then as a clerk in a law firm in Buffalo, New York. After clerking for several years, Cleveland passed the state bar examination in He started his own law firm in Cleveland did not fight in the American Civil War ; when the Conscription Act was passed inhe paid a Polish immigrant to serve in his place.
During his two-year term, he carried out the death sentence by hanging of three convicted murderers. Inhe returned to his law practice. He was persuaded to run for mayor of Buffalo in as a reformer of a corrupt city government. He won the election and took office in His reputation as an opponent of machine politics grew so rapidly that he was asked to run as the Democratic candidate for governor of New York.
Cleveland became governor in January He was so opposed to unnecessary government spending that he vetoed eight bills sent up by the legislature in his first two months in office. But while Cleveland was popular with the voters, he made enemies within his own party, particularly the powerful Tammany Hall political machine in New York City.
However, he won the respect of New York state assemblyman and future U. Cleveland was soon regarded as presidential material. First Term in the White House: The presidential campaign was ugly: Blaine of Mainewas implicated in several financial scandals, while Cleveland was involved in a paternity case in which admitted that he had paid child support in to a woman who claimed he was the father of her child.
In spite of the scandal, Cleveland won the election with the support of the Mugwumps, Republicans who considered Blaine corrupt. Once in office, Cleveland continued the policy of his predecessor, Chester Arthurin basing political appointments on merit rather than party affiliation.
He tried to reduce government spending, using the veto more often than any other president up to that point. Cleveland was a noninterventionist in foreign policy and fought to have protective tariffs lowered. Although Cleveland was not the first president to marry while in office, he is the only one who had the ceremony in the White House.
At age 21, Frances became the youngest first lady in U.Early career and the Civil War. Cleveland worked for the Rogers firm for three years, Up to that point, Cleveland's political career had been honorable and unexceptional.
The Life and Presidencies of Grover Cleveland, Booknotes ()Succeeded by: William McKinley. Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, is the only President in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.
A Democrat, he became the president in an era when American politics was dominated by Republican political monstermanfilm.com Of Birth: Caldwell.
In , local businessmen asked Cleveland, then a young lawyer, to run for mayor of Buffalo, New York. He agreed and won the Democratic nomination and the election.
As mayor, Cleveland exposed city corruption and earned such a reputation for honesty and hard work that he won the New York gubernatorial race in In his youth, no one would have thought it likely that Stephen Grover Cleveland would become President of the United States.
He was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, on March 18, , the fifth of nine children. His father, the Reverend Richard Cleveland, was a nearly impoverished, Yale-educated. Key events in the life of Grover Cleveland. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Early life and career. Cleveland was the son of Richard Falley Cleveland, an itinerant Presbyterian minister, and Ann Neal.
The death of Grover Cleveland’s father in forced him to abandon . Grover Cleveland (), who served as the 22nd and 24th U.S. president, was known as a political reformer. He is the only president to date who served two nonconsecutive terms, and also the.