Cleveland - Presidency
quickly developed a reputation for being an honest politician,
working hard to stop corruption in government. He earned the
Democratic nomination for president in 1884 and became the
first Democrat elected president in more than 25 years.
1886 Cleveland married Frances Folsom, becoming the first president
to get married in the White House.
his first term Cleveland vetoed efforts to give government
money to special interests. Nicknamed "the veto president," he
vetoed more than 300 congressional bills. Cleveland also worked
to regulate the railroads and reduce high tariffs (taxes on
the 1888 election, Benjamin Harrison defeated Cleveland because
he earned more electoral votes. Cleveland actually got more
individual votes overall. The result was similar to the 2000
election where Al Gore got more votes overall, but George W.
Bush won more electoral votes and therefore became president.
his time out of office, Cleveland returned to work as a lawyer,
and his wife gave birth to a baby girl they named Ruth. The
Baby Ruth candy bar is named after Cleveland's daughter.
in 1888 did not put an end to Cleveland's political career,
however. He won the presidency again in 1892.
to office, Cleveland faced an economic depression preceded
by the Panic of 1893. He worked hard to deal with a crisis
in the Treasury and maintained the U.S. gold reserve. Forced
to deal with these difficult times, Cleveland became unpopular.
William Jennings Bryan received the Democratic nomination in
the conclusion of his term, Cleveland finally came home to
retire in New Jersey. He lived in Princeton until his death
Wilson - Early Career