Grover Cleveland Facts

Grover Cleveland Facts
Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th United States President. He is most well-known because he was the first to be married in the White House, and the only U.S. President to serve two non-consecutive terms in the White House. He was born Stephen Grover Cleveland on March 18th, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey, to Richard Falley Cleveland, and Ann Neal Cleveland. While a child the family moved around within New York State quite frequently. Richard Cleveland died when Grover was only 16 and he was forced to work to support the family. His work experience over the next several years led him to decide to follow a law career, and he passed the bar exam with no formal schooling in this field.
Interesting Grover Cleveland Facts:
Grover's father was a minister and his mother was the daughter of a bookseller.
The name Stephen was dropped as an adult, making him known as Grover Cleveland. The reason for dropping the name may have been because he was a big man and people often referred to him as 'Big Steve'.
Prior to deciding to become a lawyer Grover Cleveland worked as a teacher of the blind at the New York Institute for the Blind in Manhattan.
After practicing law Grover Cleveland's career evolved to district attorney, then sheriff, then mayor, governor of New York, and finally United States President.
Grover Cleveland avoided serving in the military during the Civil War because he paid a fee of $300 instead. This was a common practice in that time period.
Grover became known as 'Uncle Jumbo' while serving as the governor of New York, between 1882 and 1884.
Grover was a bachelor when he became the 22nd United States President in 1885.
In 1886, Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom. She was 27 years younger than Grover at 21, and she was the daughter of his deceased law partner from Buffalo.
The marriage between Grover and Frances was performed in the White House, and has been the only wedding in the White House of a president.
Grover and Frances had five children together. Three of the children were born in the White House.
Some people believe that Cleveland, Ohio was named after Grover, but it was actually named after a distant relative.
Grover liked to drink beer and smoke cigars and is known as one of the least healthy presidents for these reasons, and for the fact that he weighed more than 250 pounds.
Grover Cleveland was known as a politician to fight political corruption and to believe in upholding the integrity of his positions in politics.
Grover Cleveland served as the United States President from 1885 to 1889, and from 1893 to 1897.
Grover Cleveland lost the presidential election to Benjamin Harrison in 1889, but came back to serve a second term in 1893 after defeating Benjamin.
Grover Cleveland became known as the 'guardian president' for his political practices.
Grover Cleveland died on June 24th, 1908, at the age of 71 in Princeton, New Jersey. The cause of his death was a heart attack. He had been sick since the previous autumn.


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