Grover Cleveland , the twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the
United States, was born in Caldwell, New Jersey on March 18, 1837. He was the first Democratic President who served two terms that did not directly follow each other. He also was the first President who was elected after the Civil War.
Grover Cleveland was born the son of a country minister whose name was
Richard Falley Cleveland. His mothers name was Ann Neal Cleveland, the daughter of a publisher. Grover Cleveland was the fifth child in a family of four brothers and five sisters.
Grover Cleveland's family let a hard life, having little money and moving around a lot
. After Grover Cleveland's father died, he had to help support the family of nine on his wages as a clerk. He earned only $4.00 a week! He was unable to go to law school like he wanted to do, so he studied by himself and became an attorney in l859. Grover Cleveland became interested in politics and held several small offices, including sheriff. He became Mayor of
Buffalo, New York, in 1881 and attacked corruption and dishonesty in govwenment.
He then became Governor in 1882 and was a huge success because of his reputation for honesty.
Grover Cleveland got married in 1886 to Frances Folsom. He was the first President to get married in the White House. Reporters pried into every detail of Grover Cleveland's life which he called "colossal impertinence".
Grover Cleveland had five children. Esther, his second daughter, was the first and only child of a President to ever be born in the White House.
In 1884, Grover Cleveland's supporters suggested that he run for
President of the United States. His motto was "a public office is a public trust". He was elected as the twenty-second President from 1885 until 1889. He served for four years and then barely lost the next election to Benjamin
Harrison, even though he had the majority of the popular vote. In 1892, he was persuaded to seek office again