Cleveland Grover

Grover Cleveland (1837–1908), 7th cousin 4x removed

Stephen Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, making him the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885-89 and 1893-97).  He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times: in 1884, 1888 and 1892; and was the only Democrat elected to the presidency in the era of Republican political domination that lasted from 1861-1913.  Cleveland was the leader of the pro-business Bourbon Democrats who opposed high tariffs, Free Silver, inflation, imperialism and subsidies to business, farmers or veterans.  His battles for political reform and fiscal conservatism made him an icon for American conservatives of the era.  Cleveland won praise for his honesty, independence, integrity, and for his commitment to the principles of classical liberalism.  Cleveland relentlessly fought political corruption, patronage, and bossism.  Indeed, as a reformer his prestige was so strong that the reform wing of the Republican Party, called “Mugwumps”, largely bolted the GOP ticket and swung to his support in 1884.  Disaster hit the nation as his second term began when the Panic of 1893 produced a severe national depression that Cleveland was unable to reverse.  It ruined his Democratic party, opening the way for a Republican landslide in 1894, and for the agrarian and silverite seizure of his Democratic party in 1896.  The result was a political realignment that ended the Third Party System and launched the Fourth Party System and the Progressive Era.  Cleveland took strong positions and was heavily criticized. His intervention in the Pullman Strike of 1894 to keep the railroads moving angered labor unions nationwide and angered the party in Illinois; his support of the gold standard and opposition to Free Silver alienated the agrarian wing of the Democratic Party.  Furthermore, critics complained that he had little imagination and seemed overwhelmed by the nation’s economic disasters during his second term.  Even so, his reputation for honesty and good character survived the troubles of his second term.  Biographer Allan Nevins wrote: “in Grover Cleveland the greatness lies in typical rather than unusual qualities.  He had no endowments that thousands of men do not have.  He possessed honesty, courage, firmness, independence and common sense.  But he possessed them to a degree other men do not[1].”

 

(President, 22nd & 24th) (Stephen) Grover Cleveland (1837 – 1908), 7th cousin 4x removed – Richard Cleveland (1804 – 1853) – William Cleveland (1770 – 1837) – Aaron Cleveland (1744 – 1815) – Aaron Cleveland (1715 – 1759) – Aaron Cleveland (1680 – 1755) – Aaron Cleveland (1655 – 1716) – Ann Winn (1630 – 1682) – Edward Winn (1601 – 1682) – Elizabeth Winn (1631 – 1695) – Hannah Polley (1663 – 1731) – John Baker (1687 – 1767) – John Baker (1720 – 1764) – Reuben Baker (1758 – 1811) – Lydia Baker (1788 – 1851) – Fayette B Hamlin (1812 – 1866) – Henry Fayette Hamlin (1834 – 1901) – Clarence Clark Hamlin (1868 – 1940) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

 


[1] Nevins, Allan. Grover Cleveland: A Study in Courage (1932), p. 4.

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