Grover Cleveland (Encyclopedia of Presidents Series)by Betsy Ochester
Grover Cleveland rose in a few short years from reform mayor of Buffalo to governor of New York to elected president in 1884. He was the first Democrat to be elected in 28 years. He campaigned for lower tariffs and for a new sense of responsibility in government. In 1886, the 49-year-old bachelor married 22-year-old Frances Folsom in the White House, creating a national sensation. Cleveland antagonized Civil War veterans by refusing to broaden pension coverage and lost the 1888 election to Republican Benjamin Harrison. In 1892, he ran against Harrison again and won, becoming the only president to gain reelection after being out of office. His second term was shadowed by the severe depression of 1893, for which he was unfairly blamed.
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