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Grover Cleveland

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Did you know that Grover Cleveland was a member of the Democrat Political Party? Did you know that Grover Cleveland was president twice? He was the 22nd & 24th president of America. Read more about Grover Cleveland on our fact sheet below!

Fun Fact 1: Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell on March 18, 1837. He was the only president born that was born in the state of New Jersey

Fun Fact 2: Grover Cleveland was drafted during the Civil War, however, he paid the sum of $150 for a Polish immigrant George Brinske to serve in his place. This was a lawful option, but later political rivals raised questions about his lack of duty

Fun Fact 3: Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd & 24th president of America. He was 47 when he took his first term as president in 1885. He was then re-elected in 1893 and held office as the 24th president until 1897. Grover Cleveland is the only president who has served two non-consecutive terms in office

Fun Fact 4: Grover Cleveland is the only president whose wedding ceremony was held in the White House. He married Frances Folsom in the Blue Room of the White House on June 2, 1886; she was 21 and became the youngest ever First Lady

Fun Fact 5: A major event of Grover Cleveland's first presidency was the agreement of the 'Presidential Succession Act'. This act details the line of succession if either a president or Vice president is unable to "discharge the powers and duties of the office"

Fun Fact 6: In 1895 Grover Cleveland became the first US president to be filmed. The moving image clip showed him signing a new bill into law

Fun Fact 7: The portrait of Grover Cleveland appeared on the $1,000 bill until it was discontinued in 1945

Fun Fact 8: The Chicago World's Fair, celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's discovery of America, it was also a showcase and celebration of American culture. Grover Cleveland conducted the dedication day on Oct 26, 1892, and the fair officially opened May 1, 1893

Fun Fact 9: During his presidency Grover Cleveland disallowed over 300 bills, this was more vetoed than the rest of the other twenty-one presidents combined!

Fun Fact 10: He was given the nicknames "Big Steve" and "Uncle Jumbo”, these were given on the basis of his generous size

Fun Fact 11: The Pullman's Strike took place in 1894, it was significant because it was first national strike in US history and involved over 150,000 persons in twenty-seven states. Grover Cleveland sent federal troops and successfully ended the Pullman car workers' strike in Chicago, Illinois

Fun Fact 12: The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. Originally the statue was known as "Liberty Enlightening the World," it was a gift from the people of France and stands 151 ft (46m) high

Fun Fact 13: During his second presidency in 1893 a severe economic depression developed. 'The Panic of 1893' manifested with the decline of the nations gold reserve, the collapse of railroad infrastructure along with financing and banking failures

Fun Fact 14: He died on June 24, 1908 in his home in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 71 years of age and was buried in Princeton cemetery

Fun Fact 15: Grover Cleveland was quoted as saying "Whatever you do tell the truth."

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