Grover Cleveland defined success as being honest by fighting corruption in government, and being remembered for making government run more efficiently. Cleveland was born to Anne and Richard Cleveland, March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey, the fifth of nine children. Richard, a minister of the Presbyterian Church, was posted in various parts of New York State. In 1853 Richard died, and Grover quit school to support his family, by teaching school with his older brother at the New York Institute for Special Education. In 1854, He went to work for his uncle, Lewis W. Allen; Allen introduced Grover to the partners of the law firm, Rogers, Brown, and Rogers in which he took a clerkship, passing the bar exam in 1859 (Summers). Grover stayed out of the Civil War by paying $300 dollars for a substitute and went to work as the assistant district attorney for Erie County New York until 1873. That same year he went into practice in Buffalo, New York when local businessmen asked him to run for mayor. Cleveland won as a Democrat and exposed corruption in the city, earning the respect of voters. In 1882 he ran and won the gubernatorial race in New York State. Grover opposed the political machine, “Tammany Hall,” in New York City, although they supported him during his election. The Democrats took notice and nominated him for the presidency in 1884 (Beschloss and Sidey 3, 4). Cleveland, at forty-four, ran as a reformer for the presidency in 1884, strongly supported by Democrats and reform Republicans, and won the presidency. During his first term he married his long time sweetheart, twenty-one year old Frances Folsom, becoming the first president to be married in the White House. Grover authored and passed the Presidential Succession Act of 1886. This made it clear in what succession the cabinet would follow if the President and the Vice-President died in office speaker of the house being the first in line. He also authored and passed the Interstate Commerce...
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