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Grover Cleveland Biography and Facts For Kids


Grover Cleveland is unique in several ways. Only he, having been defeated in a bid for reelection, again won the highest office in the land; thus, he was both the twenty-second president and the twenty-fourth. Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms and therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. 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 1860 to 1912.

Cleveland was unusual, in the rapidity of his rise from obscurity to the White House. In 1881 he was a Buffalo lawyer. He was a diligent worker and modestly successful, but he did not appear to be particularly ambitious. When offered a substantial retainer by a railroad official, he refused on the ground that he already had a comfortable income. “No amount of money would tempt me to add to or increase my present work,” he explained.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Grover Cleveland

When was Grover Cleveland born: March 18, 1837
Where was Grover Cleveland born: Caldwell, NJ
Who was Grover Cleveland married to: Frances Folsom Cleveland
What number president was Grover Cleveland: 22nd and 24th
What political party did Grover Cleveland belong to: Democrat
Who was Grover Cleveland’s vice president: Thomas A. Hendricks – Adlai A. Stevenson
When was Grover Cleveland president: 1885-1889 & 1893-1897
How many terms did Grover Cleveland serve as president: 2
When did Grover Cleveland die: June 24, 1908
How old was Grover Cleveland when he died: 71
Where is Grover Cleveland buried: Princeton, NJ

Timeline of the Life of Grover Cleveland

1837 Born in Coldwell, New Jersey on March 18th
1881 Elected mayor of Buffalo
1884 Elected President of the United States
1885 Sworn in as the 22nd President of the U.S.
1885 Vice President Thomas Hendricks dies
1886 Married Frances Folsom
1886 Cleveland signs the Presidential Succession Act
1886 The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States from France and was dedicated by President Cleveland in New York on October 28th
1888 The Department of Labor is established
1888 Cleveland renews the Chinese Exclusion Act restricting Chinese immigration to the U.S.
1888 Lost the election for President to Benjamin Harrison
1889 The Department of Agriculture was made into an executive agency by Congress
1892 Elected to second term as President
1893 Inaugurated as the 24th President of the U.S. becoming the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms.
1896 Utah joined the Union as the 45th state
1908 Died in Princeton, New Jersey on June 24th