Grover Cleveland

Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837 - 1908)

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President Stephen Grover (Grover) Cleveland
Born in Caldwell, Essex, New Jersey, USAmap
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Husband of — married in White House, Washington
Died in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USAmap
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Preceded by
21st President
Chester Arthur

23rd President
Benjamin Harrison

Preceded by
27th Governor

Alonzo B. Cornell
Grover Cleveland
22nd President
of the United States

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24th President
of the United States


28th Governor
of New York
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Succeeded by
23rd President
Benjamin Harrison

25th President
William McKinley

Succeeded by
29th Governor

David B. Hill



Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885–1889 and 1893–1897) 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 1861 to 1913. Read more on Wikipedia here

1837 March 18 ♓ - June 24, 1908
Stephen Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey to Richard Falley Cleveland and Ann Neal Cleveland.[1][2]
the Cleveland family moved to Fayetteville, New York[3].
Cleveland's father took a pastorate in Clinton, Oneida County, New York, and the family relocated there.
Cleveland family moved again to Holland Patent, New York, near Utica[4][1]
☆ Grover Cleveland Political Career Begins ☆
1882 January 2 - November 20, 1882
34th Mayor of Buffalo, NY[5]
1883 January 1 - January 6, 1885
28th Governor of New York
1885 March 4
22nd President of the United States Vice President Thomas A. Hendricks (1885) None (1885-1889)
⇐ Preceded by Chester A. Arthur
⇒ Succeeded by Benjamin Harrison
1886 June 2
Married spouseFrances Folsom, in the White House Children: Ruth, Esther, Marion, Richard, Francis[2]
1893 March 4
24th President of the United States Vice President Adlai Stevenson I
⇐ Preceded by Benjamin Harrison
⇒ Succeeded by William McKinley
1908 June 24
Died (aged 71) Princeton, New Jersey, U.S., Resting place[ Find A Grave: Memorial #205 ], Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey

A Secret Life

To counter Cleveland's image of superior morality, Republicans discovered reports that Cleveland had fathered an illegitimate child while he was a lawyer in Buffalo, and chanted "Ma, Ma, where's my Pa?".[76] When confronted with the emerging scandal, Cleveland's instructions to his campaign staff were: "Tell the truth."[77] Cleveland admitted to paying child support in 1874 to Maria Crofts Halpin, the woman who claimed he fathered her child named Oscar Folsom Cleveland.[76] Halpin was involved with several men at the time, including Cleveland's friend and law partner, Oscar Folsom, for whom the child was also named.[76] Cleveland did not know which man was the father, and is believed to have assumed responsibility because he was the only bachelor among them. More on Wikipedia

The Book A Secret Life purports to set the record straight on the sex scandal that nearly took down a president.

The child was born on September 14, 1874, at the only hospital in Buffalo, New York, that offered maternity services for unwed mothers. It was a boy, and though he entered the world in a state of illegitimacy, a distinguished name was given to this newborn: Oscar Folsom Cleveland. The son of the future president of the United States—Grover Cleveland. The story of how the man who held the nation’s highest office eventually came to take responsibility for his son is a thrilling one that reads like a sordid romance novel—including allegations of rape, physical violence, and prostitution. The stunning lengths that Cleveland undertook to conceal what really happened the evening of his son’s conception are truly astonishing—including forcing the unwed mother, Maria Halpin, into an insane asylum.

A Secret Life also finally reveals what happened to Grover Cleveland’s son. Some historians have suggested that he became an alcoholic and died a young man—but Lachman definitively establishes his fate here for the first time. In this gripping historical narrative, Charles Lachman sets the scandal-plagued record straight with a tightly-coiled plot that provides for narrative history at its best. Purchase the book from Amazon

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Paternal Aaron Cleveland
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  • Cleveland County, Arkansas and Cleveland County, Oklahoma are both named in President Cleveland's honor.



  1. Cleveland's father was a Presbyterian minister, originally from Connecticut. His mother was from Baltimore, the daughter of a bookseller. On his father's side, Cleveland was descended from English ancestors, the first Cleveland having emigrated to Massachusetts from northeastern England in 1635. On his mother's side, Cleveland was descended from Anglo-Irish Protestants and German Quakers from Philadelphia. He was distantly related to General Moses Cleaveland after whom the city of Cleveland, Ohio, was named.
  2. Grover was fifth of nine children, was named Stephen Grover in honor of the first pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, where his father was pastor at the time, but he did not use the name Stephen in his adult life.
  3. Grover spent much of his childhood in Fayetteville, NY and neighbors would later describe him as "full of fun and inclined to play pranks", and fond of outdoor sports
  4. Not long after the family arrived in Holland Patent, Cleveland's father died.
  5. a lifelong democrat

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On 15 Jun 2015 at 22:30 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

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On 4 Jan 2014 at 07:45 GMT Paula J wrote:

I completed a merge for this profile but did not edit the bio due to the under construction warning. If you would like for me to edit or clean up the profile, just let me know.

On 4 Jan 2014 at 02:13 GMT Anonymous (Lindt) Large wrote:

Concerning the match, there are a lot of merges that need to be done, as he is a distant cousin to the family I brought it done to here.

On 3 Oct 2013 at 13:13 GMT Thomas Halliday wrote:

Hi all - I am starting out my tree by trying to connect it to various other points that I know exist already, and my 1st cousin three times removed Jessie Maxwell Black married President Cleveland's son Richard Folsom Cleveland. He is not linked to this page, so I created a page for him (Cleveland-837), and would be grateful if you could link this to him. I didn't feel it appropriate for me to be on the trusted list for Grover Cleveland himself, rather the other way around seemed better.


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On 20 Feb 2013 at 00:38 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

WOW ! Great page ..............and I know Buffalo !


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